Valentine One V1 Radar Detector Reviews

Valentine One V1 Radar Detector

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  • high falsing for urban use

    Jun 12, 2012 by
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    Pros: Directional arrows are very informative. The volume is loud.
    Cons: Terrible customer service. Expensive. Risky purchase. Marginal quality control.

    Summary: I ordered a V1 back some years ago, prior to 2000, and it falsed constantly in my urban and suburban use. Having only an original Passport by Cincinnati Microwave to compare it to, I couldn't stand the falsing. Ka band was fairly new, but not in ... read more

  • Valentine One V1 Radar Detector

    Feb 2, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Performance!  Arrows!  Metal.  Louder. Very simple operation.  RED annunciator is superior for night vision. 
    Cons: A GPS database of stop light & speed cameras would make it untouchable!

    Summary: I've been a V1 user (owned 3 of them) since they first came out in early 1990s.  They have performed flawlessly & have saved me many a road tax ticket.Recently, I gave one of them to my son & decided after much research to try the ... read more

  • Don't skimp out on the last detector you'll ever buy

    Mar 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional arrows, counter, currently the most sensitive detector on the market, tough casing
    Cons: Lots of false positives due to sensitive detection

    Summary: After my last (out of three) Escort X50 detector went haywire, I finally bit the bullet to see if paying a premium for a V1 would get me a better detector. Well, I must thank Escort for helping me open my eyes to what I've been missing all this time. ... read more

  • V1, The Porsche of Radar Detectors

    Sep 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best laser detection performance, consistently high radar sensitivity, directional info, continued refinement, lifetime upgradeable.
    Cons: No auto-muting function, limited advanced filtering modes, tends to get a bit noisy around town.

    Summary: Like the 911, the Valentine One has steadily improved over it's long 15 year history. But it's changes have come slowly and methodically. Fortunately for us, Valentine Research has resisted trendy fads that have made their way into lesser detectors ... read more

  • The Porsche of Radar Detectors

    Sep 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Best laser detection performance, consistently high radar sensitivity, directional info, continued refinement, lifetime upgradeable.
    Cons: No auto-muting function, limited advanced filtering modes, tends to get a bit noisy around town.

    Summary: Like the 911, the Valentine One has steadily improved over it's long 15 year history. But it's changes have come slowly and methodically. Fortunately for us, Valentine Research has resisted trendy fads that have made their way into lesser detectors ... read more

  • Valentine One - There's No Substitute

    Aug 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Multi-Directional Arrows, Excellent Range, Bogey Counter, Durability, SAVED ME $$$
    Cons: Pricey but worth it

    Summary: I have already owned a Valentine One radar detector for many years. Ultimately, this is the only radar detector that I would ever trust in my own vehicle. I have probably saved thousands of dollars worth of tickets and insurance premiums with this ... read more

  • No tickets in 7 years - Love it

    Aug 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Features, Easy to Use, Reliable, Upgrade/Trade-In program, Remote display option, top notch mounting bracket
    Cons: Expensive and my Infiniti advanced cruise control w/ collision avoidance caused it false alarm continuously

    Summary: The Valentine One provides me with exactly how many sources of radar it's receiving (by number), type of radar (or laser) and from which direction it's coming from. This is not useless information as most users of the product get to know their "area" ... read more

  • The Only Option In Radar Detection

    Mar 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Impeccable Quality & Functionality, Upgrade Program, Supplied Accessories, Value Retention, Programmability
    Cons: "Instant On" Still Wins, Expensive, Attractive for Theives, Used Buyers Must Watch Version Levels

    Summary: The Valentine 1 Radar Detector is, in my opinion, the only option when considering a radar detector. Other than initial purchase and performance, people often ignore the fact that radar technology will change (laser front and rear in the past, perhaps ... read more

  • Excellent Protection for Heads-Up Drivers

    Feb 3, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extraordinary sensitivity and warning distance/time; ergonomic simplicity; ruggedness and inbuilt quality; POP and Ku.
    Cons: Cost; customer service.

    Summary: I've owned a series of radar detectors going back to the Autotronics Snooper passive X-band detector in 1979. I've lost three to crack junkies and still have all the rest. I collect them and have prowled pawn shops and electronics stores to acquire ... read more

  • Functional, Not Fluffy

    Jan 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Consistent, reliable, long range detection. Functional controls, easy to operate. Dependable and very accurate.
    Cons: Must hide it from potential thieves.

    Summary: First - This is a radar/laser detector. It's designed to pick up radar/laser signals, which it does very well. It doesn't have a lot of "fluffy" features like compass, voice, Safety Warning System, etc. It just uses all it's circuitry to detect ... read more

  • Customer Service Destroys This Units Integrity

    Nov 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: First Class Detection
    Cons: Horrible Customer Service, Price(400 is just the start they will nickel and dime you forever)

    Summary: The V1 without a doubt is the best in its class. The price is steep but it might be worth it to a few who have gotten a few too many tickets. The reason why this product is not worth it is because the customer service ABSOLUTLY could not be worse. ... read more

  • Winner vs. Passport 8500

    Oct 17, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: advanced laser warning - directional arrows
    Cons: must conceal it so it won't attract theives

    Summary: I previously owned a passport 8500 for about a year. After totaling my sports car, I decided to give up speeding and gave the detector to my parents. My new found enlightenment didn’t last long after my 3rd speeding ticket. I couldn’t ask my ... read more

  • Very nice protection

    Oct 3, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent protection (front and rear)
    Cons: price, user interface could be better

    Summary: I had this radar detector over a year and feel like it was a great investment. It was a replacement for Passport 8500 (got intermittent problems)- so I will draw some comparisons going forward. Main thing (perhaps with any radar detector) - you have ... read more

  • 1200 mile road test, Valentine 1 vs Escort 8500, a head to head comparison

    Nov 1, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional Arrows, radar sensitivity,
    Cons: Laser detector was faulty, poor customer service, weak user controls

    Summary: During the Labor Day weekend of 2005 I was able to make a direct head to head 1200 mile comparison of the V1 vs the 8500. The 8500 I had owned for quite some time and had previously reviewed it on epinions. I purchased the V1 new directly from Valentine ... read more

  • Life with my Valentine...

    Feb 26, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 360 degree protection and directional arrows tell you where the threat is located.
    Cons: False Alarms.

    Summary: You were ALL so helpful to me when I was shopping for a radar detector that I am happy to provide my input so that it may help someone else. After careful study, I purchased the Valentine 1 (V1) in January 2005 and have been using it for over 1 month. ... read more

  • Why I chose the X50 over V1(or did I??)

    Jan 25, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional arrows. Rear RADAR antenna
    Cons: No auto-mute. Poor display. False alarms.

    Summary: I just got done "playing" with a new X50 and an 8 month-old Valentine One. First my disclaimer: This wasnt a controlled test, just a candid, IMHO, observation-type test. The V1 lacked the POP capability but it didnt affect my decision. I ran them ... read more

  • The Best Present Ever!

    Jan 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Range! Sensitivity!
    Cons: None!

    Summary: I received a Valentine One (V1) this past Christmas, and I must say, it is the best present that I have received in years. I have owned "the best" (The Escort Passport 8500 X50, the Bel 995, three high-end Cobra models, two Whistlers, and ... read more

  • Valentine v1.8 w/ POP K and Ka

    Jan 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: EXCELLENT RANGE! best 360 protection! Lots of information displayed
    Cons: False Alarms, no lilluminated band detection for night driving

    Summary: NOTE TO ALL THE VIEWERS I've read many reviews about the Escort x50 and noticed the various comparisons between it and the Valentine. I am assuming that everyone knows that the range of the x50 and the Valentine are both excellent and compare very ... read more

  • Valentine1 vs. Passport x50 road test

    Dec 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality, suction cup bar for easy removal, excellent range of detection, auto-brightness, EXCELLENT resale value.
    Cons: Falsing, directional arrows somewhat misleading, price.

    Summary: Update on 10/20/09 - Removed no auto-mute from the CONS. Automute is absolutely useless feature - you will always want to hear how the Ka band stregth changes, once detected, to understand where the cop is, and which way he's moving. If you have ... read more

  • What a joke !

    Dec 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Bogey counter, arrows, solid build, sensitivity, good customer service
    Cons: UNUSABLE, USELESS and VERY EXPENSIVE, ARCHAIC design

    Summary: I know, there is a cult of Valentine One owners who will frown upon this review. But this review is for all those who, just like me about 1,5 ago, are looking for top of the line radar detector and are ready to spend some serious dough on it. So, I have ... read more

  • The Valentine One Radar Detector is unmatched, and pays for itself over and over again.

    Jul 31, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid Build Quality, Easy to operate, directional arrows are great!
    Cons: costs $400, easy to steal if left in the car

    Summary: The one thing that scares many people away from the Valentine 1 Radar Laser Detector is the hefty $400 price tag. And although $400 is a lot of money for a radar detector unit, the V1 is well worth it. In my experience with the Valentine 1 (2 ... read more

  • Valentine 1 Thoughts.....

    Jul 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Arrows, sensitivity, the "look", the City Modes.
    Cons: No different LED colors for band indications.

    Summary: I have owned quite a few radar detectors in my lifespan. My first one was a Radio Shack X/K unit back in 1984. Now I own a V-1 (and have since 1997) and have had it upgraded once to its current 1.8 version. I have no desire to purchase another unit. ... read more

  • VALENTINE 1 THE ULTIMATE CHOICE FOR ME

    Jul 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: TOP PROTECTION, BOGEY COUNTER, CONCEALED DISPLAY OPTION, ARROW LOCATOR SYSTEM, UPGRADEABLE, K POP DETECTION
    Cons: Small Radar band LED display. No included carrying case.

    Summary: I am so glad I discovered the Valentine 1 (V1) on Epinions, when searching for radar detector reviews. I've used detectors going back to 1980. My first “high end” detector was the Cobra Trapshooter II – then I began using Bel products in the 1980’s, ... read more

  • Escort has VERY SERIOUS flaws don't buy it....

    Jun 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best detection laser/radar, arrows, rear sensor, well made, updatable
    Cons: Most expensive cockpit detector, could use ka update w/software,

    Summary: ***Update*** If anyone has any doubts about wether to go with the Valentine or Escort please read this. Escort has serious, very serious, flaws with it's laser detection and POP abilities. In fact out of quite a few test it never detected the POP, not ... read more

  • Everything else is just a toy!

    Jun 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The directional indicators make everything else inferior
    Cons: None. This detector is flawless

    Summary: I have read the negative comments here that accuse the VALENTINE ONE of being a "dinosaur" or a unit that picks up signals from every garage or retail store door opener. I am here to set the record straight. I have owned my VALENTINE ONE for well ... read more

  • Valentine 1 vs. Escort 8500 x50?

    Jun 14, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Edge on x, k band and laser detection range over 8500/x50, arrows, rear antenna.
    Cons: none so far.

    Summary: Package: Valentine 1 unit package consists of an owners manual, a direct wire mount option, a 12v lighter style plug in with replaceable fuse (phone jack wire), visor clip, windshield mount with suction cups and quick release tab. The windshield mount ... read more

  • I FINALLY PUT BOTH THE ESCORT AND VALENTINE ONE HEAD TO HEAD!!!

    Jun 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Arrows, range, auto dimming and loudness
    Cons: Suction cups. Need tech support to shut-off X Band. Cost.

    Summary: I have owned an Escort 8500 for 2 years now. I just recently purchased a Valentine One (the arrows intrigued me!) I have had very good results with my Escort. After reading review after review on both, I finally tested them out side by side tonight (I ... read more

  • Great detector, but not my choice. ***NOW UPDATED***

    May 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range (especially X band). Overall a great detector.
    Cons: Price, falsing (x-band Laser) and no automute. Arrows not always accurate.

    Summary: To start, I'll admit that I DO NOT OWN THE V-1. I had extensive opportunity to compare it with my (now old) Passport 8500. I got my passport in December 2003 and I went on "comparison test" with my good friend. I wrote about the test (as a comment to ... read more

  • Thought it was the best - - 'Til I got a ticket!

    May 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The arrow light show when it works!
    Cons: BAD warranty, No self check, 2 expensive, bulky old look, too many false alarms!

    Summary: I bought my V1 2 yrs ago after lots of research and the final belief that it was the best on the market. However, that all changed this morning. As I was traveling down the road, I noticed a motorcycle cop aiming his handheld radar gun right at me. ... read more

  • I wouldn't trust any other radar detector

    Apr 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range, Direction indicator, impervious to interference, adjustable mute volume
    Cons: NONE!

    Summary: When I purchased my Mustang Cobra 6 years ago, I knew I would need protection from "the enemy". I did my research and happened upon the Valentine One radar/laser detector. I have been happy ever since. The unit is a bit pricy compared to other units, ... read more

  • V1 High price but worth every penny

    Apr 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent Sensitivity. Well Built. Can be Upgraded. Know the threat direction.
    Cons: Price

    Summary: I have had all different kinds of radar detectors for the past 15 years. From the Snooper Trooper, Early Escorts with the big Orange light, Bels, and now the Valentine One. Without a doubt this is by far the best radar detector on the market. ... read more

  • An Open Letter To Mike Valentine

    Mar 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sensitivity
    Cons: No real auto-mute, falses a lot, hard to decipher band indicators, no POP detection.

    Summary: Please deliver this message to Michael Valentine. I don't expect an answer (though I would be thrilled to get one from him personally)... All Right, I finally bought the V1 after living for a year with Passport 8500. I bought it new, directly from ... read more

  • The detector Burt Reynolds wanted... Smokey and the V1

    Jan 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unparalleled radar detection, directional arrows, front AND rear protection, upgradable to new technology
    Cons: Most expensive consumer radar detector, somewhat large, still can't protect from instant-on.

    Summary: Valentine One MSRP $400 Availability: Only from Valentine One direct or Ebay Features: Front and rear radar antennas, front and rear laser sensors, auto dim display. Website http://www.valentine1.com/ ----- ... read more

  • Amazing Performance and Customer Service

    Jan 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No false alerts. Amazing sensitivity. Build quality. Directional arrows. Lifetime upgrade/repair policy. Helpful customer service.
    Cons: A little expensive. No voice alerts. No SMS. The speaker could be a litle louder.

    Summary: I purchased my Valentine 1 a little over two years ago after owning a top-of-the-line Bel 980(at the time) and absolutely recommend the Valentine 1. Period. In my comparison, I drove my daily commute for a year with each model. This drive is from Santa ... read more

  • Jan. 2004 - Compared V1 to Passport 8500 on long trip

    Jan 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Build quality, superior detection, really the best
    Cons: At night, hard to read the type of radar being detected

    Summary: Since there were pros/cons on both sides of the table with these two products, I just purchased both of them (30 day money back guarantee makes this possible!) and tried out both of them on my trip over the holidays. They were both good, but not once ... read more

  • Valentine1 Upgrade (09/03) is hypersensitive, gimme back my old one!

    Nov 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: superior sensitivity, best concealment display, cant live without arrows, protects from the rear.
    Cons: set off by automatic doors, garage openers, LED brakelights, sprintpcs phones, inexpensive detectors.

    Summary: before any valentine loyalists browbeat me, i have owned a v1 since 1997, and it has saved me numerous times. in 2001, it helped me drive from chicago to LA in 28 hours straight with an overall average of 74mph. breaks were only for gas, food, bathroom ... read more

  • Good but has a serious flaw

    Aug 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: all-metal construction, sensitivity, upgradability, directional finding capability
    Cons: price, X-band won't shut up, detects every grocery store in your city

    Summary: I've been using radar detectors since the original escort, and recently upgraded to the V1. I won't ... read more

  • Valentine One vs Escort 8500 from someone who has had both.

    Aug 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitivity, Directional Arrows, Quick Release Suction Cups, Rear Detection
    Cons: Price, Some aspects of the mount, nighttime readability of the band-indicators

    Summary: I’ve read many of the excellent reviews posted here on epinions regarding radar detectors. When I wa ... read more

  • A radar detector for adults

    Jun 12, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Simple, well-built, informative, 2 effective mounts
    Cons: night-time band display, a bit quiet

    Summary: It took me 2 months to decide on a radar detector. I looked at a number of units, read lots of info ... read more

  • Nice try, but needs updating

    Jun 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Remote display - Arrows showing threat direction may be useful.
    Cons: Finds door openers you never know existed! No Auto-mute, No Auto-mute, No Auto-mute !!!

    Summary: As a long time Passport user (and Escort before that) I’ve had several models from what used to be Cincinnati Microwave. My latest is the Passport 8500 and I’ve had it about two years. A colleague of mine convinced me to try the Valentine One. ... read more

  • Reprise: Valentine One vs. Bel 985 vs. Escort 8500

    May 28, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: What everybody else said: sensitivity, arrows/counter, (... read review ...)
    Cons: Often going off, and maybe the lack of a few things

    Summary: (edit, Sept 12 '04 - I feel obligated to add something here. A few months ago, I sold the Valentine and went with the Escort's brother, the 8500x50. I really have to say that I'm more comfortable with the x50 than I was with the Valentine; despite ... read more

  • The best 400 dollars you will ever spend.

    May 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional arrows, sensitivity
    Cons: price

    Summary: Let me start by saying this thing has paid for itself many times over. I am by no means that guy you see blowing past at ridiculous speeds, but I often find myself doing 10 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. I live in Colorado and do a lot of ... read more

  • Valentine One in Southern California

    May 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It Works, Directional Arrow
    Cons: Price, No Case, Too Sensitive

    Summary: Well, it's been a year since I have had my Valentine One. I now have a much better picture of device. First, I'd like to say that I am a bit disappointed. The device is too sensitive. Some days it seems that the laser warning never goes off. Whether ... read more

  • Latest software is a step backward

    Mar 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Arrows pointing to radar source. Excellent peripheral vision.
    Cons: Latest software is not selective enough to other nearby detectors.

    Summary: I have had my detector for several years and with one previous software update. I also gave my son an early version. In 2002 I decided to update to the smaller version of the V1. I went from what was very close to an ideal detector, to a detector that ... read more

  • Valentine One: If God Had A Radar Detector, It'd Be The V1!

    Feb 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very Sensitive Detector, Rear Protection, Shows Were Cops Are, Price
    Cons: NOT HAVING ONE!

    Summary: The Valentine One is unlike any radar detector that I've ever seen. I love my Valentine One, I love it like I love my family, like I love my car, and like I love my life. Where would I ever be without a Valentine One? If I were God, the radar detector ... read more

  • Tried the rest then bought the best!

    Jan 5, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sensitivity, simple to operate, and you gotta love those arrows!
    Cons: Too prone to falsing. No storage case. Hard to see the band indicators.

    Summary: Hi, my name is Clark and I'm a speedaholic. I drive fast. Really fast. Probably too fast. I justify this by the fact that I drive 180 miles round trip to work and if I drove the speed limit I'd be wasting too much time. The truth of the matter is ... read more

  • V1 --the way to go

    Dec 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great detection;easy mounting/dismounting
    Cons: pricey

    Summary: I've had a V1 for about 4 years now...and I dont leave home without it. Long range detection is tops. I love the bogey counter and directionals, it has save me a few times! Some small towns in my area use multiple radar traps in the same general ... read more

  • Still the Benchmark Maker...

    Nov 8, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Sensitivity Around; Arrows
    Cons: Auto Dim; No text

    Summary: The Valentine One was first brought out in early 90s. The unit featured X, K and Wideband Ka. For its time and still, it was King of X and K band pickup. Ka Wideband, thought featured, was in middle of the pack of detectors. Now this ... read more

  • #1 By a Long Shot

    Sep 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Arrows, Sensitivity, Built like a tank (no cheap plastic).
    Cons: Hard to read band IDs at night.

    Summary: Let me start my review by saying I have used nearly every detector ever made, being a radar detector fanatic. The only real competition comes from the Bel 980 (now 985) and the Passport 8500. The Bel 980 is a fair detector, IMHO the ... read more

  • The best radar detector. Period.

    Jun 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sensitivity, can track multiple radars.
    Cons: Need to place unit in a good spot on the windshield for best performance.

    Summary: People can complain about the high price of this unit, and to shell out over $400 is a lot. But my V1 has paid for itself numerous times already. It is not fancy, doesn't give you many options, but then again, it doesn't need to. The Valentine One ... read more

  • Valentine Buyer, but just by an inch! (1 year Update)

    May 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional radar source arrows Range
    Cons: False alarms (still)

    Summary: Well it seems as if a low number of people look at these reviews, but I have decided to put in an update on a review I did 1 year ago anyway. First, I purchased both the passport 8500 and V1 and ran them side by side for a week and used that comparison ... read more

  • 1ST 3000 MILES WITH MY VALENTINE#1

    May 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: SENSITIVITY, ARROWS, CONSTRUCTION, UPGRADES
    Cons: Like all others, basically useless against Laser. NEED DIFFERENT COLOR LIGHTS FOR DIFFERENT RADAR

    Summary: This unit is the best I have owned. I have a sales job and travel 500+ miles a week. I owned an 8500 previously but sent it back after 2 weeks. Why? -Plastic -Multiple signal warnings only go up to 2 for K and Ka -Didnt detect Ka well when ... read more

  • for Persistent Speeders

    Apr 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic range, tells you where the radar is and how many there are
    Cons: Chatty, beeps a lot

    Summary: The Valentine One is perfect for persistent, aggressive speeders like me. When I first got mine I was stabbing the brakes constantly worried that a cop was close by whenever it beeped. Soon I realized this detector has a fantastic range. It ... read more

  • Batches?! We don need no stinkin batches!

    Apr 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Outstanding radar detection and warning system that adds unique directional warnings
    Cons: Rather expensive and can be difficult to properly install

    Summary: Who wants to be my Valentine? Cost of average speeding ticket: $150, price for increased insurance premiums $200, cost of Valentine One Radar Detector $400, price for peace of mind (avoiding tickets and insurance premiums)… priceless! This ... read more

  • Badges? We don't need no sticking Badges!

    Apr 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Outstanding radar detection and warning system that adds unique directional warnings
    Cons: Rather expensive and can be difficult to properly install

    Summary: Who wants to be my Valentine? Cost of average speeding ticket: $150, price for increased insurance premiums $200, cost of Valentine One Radar Detector $400, price for peace of mind (avoiding tickets and insurance premiums)… priceless! This ... read more

  • The Valentine One has lots of Ups and some big Downs.

    Mar 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Many features, Ku Band, incredible Ka responsiveness
    Cons: Big price tag, Poor 'Instant on' and Laser detection, arrow displays are inconsistent.

    Summary: 3/9/02 For all those looking for a good radar detector, look no further. The Valentine One offers many benefits to the mix- unparalleled product integrity and reliability. From the moment you take it out of the box you know that this is a high ... read more

  • The Valentine One is #1

    Mar 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sensitivity, direction indicator a big help
    Cons: Price

    Summary: I finally broke down and bought a Valentine One radar detector. I haven't regretted it since! It's actually proven itself very useful. It has sniffed out some tough ones from a half mile away and around bends, over hills, things you just can't believe it ... read more

  • V1 or Escort 8500

    Mar 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: sensitivity, rear antenna, arrows
    Cons: quirky ergonomics, no automute, falsing

    Summary: Camero vs. Mustang F150 vs Dodge Ram Automatic vs. Manual Diesel or Gas. Tough choices. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Ford owners wouldn't be caught dead with a Chevy and vice versa. And so it is with V1 and Escort 8500. Just read ... read more

  • A $400 Radar/Lidar Detector that performs like one!

    Feb 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ultra-reliable (picks up everything!); Directional/signal strength/band type information very useful.
    Cons: expensive.

    Summary: I've been reading about ValentineOne radar detectors since I picked up my first "Car and Driver" Magazine at the tender age of 14 (~10 years ago). They've always gotten great reviews and have always blown away the competition; however, they were always ... read more

  • JUST a Detector? or also a LOCATOR?

    Feb 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Detection Range, Small and Durable, Gr8 Features
    Cons: New V1's arrows suck.

    Summary: Valentine One has been highly praised for not only having a device which detects radar, it also locates it. The older model V1's (the thicker body units), can be accurately labeled "locators." The arrows were very accurate -- as soon as you ... read more

  • A MENACE TO THE SPEED TRAP!!

    Jan 23, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Durability, Usabiliy, Detectability, Affordability
    Cons: N O N E.

    Summary: The Valentine One has progressed to the point where it a traffic officer's biggest pain in the neck. No longer can Traffic Police broadcast their X band radar while sipping coffe and Dunkin Donuts. Now, due to Valentine One's unbelievable ... read more

  • The Ticket Preventer??

    Jan 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Detection Range, Arrows, Double Volume, Price
    Cons: Arrows, X/K hard to differentiate

    Summary: Why are arrows both a pro and a con? The older V1 units provided excellent help via the arrows in locating the threat. The only instance where v1 was a bit misleading was when the signal would bounce all around causing the side arrow to light ... read more

  • What a joke !

    Jan 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: bogey counter, direction arrows, good range, solid build
    Cons: Constant false alarms, archaic design, very expensive, no auto-mute, no alpha-numeric display.

    Summary: I know, there is a cult of Valentine One owners who will frown upon this review. But this review is for all those who, just like me about 1,5 ago, are looking for top of the line radar detector and are ready to spend some serious dough on it. So, I have ... read more

  • New 1.8 V-1

    Dec 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything about this new detector
    Cons: Maybe the price, but you get what you pay for.

    Summary: This is a grate detector, or at least the new one with the 1.8 version software upgrade is. I have owned a Passport 8500 for about a year now and it is a good detector. But the new V-1 beats it in a big way. This new V-1 picks up K, KA, X, Laser, ... read more

  • V1 - #1? or not worth the $400 big ones..

    Dec 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: New V1 is smaller, Awesome "Instant-On" protection, arrows/counter/strength aid siphoning out false alarms.
    Cons: Awful customer service(you cant even e-mail them),Arrows can sometimes mislead you.

    Summary: The first thing I would like to address is the advantages and disadvantages of the arrows. Because this is essentially what sets it aside from the Passport 8500, occasionally touted as having equal or better detection range than the v1. (I have read many ... read more

  • great detector but beware of new radar guns and RDD's

    Dec 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: only option if you want the best in detection and radar locating
    Cons: does not detect new BEE III POP mode, not immune to new RDD's

    Summary: I've been a fan of the V1 since its beginning back in 1992. Mike Valentine is one of the inventors of the original Escort detector, the only truly good superheterodyne detector in the mid-1980's. One thing led to another, he left his partner and ... read more

  • Fun for the whole family!

    Oct 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Valentine One is totally amazing! And fun!
    Cons: Expensive but well worth it.

    Summary: My wife and I went on a 2 week trip driving approx 6000 miles in our new minivan. We brought along two friends. I bought the Valentine One and hung it on the windshield. I told my wife that sure, $400 was a lot but we can always return it when the trip ... read more

  • King of the hill!

    Oct 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Detection range, directional arrows and quality parts.
    Cons: Price, but you get what you pay for!

    Summary: Having been interested in detecting radar ever since the 70's, I have tried them all. The "Escort" was always known as "The" radar detector to have, and the standard by which all others were judged. When deciding between the industry's current ... read more

  • New V1 vs. 8500... Again

    Oct 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fantastic all around ability, rear detection, arrows
    Cons: high price, lots of falsing

    Summary: I'm sure your all tired of reading about these 2 detectors go head to head. I know I was because I too was shopping for the best and there was no definitive answer. Through the web the 3 best out there seemed to be the V1, the Escort 8500, and the Bel ... read more

  • the best.

    Aug 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: direction of radar, bogey counter, quality built
    Cons: it could use a display of some sort, other than lights and beeps

    Summary: I was looking over the reviews on the V1 and found that the people that don't like it are not living where I live, I live in mass. and they use rear radar everyday. I stand a chance of getting hit in the rear more than in the front. I drive an average of ... read more

  • Valentine 1 - Simply The Best Choice Available To Ferret Out Police Radar

    Aug 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Front & Rear Antennas, Concealed Display, Radar Locator, Bogey Counter
    Cons: Perceived as Expensive – But, You Get What You Pay For!

    Summary: I travel on business extensively in the three state area of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Since traffic citations are a major Cash Cow for all states and municipalities, the authorities use every means at their disposal to catch offenders. We face ... read more

  • Retire the V1

    Jul 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great X-band, but who cares?
    Cons: Pinball game alerts, outdated appearance, no text display

    Summary: I just used the "new" V1 for the past month and here's my opinion. First, only Mr. Valentine would think that moving the laser sensor, and making it fit in his original case he designed over 10 years was progress. It is smaller, but who cares? ... read more

  • I bought 2 (so far)

    Jun 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Directional Arrows, bogey count, great reception, special mirror adapter is made just for Corvette owners.
    Cons: Pricey but worth it.

    Summary: The Valentine 1 is great!!! I've used other radar detectors in the past and was never satisfied. The V1 gives you so much more information. It really helps you paint a picture of the road ahead by giving you "knowledge" instead of just "data". ... read more

  • Valentine one vs. Escort 8500

    Jun 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Arrow detection, range, notification alerts
    Cons: Arrow detection, false alerts

    Summary: Here is it guys my opinion of the two best radar detectors out there. Depending on who you listen too these two detectors are by far the best in the pack of high end detectors. Recently I upgraded my vehicle to a high end sport sedan so the ... read more

  • V1, NZ Review - #1

    May 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Radar Locator, Hyper-sensitivity, exceptional false alert rejection from other radar detectors.
    Cons: Build for LH drive market. ~$1000 NZD imported = expensive!

    Summary: My opinion is intended to help New Zealand Buyers, and is based on the latest (Purc. 4/01 2.909 rev) Revision of the Valentine one. **** UPDATE 04/2002: New 'Slim' model (Purc. 10/2001 V1.8 Ant, 3.619 rev software + 07/2002 v1.8 Ant, 3.789 rev ... read more

  • A repeat customer

    May 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sensitivity and range, easy to use, features that no other detector can match
    Cons: Expen$ive, bulky

    Summary: I bought a Valentine One (radar only) way back in 1992. I still have it, and it still works well. Unfortunately, it does not have laser protection, which was the cause of great delight to the officer who ticketed me last fall. I decided that is was ... read more

  • V1 is still the way to go.

    May 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitivity of all bands is top notch. Directional arrows are a must have.
    Cons: Slightly expensive, could be sleeker.

    Summary: As you may have read over in the Passport 8500 section, I've owned two V1's previously and now, after selling my 8500, I'm on my third V1. Here are some reasons the Valentine One in my opinion is the best radar detector on the market. ... read more

  • 8500 can not compare......

    Apr 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Direction Arrows, 100% Upgradeable, Excellent Sensitivity, Advance Logic Mode, TOTAL control of volume levels.
    Cons: None

    Summary: Yep... I bought them both. The V1 and the 8500. I tested them on both X-Band and Ka. Providing the radar was forward of my vehicle - they both registered at relatively the same time (using only one powered up at a time). From the rear the V1 BLEW THE ... read more

  • Don't argue with history

    Apr 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Front and rear detection, Bogey counter, great detection range.
    Cons: UGLY!!! A little dated, has knob instead of push button.

    Summary: While past performance is no guarantee of future results, it is sure a good way to gauge what you can expect, and with the Valentine One you can expect solid performance coupled with a solid piece of equipment. First, On all bands I found this unit ... read more

  • good work mike

    Feb 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: reliability
    Cons: price

    Summary: the valentine 1 is one of the best radars on the market. mike valentine has made another great radar. he is one of the founders of the original passports. and i find the v-1 to be very reliable. mikes knowlage of radar is by far the best in the market. ... read more

  • Resale value says it all - and Feb 2002 Car&Driver rates it #1

    Feb 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Intuitive Display of band, number of threats, and direction, holds it's value
    Cons: A little high in price

    Summary: The V1 is simply the best Radar Detector on the market. Until recently there was Zero competition to the V1. Now there are a couple of other good detectors if you are willing to accept less in the way of useful features. The V1 is still the only ... read more

  • A MUST HAVE

    Feb 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Once you get a feel for this detector, you'll wonder how you lived without it.
    Cons: Taking time to learn the falses.

    Summary: I have owned my Valentine One for over 6 years. While having that unit I have been stopped once (in New York with laser and that was at 1.5 miles away)! I have never been stopped with radar. The unit tells you everything you need to know, as to exactly ... read more

  • Take Note Of This....

    Jan 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Dandy Unit Overall!
    Cons: No dark mode

    Summary: ((This is about Craig Petersons test on radartest.com)) ((Just take note...)) He's the only "tester" on the planet who thinks locating radar is a bad idea. He starts his radartest.com review of V1 by ... read more

  • Valentine One, The Only One, For You

    Dec 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Size, Features, Bands, Lights, PROTECTION
    Cons: None

    Summary: The Valentine One radar detector is the radar detector of the future. Talk about being able to push the limits of driving over the speed limit. I can almost guarantee when you have this radar detector you will be ticket free if you have it in your ... read more

  • Speed Much?

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: you can avoid almost all speeding tickets
    Cons: you end up speeding more

    Summary: Due to the purchase of my new Corvette I found it necessary to buy a radar detector. Not that I speed on purpose, but it's just way to easy to triple the speed limit. Of course this is really stupid, but I don't want my car impounded just because my ... read more

  • Can't catch me

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: good detection, good design
    Cons: pricey

    Summary: I will get right to the point, before I got the Valentine One I got pulled over quite frequently, I seem to just have a problem with going to fast. This is not to say that I am a bad driver, I pride myself as a good driver and have never gotten in an ... read more

  • The Best Detector Available

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Range, Locator Capability
    Cons: Price

    Summary: I have been using various models of Radar Detectors for the past 10 years. I have owned Cobras, Escorts, and Bels. My Valentine One was purchased 1 year ago as a replacement for my aging Escort. The Valentine directional capability is ... read more

  • Nothing Else Compares

    Dec 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Range/Sensitivity, Ability to Upgrade, Directional Sourcing, Accessories
    Cons: No Auto-Mute, Bulky

    Summary: After going through the normal upgrades of radar detectors, my most recent purchase was the Valentine One. I had previously owned detectors by almost every manufacturer out there including Passport, Escort, Bel, and Cobra. Each of the ... read more

  • Bye bye photo radar tickets

    Dec 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitivity, directional arrows, simple controls
    Cons: Other than price, practically nil

    Summary: I am finally out of the radar detector of the month club! I've been trying to justify buying this thing for the last couple of years (heck, I could have bought several V1's after looking at my collection of "cheap" detectors and associated ... read more

  • The Only Radar Detector Worth Buying

    Dec 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Longest Range, Gives Direction of Radar
    Cons: Too sensitive to work in urban settings, Expensive!!!

    Summary: Introduction The Valentine One is far and away the best radar detector on the market at this time. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. As in most cases, being the best means being the most expensive. It carries a price of about $400.00 new ... read more

  • Countless Tickets Avoided

    Nov 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Intelligent design, amazing radar detection, locator arrows.
    Cons: none

    Summary: I waited to write an Epinion about my Valentine One until I completed a high speed trip from New Jersey out to Bloomington, Indiana and back. The Valentine One sniffed out in advance every bear trap throughout 1500 miles of highway driving. The fact of ... read more

  • Why drive in doubt!

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitivity Bogey Counter Direction Arrows
    Cons: NONE

    Summary: I have owned the V1 for one year now and love this thing. The things I find that set's this unit apart from the others are: 1. Directional arrows 2. Bogey Counter 3. True 360 degree protection (two antennas). 4. Solid build ... read more

  • I love this thing!

    Nov 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: sensitivity, directional arrows
    Cons: can't distinguish band detection easily, suction cups still suck (figuratively)

    Summary: I recently purchased the newest V1 for an update over my old 2000 model. The newer models are slimmer and have upgraded sensitivity levels for the K and Ka band. When I got the package, I was surprised to see that the packaging had changed to the ... read more

  • Valentine One Revisited

    Oct 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Does it's job well
    Cons: Size, weight, Lack of secondary features, cost

    Summary: I recently bought a Valentine One based upon fairly extensive research. It works very well for the intended purpose. The units sensitivity is high, and provides sufficient warning distance and time to react in a reasonable fashion ... read more

  • The Best Radar Detector!

    Oct 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome range, Will save you money in the long run
    Cons: Pricey, but well worth the money

    Summary: This is the best radar detector I have ever bought! For $399, it may sound like a lot of money to most people, but it has saved me so many times from a speeding ticket. I have a Honda Civic rice rocket and have an extreme tendency to drive fast. For ... read more

  • A Valentine for Christmas? Yes! Valentine One Radar Detector

    Oct 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good sensitivity, especially on K and Ka bands, Nerd Convenience, easy mounting/dismounting
    Cons: False alarms, expensive.

    Summary: Introduction After receiving traffic citation #22 of my storied career by a slow cop with a radar gun, I realized I needed help. Speeders Anonymous? Hell No! As mentioned in an earlier opinion on choosing radar ... read more

  • Whats the One for in Valentine 1? Number One on the market.

    Oct 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: Valentine 1. Why the 1? Not only cause it's #1, it's the only one Mike Valentine makes. He believes that its the best or none. This is the best radar detector on the market. I bought my car, and the first think that I thought I should get was a radar ... read more

  • The best radar detector

    Sep 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Detection range and location
    Cons: none

    Summary: I was an early Valentine One adopter. This is the best radar detector out there and is well worth every penny. The detection range of this unit is unreal yet the unit is very selective. The ability to track many signals (Bogies) at once and tell you ... read more

  • Worth the extra $ for me because ...

    Sep 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: counter, consistency, range, arrows
    Cons: price, all band indicator leds red

    Summary: Had my V1 for a about a month. I was hesitant to spend the money, I'm glad I did. Runner ups were the Bel 980 and Passport. Given that your driving 'performance' is limited much more by the cops than your ride, you might as well have a Ferrari ... read more

  • One of the best products I ever bought

    Sep 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: the best money can buy
    Cons: size and weight

    Summary: I've owned a V1 for about 3 years now. It is an amazing product that delivers on every single advertising promise. Yes, it was far more expensive than every other detector, but it was well worth it. First of all, the radar locater feature puts it in an ... read more

  • Simply the Best

    Sep 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superior range,radar locator
    Cons: only gripe is the suction cups

    Summary: I have owned many radar detectors (about 10 or so) and when the time came to upgrade I just went to the local Walmart or equivalent and laid out the 200 or so dollars and called it good for about a year. I finally broke down and bought my valentine 1 and ... read more

  • Excellent

    Sep 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's all good
    Cons: hard to slide into the windshield/visor clip(that's it!)

    Summary: I never used a radar detector before. My brother has a Valentine. I have 10 points on my license (speeding tickets). My brother has 0 points on his license. You get the picture. I borrowed my brother's Valentine for a long road trip last month. ... read more

  • The Best Radar Detector

    Sep 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to install, convenient, works well
    Cons: slightly expensive

    Summary: I have recently found the need to purchase one of these units because of a recent speeding ticket I received. I was only going about 10 miles an hour over the speed limit; however, I realized that I can not afford the increasing ticket prices and the ... read more

  • In my side by side test..V-1 is it.

    Sep 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitive, effective, makes you feel safe.
    Cons: its a little pricey

    Summary: I am one who is at ease driving my car and quite often I speed when I'm not really thinking about it. I rely heavily on my radar detector to remind me that I'm going a little too fast when I approach a speed trap or a police officer who is radaring. Now ... read more

  • Pays for itself in a month

    Aug 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Few false alarms, Gives direction of radar
    Cons: none

    Summary: My family has one of these for every car, and each one of them was worth the 399 we paid. For anyone who can't drive 55, you need one of these. Easily out performs every other radar detector I have ever seen. I personally am a very fast driver, with ... read more

  • The ONLY real protection

    Aug 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Features, Sensitivity, Stealth from VG2
    Cons: Takes time to learn how to effectively read layout

    Summary: Many of you are probably familiar with the Right Guard motto, "Anything less would be uncivilized". Well, that about sums up the Valentine One compared to other detectors. Yes, $399 is a lot of money for a radar detector, but, with ... read more

  • The Ultimate Protection

    Jul 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Direction finder, easy to use, sensitive
    Cons: Bulky, expensive

    Summary: I have a lead foot. Always have, probably always will. I didn't learn my lesson in high school - I was given 10 or so warnings before receiving my first speeding ticket. After that, I was just lucky for 5 years. Then I got 3 tickets in 8 months. I ... read more

  • One Product Where Looks Don't Count

    Jul 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: earliest detection, direction locator, all bands covered
    Cons: window "stickies" have a temperature dependence

    Summary: I subscribe to a few auto magazines. Over the past couple of years, I recall seeing the face of this goofy middle-aged guy with wire-rimmed glasses on some ad. Finding his face objectionable for some reason (actually he closely resembles someone I don't ... read more

  • Radar Detector? What an understatement!!

    Jul 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Untouchable detection, Great features, Destroys the competition.
    Cons: Kinda big and expensive, but I don't think that matters for what you get.

    Summary: My father does an awful lot of traveling, sometimes well over 40000 miles per year. Most of it is on the major interstates, and a good radar detector is necessary. We had a Whisler for a while, it seemed to detect the police AFTER we did, and that is a ... read more

  • u need this

    Jul 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: no more tickets
    Cons: it costs a pritty penny

    Summary: The Valentine One Radar Detector is a necessity if you travel a lot! Recently I took a 8 hour road trip with one of my lead footed friends who owns a Valentine One Radar Detector this radar detector saved us from many tickets. It alerted us of about 25 ... read more

  • Valentine One Radar Locator

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Detects everything at incredible range, Bogey Counter< Directional Arrows, Forward AND Rearward Facinc Antennae
    Cons: A bit pricey but well worth it!

    Summary: * The Market * Installation * Advertising VS Facts * City Driving * Highway Driving * 'Success' Stories * The Market Ever since I purchased my first radar detector I have felt a need to always have one ... read more

  • V1 is the Best: Forget the Rest

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The only detector that tells you where and how many; Fantastic range; Easy-to-use
    Cons: Expensive; Many falses in urban locations

    Summary: Although I am quite familiar with highway expedience, I never felt the need to have a radar detector in my car. But one fateful day, as it usually goes, I got nabbed by a well-hidden Smoky looking for a quota-satisfying hit. Suddenly, I found myself in ... read more

  • Goodbye Speeding Tickets!

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best detection, Easy interface
    Cons: cost

    Summary: With the amount of driving I do, I found the features and quality of the Valentine One to be unsurpassed. I think it should be the standard by which other radar detectors should be measured. If you are comparing radar detectors, here are a few things ... read more

  • Valentine One: A breakthrough in radar protection

    Jul 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Bogey counter, bogey direction
    Cons: False alerts

    Summary: Apparently Epinions made a category for this epinion so I moved my previous one on the Valentine. I'll be deleting the other one shortly. Thanks! I'm not one to speed constantly from place to place but occasionally I find myself using ... read more

  • Simply the BEST!

    Jun 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Direction arrows and boogey counter
    Cons: Relatively expensive vs. other detectors

    Summary: Do you have a "lead" foot? You like to speed? Want to avoid that speeding ticket? If you answered, "YES!, to any of the former questions, then you better purchase a Valentine One! I recently re-purchased this little gem this ... read more

  • Best on the market

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Accurate, user-friendly
    Cons: price?

    Summary: I have had a V1 for 4 years now. While I have many many different detectors, this is the most accurate one I have owned... It tells you how many boagies there are and where they are in relation to you. Additionally, this detector is ... read more

  • The ultimate protection

    Jun 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range, easy to operate, direction finder
    Cons: Bulky, costly

    Summary: I have a lead foot. Always have, probably always will. I didn't learn my lesson in high school - I was given 10 or so warnings before receiving my first speeding ticket. After that, I was just lucky for 5 years. Then I got 3 tickets in 8 months. I ... read more

  • Save More Than Money

    Apr 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range, Directional arrows, 360 detection, optional display & controls
    Cons: Signal strength & Band read-outs are to small, No Auto Mute

    Summary: Over the years as technology has advanced I've owned several different models and brands of detectors. I had gotten real good at being able to translate the beeps, clicks and bonks, combined with my knowledge of what was around me to ... read more

  • Well worth the extra $

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitivity, shows direction radar is coming from , shows number of radars, intuitive operation
    Cons: Large size

    Summary: Today I was able to field test my new Valentine radar detector for the first time since purchasing it about a week ago. I was coming home on the Mass Turnpike, when the unit started to sound slowly then more loudly. With the Valentine, you not ... read more

  • The BEST.

    Oct 24, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best protection.
    Cons: Apparent high price

    Summary: Over the past ten years, I have owned several different radar detectors. Started with an Escort in my 1989 Taurus SHO, moved up to a Passport, and graduated to my first Valentine 1 in 1993. It was an original with just front and rear ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Escort 9500 IX

    Jan 12, 2012 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Alerts Some
    Cons: Didn't alert to motorcycle cop

    Summary: I have had my 9500ix for over a year but until today I am NOT happy. Motorcycle cop in eastern central Florida pulled me over. The Escort 9500ix did not alert me at ALL! I am so disappointed. The citation issued to me said Road Prolazer III on it ... read more

  • Best Radar Dector BUT...

    Jul 23, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Arrows, high sensitivity, bogey counter, and band identification all work well together identifying radar threats.
    Cons: Totally defenseless against fix-position speed and red light cameras.

    Summary: The V-1 is without a doubt the best Radar detector on the market today in terms of identifying speed radar threats.  Unfortunately, with the advent and proliferation  of speed cameras the V-1 has become obsolete.Simply put, the V-1 ... read more

  • Love my V1.

    Feb 18, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The arrows, the bogey counter, the strength counter; I love it all.
    Cons: Its a bit pricey.

    Summary: Ive only had my V1 for a couple of weeks, but I love this thing. I had read so many reviews from people saying that they wouldnt live without the features of the V1, and now that I have experienced it, I couldnt agree more.It tells you exactly ... read more

  • Love it! Had mine for 8 years, and it still works like new!

    Jul 19, 2008 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Makes you aware of your surroundings!
    Cons: Price, size.

    Summary: I bought this in 2000, and it is still in my car. It works like a charm. It is bigger than other detectors, but for the features you get, I dont care. This has saved my bacon more times than I care to think about. The indicator arrows are truly ... read more

  • I do not recommend the Valentine One

    Feb 8, 2008 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: It does recognize city cops.
    Cons: Does not work in Interstate Highways in Virginia!

    Summary: I recently was late for an appointment and decided to finally put my Valentine to use. I quickly learned that the Valentine was not what it was cracked up to be. I went right by the cop and The Valentine did not beep or make any noise period! I look ... read more

  • I love my Valentine

    Mar 18, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The bogey counter and directional arrows Ability to upgrade your detector
    Cons: It is the most expensive unit on the market.

    Summary: I purchased my V-1 a couple of years ago after I got my last ticket. I travel the southeast in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Last year, I drove over 30,000 miles with my V-1 at my side. In Mississippi: Sheriffs are not allowed to use Radar ... read more

  • Valentine 1 Sucks, Sucks, and did I mention Sucks?

    Mar 7, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great range, programmable features (if you can find them)
    Cons: Customer service, customer service, customer service!

    Summary: The detector is great, but the service is horrible. If your detector ever needs repair, you will pay out the rear-end for it. I simply needed the plastic pieces replaced (front lens, rear lens, and the display), and they bilked me out of $91. The ... read more

  • Not ergonomic, but effective!

    Jan 25, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Detection Capability, functionality
    Cons: User interface, X band false positives, price

    Summary: This unit is not the prettiest, cheapest or most user friendly product on the market. It can get annoying in an urban environment (Los Angeles), with many false postives (exclusively on X band). But it is simply the most powerful (range) and versatile ... read more

  • No a single ticket in four years

    Dec 27, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Signals detection
    Cons: expensive

    Summary: I have been driving with my Valentine One for almost four years without a single ticket. Bought mine after an extensive review of all radar detectors. One of the best features of this radar is the detection from where the signals come. It has helped me ... read more

  • Why would you buy anything else?

    Jul 30, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Front/rear sensors, numerical read-out of signal number
    Cons: None

    Summary: If you are a person who wants to drive with a useful radar detector, this is the only one to have. Not only is the functionality great, it is upgradeable so that it never becomes obsolete. I have had mine since 1992. I have since paid for 1 upgrade ... read more

  • Best radar detector on the market

    Jun 11, 2006 by
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    Pros: Arrow indicators show direction of radar, alerts on multiple radar sources
    Cons: More expensive than most detectors, a bit noisy

    Summary: Once you have the arrows you'll wonder how you ever did without them. Valentine One is the only detector with two radar antennas -- one front and one rear -- to scan all around your car and precisely locate each radar threat. You'll always know where ... read more

  • Which is best - Bel RX65 - Escort 8500 X50 or VI ?

    Feb 15, 2005 by
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    Pros: Quality build - upgradable - directional arrows - sensitivity and selectivity on all bands
    Cons: No auto mute or dark mode

    Summary: I spent the last 26 days living with the Bel RX65, a borrowed Escort 8500 X50 and a borrowed V1 on my dash. I read all the reviews on Radar-detectors.com, radarbusters.com, www.radar-source.com etc. etc. etc. I believed their test reports and bought the ... read more

  • V1 vs Escort 8500 X50

    Feb 9, 2005 by
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    Pros: Decent sensitivity and range, but not best in class.
    Cons: Bulky, false alarms, and lack of features.

    Summary: After using the V1 for a couple of years, I had finally had it upgraded. I've used this a number of times on the Palisades Pkwy heading out of NYC over the GW bridge. This stretch of road is cop heaven, and I thought I had the best detector, but ... read more

  • Captain Midnight, Your Radar Detector is Here!

    Nov 6, 2004 by
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    Pros: Looks cool, sensitive as a bloodhound, easy to use, great support.
    Cons: Not affordable, does false alarm now and then.

    Summary: This is still THE radar detector to have if you must speed. Even though new ones come and go, and this one seems to look the same year after year, the device continues to evolve. I had an older V1, gave it to my dad and bought a newer V1, and it's ... read more

  • No Longer The Best

    Aug 31, 2004 by
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    Pros: Laser Performance & Windshield Mount
    Cons: Just about everything else.

    Summary: Once considered the best detector, this model is getting pretty long in the tooth. In fact, it is completely blind to the new POP radar used by the MPH BEE III radar gun. Read it again folks: COMPLETELY BLIND. The "BEL Pro RX65" and the "Escort ... read more

  • Valentine One Perfect for Mirror Mount

    Aug 23, 2004 by
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    Pros: The ONLY reliable and long range detector worth buying.
    Cons: Needs a hardwire (kit) to install without the pigtail cord.

    Summary: If your purpose in buying a Radar detector is to avoid tickets, the Valentine One is the ONLY radar detector to consider. The one downside to the Valentine One is that is is not battery powered so there will be a cord somewhere. The Valentine ... read more

  • The BEST

    Jul 29, 2004 by
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    Pros: It works!
    Cons: none

    Summary: I'd be on death row for traffic tickets if it wasn't for my Valentine one. Both my wife & I have them and they are great. I am trying to figure out how to mount one on my ... read more

  • In complete command of the fuzz.

    Jul 16, 2004 by
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    Pros: Number and location of radar is given.
    Cons: None significant, if any at all.

    Summary: The first day I owned this thing, it saved me from a ticket. Knowing not just that radar is in the area, but where it's located and how many are the main selling points for this detector. If you are like me and drive the same route to work everyday, ... read more

  • Valentine one is the Greatest!

    Apr 5, 2004 by
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    Pros: EARLY EARLY EARLY Warning! Trusty. ARROWS!, bogey counter!
    Cons: Expensive, but worth it.

    Summary: I bought my Valentine One about a week ago. It's REALLY awesome. Before that I had a new top of the line cobra. The V1 goes off so much earlier than the cobra. It detected a police car shooting radar from 5 blocks away diagonally from it. It's ... read more

  • Valentine saves my wallet first time out

    Mar 21, 2004 by
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    Pros: Directional Feature
    Cons: costs more than nearest rival

    Summary: I recently purchased a V-1 radar detector. I wasn't sure that the cost would be worth the instrument or not. So, I install the radar detector in the car and decide to drive to the local C-Store to test the unit. Just as I was about to roll-through a ... read more

  • Not quite a "Benchmark"

    Mar 17, 2004 by
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    Pros: You can brag you own the most expensive detector on the planet.Big Wupp!
    Cons: You didn't save yourself a lot of money by buying a Bell or Passport!:(

    Summary: Glowing remarks here about the V-1 and I can tell you three quarters have been directly lifted from the V-1 web site!I was a "big fan" of the V-1 till I used it for a while.Benchmark!It's an overpriced,underperforming ugly dinosaur.The V-1 is sensitive ... read more

  • Simply the best!

    Dec 15, 2003 by
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    Pros: Arrows, Sensitivity
    Cons: Occasional false alarms

    Summary: The title says it all. The directional arrows are a must have for situational awareness. The sensitivity is top notch. You can buy a cheaper detector but you can't buy a better one. Valentine also has excellent customer service. I liked my V-1 so much we ... read more

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