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Beltronics Pro 200 Review

Thumbnail image for pro_200.jpgIn 2012 Beltronics introduced a new line of radar detectors in their Professional Series. There are currently four models in this series, and while they all share some common, basic features, each offers something a little different from the others.

Case in point is the Beltronics Pro 200. It includes the core features of the base model, the Pro 100, but adds something more to give it that little extra oomph. In order to understand what that is and what it means, we need to know where this radar detector essentially came from.

pro_200_2.jpgAs mentioned in the Beltronics Pro 300 review, The Professional Series itself is essentially a makeover of the previous line. As the newer Pro 300 is basically a tweaked up RX65, the Pro 200 is one from the Vector line, the Beltronics Vector 955, to be exact. This was reasonable. The 955 was a popular detector that held its own, with over 60 digital voice messages, Digital Signal Processing, 3 city modes and compatibility with the Cincinnati Microwave ZR4 laser Defense System. It featured full radar detection on X, K, Superwide Ka bands, instant-on (Pulse) detection and POP mode. It also had multiple laser sensor diodes for instant front and rear laser protection. It had great performance, especially for the price. To carry all that over to the Pro 200 makes sense, so they did.

pro_200_3.jpgBeltronics took their Vector 955 radar detector, tweaked it with 8x the range of other radar detectors in its class, added Traffic Signal Rejection (TSR) filtering, and repackaged it as the Pro 200. Not that it's a bad thing. On The contrary, I think it worked out rather well. The 955 was a solid performer, to be sure, but I was not at all impressed with the the old Vector look. It just wasn't my style. In my opinion, the 955 looked, well, old. Beltronics gave the Pro 200 a hard, rubberized coating and a more stylish design. The Pro 200 looks new. I think that was the biggest improvement of all.

Like the other Professional Series models, the Pro 200 sports an ultra-bright alphanumeric display with multiple brightness settings, including Dark Mode, and is visible from almost any angle. It can has AutoMute so you don't have to mute it yourself.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for pro_200_4.jpgThe Pro 200 package includes the standard items and is about what you would expect, with a quick-release windshield mount, coiled SmartCordâ„¢ power cord, quick reference card and a one year manufacturer warranty. It's available to ship directly from Buy Radar Detectors.

The Beltronics Pro 200 Radar Detector isn't original, nor is it particularly unique compared to its predecessors as Beltronics radar detectors go, but that's okay. It's not getting older, it's getting better. And that makes it a winner.

For A quick comparison chart of all four current models in the Beltronics Professional Series, read the Beltronics Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300, and Pro 500 Comparison.

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