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Radar Detector Mounts
Radar Detectors Features (continued)
Radar Detector Mounts.Although it may seem as though the mount included with a cheap radar detector isn't important, it's actually essential.
Regardless how the device is mounted, take care to adjust the angle so that it points straight ahead. Experts at Radar Detector suggest that you mount it low, but not too low; the best position is aimed just above the windshield wipers and close enough to the driver so he or she can reach the device to adjust the modes or access the volume controls. An expert at Laser Veil notes that reflections on the Cobra XRS 9955's glossy screen make it difficult to see if not mounted properly.
Radar Detectors False Alarm Control.There's nothing worse than driving along, possibly speeding (ee-gads!), and having your cheap radar detector start raising hell for no reason. Radar detectors often pick up signals, or bands, that other electronic devices, like garage-door openers or even other radar detectors, emit. False alarms were the bane of early models and often turned off potential buyers. But manufacturers are now tackling this issue head-on. As Auto Anything notes, today's radar detectors come equipped with smart software that minimizes the frequency of false alarms.
The cheap radar detectors on our list feature modes for city driving and highway driving. City mode dampens weaker signals consistent with frequent false alarms. The Cobra XRS 9955 boasts three different city modes for better filtration, as do the Beltronics Vector 955 and Whistler XTR-695SE; the Beltronics Vector 940 and Rocky Mountain Radar RMR-C435 have just one city mode each.
Highway mode, which is generally the default setting on the cheap radar detectors we researched, is best for open-road driving where fewer false alarms occur. It removes all filters and alerts the driver to any suspicious signals, and provides the maximum advanced warning for higher-speed driving. Always check the user's manual to know which filtering mode your radar detector is set for.
Don't Bother Cheap Radar Detectors
Rocky Mountain Radar RMR-C435
The RMR-C435 is affordable and features a lot of extras, like VG-2 and VG-3 Immunity that shield the detector from police devices designed to spot the detector, and a laser scrambler. Many users insist the detector doesn't work, that it has problems with the X, K, and KA bands and the jamming and scrambling features don't do their jobs. Read more »
Rocky Mountain Radar RMR-C435 Review
Cobra XRS 9955 Review
Cobra XRS 9945 Review
Beltronics Vector 955 Review
Whistler XTR-695SE Review
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