Recently I had purchased a Beltronics Pro 500 and gave it an overall favorable review. I had a chance to compare it with my V1. While the V1 shined in overall radar pick up range, especially from the sides and at the rear, I was getting annoyed with my rural & city travels and the V1s false alarm encounters. But at the same time I want & respect the V1s stellar sensitivity.
So I purchased the Savvy add on and long and behold, it has added a breath of fresh air to my total V1 package. It’s similar to the PRO 500s auto mute feature. The thumb wheel has eight settings from 15 to 65 mph. Choose one, or select the “auto” setting to mute all alerts, or the “none” setting to switch off automatic muting and you’re ready to go. This is something even Craig Patterson would like. Well…maybe not.
Like all Valentine products the Savvy is robust and well made. My only dislike is the location of the OBD port that the Savvy plugs into is inconvenient for adjusting the thumb wheel. If you unplug the Savvy you have to go through the get reacquainted routine (less than 30 seconds) before the V1 powers up. Perhaps a remote would be a good add on for this device.
With the Pro 500 I found myself just being comfortable with the auto mute feature and not locking out every false alarm I encountered. So with the added Savvy to my V1 with all its stellar performance, the V1 is still my go to detector with my GPS handling the known enforcement and camera locations from Trapster. And yes, as time went by, I encountered different situations where it became apparent to me how invaluable those arrows really are.