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Whistler XTR-265 Radar/Laser Detector (Grey)
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
I will admit up front that I bought this unit based solely on price. That, and the fact I am a long time buyer of Whistler radar detectors. Like another reviewer here, my first experience with a radar detector was a now ancient "fuzz buster" that never really failed on me, but merely became obsolete over time. I took a long break over the years from radar detectors mostly due to the fact that I am older now and hardly ever in that much of a hurry. Unfortunately under the disguise of supposedly only being interested in saving our lives, radar traps and pull overs from rolling radar has increased dramatically over the last few years where I live. Severe financial problems on the state and local level has been holding us in its iron grip here long before it became fashionable nation wide. So now that things have gone from normally flat busted to fiddling with financial collapse, the police in the state have expanded their role as peace makers to that of rolling revenue agents. There was a long time here where friendly warnings where handed out generously for a 40 plus year driver like myself cruising a couple of miles over the speed limit. The police had bigger fish they were after. A true vehicular desperado I was not. Those days of yore have unfortunately vanished in the wake of the towns and states flashing empty pockets all around.

In an effort not to see my own contribution to the problem come at the hands of purportedly "saving my life", I purchased this Whistler 265 model about 6 months ago. I was quite taken aback by the wide range of prices on these units at first. The last time I bought one there was perhaps a $50 price difference between the economy model and a true space age unit. Now it can be as high as $400 or more. Since this 265 was a Whistler that was capable of picking up all the radar technology currently available, and cost about $45, I decided this was the one for me. All I can say from my own experience with this fine unit is I can only imagine what those higher priced models really do, for this 265 seems to perform it all quite nicely. Simply put, its the best $45 I have spent in a very long time. The 265 is easy to install on your windshield with the bracket provided, and a coil style cord plugs into your cigarette lighter, or 12 volt outlet that just about all cars provide these days. (If you prefer to install on your dash or elsewhere, a velcro strip will hold this unit easily). As far as features, the 265 seems to have all one could ask for. This Whistler provides tone alerts, quiet modes, numeric icon displays, alert priority, and even a vehicle battery saver. It also has both visual and audible alerts, and a volume control. As far as actually detecting and warning you of any radar in the area, mine has so far never missed a beat. Although I am not much of a heavy footer that needs as much advanced warning as possible, I would have to say that any warning that does come from the 265 has been in advance enough to save me from being picked up in about 80% of the cases, or more. It is especially capable in picking up stationary radar, which although a lot of advertisements for these devices claim has gone out of style in favor of rolling radar, is still well in vogue here in my neck of the woods. I have picked up signals so far in advance in some of the stationary cases that at times I felt the the detector is picking up something else. Then lo and behold, smokey appears on the side of the road. For rolling radar, the advance warning is a little more random, but still very effective in my opinion. It is omni directional and will pick up a radar signal far off the side of you as easily as it does ahead, or behind you. I love this little unit and feel it is personally the best deal in detectors that there is going on the market presently.

In conclusion, I should mention that I live in a small town. There are no real heavily congested areas, or locales where there is any real city atmosphere. So my detector doesn't really have to work that hard at distinguishing alarms and doors openers from the real McCoy. If you live in a city or any form of heavily congested area with a lot of commerce, it very well may be a good idea to move up to a higher priced, more sensitive model. Personally I feel that the only difference between the high ticket radar detectors and this model is their ability to differentiate between real speed radar, and any other device that uses the same technology. That, and perhaps a little more technology in giving you a shade more warning. For a small town atmosphere like where I live, I honestly feel that the Whistler XTR-265 is all the radar detector you should ever need. Unless you simply love to speed, or the local police seem to have a special fondness for you, why pay more. A good, solid, dependable unit. Highly recommended...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I've been using this Radar Detector since February of 2011. The reason i bought this detector is because i drive 100 miles a day to and from my workplace and it is a very highly traveled area for state and local police. What I've noticed is that this detector is spot on with K, KA and X Bands, while it seems that Airports and Cell Phone towers in some cases put out a high amount of X Band Radar, it can cause some interference with this detector. But it's manageable to clear those alerts using the quiet button.

However, this detector does not register Laser Radars (LIDARS) in my area. I have watched countless Wisconsin state trooper's point their LIDAR at me with no notification from this detector that they in fact are tracking me. I can recall at least 4 times that i know of, where i saw this happen.

With that said, buy this detector for the RADAR detecting, not the Laser detecting. I thought about returning this product, but since you can't do much when your hit by a LIDAR to make it worth the trouble to return it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
I replaced an acient Whistler that missed four different cops shooting something on the Interstate on a trip to FL. I then took another trip to FL with the XTR-265 and it showed me every cop plus is better at ignoring auto doors. I picked this unit for the reputation of Whistler from my experience and written reviews. Now that I have a unit that will show me the cops everywhere I can travel without worrying about speed traps. This unit also remembers the last settings so you don't have to change them every time you start your car. BTW: I still have my original Fuzz Buster from the 70's sitting on a shelf as a memento.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
This unit replaced an older one that was stolen from my vehicle.

Do not let the price fool you, this is a hardworking little unit that seems to do the job quite well.

I did a bit of research before ordering as I had another unit and tried to compare features, benefits and get a little more than what I had.

It seems to pick up all the radar and laser units aimed at me in my travels.

Many reviews blasted this and other units as ineffective in not going off when passing the cops sitting on the side of the road. Well, sometimes they just sit there with out any radar on, just as a visual reminder for us to slow down.

Like any detector, I don't expect it to guarantee not getting caught, but the odds have been changed, and it does make me a better driver beacuase I do slow down when it goes off.

Buy in confidence, but don't expect a get out of jail free card!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
Good detector, but a bit overly sensitive. That's not really a bad thing, but I eventually turned it to city mode while on the freeway. I was driving up, and back down, the 5 between frisco and LA and the detector was just going crazy every two minutes picking up X band radar. I think it is actually radar in some of the big rigs (you can see their radar dome in the upper cowling). The only cops I saw were always Ka band and I had a good amount of warning to slow down just a bit. 1000 miles in that trip, countless cops, and no tickets!

Pros:
-Sensitive
-good amount of warning to slow down 10mph or so.
-dim/dark is a great feature so that your vehicle doesn't light up like a x-mas tree at night.
-easy setup
-loud alarms

Cons:
-x band is everywhere and you have to pick a city mode to shut the thing up
-the 'periscope' lights are of no use. Maybe because these are the 'low-profile' lights, but they don't help. Good thing it is loud enough to hear over the radio.

Overall great product especially for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
After taking the XTR-265 on a 4000+ mile trip, I can say that it is an excellent product for its price. The alerts are fairly accurate, and it only gives off a few stray beeps on highway mode when you are driving on the highway in the city and it detects signals from automatic doors, etc. It has excellent range, and notifies me of police ahead of time, giving me enough time to slow down. It detects radar earlier on flat roads than on windy roads, but nontheless, it gives enough time for me to slow down. The blue lights that flash when it detects radar is very noticeable, but there is a setting that can turn it off. The different levels of brightness are also very useful in both day and night driving.

Some people stated that the radar detector did not alert them every time that there was a police car nearby. I've noticed that every time the radar detector didn't beep while passing a police car, the police car was either empty or the police didn't have his radar on.

The only downside is the cigarette lighter plug that is included with the radar detector was very loose in my car, and would lose power randomly while driving. I fixed this by cutting off the old plug and installing a new one I bought at Radio Shack.

Overall, this is an excellent radar detector for its price, and I am planning on buying another one for my other car.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
Being my 1st detector, I don't have anything to compare it to, but it goes off about every 5 minutes of mostly rural or interstate driving. I guess the trick is to figure out which ones could be real and which are fake. You may have just seconds to decide. I have gone by police sitting, seemingly checking speeds, but no alert. Maybe they use instant on only when they see a likely suspect. Does go off passing hospitals, approaching road construction, red light cameras, factories, and when the only thing in the area is a semi.
Update: there is a learning process, the stronger the signal that is indicated are much more likely to be real. The solar boxes right before some road construction seems to set it off. Hospitals and some businesses close to the road will give weaker false alarms. The instant on seems to be used much more than i would have thought. Using it on some different roads, sure seems to be more consistent, the interstate near me, while somewhat rural, has quite a few factories and buildings apparently using security system that will set it off.
UPDATE: Some Highways have radars every few miles, it now takes me about 1 second to find which street lamp pole it is mounted on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
On a recent trip from Pennsylvania to Florida to New Orleans and back home, this device saved me from costly speeding tickets 3 times in 3 different states. It does go off occasionally un-necessarily, but I know people with $300.00 plus radar/laser detectors that do the same thing. All I know is it saved me lots of cash and possible insurance rate increases--and that alone is good enough for me to give it a top rating. Very worthwhile item to take on any highway trip, especially if you intend to SPEED like most people do. Even though it's one of the least expensive models made by Whistler, it does the job. Good product provider, through Amazon--speedy shipping. I'm thoroughly satisfied and highly recommend this radar/laser detector to anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I bought this radar detector after reading reviews from a retired officer on the top picks that delivered the most for the money.
I am very happy with this model and its performance. I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
I kept getting ticketed at automatic speed camera locations in Scotland, I bought this as I can only afford one more speeding ticket then I am walking for at least a year, it picks up the speed camera radar but doesnt distinguish this from the radar signals from traffic lights (Ka band). It still does the job, and maybe there is no way to differentiate these signals, I cant tell, I am still happy with the purchase, just curious.
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