Cobra - Radar and Laser Detector

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.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Cobra Radar and Laser Detector
  • power cord and mount

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (317 out of 346)

Features


Compatible with most vehicles

For wide-ranging use.

Detection and separate alerts

For radar signals (X, K and Ka bands, with signal strength indicated), laser and VG-2 signals.

Instant-On ready

Detects radar guns with “instant-on” (very fast) speed monitoring capabilities.

LaserEye technology

Detects laser signals from both front and rear.

QuietDrive technoloygy

Muted driving mode for times driver wants less audible feedback while talking with passengers or on the phone.

Eye-Catching OLED Display

Bright white OLED display features band identification icons and numeric signal strength meter.

Dim mode

Allows the user to dim the radar detector display enhancing night driving visibility.

Dual language

English and Spanish voice and text alerts.


Customer rating

4.5
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cobra RAD-450 Vs. Passport 9500ix

    Posted
    Palmviewlobos15
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you don't want the story just scroll all the way down. If you want to read the experience, continue. For 2 years I had an old XRS-9370 cobra that became outdated and started picking up every sensor from stores, to Audi, BMW, and GM vehicles.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!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replaced a $300 Escort X80 with this

    Posted
    JDThird
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I had a Cobra that bricked itself and sat non stop from power on until power off at an annoying laser detection warning. I tossed it, and put back an older Cobra Vendetta, but was tired of the false alarms that one got. So I purchased the $300 Escort X80 and was nothing but disappointed, both in the app that's an annoying money grab with four or five "no thanks" prompts I have to click past to avoid upgrading to the paid premium junk before it would even link up, and then things it should do like be able to let me mark something as a false positive, it failed to do. The detector itself, a new model, had all the same failures my older Cobra models had with some of the stores I pass on the way to work. My car has the radar avoidance features as well as blind spot monitoring, so the Escort even went off as soon as I started my car in the garage, I assume it was receiving radar signals. I'd also get it to start warning me as I backed into the garage when I would park. VERY annoying for something over $300 so I returned it, and tried this. So far, not a single false positive in the normal places I've *always* had them with every other detector. It also doesn't go off when I'm in my garage, either coming home or leaving. So far each time it's gone off, I've been able to see the police car somewhere ahead as I eventually passed it. Volume is annoyingly loud if you set it so, necessary if you have windows open and lots of wind noise, or loud music. Easy to read display as well. Not sure how it will do longer term, but so far in the short time I've had it, it's proven far better than any other one I've had simply by ignoring all the spots my old ones used to go off...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top Detector At Any Price Point

    Posted
    RalphHenry
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic detector

    Posted
    SS396
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After reading favorable reviews, I bought this Cobra to replace a BEL I had used for years, it finally quit on me. It does a very nice job overall. Most police in my neck of the woods use KA band, it doesn't have super long detection range on KA, but, its enough, at least a half a mile to a mile, depending on terrain. The OLED display is good for this price range, very visible and it won't wash out, even in direct sunlight. The "knight rider" scrolling line and screen saver are nice touches, too. Also nice- the alert volume automatically lowers substantially after 3-4 seconds of full volume alerts, nice if you get a pesky K band false, once in awhile it will still pick up K band falses from vehicles with blind spot monitoring or building alarm systems, traffic signals, etc, but not very often and its got online updates for K band falses, which I haven't tried yet. If you want a good basic detector that doesn't cost 500.00, this is a good one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally Legit

    Posted
    GeorgeA

    I've been commuting 65 miles each way to work for about 8 months and bought this little gem way at the beginning. It has saved me at least every week, sometimes nightly. I turned off the K band and the X band because law enforcement only uses the Ka band and Lasers (I've only encountered 1, they seem to use those on the service roads). and it really helps with false alerts. Ka=cop period. I usually get by first beep when they're about 1/4 mile out and just watch it, by 3 bars you really need to be at the speed limit and on alert, 5 bars you should see something. If the bars rise quickly they can be coming from the other side or just over a hill. Anyways, I have not yet gotten a ticket and I regularly fly at 80-85. Go for it, this product is money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    Posted
    Tarheel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    When I first received the RAD450 I thought it was great because it wasn't going off at every store in town and only went off at Wal-Mart if you were right in front of the door. Then when I saw a cop in the median, it didn't go off until I was about 40 yards from him. No time to slow down. There was plenty of traffic ahead that he was checking. To make sure I called a buddy of mine that is a police officer. He set up about a half mile away and on a straight road with no obstruction and had his radar on the whole time. Again, never picked him up until I was right on him. Had the settings on high also. Not sure if this one was defective or not but it was returned. I've had better detectors at 40 dollars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mostly good for detection

    Posted
    Tobster
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This Cobra saved me several tickets as I was driving across the country. However in one state, Ohio, it did not give me a warning at all and I did get a ticket. Several other reviews had mentioned that it goes off sometimes when there aren’t police around. I found that to be true but it wasn’t particularly annoying. I didn’t have a problem with the volume, I could hear it. Even with music playing in the car. I didn’t have a problem being able to see it even in broad daylight. So overall I’m glad I bought it. It saved me several tickets. But I did get one ticket. You make your own decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving It

    Posted
    Tinman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I just bought this, as I do a lot of traveling by car and I wanted to make sure I am aware of where the radar guns are at. I do not speed or I rarely do (and never over 5 mph), but for those few times my speed is a little over, I want to get alerted to a nearby speed trap. I took this out for the first time and it worked great. It gave me plenty of warning and while it does give some false alarms, it does not give a lot of them. The price is so much better than a lot of the others on the shelves, so that is another pro. Glad I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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