Whistlers XTR-695 Detector laser

Whistler has been manufacturing speed trap detection systems for a few years now and the XTR-695 is one of their highest class of laser radar detection models.

The most distinctive feature of the Whistler XTR-695 is the Radar Signature ID (RSID) which cleverly indicates Ka radar signal frequency bands (33.8 GHz, 34.0 GHz, 34.3 GHz, 34.7 GHz and 35.5GHz) on the display whenever police radar alerts are detected. The XTR-695 has supreme sensitivity on Ka and very rarely produces false results, thanks to its filter mode technology.  False alerts are a common problem with similar devices so this is definitely a plus point.

The XTR-695 features a choice of seven different display colors for you to choose from and personalise your screen and frequency alerts. This is a really cool feature but it is spoilt by the fact that the main display is a bit dull, particularly in daylight. In very hot conditions the display may even completely disappear which really defeats the purpose of being able to personalize your colors. However, it is not all bad, the voice alerts are very clear and there are blue periscope LEDs on the top, which flash on and off in unison with the alarm. These combined features mean it may not be too much of a hindrance having to live with this dimly lit display screen.

Whistler XTR 695 laser detector

Whistler XTR 695 laser detector

The menu is very simple to navigate through and the XTR-695 offers a fantastic 360 degree coverage of all radar and laser bands. An additional bonus is the integrated 72-point digital compass. Another great aspect to this model of laser radar detector is its discrete design. The XTR-695 is jet black and blends nicely into your vehicle interior to decrease the likelihood of people noticing it.  If you follow the recommendations and install the detector as low as possible on the windshield, you will also see better detection results.

As well as the common Doppler radar devices, the XTR-695 has the ability to detect LIDAR devices used by police officers. This is a breakthrough in laser radar detection technology and something that is only recently being implemented into laser detectors.

Another useful characteristic is the stay alert feature which tests the alertness of the driver by encouraging them to interact with the device. If the required button is not pressed within 3-5 seconds then an alarm goes off at full volume to get the drivers attention.

Accessories available for the Whistler XTR-695 include power adapters, dash and windshield mounts and the Whistler INTELLICORD, which allows you to remotely control some of the radar detector settings, including power on/off, city modes, dim/dark and quiet/auto quiet by simply pressing a button.

The recommended retail price of the Whistler XTR-695 is $249.95 but you can generally source it for as little as $149 on the Internet. Well worth the money, the XTR-695 is a feature-packed laser detection system with an array of alert options which even prioritise themselves when two or more alerts occur at the same time. During a multitude of tests and conditions the XTR-695 has proven to be an excellent laser radar detector, which easily rivals some of the far pricier laser radar detection systems on the market.

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