Sensitivity Control: Highway / AutoScan / Auto NoX
Time and money spent on anything but things you actually want to be doing is Bad. Simple right? unless you actually want a speeding ticket, in which case you can go ahead and skip this awesome Beltronics PRO500 Radar detector. But if you're like the rest of us and don't want to spend your hard earned cash on speeding tickets which usually cost over $300 a pop, and you don't want to spend your valuable time in traffic school, then you probably want to Get yourself a Radar detector. These handy little devices pay for themselves after only a couple saves which is what is referred to as a smart investment and we want to be smart with things like money right? you don't have to come up with the Theory of relativity to be a smart person and know that protecting yourself with a Radar/laser detector just makes sense.
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I've owned several Bell radar detectors...the last was the Bell 985. The 985 was excellent except for a BIG problem with false laser alerts when you were driving into the sun...very annoying. The PRO 500 is simply superb! The false alerts from the sun are gone and the ability to quickly lock out false K and X band alerts based on GPS location and signal is awesome. Once you lock it out its gone forever. Also, the new capability to be able to download the database of Red light and speed cameras has already saved me a few times. I was shocked to see how many red light cameras exist in my area that I was unaware of. The PRO 500 is expensive but if you push the speed limits it's worth it!
I had the Beltronics V8 previously, and where I live there are lots of automatic doors, K and X band. So I decided to go for broke and get the top of the line with the GPS filtering. I absolutely love this thing. My drive to work/school/store anywhere in town is completely free of false alarms from automatic doors. I can't directly compare it to the V8 as far as range/accuracy but from what I can tell it's the same or a bit better than the V8.
To mute the signal just press the mute button on the power cord or detector itself 3 times when you want to lock it out. Once to mute, once more and it will say "Lockout this signal?" and once more to confirm the lockout.
I also tried the Escort Passport 9500iX (same detector on the inside) but it was obnoxiously big and the buttons were pretty cramped compared to the Bel. And the sound alerts sounded almost exactly the same on all 4 bands (K, Ka, X, and Laser). You can find the 9500ix on ebay for 200-300 but I...
This is definitely one of the best radar/laser detectors available on the market. It is identical to the best selling detector, Escort Passport 9500ix, except that the Pro500 doesn't have the auto learn feature. Escort and beltronics are under the same company so you can expect the same quality and reliability. Within the 2 months of owning this device, it has saved me from at least 5 speeding tickets. So if you have a fast car and happy feet, buying this detector is absolutely the best investment. It will take you a week or two to get used to what each laser and radar band means. In my area (southern cali) Ka band is used by the police. K and X bands are usually false alarms. I believe they are traffic light motion detectors, and possibly google.maps speed sensor to monitor traffic flow. It is equipped with built in GPS, which allow you to ignore a specific false alarm that you always get on your commute. Updating the software give you the most up to date redlight cameras...
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