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Beltronics Pro GX65

Radar detector with GPS

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Item #: 083GX65GPS
 

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by Dominic Devito
Beltronics

The Beltronics Pro GX65 radar detector combines GPS tracking and powerful radar detection to provide unparalleled coverage. Its long-range radar and laser sensors offer first-class protection, including adjustable sensitivity for city or highway driving, and its GPS capability opens up a new range of useful features.

GPS for reliable alerts
GPS technology similar to that found in navigation devices marks targeted areas and camera locations for future protection. Simply tap a button when you pass a "hot spot" and the Pro GX65 will remember to alert you when you approach that area in the future. It'll also remember where a false alarm was registered — it won't alert you there again unless it senses a different signal. The Pro GX65 also uses GPS to monitor your speed and can remind you if you're going over a preset limit.

A built-in database keeps track of enforcement areas
The Pro GX65 comes preloaded with a database of red-light and fixed-position radar cameras for added security. You'll get plenty of advance warning whenever you approach any of these locations. And you can download updates for your radar detector from the Beltronics website so you'll always be aware of targeted areas. You'll need a subscription and a Windows® based computer to update the Pro GX65's database — a free 90-day trial subscription is included with your purchase.

The Pro GX65 and the included SmartPlug mount stealthily on your windshield. This versatile radar detector is invisible to VG-2 radar-detector detection, so you can travel with confidence. Beltronics throws in a handy travel case for storing the detector when you're off the road.

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Highlights:

  • radar/laser detector featuring GPS protection and preloaded database of red-light and radar cameras
  • travel case and quick-release windshield mount
  • coiled SmartPlug cord with volume control
  • digital voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and POP
  • camera database updates requires USB-to-mini-USB connection (cable not included) and computer running Windows XP or Vista
  • camera database updates require subscription after 90-day free trial expires
  • "Mark Location" feature remembers points for future warnings
  • AlertLock feature remembers sources of false signals and mutes alerts
  • 3 sensitivity modes: automatic (speed-based), highway, and city
  • 360° laser protection
  • VG-2 immunity
  • 9 programmable features
  • 280 LED alphanumeric display
  • mini-USB data port
  • dimensions: 3"W x 1-5/16"H x 5-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Detection
X Band Radar
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Yes
K Band Radar
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Yes
KA Photo Radar
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Yes
KA Wideband Radar
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Yes
Laser
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360 Degree
Pulse Warning
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Yes
VG-2 Protection
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Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer
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Touch Key
Dark Mode
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Yes
Visual Alerts
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Yes
Audible Alerts
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Yes
Mute
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Yes
Earphone Jack
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Yes
General
Visor Clip
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Optional
Straight Cord
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No
Coiled Cord
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Yes
Case Included
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Cloth
Battery Powered
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Radar Detector in polyester carrying case
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with 8' coiled cord
  • Windshield mount with 2 suction cups
  • 2 Spare suction cups
  • Owner's Manual
  • Beltronics Product Key Code card
  • "Important Information" note
  • Extended Warranty note

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Features

Detection Capability: The Bel Pro GX65 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, Ku (including European Ku radar) and Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear laser detection, and digital signal processing for superior range and fewer false alarms. You can program the unit to enable all bands at once or you can select one or more bands to turn off (once you have determined there are no traffic radar units using the disabled bands in your area).

Pop Mode Detection: The GX65 includes protection against "Pop Mode" radar, a relatively new feature for radar gun manufacturers. It works by transmitting an extremely short burst, within the allocated band, to identify speeding vehicles in traffic. Once the target is identified, or "popped", the gun is then turned to its normal operating mode to provide a vehicle tracking history.

Display: The GX65's red alphanumeric display consists of 280 individual LEDs to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength and text messages. When radar is detected, the unit displays the band (X, K or Ka), and a precise bar graph of the signal strength. When the GX65 detects laser, the display will show "LASER".

Alerts: This unit features three methods of alerting you that the detector has received a signal: Audible alerts, Visual alerts, and Voice alerts.

Audible Alerts: The GX65 uses a Geiger-counter-like sound to indicate the signal strength and type of radar signal being encountered. When you encounter radar, a distinct audible alert will sound and occur faster as the signal gets stronger. When the signal is very strong, the audible alerts will blend into a solid tone. Each band has a distinct tone for easy identification.

Brightness Modes: The GX65 has three display brightness settings, plus a Dark Mode. Each press of the Brightness button cycles through Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark. In the Dark Mode, the power on indication changes to a dim AD, HD or CD (AutoScan Dark, Highway Dark, City Dark), and only audible alerts are used when the GX65 detects signals.

Programming: There are 8 user-selectable options to allow you to customize the GX65 to your own preferences. The programmable categories include Pilot (Power-on Indicator), Voice Alerts, Units, Signal Strength Meter, AutoMute, City Mode Sensitivity, Markers, and Radar/Laser Bands.

Pilot (Power-on Indicator): The Power-on indicator can be a full word ("Highway") or a single letter ("H"). When the detector is in the Dark Mode, the indicator will be two letters (HD--highway/dark).

Vehicle Voltage: The voltage indicator will provide a digital readout of the vehicle's battery voltage. When the voltage falls below 10.5 volts or rises above 16 volts, the detector will give you a low voltage or high voltage warning and sound an audible alert.

Voice Alerts: When the Voice Alerts are activated, all radar, laser and Safety Warning System alerts (when programmed on) will be accompanied by a digital voice. When Voice Alerts are off, only the audio tones will be heard during an alert or SWS message. The GX65 has a total of 64 digital voice messages.

Signal Strength Meter: The GX65's standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information on a single radar signal. If there are multiple signals present, the detector's internal computer determines which is the most important threat to show on the bar-graph meter.

Threat Display: The Threat Display option is an advanced display for experienced detector users. The Threat Display simultaneously tracks multiple radar signals and their relative signal strength. It displays what band each signal is and a numerical reading of its signal strength.

Speed Check: The GX65's Speed Check feature provides a visual indication of your vehicle speed during the first few seconds of an alert. This allows you to instantly check you speed without looking at your speedometer.

Tech Display: The Tech Display option is for experienced detector users. It displays the band and the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal being received.

AutoMute: With the AutoMute feature on, audio alerts will initially be at the volume you set, but after a few seconds, the GX65 will automatically reduce the volume level, to keep you informed, but not annoyed. With AutoMute off, audio alerts will remain at the volume you set for the duration of the radar encounter.

City Mode Sensitivity: The detector's City Mode significantly reduces X-band sensitivity to reduce annoyance from X-band intrusion alarms and motion sensors. In addition to the Standard City Mode, you can further reduce X-band sensitivity by selecting "City Mode/Low X". If you are absolutely certain there are no X-band traffic radar units in the area, you can select "City Mode/No X" and the detector will not respond to any X-band signals.

Variable Speed Sensitivity: This feature of the unit provides real-time radar protection based on your vehicle's speed.

Alert Lock: The unit's Alert Lock feature permanently eliminates known false alerts by location and frequency.

Safety Warning System: The Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a modified K-band radar signal to alert you of upcoming highway construction, road hazards, weather-related hazards, travel and convenience information and emergency/slow-moving vehicles. The SWS system has 64 possible text messages that can be displayed on the GX65.

VG-2 Alerts: The detector is undetectable by VG-2 detection devices, and will alert you when such a device is in use near your vehicle. During the alert, the unit continues to detect other signals.

Mark Location: The "MRK" button allows you to mark a specific location and label it for future reference. Once marked, the GX65 will provide an alert with an arrow indicating the direction of the location when you reach this area again. This can be extremely useful when there are known speed traps or camera locations that you would like to remember.

Safety Camera Database: The GX65 comes pre-loaded with thousands of safety camera locations, including red light and fixed position speed cameras, located throughout North America. The GX65's safety camera database and operating software can be easily updated using its mini-USB type-B connector and your computer.

Earphone Jack: A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided on the side of the unit for plugging in an earphone in environments with high ambient noise levels. When an earphone is connected, the internal speaker is disconnected.

Mounting: You will get optimum performance from the detector if you mount it at a point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the front windshield without obstructing the view of the road to the front or rear. The detector can be mounted using the supplied windshield mount. The supplied windshield mount adheres the detector to the windshield with two suction cups. The angle can be adjusted for best visibility.

SmartPlug: The GX65 is equipped with a SmartPlug cigarette lighter adapter with a coiled cord. The SmartPlug provides a convenient power-on LED indicator, an alert light, and an easy-to-reach Mute button.

 
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Beltronics G67 - A Winner

Written By Fred, Kingsport, TN on Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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I've used my G67 for about a week now and I am pleased with it. After a few days I turned x-band off since it is not used in my area. I locked out one k-band door opener. I updated my database of red light cams and such. The software is for Windows and is very easy and convenient to use. It knows if the firmware and red light database is up to date. It allows both to be updated on the spot. All user settings for the unit can be set easily using the software (nice). I slowed down slightly when a city police with Ka-band was approaching from the opposite lane. I made sure I came to a complete stop at two stop signs while I was receiving a strong Ka-band signal at each (on occasion I rolling stop). Apparently the stop signs were being monitored. I didn't see the bogie either. The G67 warned about every red light camera I came to. It knew which direction they were monitoring. I received my free accessory pack from Beltronics. The large windshield mount is much better than the one that comes with the unit. It holds the unit very steady and prevents the front of the unit tipping the windshield eliminating the slight occasional tap from the standard mount. I'll be taking a few trips by the end of the year and will know more about it on the highway and other cities. At this point I can highly recommend it.
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