Beltronics RX65 Review – Review on the most advanced radar detector by Beltronics

 

 

 
 

An article on Beltronics RX65 review.

Beltronics RX65 Review

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beltronics Pro RX65 radar/laser/safety detector is everything you need for a radar detector. This detector contains all the essential features you need i.e. text display, digital voice alerts, 7 selectable features, and custom travel case.

 

 
 
 
 

Beltronics RX65 Review – Great Performance

The RX65 is the most advanced radar, laser and safety detector ever designed by Beltronics. It is able to detect full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System and also with radar capability, front and rear laser detection. What this simply mean is that this device is able to detect all radar detector signals used by the law enforcement in U.S, giving you peace of mind.

Additionally, the Digital signal processing (DSP) gives you superior long-range ability, along with reduced false alarms. The AutoScan mode will also virtually eliminate those false alarms, and provides both Highway and City settings.

The RX65 also features Shadow Technology making it immune to VG-2 radar detector detection, meaning law enforcement can’t detect your radar detector, keeping you one step ahead.

Simple Operations

The rugged RX65 gives you control right at your fingertips using the included SmartPlug power cord. Patented Mute and AutoMute technology on the cord allows you to quickly silence alerts. Advanced programming lets you customize several features, and programmable bands let you set the device for your region, including International and North American settings.

Installation is a snap: use the quick release mount to attach it to your vehicle’s windshield, and remove it in a snap. Don’t want to leave it in your vehicle? No problem, Beltronics includes a travel case to keep it secure while you’re on foot.

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Mounting Beltronics RX65 

For optimum detection performance, it is recommended to use the Windshield QuickMount (included in the box) and mount the device high enough on your front windshield to provide a clear view of the road from the front and rear.

You also need to mount the RX65 away from windshield, wipers, other solid objects, and heavily tinted areas that might obstruct the radar antenna or laser lens.

Follow this and you’ll have maximum performance on your RX65.

Power On/Off

To turn the RX65 on, press the PWR button on the left side of the top case. When you turn the RX65 on, it will go through a sequence of alerts. However, if you prefer, you may program your RX65 for a shorter power-on sequence.

Power-on indication

After RX65’s start-up sequence is complete, the alphanumeric display will show Highway, City, or AutoScan to indicate which sensitivity mode is selected. If you prefer, you can select alternate power-on displays.

Voice

The RX65 has Digital Voice feature. What this means is that you’ll hear a digital voice announcement of the band being detecting. If you prefer, you can turn the Digital Voice feature off in programming.

AutoMute 

The RX65 has the patented AutoMute feature. With this feature, the device will alert you to a radar encounter at the volume you have selected; the AutoMute feature will automatically reduce the volume to a lower level pre-set. This keeps you informed without the annoyance of a continuous full-volume alert. If you prefer, you can choose to turn this features off.

Volume / Mute Button

To adjust the alert tone volume, press and hold the Volume/Mute bar located on the top case. The Mute button, located on RX65’s top case, allows you to silence the audio alert during a radar encounter.

To mute the audio for a single specific signal, briefly press the Volume/Mute button. After that radar encounter has passed, the mute will automatically reset and the audio will alert you to the next encounter.

Highway / AutoScan / City Switch

The City button selects RX65’s sensitivity mode. You are recommend to use the AutoScan mode for most driving. RX65’s AutoScan mode provides long range warning, with minimum false alarms.

In this mode, RX65’s internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity.

You can also select conventional Highway and City modes. When driving in urban areas where annoying X-band intrusion alarms and door openers are common, City mode can be engaged to lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band alerts.

Full sensitivity is maintained on all other bands. You can customize RX65’s City mode sensitivity.

We now continue with the Beltronics RX65 review by looking at the display of this device.

Beltronics RX65 Review – Brightness Button

RX65’s BRT button selects the brightness of RX65’s display. There are four settings:

Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark. Press the BRT button to select your preferred brightness.

Dark Mode

When you select the Dark mode with the BRT switch, RX65 changes to a very inconspicuous power-on indication: a very BRT AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A, H, or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or City, and the D indicates Dark.)

When RX65 is in the Dark mode, the display will not show visual alerts when RX65 detects signals. Only the audible alert will tell you of detected signals.

Audible Alerts

For Radar signals:

RX65 uses a Geiger-counter-like sound to indicate the signal strength and type of radar signal being encountered. When you encounter radar, a distinct audible alert will sound and occur faster as the signal gets stronger. This allows you to judge the distance from the signal source without taking your eyes from the road. Do take note that each band has a distinct tone for easy identification.

X-band = chirping tone

K-band = buzzing tone

Ka-band = double-chirp tone

For Laser signals:

Since laser signals are a possible threat no matter how weak, RX65 alerts you to all laser signals with a full laser alert.

For Safety signals:

RX65 will alert you to these signals with a double-buzz tone (and digital voice if programmed) with a corresponding text message.

Power Connector

RX65’s power jack uses a telephone-type connector. This new 6-pin connector only works with the included coiled SmartPlug, or the optional Direct-wire SmartPlug.

The coiled SmartPlug is a special power cord that has a power-on indicator (which only lights up when the RX65 is turned on), a bright alert light that warns of radar or laser, and a convenient mute button right on the plug. It’s perfect for any car where reaching the detector’s mute button on the windshield is a stretch.

For discreet night driving, put RX65 in the Dark mode, and use the SmartPlug for your visual alerts. Other drivers won’t know you have a detector.

An optional Direct-wire SmartPlug is also available. This version includes a small display module, which can be wired directly into your electrical system, with a 10 foot straight cord to route to your RX65.

Signal Strength Meter

RX65’s alphanumeric display consists of 280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength and text messages.

RX65’s standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information On a single radar signal. If there are multiple signals present, RX65’s internal computer determines which is the most important threat to show on the bar-graph meter.

When RX65 detects radar, it displays the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar graph of the signal strength.

When RX65 detects a laser signal, the display will show “Laser.”

NOTE: If you are operating RX65 in the Dark mode, the display will not light when a signal is detected – only the audio alert will be heard, and the flashing alert lamp on the SmartPlug.

Threat Display 

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RX65’s Threat Display option is an advanced display for experienced detector users. Please use RX65 for a few weeks to get familiar with its other features before using Threat Display.

To use the Threat Display instead of the bar graph signal strength meter, you must select Threat Display in RX65’s Programming. RX65’s Threat Display simultaneously tracks multiple radar signals and their relative signal strength.

The Threat Display can help you to spot a change in your normal driving environment; for example, a traffic radar unit being operated in an area where there are normally other signals present. The Threat Display is actually a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what band each signal is and its signal strength.

Programming 

There are 7 user-selectable options so you can customize your RX65 for your own preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and BRT are also used to enter the Program Mode, REVIEW your current program settings, and to CHANGE any settings as desired. The words PROGRAM, RVW, and CHG are located on the top of the detector, and are highlighted in colored graphics.

Interpreting Alerts 

Although the RX65 has a comprehensive, only experience will teach you what to expect from your RX65 and how to interpret what it tells you. The specific type of radar being used, the type of transmission (continuous or instant-on) and the location of the radar source affect the radar alerts you receive. The following examples will give you an introduction to understanding the RX65’s warning system for radar, laser and safety alerts.

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Traffic Signal Rejection (TSR) 

The RX65 radar detector includes a new optional boost in anti-falsing software to eliminate excessive alerts from erroneous X and K-band sources. One example of this is traffic flow monitoring systems. These systems, which are becoming more widely used in several countries, generate K-band signals to measure the flow of traffic on a given road. Unfortunately most detectors see this as a real threat and will alert you to it unnecessarily. The new proprietary software (TSR), intelligently sorts, ranks and rejects this type of false alarm automatically. The result is ultimate protection without excessive false alarms.

The TSR software is turned on by default in the Programming section of the RX65. If you believe this type of system isn’t used in your area, you can simply turn it off. Otherwise, your detector is ready to start protecting you right out of the box.

Beltronics RX65 Review – How Safety Radar Works

Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a modified K-band radar signal to alert users of Highway Construction or Maintenance, Highway Hazard Zone Advisories, Weather Related Hazards, Travel Information/Convenience, and Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles. The SWS safety radar system has 64 possible messages (60 currently allocated), all of which can be displayed on your RX65.

Customer Review

At the time of this writing, the rating for the Beltronics RX65 is 4.3 out of 5 stars, a very good rating indeed. 82% of the rating is for 4 and 5 stars while the remaining is for 1 to 3 stars.

What’s in the Box (with Accessories Bundle)

Beltronics RX65 RED Professional Series Radar, hard shell metal case, coiled SmartPlug, quick release windshield mount, manual, and bonus RadarMount car mirror mount bracket.

Pros

  • Detect all signals – X, K, Ka, Laser, Safety Warning System
  • Easy operations
  • Good range
  • Immune to VG-2 radar; can’t be detected by radar detector detectors
  • Various programming available
  • Traffic rejection system
  • One year warranty

Cons 

  • No speed cameras and red light cameras database
  • Unable to interact with other users to have access to the latest alerts
  • Inconsistent customer support

Verdict

The Beltronics RX65 is simple to use right out from the box. It has all the essential features you need from for a radar detector. What is lacking is the availability of red light cameras and speed cameras database commonly available on most high performance radar detector. Another area that’s weak is the customer service which many are not satisfied with it.

An alternative to the Beltronics RX65, is the Escort Passport 8500×50; a device from a well know company with good support. If you have the means, I’ll advice to go for the high performance radar detectors with GPS features.

End of Beltronics RX65 review.

 

 

 

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