Radar Detector Styles Vary
While it’s said what’s inside makes the radar detector, the outside appearance is also important to many drivers. No one wants a big, clunky or unattractive piece of equipment in their car if they can help it – even if it might save them from a speeding ticket.
Those in the market for a radar detector will find there are three basic body styles. This ,of course, does not take into account the technology that might be inside and the fact some models might be bigger and bulkier than others. The basic styles are: cordless, corded and concealed.
A cordless radar detector is just that. It’s simple to use and very easy to install. There’s no hooking up wires. Rather than run off the car’s battery, a cordless detector uses its own battery. This can be a real advantage for someone who doesn’t want to deal with a complicated installation or pay someone else to do the job, plus there’s no cords in the way.
Although the cordless models are easy to use and install, there are some downfalls, too. These models can run out of battery power, which renders them useless until the power is recharged or the batteries are replaced. Plus, to help conserve their energy, many cordless models turn themselves off and on. Seems like a good idea on the surface, but sadly, this can lessen unit effectiveness.
Corded units are just that. They mount in the car, use the car’s electricity and don’t shut themselves off to converse energy. The biggest disadvantage to this type of detector is the cords themselves, but the effectiveness isn’t tampered with.
Remote units are pretty slick, especially in areas where detectors are illegal. These have antennas that can be hidden by mounting them under the hood or grill of a vehicle and a display that goes into or under the dash. As with the corded units, these detectors rely on power from the car and will involve some wiring work to get up and running.
The type of style a driver goes with for a radar detector really is a matter of personal choice. All three have their advantages and disadvantages depending on a driver’s perspective. What really matters in making a purchase is an individual unit’s reliability.