Cobra - Radar/Laser Detector - Multi

Stay apprised of radar and laser transmissions with this Cobra SPX5500 detector, which features LaserEye technology for 360° detection of laser signals. The Digiview data display and Voice Alert function help keep you informed as you drive.
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4
It's Not Bad, just a couple of glitches Posted by: from: on I had an older Cobra Radar Detector that I bought a few years ago. Unfortunately, it went off a thousand times a minute. In fact, I was pulled over and got a ticket for speeding. When the officer saw my Radar Detector, he laughed and stated that it must not be much of a help :( I then decided that it was time for a new Radar Detector. After doing some research, I decided on the Cobra SPX5500. I love the design and all of its features. It has already most likely saved me from a couple of tickets. However, it continually warns me about oncoming Trains!! I can be on the highway and it warns me about a train approaching. Really?? There are no railroad tracks anywhere in the vicinity within 5+ miles!! Unless it's a runaway train, there is something definitely wrong. Maybe it's just a defective one that I have. I will be exchanging it for another one. All-In-All, if it is just a defect, I highly recommend this Radar Detector. It has all you need and more. It will even warn you about oncoming trains (JK). Allen G.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Excellent Radar Detector, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS Posted by: from: on The Cobra SPX5500 is a excellent radar detector. I've only had it for 2 days and it's saved my heavy footed self 3 times already, no lie!!! You know it's sad, I almost didn't buy this model based on reviews but after reading more closely nearly all the negative reviews we're solely based on the windshield attachment and not the product itself!!! I normally don't do reviews but that made me change my mind, first of all READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST, THE SUCTION CUP WINDOW ATTACHMENT WORKS FLAWLESSLY AS LONG AS YOU ARE APPLYING IT TO A FRESHLY CLEANED WINDOW!!! If for some odd reason yours is defective then just use the sticky velcro dash mount, don't blast the product online ruining it's score and turning away potential buyers... Sorry, back to the product, works great! Gives you a heads up with plenty of time to slow down. With the awesome Inteli-Mute feature I have not received any false alerts yet nor does it even go off unless you are likely going over the speed limit. This was a MUST BUY for me and a great investment due to the NEW NC state law writing tickets for 1MILE OVER THE SPEED LIMIT!!!

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

5
Works as advertised Posted by: from: on I live out the outside part of town where the main road goes from a 55 zone to 30 as you get closer to downtown. Being all marshland its a straight shot for about 2 miles from when it turns into a 30 zone even though its a one way road with no cars entering so people tend to keep going 55 until they get closer to the main part of town. The local cops started cracking down on cars going to fast and knowing my driving habits I knew I was eventually going to be pulled over I bought the cobra on my way back home from work and as I neared town the cobra read "Ka" and sure enough about 10-15 seconds later I passed a cop sitting with his lights off near the dirt patch by the powerlines. 2 weeks later and its still doing its job great, it starts reading the radar from about 1/2 mile away giving me a decent amount of time to slow down before getting into the 30 zone. Does a great job on the highway as well, I get a Ka reading and i'll look ahead and start seeing brake lights going off.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

1
Don't waste your money Posted by: from: Wilmington California on I purchased this detector because I've had cobra detectors since I started driving and all have worked great. i saw this one and noticed it was a new product so I bought it for a trip I was taking from Los Angeles to Vancouver Canada and it literally stopped working. I noticed that when it did pick up a radar I was pretty much passing the officer so I stopped at a best buy in Washington state and exchanged it for a new one and the performance of the new one was the same, I contacted cobra and have not received a reply. This is by far the worst detector I've ever owned and is not worth the price and I will not but another cobra product again, Ive also owned beltronics and they are great. Truthfully with the performance this gives I think it should be in the $50 range.

28 out of 31 found this review helpful.

4
Good detector for the money Posted by: from: on I bought this because of the name brand and sale price, days before I left for a 3,000 mile road trip. I figured the chances of me getting a speeding ticket during this trip was high, since I intended to go 80 the entire time. I'd say it paid for itself during this trip, giving me notification of KA band momments before passing a police car hiding. In my experience there's a ton of factors on how soon you may get a buzz before approaching a cop. Sometimes I got very little time to smash on the brakes, and other times I'd have a mile or so. Sometimes you must understand how police radars work and how a detector works, when you get lasered by a cop and the detector goes crazy and screams laser, it's too late...they already got you. NO DETECTOR can stop this unless it jams the cops laser and that's likely illegal. so yes I did get lasered once going 80 in a 70 but the stop didn't stop me. This thing is to prevent tickets, not stop them. I always call myself an educated speeder, or speed with caution. I have been driving for 10 years and I have yet to receive a speeding ticket. One thing I hate about this thing is the TRAIN notification that others are saying, it was extremely annoying but I can live with it as it doesn't go off much around my home town. you can't turn that off either or silent it like the X band. For some this feature might completely ruin the radar if it goes off a lot on your daily commute and I wouldn't blame you for that. Other than that, it does what it's supposed to.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

4
Decent radar detector Posted by: from: Texas on Went on a trip from Texas to Florida in a rent car and left my trusted radar detector in my car. Stopped at a BestBuy in Shreveport and grabbed this detector for the rest of the trip. The detector power cord barely reached from the windshield to the lighter plug with the ultra short curly cord. The detector overall picked up the expected speed traps along the way, however it gave us several scares with false alarms... mostly for trains. It paid for itself on the return trip through LA with an early warning of a speed trap ahead with troopers using momentary Ka. We slowed and passed with a sigh of relief. Generally a good detector. Loud enough to hear over the radio and road noise. Took a little getting used to alert tones, but only because familiarity with another brand detector. Not sure what the train warning was in the middle of a highway, but oh well. I'd recommend this to a friend as a low cost solution. And I would also recommend buying the optional straight power cord. The curly-q thing is annoying and really short!

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

1
sorry product Posted by: from: on This item does not pick any radars except for automatic doors at stores and i have crossed many radar detecting officers and it did not give any detection warnings whatsoever. This purchase was a waste of money. A paper weight!

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

3
It's alright but Cobra has had better. Posted by: from: on I have had many Cobra radar detectors. This one is alright but always says that a train is coming. It would be nice if there was a way to turn that off. I had read other reviews talking about how the train alert was a problem but was hoping I would not see the same. I was wrong. The display is green and is hard to see even with the dim turned all the way up. The Cobra that this one replaced had a red display and was much easier to see in the daylight. I have mixed reviews on this product. It works great but has a few flaws.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Works great Posted by: from: Chicago, IL on Haven't owned a radar detector in years, lost faith in them. A coworker recommended I get one since I look at the speed limit as more like a recommendation than anything. Said Cobra was still the way to go on radar detector brands. This one has yet to let me down. Whether on the streets or expressway. It detects them miles away, giving you more than enough time to slow down. Now of course I'm sure Best Buy & Cobra don't recommend you drive over the limit, but if you have to, this product will be your best friend!

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

4
Great radar for a low price Posted by: from: on I recently traveled from Texas to Florida so I purchased this one, it detects cop before they detect you, unfortunately it has a lot of false alarm. But overall it did good on detections for a cheap price.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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