• Jan 9th 2010 at 9:41AM
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Up to now, radar detectors have epitomized the ultimate in minimalist design: a couple of buttons or knobs, a couple of LEDs and a few hieroglyphs were all you got. No more. Now you get something that will probably prove just as distracting: a 1.5-inch touchscreen on two of Cobra's newest radar detectors.

Cobra touts the "full color graphic interface" as the feature that will make "setting up the radar detector fast and easy." Funny, we didn't think it was all that tricky to begin with. Alas, if setting up a new radar detector or switching between modes really got you down, then maybe your prayers have been answered. We certainly don't think it'll make the detectors any more difficult to operate, and it is much more colorful – yet ultimately, that bunch of glyphs on such a tiny screen seems like six of one, half-dozen of the other. You'll find Cobra's press release after the jump.

[Source: Cobra via Engadget]


Cobra Introduces World's First Full Color Touch Screen Radar Detector
2010 Radar Line Simplifies Setup and Expands AURATM Enabled Line of Detection Systems

CHICAGO, IL (January 5, 2010) -Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ:COBR) today announced the launch of the world's first touch screen radar detectors as part of its 2010 line of detection systems. The two new touch screen models simplify user setup and alert settings. In addition to the touch screen models, Cobra is introducing the first radar, laser and safety camera detector priced under $200.

The new XRS touch screen models, XRS 9970G and XRS 9965, feature a 1.5" full color graphic interface that makes setting up the radar detector fast and easy. Simply tap on the "menu" screen tab and scroll through the menus to set user settings such as the display colors, city/highway modes, IntelliMute™, Frequency Display Mode and other preferences, as well as the alert settings including turning on or off POP Mode, the detection of certain Bands and Low Car Battery Warning.

"The most inconvenient part of purchasing a new radar detector was setting it up," said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra. "With the new touch screen models, we've removed the fumbling through button combinations to make changes. Just tap and set."

In addition to the touch screen interface, the new XRS 9970G also features enhanced AURA™ Camera Driving Hazard Database capabilities, plus IntelliView™ Pro which displays a photo-enforced alert as well as the speed of the vehicle if under radar surveillance.

Also new for 2010 is the XRS 9550G radar, laser and safety camera detector. This is the first full detection system under $200 that features 14 Bands of detection, Voice Alert™, POP detection and a lifetime subscription to the AURACamera and Driving Hazard Database.

The AURA database stores GPS coordinates of speed and red light cameras and driving hazards. Users can access this database online and download daily updates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By simply connecting the GPS Locator via USB, AURA subscribers synchronize the coordinates for the most current and accurate camera and dangerous intersection alerts. Drivers can also add up to 1,000 location-based alerts to ensure that they are alerted to temporary or moveable driving threats.

Cobra's 2010 line of radar detectors feature eco-friendly packaging and will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.cobra.com beginning March 2010. These new radar detectors have a suggested retail price range from $199.95 to $379.95. To learn more about Cobra's 2010 radar line, visit www.cobra.com or follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic or become a fan at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.

About Cobra Electronics
Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products. Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company's innovation and industry leadership. To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com. Follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic or become a fan at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.

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      • 11 Months Ago

      Its a great radar detector I was reading about the spec and sounds like a winner to me!

      • 5 Years Ago
      God damn, this detector is hideous. Cobra just doesn't learn, and I'm sure the detection is horrible as usual. Do yourself a favor and pick up a V1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The escort has better Ka range, has GPS and speed camera databases, is far less annoying, and cheaper then the V1.. I tried both, and much prefer the escort. As for the cobra... Radar detectors aren't that hard to operate. We don't need a touchscreen, we need better range, better false detection. Try again..

      • 5 Years Ago
      "Bling, bling, bling, bling, bling....!"

      The detector designer and the detector's alert probably sound the same. Anyone installing this dashboard eyesore should get a ticket.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Discrete too!

      Radar detectors: either get a Valentine1 or get a ticket. Enough said.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have several detectors, including a Valentine.
        Valentine FTW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Instead of adding fancy-schmancy, totally-unneeded features to their radar detectors, I think Cobra ought to encourage their engineers to figure out how to make their detectors actually detect radar - and most importantly, to do it WITHOUT SETTING OFF EVERYONE ELSE'S RADAR DETECTORS.

      Seriously, Cobra's radar detectors have historically had the WORST performance of any other brand. EVERY comparison test confirms that.

      I've used many different brands over the years (since the early 80's), including the best from Bel and Escort, and I'll tell you what - I won't be replacing my beloved, respected, and idolized Valentine One until Valentine comes out with a GPS-enabled radar detector of their own. The exclusive arrows are invaluable, and the consistent long-range performance unsurpassed.

      There are radar detectors, and then there is the Valentine One.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How big is the screen? 1.5" - can you even really have an interface that is usable with a touch screen that small?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Well she doesn’t drive and wouldn’t spend stupid money on a radar detector with a touch screen...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Trying hard to stay relevant. Really, do that many people still use radar detectors? With hwy speed limits at 70 (+ the 5-10mph grace) why do you need to go any faster than that? These were useful back in the 55mph days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most highways are still 55 mph. It doesn't matter what the speed limit is when some cops will try pulling you over when you go 2 mph over anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go travel the back roads of Oregon state, where the 55 MPH BS still rules. Valentine One is most definitely your friend here. And Washington State is so desperate for money, they've really stepped up the enforcement. So have many of the city and county departments in the Seattle area. Mix in some artificially low speed limits on select stretches of roadway, and you bet a radar detector is useful.

        Valentine One - never leave home without it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not so much the speed limits, it's the laser traps that you will only get advanced notice of if you get lucky or if the cop isn't accurate. Going more than 10mph over on most highways is asking for a ticket.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just another dashboard distraction. `I can't help but get a chuckle or two on the way to work in the darkness of early morn. Many times seeing the same cars with that same GPS on, the DVD screen brightly illuminated on the headreasts and no-one in the back seat, yacking away on the cell or texting, radar detectors flashing at the same location knowing full well that the troopers are always five miles ahead sleeping.
      Crash. Did'nt see that truck ahead doing 30 under. Wonder why.
      Just give me something usefull for my dashboard. Something like a beer can holder that contains a spill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wish it didn't look like it was designed by a 14 year old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hah. No respect for the law among AB readership. Speeders are hypocrites with a sense of entitlement. Receiving a speeding ticket should be punished by steeper fines, mandatory jail time, and disqualification of receiving any federal aid for higher education.

      (Just kidding)
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