The Beltronics Pro 300 radar detector finds its place a step below the more expensive the Pro 500 series, but a handful of great features make it much more user friendly than the Pro 200 series. For those that are on the market for an affordable radar detector that does not skimp on all of the most popular hardware and software features, the Bel Pro 300 may be one of the best options.
The first thing that will be noticed right out of the box is that this is one of the few radar detectors that features a matte, rubberlike material that reduces the amount of glare that can be seen on the windshield. The simple LED display provides all of the generic information needed including the threat level and any settings that have been chosen. The Pro 300 has just a handful of contoured selector buttons that allow drivers to change settings, such as city or highway driving, without taking their eyes of the road. The long, 12v Smartcord reaches comfortably from anywhere on the windshield and it can be turned off or muted through the traditional buttons or with the included remote.
The range of the Pro 300 will vary depending on road conditions, the style of speedtrap, and the band of the speed detector. In basic daily driving conditions, drivers can expect accurate readings for the X band highway detectors at just over 3000 feet. Traditional K band readings that are found in both mobile and fixed speed traps will be slightly less at around 2500 feet. The device can also be customized to detect both Ka band 34.7 and Ka band 35.5.
While the Bel Pro 300 does not come with the GPS unit of the Bel Pro 500 series, it does have full connectivity with the EscortLive Software. This app allows drivers to connect their radar detector to their smartphone via a Bluetooth connection in order to provide a host of new features. This includes the ability to remove a majority of false alarms when any triggered frequencies are checked against the app’s database. Whenever the Pro 300 does detect radar encounters, the phone will display much more information than the radar detector itself including possible locations, if multiple bands are being used, and the recorded speed of the vehicle.
From voice alerts to pristine radar sensitivity and a competitive range, many drivers will find that this is one of the most affordable and effective devices at this price. Additional features such as the ability to connect to EscortLive, optional voice alarms, one-touch muting, and the ability to control the device with a remote are simply added bonuses for those that purchase the Bel Pro 300.