Detect laser and radar signals from a distance with this Cobra radar detector. Adjust the detector's sensitivity at the touch of a button, and filter out unwanted alerts so you only get the information you need. Premium circuitry in this Cobra radar detector lets you eliminate false alerts from other radar detectors, fixed traffic-flow monitors and other systems.
Cobra RAD-450 Vs. Passport 9500ix
Posted by: Palmviewlobos15 from: on
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For 2 years I had an old XRS-9370 cobra that became outdated and started picking up every sensor from stores, to Audi, BMW, and GM vehicles. It got annoying with false alarms. So I decided to go with a Passport 9500ix. Out of the box it was a very good radar and would pick up at long distances which is good, but again it would pick up Cadillac and Mercedes Benz vehicles. Not as severe as my old radar, but I decided to hold onto it. Now 5 days after the purchase the right side of the lights on the display went dim. I decided to return it.
Oddly enough, I read about the RAD-450 Cobra but never saw one in inventory at any best buy. But this day. I returned the escort and there was only one RAD450 that none of the members even knew about. It was just there and it was the only one they had got. So I decided to give it a try.
Quick review: I'm blown away by the performance of this radar. It does NOT pick up any type of collision system from any GM which has been a pain for both escort and cobra owners. As for distance in picking up police, it doesn't have an extreme long distance reach but does have maybe about a mile reach which comes in handy. As far as quality, it seems very well put together and it does exactly what it says with the IVT filter for In-Vehicle-Technology. 1 false alarm in 3 days. I had 8 false alarms with the escort in 5 days. Worth the money!!!
38 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Great product for the money
Posted by: Spike from: on
This product works great . I use it in a narrow canyon, it lets me know when CSP is lurking around. I hav not been hit with lazer yet but it does a great job on ka band which is what CSP uses.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Ant0207 from: on
Now I know when to pull over before the cops even know to pull me over
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
great radar detector for the money
Posted by: Chippy from: on
I have owned several Cobra radar detectors over the years. I bought this unit for my girlfriend as a birthday present and personally like this one better than the $200 Cobra i have now, that i bought last year. It gets a lot less false alerts than mine, and i will probably be buying another one in the spring for my work car.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Satirag74 from: on
I love this radar with laser it has save me so many times
7 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Frontiero5 from: on
Detects radar at a safe enough distance to slow down in time
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Good but not great
Posted by: bby0597 from: on
This product is good for price. Had a lot of false alerts but did pick up 3 different bands which most of the time turned out to be false. Unless you buy a radar in the $400 plus range, most are not worth buying. I returned mine within a week of purchase and did not find it worth while to have not knowing if the alert was real or not.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Does a good job for the money
Posted by: Derekc from: on
Bought this for driving around town and for road trips. Seems to do a good job and gives plenty of heads up.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Top Detector At Any Price Point
Posted by: RalphHenry from: Youngsville, NC on
This detector is in many ways the perfect detector. Here's why. It does not have the range of the $600 detectors but essentially this is a plus - because it has fewer false signals, while it still detects police radar in time to slow down. It also covers all bands including Laser, K, Ka. It also has VG2 and Spectre signals - although I don't really see the point of Spectre and VG2 - just turn your detector off in Virginia and Wash DC. I have found it works fine and police are usually on Ka in my area. All K hits are auto-door openers so far. It does seem to light up more indicators when it is really police radar - great. In summary it works fine and ironically due to lower range than best detectors it may be better as I said above - but you choose. Lastly it says it has filtering for the new BLIS and other car avoidance systems - but can't fully attest to that. I did see it not detect (or filtered out properly) a Mercedes which had the BLIS or other collision avoidance systems as I saw the Mercedes light up in it's side view mirrors. However on American cars with BLIS it did sound off so this area is muddy which seems to be true of all detectors per my research. In the future I expect the best detectors will filter out the BLIS radar signal but will have an indicator of some sort so you know it thinks it saw BLIS. I'd buy this one for now till the best ones really get better.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Sri89 from: on
Good product...definitely recommend it. No complaints