I just bought a Whistler 1744 from Wally World to replace my faultering Beltronics Express 925. In our city, Oregon, OH, laser has become very prevalent with the combination of city police, county mounties, and OSHP patroling Route 2.
I have had the unit two days and have recieved three valid laser alerts, that is compared to the two alerts I recieved from two YEARS of the Bel unit(Both of them being mounted on the windshield). Range is decent and gave me adequate time to slow down.
The unit has four operating modes: Highway mode, City mode(standard filtering), City One mode(Increased X-band filtering), and City Two mode(Complete filtering of the X-band). City Two mode is ideal for most people, but for traveling in Ohio, be forwarned that the Ohio Highway Patrol still use this radar band occasionally.
The unit features the Safety Warning System(proven useless for me), a Stay Alert feature which will remind you every half-hour through beeps on the radar, a dim mode for night driving, and a progressive system which detects multiple threats and selects the most dangerous(In Order: Laser/Ka/K/X).
I haven't noticed many falses on this detector if the proper bands are used in the proper areas. This is leaps and bounds ahead ofthe filtering on the Express 925.
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For this price I would highly recommend this unit, be aware what this unit lacks: POP support, multiple threat display, and a text display. These features are great to have, but for a no fuss radar detector that performs great and comes with a nice pricetag, you can't go wrong with Whistler!