Okay, so I picked up my 695 in the mail today (earlier than I expected) and just got off work. So while still wearing my camo I was too excited to wait to try it out. Well, I got off work around 3:00pm and ended up coming back at 6:00pm. So 3 hours of both highway and city testing with POP turned OFF. I drove from Fort Campbell to an off-post civilian parking lot to set it up as they're illegal on military bases. After setting it up and running through the instruction manual and all that great stuff, I mounted it as high up as I could to my rearview mirror, making sure it was scanning from behind. It was mounted almost completely straight, parallel to my car. So, I reset it to be sure it retains/save settings, and that worked. Right after setting it up and pulling out to my right back onto the highway, about 0.4 miles down I hear "K Band"... beep... beep... beep. This is an area my old Whistler XTR-330 picked up but it could never carry as much of a strong consistency as the 695. This was very impressive already. About 1 mile down to my right were two police cars parked aside a building, and were apparently talking to each other but had their scanners running. I decided to head over to Nashville to see what this baby could really do...
Jumping on the I-24 I believe it is, I began my trip at the speed limit of 70MPH, slowly accelerating to 75MPH. I looked around in my mirrors for any cops that could possible pace me from behind and checked ahead of me, then began going to 80MPH. I was passing a ****load of cars to my right lane and hauled ass, punching my little fierce 2007 Hyundai Elantra to 85MPH (my car was about to have a heart attack), and drove that speed for a constant 15 minutes. Nothing detected, nothing to worry about. So I got off the interstate to grab some dinner at Taco Bell (which by the way, the people working there can't cook very well, so let's just say I didn't really eat my dinner after digesting it), and my 695 picked up a Ka signal. I was like "WOOT!" Looked around and saw nothing. So I pulled out, it briefly picked up Ka again and kept cutting in and out then finally faded out completely once I took the I-24 back home.
On my way back, I decided to not only put my car to the test of 90MPH but also my new Whistler. My car was like in the special olympics for the economic race. I riced up the engine all the way and floored it on the left lane, once again passing up all the traffic, but occassionally having the asshat who likes to drive in the left lane at the PSL because he's a dooshbag. I mean, he could at least be doing 75MPH as a passing speed to merge into the right lane. So, on my way back I heard "Ka Band", was like "OMG WOOT", again, and started getting all excited, turning down the Nickelback on my CD player, and thinking, "Where is he?" My Ka picked up was 34.7. About 3.5 miles down the road later at 75MPH I saw a trooper scanning and was like "OMG YAY!" and it kept beeping the closer I got...
I've owned a couple other Whistlers, have used Cobras, Escort, and others and must say I'm impressed. I'm still doing a lot of testing with it while driving but can already tell this device is going to serve me well.
This device is well made, has many features like a compass, radar safety (I don't even know what the hell radar safety is but it sounds cool!), and all this other great crap I've never had before in a detector. The feel, design/look, features, detection range, and just how fabulously sexy the XTR-695 is makes me horny. Truly, it makes me feel A LOT more safe when driving now. This is no exaggeration. I feel more safe with this than any other RD I've owned. You'd have to test drive one yourself to see what I mean.
So in conclusion, I don't really care what people say about the 695 not being as good as the 8500, Valentine One (with the gay pink-red arrows, making you feel like a super-cool FBI agent or some crap), or what ever. I've always trusted Whistler, it's saved my ass MANY TIMES, and I will always be a loyal customer to their company.
I'll be doing some more extensive testing tonight on the highways, interstates and in the city, as these are the times I've noticed 80-90% of speedtraps are present around where I live. All info will be updated here for your eyes.
That's all I have to say.
Oh, and.... if you've been thinking about buying one or just want a good RD at a reasonable price, this is the one. Don't spend your whole life whoring the forums, making calculations to try and figure out which detector gives you 0.187201 seconds more advanced warning.
~ SPC/E4 Matt
Ft. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division