When it comes to connected radar detectors with smart features like crowd-sourced alerts, GPS false alarm memory and a global data base, the Escort MAX360 is the model that comes to most people’s minds. Well, guess what: there’s a new option in town and it does everything the MAX360 can do and more… plus it has a built-in 1080p dash camera… plus it’s $100 cheaper!

We’ve spent the past week testing the Cobra Road Scout Dash Cam and Radar Detector in place of the Escort model we normally use, and we are thoroughly impressed. The range is easily just as good as the MAX360, the features and app control are terrific, and having a built-in dash cam that records in Full HD is brilliant. The dash cam add-on for the MAX360 is another $200 on top of the $550 you already spent on the radar detector itself. Meanwhile, the Cobra Road Scout is only $449.95 on Amazon — that’s $300 less than the combo from Escort!

Of note, if you don’t need a radar detector and you just want a high-quality dash camera, the Cobra Drive Dash Cam Dash2208 and the Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam DASH2216D are both terrific options.

Here’s some additional info from the product page:

  • 2-IN-1 RADAR DETECTOR & DASH CAM – Long range cobra radar detector combined with a high definition dash cam to capture and share unexpected moments. Built in Bluetooth provides community alerts from the Cobra iRadar app.
  • HIGH RESOLUTION DASH CAMERA FOR CARS – In-car video management on smartphone through direct Wifi connectivity to view, share, and edit videos. Full HD 1080p, enhanced night vision, and continuous loop recording provide for high quality video capabilities.
  • UNMISTAKEABLE DETECTION RANGE & ACCURACY – The best of police radar detector technology and radar detectors for cars, with Digital Signal processing detects real-time radar, laser, live patrol, and speed traps.
  • FAST, PRECISE, & RELIABLE ALERTS – Compatible with iRadar app for real-time crowd sourced speed trap notifications, preloaded with red light and speed camera location which trigger GPS-based laser-precise alerts.
  • EVERYTHING IN ONE CASE – Carry along the heavy duty EZ Mag Mount, 16GB SD Card, SmartCord, and micro USB cable accessories all in the convenient carry case.

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