Well, I bit the bullet (small one in this case) and ordered the Pro 78. Should be here by Friday. Live in NM, but going on a week long road trip to Texas, lots of highway and city. Should be a great test.
Now i don't have any other detectors to compare this to. However, what i am going to do is when I get an indication I will reset od. and if it proves to be a LEO, then I can record what I find. I will be going thru both a lot of "Hill Country" around Kerville and thru San Antonio down to the gulf coast.
I called Whistler this morning to make sure the place I ordered the 78 from was an Authorized dealer. I got the detector for $138, which was not bad. Not the best price, but was in Texas and is 2Days shipping to here.
I just hope I got one of the better detectors. I know with anything there is always going to be your good ones and bad ones.
Also, I am not an expert like a lot of you guys are, but I am a techie for sure. I don't know what kind of radar/laser most of Texas has, but I am going to find out.
I will report back when I get back on the 27th.
Thanks for the recommendation guys and this is an awesome forum.