The best way to test something to see if it’s up to snuff is to put it against the industry leader. In this case, we’ve decided to take the K40 RL100 Radar Detector and compare it directly to the Valentine One Radar Detector. The Valentine One has been an industry standard when it comes to radar detectors for many years; does the RL100 have what it takes to stack up against the top dog? Here is our no holds barred matchup between the RL100 and the Valentine One Radar Detectors.
The Valentine One has been an Industry Standard for many reasons. First and foremost are the radar and laser sensors that face both forward and backward. This allows you to detect the presence of radar and laser from both directions. It also displays which direct the presence is coming from. The Valentine One detects the X, K, Ka, Ku, and Laser frequencies that are in range. Another major advantage of the Valentine One system is that you can always have the most up-to-date version with a simple software upgrade.
Although it sounds like it’s ahead of the competition in every way, the main benefit to Valentine One is really the fact that it displays which direction the signal is coming from. For many who are new to radar detection, this indicator may very well be what helps them out of their next speeding situation. Those who are more accustomed to radar and how signals are distributed and received may not need this additional feature.
Although it’s up against a veteran, the RL100 has it’s own advantages. It features 360° detection from both radar and laser, and also has many convenience features. The convenience options available on the RL100 are features found even on their highest end models, such as the RL360. One of the main things to keep in mind with the RL100 is the GPS technology on board. You can program areas into the GPS to block specific bands & alerts in that desired area, allowing you to prevent false alarms in familiar territory, but still maintain the security of full-band coverage when in another area. Having GPS on board with the RL100 also promotes safe driving in areas such as dangerous intersections, or school zones. The RL100 also features many other safe driving features, such as the Speed Monitor. This allows you to select a specific speed to be alerted at by your detector. If your vehicle rides so smoothly that you constantly end up at speeds higher than you mean to be driving, this is a very convenient feature.