For those who are looking for a device that will make your commute just a little bit safer, Cobra's new XRS-R9 laser/radar detector is definately worth checking out! Along with its standard detection of all forms of standard and laser radar, this device also boasts a GPS (Global Positioning System) feature which will warn you of “known” red light cameras, photo speed cameras, and even approaching school zones!
That’s right! No more getting caught on camera while you unexpectedly blow past a speed camera. Using a USB connection, the system updates the Cobra speed camera database with manually verified speed camera locations so that your Radar Detector will always know what is approaching ahead in the road.
Another nice feature of the XRS-R9 is it is split into two units, a base and a receiver unit. The base is small and weighs less than 10oz and can be mounted virtually anywhere. The receiver is connected to the base via a 2.4Ghz wireless connection and can be mounted anywhere in the vehicle where you can see it’s easy-to-read color OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The receiver unit is rechargeable and you get about 4 days of use on a single charge.
Set up of the unit was extremely easy, taking about five minutes to configure. We were impressed with its ease of use and numerous features. As we drove around city streets, we looked for red light and speed cameras, and the system warned us about more than half of the cameras we found. For the others (which are popping up constantly around us), we were are able to add the new cameras to the database with a push of a button, which will notify Cobra to manually verify these locations for future updates.