5000EX vs V1 Mini Review

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I used to have a SE-78, and had a couple epic drop the anchor saves with it. I foolishly sold it and later bought a z-19r before a trip. The 19r would false alot and so I grew numb to its screeching. Got a ticket a year in +13 or so, which was the last straw. Luckily I soon found a 5000EX at a pawn shop, talked them down to $40 and bought it. I feel that it falses much less than the z-19r. I run it with TFSR on, FDSR off, which seems like the only way to run it while keeping your sanity. FDSR on will go off constantly, and intersections will cause many falses with TFSR off.

I later bought a V1 at another prawn shop, it was missing the power cord so I milked that for all it was worth and talked them down to $225. All I knew at that time was that the slimer V1 was newer than the fatter one, and serial number check was unavailable for that version because of whatever is going on at Valentine research tight now. I didnt know anything about that at the time. Turns out that I need the extra expensive update, it is on version 3.825.

Anyway, I was running just the V1 but then I decided to run them both at the same time to compare, V1 up top slightly to the left, 5000EX down close to the dash in the middle. Disturbingly, I drove by a threat that the 5000EX picked up on K band that the V1 was blind to. It didnt make a peep. So, I started running the V1 with K and X band off, with the 5000EX with my preferred preferences, mentioned above, in order to take advantage of the Whistler's TFSR which seems to work pretty well to me, and to be aware of the K band that is in my area that the V1 is mysteriously blind to. From what I can tell, my version of the V1 has significantly greater range compared to the Whistler but the Whistler is faster to alert to a sudden burst of KA. Up to a second faster. I really only run the V1 right now for the benefit of the arrows, because instant on is a great threat to me. If I were to take a relatively long trip compared to my usual driving, than the range of the V1 would be of greater importance in the open roads, of course.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that although the 5000EX does not have the latest whistler horn, and suffers in the range department, it is very serviceable due to its relatively advanced filtering and its KA reaction time. Not bad for $40, assuming you can find a used one. I am mainly posting because not much has been said about the 5000EX and to say that from my experience, I dont think that the 5000EX is just a gimic with the small size and all. I will always have a place in my heart for Whistler due to the SE-78, but seeing what Uniden has to offer right now, and in anticipation of a new V1, I am looking to sell both the whistler and valentine on the bay to buy a r3 or r7, and see what Valentine does. Perhaps if I find a used cr97 I will pick it up and mount it low for laser duty, and compare it with the uniden. Or maybe if that dash cam whistler drops in price I could use that for laser duty instead because I need a dash cam.
 

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I used to have a SE-78, and had a couple epic drop the anchor saves with it. I foolishly sold it and later bought a z-19r before a trip. The 19r would false alot and so I grew numb to its screeching. Got a ticket a year in +13 or so, which was the last straw. Luckily I soon found a 5000EX at a pawn shop, talked them down to $40 and bought it. I feel that it falses much less than the z-19r. I run it with TFSR on, FDSR off, which seems like the only way to run it while keeping your sanity. FDSR on will go off constantly, and intersections will cause many falses with TFSR off.

I later bought a V1 at another prawn shop, it was missing the power cord so I milked that for all it was worth and talked them down to $225. All I knew at that time was that the slimer V1 was newer than the fatter one, and serial number check was unavailable for that version because of whatever is going on at Valentine research tight now. I didnt know anything about that at the time. Turns out that I need the extra expensive update, it is on version 3.825.

Anyway, I was running just the V1 but then I decided to run them both at the same time to compare, V1 up top slightly to the left, 5000EX down close to the dash in the middle. Disturbingly, I drove by a threat that the 5000EX picked up on K band that the V1 was blind to. It didnt make a peep. So, I started running the V1 with K and X band off, with the 5000EX with my preferred preferences, mentioned above, in order to take advantage of the Whistler's TFSR which seems to work pretty well to me, and to be aware of the K band that is in my area that the V1 is mysteriously blind to. From what I can tell, my version of the V1 has significantly greater range compared to the Whistler but the Whistler is faster to alert to a sudden burst of KA. Up to a second faster. I really only run the V1 right now for the benefit of the arrows, because instant on is a great threat to me. If I were to take a relatively long trip compared to my usual driving, than the range of the V1 would be of greater importance in the open roads, of course.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that although the 5000EX does not have the latest whistler horn, and suffers in the range department, it is very serviceable due to its relatively advanced filtering and its KA reaction time. Not bad for $40, assuming you can find a used one. I am mainly posting because not much has been said about the 5000EX and to say that from my experience, I dont think that the 5000EX is just a gimic with the small size and all. I will always have a place in my heart for Whistler due to the SE-78, but seeing what Uniden has to offer right now, and in anticipation of a new V1, I am looking to sell both the whistler and valentine on the bay to buy a r3 or r7, and see what Valentine does. Perhaps if I find a used cr97 I will pick it up and mount it low for laser duty, and compare it with the uniden. Or maybe if that dash cam whistler drops in price I could use that for laser duty instead because I need a dash cam.
Does the V1 smell like shrimp??

Seriously, $225 for an old V1 minus the power cord and in need of a $100+ update ( if and when available) is not a great deal. For another $100. You could get a used R7 that would dust both those units.

One final thing. How did you turn off K band? You can simple turn it off by pushing and holding the control knob to little c if that's an option.
 

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Does the V1 smell like shrimp??

Seriously, $225 for an old V1 minus the power cord and in need of a $100+ update ( if and when available) is not a great deal. For another $100. You could get a used R7 that would dust both those units.

One final thing. How did you turn off K band? You can simple turn it off by pushing and holding the control knob to little c if that's an option.
Well like I mentioned, when I bought the V1 I didn't know the update would be so expensive because the check serial number feature on the website is not working for my serial number, it says something like updates are not available for this version check later. I thought since it was the slimmer V1 that it was newer than it really was. There is a thread about it in the V1 section with others posting that they cant check their versions either. Through the features menu, I got my version and figured out how much the update would cost reading the forum. I wasnt that bummed though because the Valentine name still holds alot of weight so I'm pretty confident I can get my money back atleast or maybe a little on top selling it locally or to Europe on the bay. Plus I always wanted one and I got to see what it's all about.

Yeah I just got into the menu and set the second setting to down arrow to turn off K band.
 

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