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Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS

Written by Chelsea Woods. Posted in Reviews

The Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS is a reliable device that provides accurate information and advanced warnings on the road. Furthermore, it offers important safety features which have the role to help you reach your destination without encountering any problems. However, there are a few aspects that some users might consider disappointing. One of them refers to the fact that you won't be able to enjoy the advantages of a community threat sharing, because this device can't connect through Bluetooth with other drivers in order to receive information on possible threats. Having a Bluetooth connection would enable you to know when someone near you reports a radar detection, because you would receive an alert. Still, the Whistler CR90 comes with other properties that can provide impressive accuracy and range. Efficiency Besides using your device like a radar detector, you can also use it as a laser or LIDAR detector. Furthermore, the Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS can recognize three radar bands that the police usually uses, and these bands are: K, X and Ka. When a radar signal is emitted, the unit's blue LED display indicates the signal's level of strength, so you will be informed on the distance to the radar. If the signal that  your detector receives is very weak, it means that the radar is quite far, so you will have enough time to adapt your driving speed accordingly. With a preloaded database, this device is ready to operate right after getting it out of the box, as it features a Radar Signal Identifier, a Laser Signal Identifier, a Ka Maxx Mode, POP Mode alerts, and a Segmented Selectable Laser Receiver. Moreover, its special signal identifiers have the capacity to show details of an alert, as the Radar Signal Identifier displays Ka Band 35.5, 34.7, 34.3, 34.0, or 33.8, and the Laser Signal Identifier shows the pulses that are transmitted by the laser per second. This high-performance model comes with an external audio jack, and it features a 360-degree Maxx coverage and an Alert Priority option. Visual and audio alerts The Whistler CR90 has almost all the alert features that you expected to see in a radar detector. Therefore, it can help you stay free from expensive traffic fines, and remain in control of the situation. The audio alerts inform you about the type of speed trap that you are heading to, which allows you to take proper measures without needing to take your eyes off the road. Still, although this device tells you even the speed you are going when you get an alert, it can't tell you when you exceed the predetermined speed, because it doesn't include an over-speed notification. The Whistler CR90 integrates a OLED text display with dark modes for ensuring visual confirmation of the newest threats. Furthermore, it incorporates two LED periscopes that are placed on top of the radar detector for capturing your attention faster in case of any danger. A great advantage that…

Summary

Features - 80%
Frequency Range - 90%
Sensitivity - 85%
Ease of Use - 80%

84%

VERY GOOD

Although you won't be able to connect to other users via Bluetooth to stay informed about possible threats in real time, you can enjoy great advantages with the Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS. Furthermore, it features an accurate and precise laser and radar detection.

User Rating: 4.34 ( 7 votes)
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The Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS is a reliable device that provides accurate information and advanced warnings on the road. Furthermore, it offers important safety features which have the role to help you reach your destination without encountering any problems. However, there are a few aspects that some users might consider disappointing. One of them refers to the fact that you won’t be able to enjoy the advantages of a community threat sharing, because this device can’t connect through Bluetooth with other drivers in order to receive information on possible threats. Having a Bluetooth connection would enable you to know when someone near you reports a radar detection, because you would receive an alert. Still, the Whistler CR90 comes with other properties that can provide impressive accuracy and range.

Efficiency

Besides using your device like a radar detector, you can also use it as a laser or LIDAR detector. Furthermore, the Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS can recognize three radar bands that the police usually uses, and these bands are: K, X and Ka. When a radar signal is emitted, the unit’s blue LED display indicates the signal’s level of strength, so you will be informed on the distance to the radar. If the signal that  your detector receives is very weak, it means that the radar is quite far, so you will have enough time to adapt your driving speed accordingly. With a preloaded database, this device is ready to operate right after getting it out of the box, as it features a Radar Signal Identifier, a Laser Signal Identifier, a Ka Maxx Mode, POP Mode alerts, and a Segmented Selectable Laser Receiver. Moreover, its special signal identifiers have the capacity to show details of an alert, as the Radar Signal Identifier displays Ka Band 35.5, 34.7, 34.3, 34.0, or 33.8, and the Laser Signal Identifier shows the pulses that are transmitted by the laser per second. This high-performance model comes with an external audio jack, and it features a 360-degree Maxx coverage and an Alert Priority option.

Visual and audio alerts

The Whistler CR90 has almost all the alert features that you expected to see in a radar detector. Therefore, it can help you stay free from expensive traffic fines, and remain in control of the situation. The audio alerts inform you about the type of speed trap that you are heading to, which allows you to take proper measures without needing to take your eyes off the road. Still, although this device tells you even the speed you are going when you get an alert, it can’t tell you when you exceed the predetermined speed, because it doesn’t include an over-speed notification. The Whistler CR90 integrates a OLED text display with dark modes for ensuring visual confirmation of the newest threats. Furthermore, it incorporates two LED periscopes that are placed on top of the radar detector for capturing your attention faster in case of any danger. A great advantage that you can get by purchasing this device is that you will be able to use the Stay Alert function. This feature has the role to keep you focused on the road by emitting beeps which you must be turned off in order to prevent the alarm from being activated. So, its purpose is to help you stay alert while you are driving, and it can be very effective when you didn’t get the rest that you needed for driving. Still, it shouldn’t be considered a solution for tiredness and fatigue, because driving without the capacity of staying focused can be very dangerous.

Overall performance

When it comes to avoiding a speed ticket, the Whistler CR90 Radar Detector with Internal GPS can help you take care of that problem. It provides many effective alerts, including the speed camera, the red-light camera, and other speed trap notifications. Unlike other products that we can find on the market, this unit can recognize threats that don’t produce a signal which can be detected, meaning that it is more effective than other equipments. Its internal GPS system allows you to drive with confidence, because combining the advantages offered by a GPS with the ones off a radar detector, you will end up with a reliable spatial awareness that you can’t get with simpler devices. The digital signal processor works with the internal GPS to exclude false alarms, because when a certain signal doesn’t change locations every time you go past it, the GPS blocks the location out.

Ease of use

Giving that the user-friendly OLED display offers visual data about the detected signals, signal strength and the operating mode that it uses, you can handle the Whistler CR90 very easy. The voice setting provides band identification information, and while the Auto Quiet Mode reduces the audio level after a signal is detected, the Quiet Mode eliminates audio alerts. So, since its display is so easy to read and navigate,  you can make any adjustments you want, and you can customize your unit as you like.

Technical details

The Whistler CR90 is one of the few radar detectors that feature a two-year warranty. Giving that the industry standard is only one year, we can understand that the manufacturers are very confident in their work. Furthermore, this device measures 6 x 3 x 8 inches, and it weighs 0.85 pounds. It costs only $205, and it comes with a USB cable for convenient charging, a 12-volt power cord wich integrates a USB port, a dash pad, a windshield bracket, and the owner’s manual.