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Published on November 7th, 2012 | by Kira

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Co­bra Vedet­ta: Snaking Out Speed Traps

I grew up in the coun­try with a moth­er who was al­ways run­ning late to ev­ery­thing. She is a fun­ny la­dy: five feet of noth­ing and very sweet, but boy does she like to drive with the ped­al to the met­al! Amaz­ing­ly, she is not a bad driv­er and has a pret­ty good record of avoid­ing ac­ci­dents. So, her biggest prob­lem is up­set­ting law en­force­ment. She is… well, pret­ty good at that.

So, when I heard that we were get­ting the chance to re­view the Co­bra Vedet­ta SLR 650G radar de­tec­tor, I was pret­ty ex­cit­ed, be­cause I have not yet de­cid­ed on the per­fect hol­i­day gift for my mom this year. While I have some qualms with the de­vices- it’d be nice if they weren’t nec­es­sary- I can def­i­nite­ly see how my moth­er and oth­ers can ben­e­fit. Af­ter all, pur­chas­ing a de­tec­tor can pay for it­self with a sin­gle tick­et that is avoid­ed.

And over­all, the Vedet­ta seems to be pret­ty im­pres­sive- and con­sid­er­ing that it’s Co­bra’s top-of-the-line mod­el, we had pret­ty high ex­pec­ta­tions. We don’t drive much in Man­hat­tan it­self, and the re­cent storm put a crimp in our ve­hic­u­lar trav­el (if on­ly be­cause gas was im­pos­si­ble to find). But when we do get out of the city, whether with a Zip­car or oth­er rental, we def­i­nite­ly like to stretch out our wings a bit. In­stal­la­tion is a snap- once you have un­packed your new Vedet­ta the first thing you will want to do is reg­is­ter it and down­load the “Co­bra Up­dater Pro­gram.” This is a very self ex­plana­to­ry pro­cess, ba­si­cal­ly just fol­low­ing prompts off the web­site. Now you can con­nect your Vedet­ta to your com­put­er and have its GPS up­dat­ed via their Au­ra database for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on speed traps, red light cam­era lo­ca­tions, and dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tions. It is prob­a­bly a good idea to get these up­dates ev­ery month or so. The one big prob­lem with the Co­bra Vedet­ta is that it is on­ly com­pat­i­ble with Win­dows. As a Mac us­er I found this very frus­trat­ing; luck­i­ly my moth­er has a PC.

Aside from the Vedet­ta seem­ing to work well and hav­ing the great GPS fea­tures, this radar de­tec­tor has an easy-to-use touch­screen which in­cludes a speedome­ter on it’s bright and big (2.4in) dis­play. It looks sleek and mod­ern, more like a GPS than a radar de­tec­tor, and per­haps for good rea­son. That way, if you do get pulled over, the cop might not no­tice that you have it. Al­so, your Vedet­ta comes with a suc­tion cup mount. This stand can be stuck pret­ty much any­where, and is easy to un­do and re-at­tach, help­ful if you want to move your de­vice be­tween cars (or take it out while parked to avoid the risk of theft).

We’ve tried oth­er Co­bra units be­fore- the iRadar takes the cake for one of the coolest iPhone ac­ces­sories we’ve seen. But a ded­i­cat­ed unit like the Co­bra Vedet­ta SLR 650G of­fers quite a few ad­van­tages, like life­time up­dates of the database- a huge plus and well worth the cost if you’re reg­u­lar­ly trav­el­ing in ar­eas that have quite a few speed traps. Radar and laser can be hid­den or sur­prise you sud­den­ly, but this de­vice will warn you of the im­pend­ing trou­ble be­fore you get caught. Boast­ing a fu­tur­is­tic, dis­crete look, the Vedet­ta’s mid­dle of the line price of $250 seems fair, and my mom should cer­tain­ly have less tick­ets af­ter the hol­i­days.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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