Best radar detector reviews 2019: Top-ranked radar detectors

Best radar detector reviews 2019 of the best radar detectors ranked by VeilGuy

Best Radar detector reviews of the best radar detectors for 2019 from Escort, Radenso, Uniden, Valentine, and Whistler.

Updated: 2-26-2019

Top Ranked Best Radar Detectors to Avoid Speeding Tickets

Veil Guy Ranks & Reviews the Best Radar Detectors of 2019

Radar Detector Review Introduction

Radar detectors continue facing more difficult challenges on the road in 2019.

The best radar detector used to be considered to be one that was the most sensitive and alerted to police radar from the farthest distance but this hasn’t been the case for some time now.  The best radar detectors today offer plenty of radar detection and alerting range.

Things continue to change in both the radar detector and traffic enforcement industries.  Today, the best radar detectors have to successfully balance two opposing dynamics: sensitivity and filtering (signal rejection).  If you have been driving with an older radar detector, it may be time to make the jump to one of the newer more sophisticated radar detectors that are now being produced.

The latest challenge facing drivers using radar detectors in North America is the appearance of ticketing systems that have their origins from abroad.  These systems are known as MultaRadar, a frequency hopping low powered K-band radar used in photo enforcement.  Systems derived from MRCT (as it’s called) are being used by a U.S. company called American Traffic Systems (ATS) and the company behind that radar technology (Jenoptik) now has an office in the United States.

The problem with these new radar systems is that they appear similarly to the K-band FMCW radar of collision avoidance systems that can be found on many new cars today and the leading radar detector manufacturers have been diligently working on effectively filtering these radar systems so your radar detector doesn’t pummel you with nearly continuous false alerts while you’re driving in heavy suburban or urban highway traffic.  The trick then is to be able to differentiate between these radar systems and alert to the genuine MRCT radar and not to alert to the vehicle radar based systems.  No small task, indeed.  It requires some heavy duty signal analysis and no one radar detector does it perfectly, but some radar detectors do it better than others.

The good news, at least in the U.S., is that these systems are only found in a small number of areas and are by-and-large installed at fixed locations near intersections to issue both redlight and speed on green tickets.  Therefore, radar detectors with very good quality photo enforcement databases can often alert you to their presence.  Escort’s GPS radar detectors still have the most complete and up-to-date red light and speed camera database.  Their parent company (Cedar Electronics) has combined the Escort Defender database with Cobra’s iRadar system and this combined database can be used with all of their radar detector brands.

Like previous years’ top-ranking best radar detectors list, I’m going to provide a quick summary for each radar detector’s ranking, followed by a more detailed review of each radar detector. In some cases, individual more in-depth radar detector reviews are linked to, to help you learn even more about the specifics and nuances of each radar detector.

For 2019, I have included two new ranking requirements–quality of construction and long-term reliability.  To make it on this list this year, each radar detector must meet both of those criteria, because there is little point to purchasing what may first appear as a high performance radar detector only to find that it either quickly breaks or that its performance appreciably declines over time.  Obviously, you want a radar detector that will last and maintain its level of performance.  The inside of your vehicle is a very unforgiving space on a radar detector.

During the summer, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to exceed 140 degrees fahrenheit, which means your radar detector must be able to withstand being “baked” on nearly a daily basis.

On the flipside, a radar detector must be able to take the extreme cold temperatures of winter.  Repeated cycling between hot and cold can wreak havoc on a poorly constructed radar detector.  Only the best radar detectors are built to endure such conditions to maintain peak performance over their lifetime.

Along with our detector rankings, we make recommendations on where to purchase your radar detector. We don’t sell radar detectors, Veil manufacturers a police laser and IR photo enforcement countermeasure that can be effectively used with them.  So we want to make sure you have the radar detector most suited to your needs.

Please consider using these links below to my personally recommended sources. I strongly suggest avoiding sites like Amazon or sales affiliate review sites linking to them.  Such sites are often outdated, inaccurate, rank discontinued detectors, or are very light on truly useful information. Amazon doesn’t offer any meaningful product technical support and now nationwide state taxes make purchases on that marketplace even less favorable.

Radar detectors can be complicated to configure and use and if you are not familiar with them or with how police radar or laser traffic enforcement works, your experience may not be as good as it should be.  The specialized radar detector and countermeasure vendors recommended below are the most knowledgeable and supportive both before and after your purchase and are readily available for your support questions by phone and can help you properly configure your detector.

Your support of these specialized radar detector dealers helps to defray my out of pocket expenses for conducting these radar detector reviews. So your support is greatly appreciated! As an added bonus, one of these vendors,, is offering my readers special discounts on some radar detectors and other countermeasures when you use the code: VEILGUY at checkout.

So, without any further delay, let’s take a look at the best ranked radar detectors for 2019!

Top Ranked Best Radar Detectors of 2019

  • #1 Best: Escort Max 360c Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $649, associated iPhone/Android App is free for basic functions, but becomes $49/year for a premium version
  • #2 Best: Escort iXc Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $449
  • #3 Best: Escort Redline EX Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $599
  • #4 Best: Valentine One Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $399 for the V1, $49 for Bluetooth module, associated iPhone/Android App is free
  • #5 Best: Radenso Pro M Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $449
  • #6 Best: Whistler CR97 & Whistler CR95 Radar Detectors
    Retail Price: $249 for the CR97, $199 for the CR95
  • #7 Best: Radenso XP & Radenso SP Radar Detectors
    Retail Price: $349 for the XP, $199 for the SP Radar Detector
  • #8 Best: Escort X80 Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $299
  • #9 Best: Adaptiv TPX Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $399
  • #10 Best: Escort Solo S4 Radar Detector
    Retail Price: $299

More Detailed Review of the Best Radar Detectors of 2019



Valentine 1

Valentine 1 Radar Detector - V1

Valentine 1 (V1) Radar Locator

The V1 radar detector has been around since the early 1990s and Mike Valentine’s small cadre of highly dedicated engineers produced their first and only radar detector. The V1 was way ahead of its time when it was first introduced. Valentine’s radar detectors were the only ones that offered both a front and rear facing radar antennas and provided directional arrows that would point to the source of a radar or laser threat.  But a lot of time has elapsed since then and VR’s patent on their multi-arrow design has since expired and so other radar detector manufacturers have also incorporated arrows into several of their own top-end radar detectors.

While I have always loved the V1 radar detector, especially its performance with police laser, I must admit that this radar detector is getting long in the tooth and Valentine really hasn’t come up with any truly new innovation for some time.  With all of the newer traffic enforcement threats that have been appearing, the V1 is dated.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a wonderful and very capable radar detector, but even I must admit that there are other better radar detectors now available.

Valentine 1 (V1) Pros:

  • Excellent sensitivity to all police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • The very best in police laser sensitivity
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radar, especially when “custom-swept”
  • Directional arrows for maximum situational awareness to all radar and laser threats from the front and from behind
  • A bogey counter to inform you of how many radar signals there are at any given moment and what radar band is the most important to be concerned with
  • Accurate and exceptional signal strength alerting for both approaching and receding radar sources
  • Good filtering of collision avoidance systems (TMF/TMF2)
  • Very high level of construction quality both externally and internally
  • Can be segmented (ie; custom swept) for improved Ka performance using the V1’s optional bluetooth module and smartphone app
  • Reasonably priced

Valentine 1 (V1) Cons:

  • Does not include GPS function to alert to photo enforcement locations (red light and speed cameras) and to quiet itself at slower speeds
  • Difficult to program without optional bluetooth module and smartphone app
  • X-band and K-band alert tones can sometimes be difficult to discern
  • No auto-muting options
  • No frequency display of radar (without bluetooth module and smartphone app)
  • Can be detected by radar detector detectors (RDDs) and can not be safely used in Virginia (where detectors remain banned)
  • With TMF2 filter, the V1, like other detectors, can miss some K-band FMCW ticketing sources

Valentine 1 (V1) Review Summary:

Valentine refrains from glitzy marketing terms and dubious “features,” but in today’s increasingly complex RF environment and with the threat of speed cameras its utility is being diminished. I still wouldn’t hesitate to take it on long cross-country trips, but I wouldn’t consider using it primarily around town or on crowded highways as there are other radar detectors better suited to such tasks.

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Escort Redline EX

Escort Redline EX Radar Detector

Escort Redline EX

Improved for 2019, Escort Redline EX detectors are made in a similar vein to the V1 but they include all of the bells and whistles to make them more usable around town out of the box.  The Redline EX adds GPS, bluetooth, IVT (CAS) filtering, and the ability to detect police radar used in Canada and other countries including MRCD, MRCT, Gatso, and Streika.  MRCT type systems are beginning to appear in limited areas of North America so having the ability to detect them could be an important feature for you to have.

Like other M3 and M7-based detectors, the Escort Redline EX incorporates two forward facing antennas (each tuned to specific frequencies). The Redline EX remains the only detector that is entirely undetectable to radar detector detectors, not just the SPECTRE Elite RDD but other models as well.  Other detectors may be very good, but they’re not perfect.  The Redline EX is.

While the EX is very sensitive, the M3 platform is now being outperformed by Escort’s all-digital M6 platform of the Max 360c.

Furthermore, the performance of the EX can be inconsistent and I have not been able to figure out why, but I do believe the root of its inconsistency is in its software, not hardware.  The performance is still extremely good, but I believe the Redline EX is more of a specialty piece tailored to specific applications like protecting truckers or for use in regions where radar detectors are banned.  For most drivers, I believe the Escort Max 360c is the better choice.

Escort Redline EX Pros:

  • Great sensitivity to all police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Good detection of police laser (but perhaps not as good as the original Redline)
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radar (without TSR enabled)
  • Improved performance and filtering with their latest firmware
  • Can be segmented for improved Ka performance
  • Can be segmented to reduce K falsing
  • Ability to detect MRCD/MRCT/Gatso/Streika hard to detect radar
  • Improved OLED multi-color display and alert lamp
  • Backlit buttons that are easily viewable and reachable from your driver’s seat
  • Built-in bluetooth to support Escort Live! smartphone integration
  • GPS integration for speed camera and redlight camera alerts and variable speed-based sensitivity
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Stealth design which can not be detected by RDDs so this detector is well suited for use in Virginia and by CDL holders
  • Very high levels of construction quality both externally and internally

Escort Redline EX Cons:

  • Very long trailing alerts which continue to sound even well after the radar or laser source is no longer present, reducing ability to identify instant-on police radar
  • Multi-color OLED display can be hard to read at times in bright sunlight (but increases longevity of the display)
  • Inconsistent performance

Escort Redline EX Review Summary:

The Redline EX is a very fine detector, but I believe it’s more a specialized detector with capabilities and features that not everyone needs.

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Escort Max 360c

Escort Max 360 Radar Detector

Escort Max 360c

I hadn’t driven with the Escort Max 360c for a long time, but at the encouragement of Escort I decided to take another good long look at this radar detector now that Escort has been able to tweak and make improvements on it since it was first introduced.

And I am glad I did, because I have simply been blown away by how well this detector performs, not just with its awesome sensitivity, but also its quickness, and quietness.  After driving nearly 5000 miles with it during the last two and a half months across a number of states, I’m convinced. Escort has never produced a better radar detector.  That’s a pretty big claim and one I truly believe.

Like Escort’s other GPS detectors, the Max 360c alerts very well to redlight and speed camera locations.  When configured optimally, the Max 360c can be scary quiet.  I believe no company is better at filtering out CAS systems than Escort is, it’s nothing short of exceptional.

Sure, the arrows are great for identifying where the threats are and its WIFI connectivity is potentially a useful thing, but purchase this radar detector for its extreme performance and its class-leading filtering.

Escort Max 360c Pros:

  • Extremely high level of sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Class leading filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Good detection of police laser
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radar
  • Directional arrows that can be configured to display different colors for easy radar band identification
  • Doesn’t require band segmentation to extract high performance of Ka-band detection
  • K-band segmenting can further cut down on potential falses from collision avoidance systems
  • Most configurable metering system yet available
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Built-in GPS for variable speed-sensitive sensitivity and photo enforcement database
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated wirelessly
  • Bluetooth and WIFI add enhanced connectivity options
  • USB Smartcord now comes standard
  • Very high level of construction quality both internally and externally
  • Magnetic quick release mount makes for super quick removal and is rock solid and vibration free
  • Can easily mount alongside Escort’s new M1 dash camera

Escort Max 360c Cons:

  • Multi-color OLED display can be hard to read at times in bright sunlight (but increases longevity of the display)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • K-band filtering can cause it to miss MRCT/MRCD ticketing sources (may be addressed in future firmware update)

Escort Max 360c Review Summary

Simply put, the Escort Max 360c is the best detector ever made.  While it has interesting (if yet unrealized) connectivity options, get the 360c for its incredible blend of extreme performance and superior filtering.  The Escort Max 360c is now my top choice when I go for a drive.  Alongside the new Escort M1 dash cam is what you’ll most likely see on my windshield.

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Whistler CR97 & Whistler CR95

Whistler CR97

The new Whistler CR97 is Whistler’s most ambitious detector to date and in our opinion is the best ultra-affordable high performance GPS unit available.

Whistler has stated that both the CR97  and CR95 have up to a 6dB increase is sensitivity to Ka-band radar and up to 3dB in K-band.  X-band also sees a huge improvement.

Now more than ever, no other detector manufacturer offers as much value except perhaps the non-GPS version of the CR97, the Whistler CR95. The Whistler CR97 has a unique new feature (not found on the CR95) which allows it to identify and alert to ticketing FMCW radar sources.  This is important because these systems often look like the K-band collision avoidance systems that other models are being designed to filter out.

Off-axis detections are also noticeably improved. When I shared my observations with Whistler’s engineering, they confirmed a redesigned antenna was indeed used in the CR97 and CR95 along with other tricks to significantly improve performance over their previous models.

Detection to police laser remains excellent. Whistlers are sold oversees and as such, detection of police laser is a priority as many more difficult to detect police lasers are found abroad. Whistler is also unique in being able to display the pulse rates of police laser which can be very helpful. Some Volvos and Infinitis use laser-based collision avoidance systems which transmit at very specific pulse rates. Whistler not only locks many of them out by based on the frequency pulse counts by default, but they allows you to permanently mute out others with different pulse rates that you may come across.

Like other Whistlers, the CR97 and CR95 are super quick at detecting instant-on radar and their alerting ramps are exceptional. Trailing alerts are also properly timed in duration.

Both the CR97 and CR95 can be very technical detectors for owners wishing to dig deep into the menu systems to customize in to a very high degree its alerting behavior.  No other detector is so configurable out of the box.  You will probably have to experiment with these settings to tailor them to your particular liking, so reading the manual is a must.  For a more quiet operation, we recommend the following settings: XK FILTER 4, TFSR ON, FDSR OFF, KA FILTER 3.  Use these settings when driving in heavy traffic.  If you are on a more isolated highway you may want to use the following settings: XK FILTER 1, TFSR OFF, FDSR ON, KA FILTER 1.

The photo enforcement database alerted to every redlight camera monitored intersection that I’ve encountered in my driving so far (12,000 plus miles) and like the more expensive detectors out there, the Whistlers give you the ability to be update them at home on your PC. What’s even nicer is that Whistler includes a USB to mini-D cable for doing so, something that even some of the more expensive detectors do not.

Whistler CR97/CR95 Pros:

  • Performance now on par with some detectors costing twice as much
  • Excellent sensitivity to a K and Ka-band police radar bands
  • Excellent detection of police laser
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detection instant-on police radar
  • Very good alert ramp and useful trailing alerts
  • Can display center frequencies of police radar
  • Advanced FDSR ### feature informs driver that K-band FMCW ticketing systems such as TraffiStar SR391 speed-on-green photo enforcement (available on the CR97 only)
  • Verilight GPS photo enforcement database (available on CR97 only)
  • Firmware and/or photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home
  • Speed sensitive automuting makes detector a pleasure to drive around town (CR97 only)
  • Very readable OLED display
  • Includes USB cable for updating

Whistler CR97/CR95 Cons:

  • Can sometimes alert with Ka to FMCW K sources
  • Can require some programming work
  • Signal processing not as sophisticated as more expensive DSP (digital signal processing) models

Whistler CR97/CR95 Review Summary:

The most capable Whistlers yet which provide exceptional K and Ka-band alerting performance and police laser nearly as good as detectors costing twice as much. Novel alerting, filtering, and muting features. Without question these two offer some of the best values going today.

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Radenso XP/Radenso SP

Escort Max 360 Radar Detector

Radenso SP & Radenso XP

Radenso’s 3rd & 4th offerings in the windshield-mount radar detector category are also very good units. While not providing the absolute sensitivity on some bands of its more expensive cousin the Radenso Pro M, they’re still quiet good.

What’s even more impressive is that sensitivity to real police radar doesn’t seem to be impacted much while either radar detector is in the proximity of a K-band polluting vehicle. The GPS-capable Radenso XP (and the non GPS version, the SP) are also more sensitive to police laser than the Radenso Pro M and can detect police laser from the rear and from greater angles than the Pro M. The new Radenso XP & Radenso SP can also be Ka-band segmented, similar to the Redline EX, which ensures the highest levels of Ka-band sensitivity and alerting quickness.

Radenso XP/Radenso SP Pros:

  • Very good sensitivity to a police radar bands (K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-band)
  • Good detection of police laser
  • Can be Ka-band segmented to extract the highest performance of Ka-band detection
  • Minimal impact on detection of genuine police radar during times of active false signal rejection
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detect instant-on police radar
  • GPS equipped to permit manual lock-outs of known false sources of radar (Radenso XP only)
  • Built-in GPS which allows for variable speed-sensitive sensitivity configuration (Radenso XP only)
  • Comes pre-loaded with database of redlight camera locations and is updateable with the supplied USB cable (Radenso XP only)
  • Firmware can be easily updated at home
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (the Pro M only gives center frequencies)
  • Larger casing than the Pro M pays dividends in features and sound levels
  • Bright and readable display
  • Recent price drops improve value of each detector
  • New versions of these units now come with a power cord that includes a mute button

Radenso XP/Radenso SP Cons:

  • X-band performance not at the levels of K and Ka band (affects drivers in NJ and Ohio)
  • GPS redlight database not as complete as other vendors’ offerings (Radenso XP only)
  • Menu and programming procedures is somewhat confusing and can be tricky to use
  • Photo enforcement database not as robust as Escort’s
  • Does not alert to MRCT/MRCD source with K-band filtering enabled
  • The XP’s GPS feature adds a hefty premium to the cost of the SP

Radenso XP/Radenso SP Review Summary:

The Radenso XP/SP is a very good detector for a blend of highway and city driving. The XP/SP does especially well when in the presence of vehicles equipped with K-band collision avoidance systems.  While it’s very good at filtering K-band CAS systems, it causes the detectors to completely miss K-band FMCW ticketing sources which may be an issue if you drive in an area where such systems are used.

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Escort Escort iXc

Escort iX Radar Detector

Escort iX/Escort iXc

The new Escort iXc is Escort’s replacement to their now outgoing Escort iX.  The Escort iXc adds WIFI connectivity but the real showstopper though is its enhanced performance.  The revised M4 plus (M4+) platform adds three to four dBs in sensitivity over the original iX’s previous M4 platform. That can equate to a potential 70% increase in alerting range.

Performance is now close enough to Escort’s highest priced models that the Escort iXc is an exceptional all-around detector for combined highway and city driving for those not insisting on having arrows.

Quick GPS satellite connections and more accurate geopositioning happen as a result of an improved chipset. As with all GPS detectors from Escort, the iXc can alert to redlight and speed cameras with the use of its industry leading Defender database.

The Escort iXc can be segmented making it potentially more quick to alerting to instant-on Ka police radar and K-band segmented to reduce falsing from in vehicle collision avoidance systems.

The iXc also has improve sensitivity to police laser, a capability that I rate as very important.

One of the great features that the iXc offers is a quick-release magnetic mount which attaches to the top of the radar detector. This mount makes for very steady (bounce-free) connections to the windshield and instantly makes every other mount seem outdated.  Fortunately, this new mount is being found on more and more Escort products including the 360c and EX.

Escort iXc Pros:

  • Exceptional sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-bands)
  • M4+ platform give us a 3-4dB increase in sensitivity to the outgoing Escort iX
  • Very good detection of police laser
  • Exceptional quickness and ability to detection instant-on police radar
  • Can be Ka-band segmented for improved performance
  • Can be K-band segmented for even quieter operation
  • Improved IVT (K-band rejection filtering) does a great job of filtering out these systems
  • Incorporates bluetooth with Escort Live! integration
  • Class-leading Defender/iRadar photo enforcement database
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Awesome quick-release magnetic mount
  • USB Smartcord comes standard
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home or wirelessly
  • High level of construction quality both externally and internally
  • WIFI capable
  • Compatible with Escort M1 dash cam

Escort iXc Cons:

  • Multi-color OLED display can be a little difficult to read in bright lighting conditions (but it extends the life of the OLED display)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • K-band filtering can cause it to miss MRCT/MRCD ticketing sources (may be addressed in future firmware update)

Escort iXc Review Summary:

The new IXc adds WIFI connectivity to the outgoing Escort iX, however the star of the show isn’t WIFI, it’s the M4+ platform that adds some serious performance increases.  If you don’t want or need the arrows, the iXc is the natural alternative for those seeking an exceptional detector that is suited to just about anything you can throw at it.

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Radenso Pro M

Radenso Pro SE Radar Detector

Radenso Pro M

Radenso is a relative new player in the U.S. market and this very small detector packs very solid detections to K-band and particularly 34.7 Ka-band. Like the Escort Redline EX, the Radenso Pro M incorporates an LNA (low noise amplifier) to improve detection performance.

Its detection performance in both range and off-axis is in the realm of the original Escort Redline detector.  The Radenso Pro M comes with GPS and a photo enforcement database, and can by updated by the user at home with a computer. The Radenso Pro M provides some of the best in-class signal rejection of K-band automotive collision avoidance systems while still being able to detect instant-on K-band police radar as well as detecting frequency hopping/modulated MultaRadar Close Distance (MRCD) and MRCT.  Enabling MRCD/MRCT alerting does increase its falsing rate, however.

Another interesting and unique feature to this Radenso is its ability to “notch” K-band which tightens up K-and closer to the center of police K-band radar of 24.150 Ghz. By tightening K-band, it can reduce detections to K-band sources like automotive systems that still operate on K-band but do so outside the margins of genuine police radar.

The Radenso Pro M provides a host of interesting sensitivity modes including individual changes to each band for driving around town as well as speed sensitive sensitivity. This makes the Radenso Pro M a very good detector for combined highway and city driving.

Where the Radenso Pro M falls short, however, is its ability to detect X-band and police laser sensitivity is well below those of other detectors at this price point. X-band is seen in Ohio and New Jersey and on a limited basis in North Carolina, but not many other states use X-band any more, so for many drivers, this won’t present much of an issue.  The Pro M is not as substantially built as other detectors at its price point.

Radenso stands by their products offering a full two year warranty on their detectors compared to the typical 12-month warranties of other manufacturers.  Radenso is a manufacturer to continue to watch.

Radenso Pro M Pros:

  • Exceptional sensitivity to a K and Ka-band police radar bands, particularly 34.7 Ghz
  • Very good filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems
  • Built-in GPS and photo enforcement database
  • K-band sweep can be narrowed to focus more on genuine K-band police radar
  • Ability to detect MRCD/MRCT (at the expense of increased falsing)
  • Many filtering options
  • Large display (for its small size)
  • Smallest detector made
  • Firmware and photo enforcement database can easily be updated at home
  • Exceptional two-year warranty
  • Manufacturer is engaged with its customers

Radenso Pro M Cons:

  • Display can be difficult to read in bright lighting conditions
  • Below average sensitivity to X-band and police laser at this price point
  • No rear laser sensor
  • Photo enforcement database not as robust as others
  • Increased K-band falsing to CAS systems when MRCT/MRCD detection is enabled
  • Some filtering options causes it to miss bonafide MRCD/MRCT sources.

Radenso Pro M Review Summary:

Competition is a good thing and this new kid on the block is offering some compelling products. While very popular with some in the enthusiast community, overall performance is not as well rounded as others at this price point.  However, for those seeking exceptional performance on Ka and K-band especially in tiny package, coupled with the ability to detect international radar bands the Radenso Pro M is a solid choice.

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Escort X80

Escort Passport X80 Radar Detector

Escort Passport X80

The Escort X80 is Escort’s “entry-level” detector which essentially replaces their legendary Passport 8500 X50. The X80 is a good detector. It provides very good sensitivity to all police radar as well as good laser sensitivity. The X80 is built in similar theme to the Passport Max and Max II, which candidly haven’t been my favorites in appearance. The X80 includes a dual clear suction cup mounting bracket.

Like the Escort iXc and Escort Redline EX, the X80 can also be segmented, but the Ka performance gains are harder to notice in my opinion because the sheer sensitivity of this detector are not quite a the levels of the new iXc nor the EX.  Use it more for filtering unnecessary signals.

Unlike the short-lived Escort Passport X70 which did not include bluetooth, the Escort X80 includes bluetooth and does not requiring Escort’s SmartCord Live cord to give it the ability to interface with Escort Live2! so it can also provides alerts to redlight and speed camera photo enforcement locations when using the app.

Escort X80 Pros:

  • Good sensitivity to a police radar bands (X-band, K-band, 33.8 & 34.7 & 35.5 Ka-bands)
  • Good detection of police laser
  • Good detection to instant-on police radar
  • Can be segmented for improved Ka performance
  • Integrated bluetooth for mating with Escort Live2!
  • Can display actual frequencies of police radar (good for distinguishing real police radar from non-police radar)
  • Reasonably priced

Escort X80 Cons:

  • Multi-color OLED display difficult to read in bright lighting conditions (to extended display longevity)
  • Overly long trailing alerts which continue to sound even when radar or laser source is no longer present
  • Doesn’t have the latest signal rejection technology to filter out collision avoidance systems
  • Detection performance has the potential to be compromised during times of filtering out CAS systems
  • Apparent construction quality not as high as other models from Escort
  • The chassis design is not as compelling as the 360c, EX, or the iXc

Escort X80 Review Summary:

This Escort X80 is a fine detector for those not looking to spend a lot and currently represents Escort’s entry level model. The X80 makes a good detector for those looking for an Escort branded model but are on a tighter budget.

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While this list is no means a complete list, it is comprised of what I consider the stand-outs in the dash-mount category.  The Adaptiv TPX Pro is specifically designed for motorcyclists, provides good performance, and has large buttons for riders who use gloves.

The Escort Solo S4 which is a battery-operated cordless detector and while it provides lower performance than many corded models, it has appeal for those who absolutely don’t want to or can’t use a cigarette lighter power cord.

You may be wondering why we didn’t include Uniden products in this year’s rankings.  The reason is that that they have been experiencing quality control issues which have resulted in high return rates for some of their retailers and as such we can not recommend them at this time.

The Escort Max 360c is the detector to get if you can afford it

Yes it’s pricey, but the Escort Max 360c is quite simply the greatest detector ever made, period.  If you can afford it, you will not regret your purchase.  When you drive with it and come to appreciate its capabilities, you’ll know your hard-earn coin was well spent.

The Whistler CR97 is a great detector for the money

If this is going to be your first detector or you want the most bang for your buck, I would suggest considering the Whistler CR97. These are great all-around detectors that will provide terrific detection range, minimized false alerts when properly configured for that kind of operation, and has the unique ability to alert to FMCW photo enforcement systems that are in use in some municipalities.  The fact that its only $249 makes it a winner in my book.

The Redline EX is for those needing true stealth operation

The EX is the one for those living in Virginia and for commercial truck drivers and remains the only detector truly undetectable by all versions of the SPECTRE RDD.

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Thanks for reading and remember to drive safely, but most importantly, protected!

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