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Dec

Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector

Written by Chelsea Woods. Posted in Reviews

When there is such a large number of radar detectors on the market, searching for a method to reach your destination without being pulled over for a speeding ticket shouldn't cause you too much trouble. Still, there are many aspects that you should consider before deciding on a certain model, as these types of devices come with different characteristics and properties. Depending on how often you have to travel, you can opt for a high-performance unit, or you can opt for a device that doesn't come equipped with all the features that you would find in a more expensive model. So, if you are searching for comfort and all the facilities that you can get, you should direct your attention towards a detector that can provide all the assistance that you need. However, if you don't have to use a radar detector constantly, a device with fewer options and bells can also meet your needs. Today, we are going to analyze the characteristics of the Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector. Efficiency The Beltronics STi Magnum comes with a considerable number of laser sensors that are placed in the case in a strategic way, ensuring a great laser gun detection. Furthermore, its dual-antenna construction offers a long range, while its 3 sensitivity settings allow you to know when traffic law enforcement is in your vicinity. Although the Highway sensitivity setting can detect radar signals from as far as 14 miles on a straight highway, the Auto setting is the one that you will find most effective. This setting has the ability to analyze and process threats in order to block out signals that aren't produced by a radar gun. The third sensitivity setting, the Auto No X, adapts the sensitivity by eliminating the X-band from detection, because this is the band range that is responsible for false alarms. Alerts Giving its lack of GPS, the STi Magnum can be seen as an entry-level radar detector, but that doesn't mean that it is less precise. This low noise amplifier provides the user with the best warning on all radar bands, which includes the newest POP mode threats. Its clear voice alerts are easy to understand, and they are very effective when it comes to offering the driver information while permitting him to keep his eyes on the road. A great advantage that you can get by purchasing this device is that it allows you to use the amplified speaker option to adapt it accordingly when you reach noisy areas. Overall performance The main feature that it impressed with when it was first released was its capacity to remain undetectable to radar-detector detectors(RDDs). The stealth technology that it used remains effective against RDDs, but since all radar detectors are legal, this technology doesn't represent a big bonus. Still, while it doesn't have a big value, it doesn't represent an inconvenience either. On the other side, the lack of a GPS system prevents you…

Summary

Features - 70%
Frequency Range - 85%
Sensitivity - 80%
Ease of Use - 75%

78%

GOOD

The Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector is a reliable device, but the lack of a built-in GPS system prevents it from delivering the best operation. However, it provides a maximum range and a great accuracy.

User Rating: 4.22 ( 3 votes)
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When there is such a large number of radar detectors on the market, searching for a method to reach your destination without being pulled over for a speeding ticket shouldn’t cause you too much trouble. Still, there are many aspects that you should consider before deciding on a certain model, as these types of devices come with different characteristics and properties. Depending on how often you have to travel, you can opt for a high-performance unit, or you can opt for a device that doesn’t come equipped with all the features that you would find in a more expensive model. So, if you are searching for comfort and all the facilities that you can get, you should direct your attention towards a detector that can provide all the assistance that you need. However, if you don’t have to use a radar detector constantly, a device with fewer options and bells can also meet your needs. Today, we are going to analyze the characteristics of the Beltronics STi Magnum Radar Detector.

Efficiency

The Beltronics STi Magnum comes with a considerable number of laser sensors that are placed in the case in a strategic way, ensuring a great laser gun detection. Furthermore, its dual-antenna construction offers a long range, while its 3 sensitivity settings allow you to know when traffic law enforcement is in your vicinity. Although the Highway sensitivity setting can detect radar signals from as far as 14 miles on a straight highway, the Auto setting is the one that you will find most effective. This setting has the ability to analyze and process threats in order to block out signals that aren’t produced by a radar gun. The third sensitivity setting, the Auto No X, adapts the sensitivity by eliminating the X-band from detection, because this is the band range that is responsible for false alarms.

Alerts

Giving its lack of GPS, the STi Magnum can be seen as an entry-level radar detector, but that doesn’t mean that it is less precise. This low noise amplifier provides the user with the best warning on all radar bands, which includes the newest POP mode threats. Its clear voice alerts are easy to understand, and they are very effective when it comes to offering the driver information while permitting him to keep his eyes on the road. A great advantage that you can get by purchasing this device is that it allows you to use the amplified speaker option to adapt it accordingly when you reach noisy areas.

Overall performance

The main feature that it impressed with when it was first released was its capacity to remain undetectable to radar-detector detectors(RDDs). The stealth technology that it used remains effective against RDDs, but since all radar detectors are legal, this technology doesn’t represent a big bonus. Still, while it doesn’t have a big value, it doesn’t represent an inconvenience either. On the other side, the lack of a GPS system prevents you from marking possible threats, and it doesn’t allow you to reject false alarms. However, although it doesn’t come with a database preloaded with locations for speed cameras and red-light cameras, the unit can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to use the Escort Live mobile application. Therefore, you will be able to use the GPS on your Android phone and get the chance to receive information about threats that your detector wouldn’t be able to find alone.

Ease of use

Although you will find an owner’s manual in the package, you won’t find it necessary to read it in order to maneuver your radar detector. The STi has a few buttons and a high definition display that uses bright, easy-to-read text, so it is very easy to operate. Furthermore, you can customize your device by choosing between there different modes, and you can use the Beltronics AutoMute option to reduce the level of the volume during an alert. Moreover, you can simply press the front-mounted Mute button to stop any sound alerts. Based on the ambient light in the car, this radar detector can also adjust the brightness level, but you can make your own settings by selecting between four levels of brightness.

Technical details

It comes with a power-on indicator, an alert lamp, a SmartPlug lighter adapter with integrated mute button, and a windshield mount with reliable suction cups. It costs $461.67, and it is backed up by a 1-year limited warranty. This product was designed in USA and made in Canada, and it measures 1.25x 2.75x 4.75 inches, which means that it won’t distract you while driving.