When I first got my V1, I thought tha I had made a mistake.... very sensitive and noisy, but I had wanted one for so many years, that I knew that I had to give it a shot. It has now been a few days, and I have figures out how to configure the settings. I gotta say... I love this thing. I feel very confident driving with it. The level of awareness, and knowing that if there is radar, it find it, is very comforting. I do however plan on buying another 9500i, just because I like it, and want one for my arsenal. While I wouldn't call myself a zombie, I do love the Valentine. I just also realize that other detectors have their place too.