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Old 10-14-2014, 05:04 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2002 M3 SMG Vert
Anyone using Escort's Smartradar detector?

Just moved to a part of town where law enforcement is on a daily ticket rampage regardless of which route I take to avoid; they're everywhere. Looking to upgrade my Whistler Pro 3600 with a decent detector, this one is absolutely worthless. I love the remote radar stealth install concept, but unfortunately that's the only thing Whistler got right with this one.

Ideally I'd love to install a Bel STiR+ and be done with it, but it's way out of my price range for now. An Escort Redline or 9500ix would be my next choice for performance but still pretty pricey and they don't have remote install options.

Does anyone have experience with Escort's Smartradar? It was priced about the same as Redline/9500ix last year but is now discontinued so it has dropped in price significantly. You can pick one up for $180 on Amazon new, compared to the Redline at $499. Looks to be a steal if it works well enough. Online reviews spoke favorably, but then they did the same for the Whistler model I purchased. According to those reviews it performs nearly as well as the higher end models but has the added features of smartphone integration, which is pretty sweet and will work great with the custom iPhone mount I'm fabricating.

Any oddities or poor performance noticed from any owners? Thanks in advance!

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