Monday, August 24, 2009

Beltronics STi Driver Review

Update (December 2011): STi Driver has been replaced by the new STi Magnum which offers up to 60% increased performance!

Beltronics was the first to design a radar detector that cannot be detected by any police RDD (radar-detector-detector), including VG2 and the latest Spectre 3 and Spectre 4. Use of a radar detector is prohibited in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes, and all Territories. This makes the undetectable Beltronics STi Driver the no.1 choice for drivers who live in these provinces or plan to travel across Canada.

Not only is the Bel STi Driver undetectable, it is also the most recommended choice for those looking for the best radar detection range. We rate this the best radar detector made for Canada and the US.

Beltronics STi Driver includes the detector, Coiled SmartCord for cigarette lighter, quick-release windshield mount, spare suction cups, and the user manual. We highly recommend the optional accessories such as the Visor Clip, Direct-Wire SmartCord, or the Direct-Wire Cord.

Using the latest M3 radar antenna, the STi Driver offers impressive radar detection that outperforms the RX65, Passport 8500 X50 and 9500ix. Sensitivity can be configured in Highway mode for maximum range, or AutoScan and Auto No-X mode for balanced alert distance and false signal rejection for city driving. We recommend leaving the STi Driver in Highway mode for maximum sensitivity for police K and Ka bands.

All Bel STi Drivers produced in 2010 comes loaded with the latest firmware that includes an audio ramp-up update that makes the STi Driver alert in a linear fashion to accurately reflect the radar signal strength. This update allows drivers to rely on the audible alerts without looking at the displayed signal bar graph. This linear ramp-up is not available in any Escort models, including the RedLine, 9500ix, and 9500ci.

The Beltronics STi Driver is no doubt the best overall windshield mounted radar detector for Canadian drivers.

Update: STi Driver has been replaced by the new STi Magnum which offers up to 60% increased performance!

Buy Beltronics STi Magnum ($529 CAD) - available from

Recommended Accessories for the STi Driver:
Direct-Wire Cord ($29.95) - links to the fuse box or any 12V and a ground
Direct-Wire SmartCord ($39.95) - like the direct-wire cord, with an additional display with LED alerts and mute.
Visor Clip ($9.95) - Sun visor mount to hide the detector better.

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