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Cobra RAD 700i Review: High-end Radar Detector at an Extreme Low Price

Cobra RAD 700i vs Florida Highway Patrol

Cobra RAD 700i Review

Cobra hits it out of the park.  The Cobra RAD 700i offers astounding levels of performance at a price point that is remarkably inexpensive.

Driving extensively with the Cobra RAD 700i, makes me wonder, how did Cobra actually manage this produce such a radar detector?

Cobra vs Florida Highway Patrol

Updated: 6-29-24 by Veil Guy

Cobra RAD 700i Review Introduction

The Cobra RAD 700i is an exceptional radar detector at a price point of only $250 that performs, as implausible as it may seem, nearly as well as radar detectors costing more the three times its low price.

Escort MAX 4 Review: Escort’s Affordable High-End Radar Detector

Escort Max 4

Escort MAX 4 Review

The Escort MAX 4 is Escort’s new top-of-the-line single antenna radar detector and is being positioned as Escort’s “entry-level” radar detector.

Read Veil’s Accompanying Cobra RAD 700i Review

Escort MAX 4 vs Lousiana Trooper

Escort MAX 4 Review Introduction

The Escort MAX 4 provides noticeable improvements in both performance and filtering over its predecessor, the Escort MAX 3.

Escort is billing the new Escort MAX 4 as their entry-level high-performance radar detector and while this may be technically accurate, we certainly don’t regard the Escort MAX 4 as anything but an extremely capable radar detector at a very reasonable price.

Radar detector reactivity tests shows how the current best radar detectors alert to instant-on radar.

Radar Detector Reactivity Test

Radar detector reactivity tests of the best radar detectors

Speed over sensitivity, wins the day

Updated: 3-25-24  by Veil Guy

Radar detector reactivity & responsiveness tests

Introduction

Ever since I discovered the speed detection benefits of Ka-band segmentation in 2008, I’ve put more emphasis on a radar detector’s alert reactivity to instant-on radar, distant brief detections to approaching constant-on radar, and quick-trigger (very quick I/O operation) than on raw sensitivity.

Performance Review: Uniden R9 vs Valentine V1G2 vs Escort Redline 360c Reactivity Test – Part 2

Uniden R9, the Valentine V1G2, and the Escort Redline 360c Reactivity Test & Review

Reactivity & Latch Time Performance Review

We test three top-rated radar detectors–the Uniden R9, the Valentine V1G2, and the Escort Redline 360c–for responsiveness and latch times on Ka-band.

 Originally published: 6-30-23, Updated: 3-21-24  by Veil Guy

Ka-band Reactivity & Latch Time Performance Test: Uniden R9 vs Escort Redline 360c vs Valentine V1G2

This article is part two of a two part series.

As we have maintained over nearly five-decades of driving with radar detectors, we continue to believe a true measure of what makes a radar detector the best, is not its sensitivity or if it alerts at the longest distance to constantly transmitting (C/O) police radar, on an isolated closed-course test.

Performance Review: Uniden R9 vs Escort Redline 360c vs Valentine V1G2 Reactivity Test – Part 1

Reactivity & Latch Time Performance Review

We test three top-rated radar detectors–the Uniden R9, the Escort Redline 360c, and the Valentine V1G2–for K-band responsiveness and latch times and the results are very telling.

Published: 6-30-23, Updated: 07-16-2023  by Veil Guy

K-band Reactivity & Latch Time Performance Test: Uniden R9 vs Escort Redline 360c vs Valentine V1G2

As we have maintained over nearly five-decades of driving with radar detectors, we continue to believe a true measure of what makes a radar detector the best, is not its sensitivity or if it alerts at the longest distance to constantly transmitting (C/O) police radar, on an isolated closed-course test.

Uniden R9 Review: Why it’s the best remote ever.

Uniden R9 Review

Uniden R9 Review

Uniden’s Game Changing Remote is Set to Shake The Industry Up…Again

The Uniden R9 is Uniden’s first custom installed radar and laser system and even though Uniden is new to the custom installed radar detector and laser jammer market, the Uniden R9 is the best custom installed detector we’ve have ever driven with and tested.

Updated: 3-25-24 by Veil Guy

Uniden R9 Review Introduction

Long before we started driving with and testing the Uniden R9 on our recent road trip, we’ve driven with other radar detectors since the late ’70s.

TMG Alpha-17 (a-17) Review – best 2-head laser jammer we’ve tested.

Adaptiv TPX Alpha-17 Laser Jammer Test & Review

TMG Alpha-17 Laser Jammer Review

The TMG a-17 laser jammer performs extremely well with only two standard jamming heads

Updated: 07/16/2023 by Veil Guy



Veil Guy’s TMG a-17 Laser Jammer Test & Review

TMG Alpha-17 Laser Jammer Review Summary

Pros:

  • Best performing 2-head laser jammer we’ve ever tested
  • Very high performance consistency with 2-heads
  • Connecting cables are thick, durable,  and allow solid connections to the laser jamming heads
  • Cables support connecting two heads requiring only one cable (for the non-VPR standard operating heads)
  • Supports up to six heads (four standard and two VPR)
  • CPU control module has been upgraded for reduced RF and improved electronic stability over the TMG Alpha-15
  • Higher current fuses
  • System can be powered three different ways
  • Audi alerting volume is terrific
  • Bluetooth support allows for easy firmware updating and control via Apple of Android smartphone apps.
  • Configurable jamming duration
  • Reasonably priced and less components required as compared to the ALP laser jammers to achieve similar performance

Cons:

  • No parking sensor mode
  • Head placement can be tricky when mounting the VPR head
  • CPU and control module are one in the same requiring more cables to fish through the firewall and connect to the CPU
  • No separate control module
  • CPU module is not designed to be installed under the hood
  • Tolerances could be improved with the CPU module to allow easier dip switch changing
  • Difficult to remove cable connections from CPU without a small flat-head screw driver
  • Cable jacket connection point to control module could be jacketed better
  • Connections of jamming heads to the control module requires paying close attention to details
  • No system self-check at startup to indicate a failed connection or jamming head

Introduction


Overview of the TMG Alpha-17 Laser Jammer

Facets TMG, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer came on the US scene several years ago with their Alpha-15 laser jammer.

RadarBusters & Veil tested the 2-head laser jammer with good, but not consistently exceptional results.

Whistler Titan Review – Whistler’s Radar Detector That Runs With The Big Dogs.

Whistler Titan Review

This Whistler Titan review has been a long time coming.

The Whistler Titan is Whistler’s best radar detector ever offered and it runs with the big dogs like the Uniden R4 and even with dual antenna models such as the Uniden R8, Escort MAXcam 360c, Escort Max 360c MkII, and the Valentine V1G2..

I expected to publish it at the end of 2020, but as the COVID pandemic evolved into causing worldwide disruptions of supply chains, especially semi-conductor production, the Whistler Titan has been delayed for nearly two years!

TPX Automotive Laser Jammer Test & Review

Adaptiv TPX Laser Jammer Test & Review

TPX Laser Jammer Review & Test

This Adaptiv TPX jammer manages to hit a grand slam home run at its first at bat.



Veil Guy’s TPX  Laser Jammer Test & Review

 
We were thrilled when Adaptiv introduced their laser jammer specifically designed for motorcycles finally giving riders a great option that they didn’t have before.

Now, we are ecstatic that Adaptiv has introduced their TPX laser jammer for automobiles.
 

Updated: 08/14/2023, by Veil Guy

TPX Laser Jammer Review Summary

Pros:

  • Best performing laser jammer right out of the box
  • High powered VPR head included as standard
  • Very high performance consistency
  • Flexible head placement
  • CPU can be mounted under hood requiring only one cable to the control module to pass through the firewall
  • USB type connections to control module very desirable allowing for easy connection and disconnection of cables
  • Uncomplicated system making installation and operation a snap even for novices
  • Audi alerting volume is terrific
  • Parking sensor mode
  • Reasonably priced and less components required as compared to the ALP laser jammers to achieve similar performance

Cons:

  • Bluetooth support would be nice for operation, control, and firmware updating
  • Short auto jamming operation of three seconds (unless in manual JTK mode)
  • Cable jacket connection point to control module could be improved and be more durable
  • No system check at startup to indicate a failed connection or jamming head

Introduction

Adaptiv Technologies has been around a long time in the industry and while many of you may not know their name, Adaptiv is very well regarded in the motorcyclist community.

Uniden R8 Review: The New King of Radar Detectors

Uniden R8

Uniden R8 Review

Supercharging the Uniden R7 makes the Uniden R8 the best directional radar detector we’ve ever driven with.

The Uniden R8 is Uniden’s current top-performing windshield mount radar detector and is currently the best performing detector on the market, bar none.

This Uniden R8 review is based upon personal driving of many thousands of miles and lots of real-world police radar encounters.



Veil Guy’s Uniden R8 Review
 

Updated: 03/25/24 by Veil Guy

Uniden R8 Review Introduction

For the last several years I have been crisscrossing the country every three months as I am participating in a clinical trial located on the opposite coast.  The total round-trip mileage often exceeds 6000 miles each trip.

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