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Evo Magazine Review
Evo Magazine - Radar Detector Review - May 2001
Several new models have hit the market since our extensive test of radar detectors (Evo Magazine Review, number15), so we've tried some of the best-sellers.
To cut through the jargon, k and ka bands are the
most commonly used in the UK.
This used to be the source of majority of false readings. Fortunately, the latest units allow X band detection to be disabled. Mini Gatso cameras work on Ku band, but their use is not widespread.
Evo Magazine review verdict
Each detector claims comprehensive cover against police methods of monitoring speed. We were unable to carry out a controlled test, but the various units were tried out over a period of several weeks. The Bel units and Valentine One gave ample warning on approach to a Gatso camera. The directional indicator on the Valentine was also a useful feature. The Snooper was less sensitive, but gave just enough warning to react. False alarms were not a problem on dual-carriageways or motorways, but could become tiresome in town.
The Bel Target Euro 330 and Beltronics Target Euro
550 are developments of the 980 and 990 models which cleaned up in our
previous test (issue 15). We've seen nothing to change our recommendation
this time around. Both are designed specifically for use in the UK (and
Europe in the case of the Beltronics Target Euro 550) and work extremely
well. The Euro 550 performed marginally better with Gatso, and its settings
can be changed country by country. These features warrant the extra money
over the 330, but both are a good buy.
Does it work?
Courtesy of Evo Magazine May 2001
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