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Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector

Written by Chelsea Woods. Posted in Reviews

Finding a sophisticated tool for alerting you only when there is a real threat might seem hard to accomplish. Still, with the Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector, you can be confident that you will obtain the desired results, as this device can offer you all the advantages that you expected to get from such an instrument. Unlike other products that feature small buttons, this detector comes with large and widely-spaced controls which are mounted on top, in three-button rows. Therefore, you can locate them easily, and you can operate your unit without pressing a button by accident and altering the detector's settings. Furthermore, the BEL Pro 500 is made from a matte material with a rubber texture that doesn't reflect an image of itself onto the windshield during the day. Efficiency The Beltronics Pro 500 features a sensitivity that increases as you drive faster, so it can be seen as an efficient and reliable device that warns you only when there is a real danger. It has the capacity to provide a great protection on all bands, including X, K and SuperWide Ka, and the newest POP mode threats. The multiple laser sensors that it incorporates recognize lasers that law enforcement uses to evaluate speed with better precision. Its sensor diodes enable a 360-degree laser detection, which means that you will be alerted even if a police officer is on the side of the road, or behind you. Still, radar detection is more important, because while laser detection notifies you when your car has already been monitored by police, radar detection helps you take proper measures before the police knows that you are in their range. The most important feature of this device is the integrated GPS system, which comes with a preloaded database that contains a large number of red-light camera and speed camera locations. Giving that these threats don't emit a signal, you can consider this feature very practical, as it can save you from many unpredictable situations. Alerts This product comes with a Digital Signal Processing that evaluates all the signals that it receives, and it eliminates false alarms like traffic flow sensors. The GPS system can also reject false signals that are emitted by roadside sources, while the Threat Display mode has the capacity to show up to 9 radars at the same time, displaying the band and their signal strength. After tracking the radars, the Threat Display mode warns audibly the driver by announcing that multiple signals were detected, and it lets him know that he must take action before running out of time. The unit's voice alerts offer enough specifications so that you can stay informed without taking your eyes of the road, and as a camera approaches, the message changes in order to offer you precise information. Still, it doesn't include an Auto-learn function that would block false alarms. Furthermore, although you can manually mark a location and block it, it would have been easier for the process…

Summary

Features - 75%
Frequency Range - 85%
Sensitivity - 85%
Ease of Use - 85%

83%

VERY GOOD

With the Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector, the only thing that drivers might consider disappointing is that this device doesn't include an Auto-learn function. Still, it has very reliable filters that can deliver the best performance.

User Rating: 2.85 ( 2 votes)
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Finding a sophisticated tool for alerting you only when there is a real threat might seem hard to accomplish. Still, with the Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector, you can be confident that you will obtain the desired results, as this device can offer you all the advantages that you expected to get from such an instrument. Unlike other products that feature small buttons, this detector comes with large and widely-spaced controls which are mounted on top, in three-button rows. Therefore, you can locate them easily, and you can operate your unit without pressing a button by accident and altering the detector’s settings. Furthermore, the BEL Pro 500 is made from a matte material with a rubber texture that doesn’t reflect an image of itself onto the windshield during the day.

Efficiency

The Beltronics Pro 500 features a sensitivity that increases as you drive faster, so it can be seen as an efficient and reliable device that warns you only when there is a real danger. It has the capacity to provide a great protection on all bands, including X, K and SuperWide Ka, and the newest POP mode threats. The multiple laser sensors that it incorporates recognize lasers that law enforcement uses to evaluate speed with better precision. Its sensor diodes enable a 360-degree laser detection, which means that you will be alerted even if a police officer is on the side of the road, or behind you. Still, radar detection is more important, because while laser detection notifies you when your car has already been monitored by police, radar detection helps you take proper measures before the police knows that you are in their range. The most important feature of this device is the integrated GPS system, which comes with a preloaded database that contains a large number of red-light camera and speed camera locations. Giving that these threats don’t emit a signal, you can consider this feature very practical, as it can save you from many unpredictable situations.

Alerts

This product comes with a Digital Signal Processing that evaluates all the signals that it receives, and it eliminates false alarms like traffic flow sensors. The GPS system can also reject false signals that are emitted by roadside sources, while the Threat Display mode has the capacity to show up to 9 radars at the same time, displaying the band and their signal strength. After tracking the radars, the Threat Display mode warns audibly the driver by announcing that multiple signals were detected, and it lets him know that he must take action before running out of time. The unit’s voice alerts offer enough specifications so that you can stay informed without taking your eyes of the road, and as a camera approaches, the message changes in order to offer you precise information. Still, it doesn’t include an Auto-learn function that would block false alarms. Furthermore, although you can manually mark a location and block it, it would have been easier for the process to be automatic.

 

Overall performance

Since the Beltronics Pro 500 has a range that can set new standards in the industry and reliable filters for false alarms, it can be considered one of the best products on the market. This instrument is compatible with the Escort Live application, which gives you the chance to communicate with other users via Bluetooth and find out about possible threats in real time. The SmartCord connects your smartphone to the radar detector, allowing you to receive and share information, and enabling you to find out if there are any active LIDAR guns in your zone. Furthermore, based on the fact that the GPS informs your detector about how fast your car is moving, a second strategy is used to recognize false alarms, the speed-variable sensitivity. This strategy lowers the level of sensitivity when the vehicle moves slow, and it increases it proportionately with the speed.

Ease of use

It integrates 6 buttons that are very easy to operate. Moreover, it can be customized to meet your personal driving style, which is very convenient. You can make settings by choosing between four levels of brightness, and you can opt for using the standard audio, or voice alerts. The detector’s buttons feature a red backlighting  for easy maneuvering during night driving, so, no matter when you choose to make new settings, you can be confident that you will be able to adapt the unit to your needs without making any big efforts.

Technical details

This product measures 6 x 4 x 4 inches, and it comes with a coiled SmartCord, a practical windshield mount, and a reference card. Since it costs only $289.99 and it comes with a 1-year warranty, the Pro 500 can be placed among the top radar detectors at its price. Therefore, drivers who don’t necessarily wish for a trendy, blue display and are more focused on reliability and accuracy should consider this cost-effective product as a solution for speeding tickets.