I thought I'd give you guys an update on my newly arrived V1. To give you some background, I've been using a radar detector for five-ten years. I'm not a young stud and don't drive a fast car, but it will, if I do my part, exceed the speed limit given enough time.
My first radar detector was Escort 8500 x50 and it worked fine until it began giving me a laser alert if I tooted the horn. Not a frequent event, but did cause heart palpitations when it happened. So, last year Escort offered a trade-in program I thought was attractive so I upgraded to the 9500 xi. It worked okay for a short time but then began giving me power reset messages. When this happend, I simply unplugged it and plugged it back in. (When I called Escort about it they said I could send it in for repair but I didn't want to do that and be without protection while they had it.) Then, the 9500 quit detecting anything at all. No police, no electric doors, no tooted horns, buxom blonds, no nothing. Disgusted, I bought a V1.
I've had the V1 for about a week and here's what I like/dislike about it compared to a funtioning Escort. I guess because I am used to the display format of the Escort line, I miss the display format that clearly labels the kind of signal being detected. The 9500's ability to learn where the nusiance signal are and not alert to them is nice also not to mention red light camera locations. I think I also felt comfortable with the Escort because I knew what the different sounds meant.
Now what I like about the V1 is, of course the arrows. It is comforting knowing if there is something going on behind me but so far, I've not had a LEO creeping up behind me. This morning, on the way to church, I was approaching a busy intersection with a grocery store, drug store, various other devices giving off a signal and.... a state trooper. (In suburban Houston, we have at least four police agencies all chasing the same nickel, so there is no shortage of ticket writers.) Anyway, the V1 worked as advertised. It told me there were four potental threats, changed the arrows as appropriate and told me which of the threats was the most serious by flashing the second light from the top, i.e., the trooper's radar, that was about a mile beyond the intersection. Very impressive performance from the V1. I know that in time, I'll become comfortable with the V1's display and different sounds... and, I'll have the arrows as a bonus.
I've sent the 9500 back to Escort for repair because it's still under warranty. I'm just unsure what to do with it when I get it back.