Saturday, June 13, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz
ROG reaches highest Intel Core speed, and overclockers break six world records
Fremont, CA (June 12, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that overclockers have used the latest ROG Maximus XII Apex powerhouse motherboard to break a slew of world records and secure a raft of global first place scores.

Marking a new performance milestone, overclockers took the Intel® Core i9-10900K all the way up to 7.7 GHz frequencies on all 10 of its cores. Because of the ongoing global situation, ASUS was unable to host its traditional overclocking gathering this year, so instead a smaller session took place at the ASUS headquarters in Taiwan — with local overclockers Jon ‘Elmore’ Sandström and Pieter ‘Massman’ Plaisier working alongside internal ASUS experts. Using a liquid-helium setup, the group managed to shatter the Intel Core architecture frequency record, the single-core Geekbench 4 record, and took global first-place positions in 10-core categories for Geekbench 3, Cinebench R15, and wPrime 32M.

Throughout the testing period, ASUS also worked with pros both near and far who flexed their prowess in a variety of benchmarks. Overclocker ‘bianbao’ leveraged the combined power of G.Skill and Intel to hit a new DDR4-memory-overclocking-frequency record of 6666 MHz. Intel’s edge in gaming and graphical performance were shown off by both ‘rsannino’ and ‘Rauf’ who broke 3DMark records: ‘rsannino’ took the 3DMark06 overall world record, and ‘Rauf’ smashed the single-GPU score for version 11. Showing the breadth of the platform, ‘keeph8n’ raked in a few records including Geekbench 4, Cinebench 2003 and GPUPI 3.2 100M. By far, the most accolades went to ‘safedisk’: four world records and seven global first place scores, including Cinebench R15, both HWBot x265 benchmarks, both wPrime scores, and both Super Pi records.
 
All of the records are recorded for reference below.
Overclocker Category* Score**
elmor Intel Core CPU frequency 7707 MHz
bianbao Memory frequency 3332.7 MHz
safedisk Geekbench3 - Multi Core 69936 pts
safedisk Geekbench4 - Single Core 10257 pts
safedisk Cinebench R15 3892 pts
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 1080p 131.513 fps
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 4K 31.594 fps
safedisk wPrime - 32m 1.171 sec
safedisk wPrime - 1024m 35.625 sec
safedisk PiFast 8.370 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 1M 4.734 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 32M 4 min 1.766 sec
safedisk GPUPI for CPU - 1B 1m 25.089 sec
rsannino 3DMark06 77469 pts ***
Rauf 3DMark11 57807 pts
keeph8n Geekbench4 - Multi Core 61364 pts ***
keeph8n Cinebench - 2003 12051 pts
keeph8n GPUPI for CPU - 100M 4.316 sec ***
* Unless otherwise noted, all records are in the 10-core class of their category.
** Scores were tracked at 2020-05-20 15:00 GMT.
*** Score submitted internally at time of writing, but not yet published to HWBot.


About ROG Maximus XII Apex
ROG Maximus XII Apex stands out even among the ROG family as a motherboard made to give overclockers and enthusiasts unrestrained power over Intel 10th Generation processors. To learn more, read here for a detailed product introduction:
https://edgeup.asus.com/2020/z490-motherboard-guide-asus-rog/2/

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex is available now. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Master & Dynamic and Leica Camera AG continue their partnership with their latest release: MW07 PLUS and MW65

Master & Dynamic and Leica Camera AG continue their partnership with their latest release: MW07 PLUS and MW65

Three years into their partnership, two sleek additions to the “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection include Active Noise - Cancelling Wireless Headphones and True Wireless Earphones in matte black.


[New York, NY] June 30, 2020: New York City-based premium audio company  Master & Dynamic has added two new sound tools to the “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection, originally launched in 2017. Created in partnership with the legendary camera company Leica Camera AG and their high-end accessories brand 0.95, the new headphones and earphones are inspired by the iconic design and unrivalled craftsmanship of the world’s fastest aspherical lens, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH.

The collection includes the brand’s most sophisticated sound tools: MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones in matte black metal with black leather ($499) and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones in black acetate with a matte black stainless steel charging case ($299).

“It has been an honor to call Leica our partner since April of 2017 when we collaborated on our first collection of analog products. The response was phenomenal, exceeding our expectations. People saw the connection right away: the detail, the materials, craftsmanship and precision engineering. It makes complete sense to forge ahead with our most sophisticated digital products now. We are combining the best parts of heritage and technology.”

Each product borrows iconic design elements from the Noctilux lens and the Leica brand including anodized aluminum with matte black finish, gloss detailing, and Leica’s signature red dot marker. A combination of durable cowhide and supple lambskin reminiscent of the leather used on Leica camera bodies and straps comprise the headband and ear pads of the MW65 Wireless Headphones, while Leica’s iconic red marker and signature knurling are apparent throughout. Outfitted with high performance 40mm Beryllium drivers, two modes of Active Noise-Cancellation, and a lightweight anodized aluminum body, the MW65 Wireless Headphones embody the uncompromising commitment to quality both brands are known for. Likewise, the MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones with 40 hours total playtime also feature elevated materials: beautiful handcrafted acetate, a sleek new matte black stainless steel charging case, and custom 10mm Beryllium drivers. A red multifunction button is a nod to Leica’s iconic red marker.  

The “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection is available at MasterDynamic.com, MasterDynamic.co.uk, and MasterDynamic.eu from June 9th.


About Master & Dynamic With an unrelenting attention to design and detail, Master & Dynamic has a deep passion for building beautifully crafted and technically sophisticated sound tools to help focus, inspire and transport your mind. Since its launch in 2014, New York City-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic has released a variety of award-winning audio products ranging from wired and wireless headphones to a wireless speaker; most recently, its first true wireless earphones, the MW07, were recognized for world class design as the winner of The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019.

Designed to be modern yet timeless, Master & Dynamic products utilize only the finest materials and are engineered to last, creating the perfect balance of aesthetics, strength, comfort and exceptional sound. Master & Dynamic believes mastery is a never-ending exploration requiring a dynamic approach and has collaborated with leading luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton as well as world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye. Our sound tools can be found in over 500 partner stores around the world. View the entire collection at www.masterdynamic.com and join the conversation at @masterdynamic. About Leica Camera AG Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellent quality, German craftsmanship and German industrial design, together with a long standing tradition of innovative technologies. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal and operates its own worldwide network of regional organisations, Leica Retail Stores, Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies.

About 0.95 Under its brand ‘0.95’, Leica Camera AG presents a collection of premium accessories that unite extraordinary quality and iconic product design. 0.95 is an homage to the world’s fastest aspherical lens - the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH – and stands for the commitment to exceeding what is technically possible. All products of this brand therefore also have a unique character and the ability to surprise and delight their owners. They embody Leica’s passion for transforming innovative technologies and materials into tangible experiences that fulfil the highest expectations – within and beyond the world of photographic tools.
 


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

LG DEBUTS NEW QHD “ERGO” IPS MONITOR

LG’s Latest 27-inch Monitor is Available Exclusively on LG.com Thru June 30

 

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 3, 2020 LG Electronics USA announced that the 27-inch QHD “Ergo” IPS monitor (model 27QN880-B) is now available as an online exclusive with an SRP of $449.99 through the end of June, and then at LG-authorized retailers nationwide beginning July 1.

 

The new 27-inch QHD monitor joins LG’s industry-leading lineup of IPS displays that are designed to deliver precise detail and color at a wide viewing angle that is ideal for creative designers, photographers and videographers working from home or those about to return to an office setting.

 

The unique Ergo concept harmonizes three key elements— image fidelity, ergonomic design and a USB-C One Cable solution—to bring users high performance, comfort and a cleaner desk setup for a more clutter-free work environment. The Ergo also elevates productivity with a flexible ergonomic stand complete with C-Clamp for full movement of display, allowing users to raise, lower, swivel, tilt and pivot to adapt to their environment.

 

At 2560x1440 resolution, the LG 27-inch QHD IPS Display embodies the stunning picture quality that the QHD series is known for, featuring realistic, accurate color and enhanced contrast, clarity and detail. For the gaming enthusiast, the new “Ergo” delivers great refresh rates and response times for fast action, with AMD FreeSync™ technology to avoid tearing and reducing stuttering. LG’s latest monitor also comes with HDR10 support and is capable of delivering 99 percent of the sRGB color accuracy and a wider viewing angle ideal for editing and viewing hi-res photos.

 

For more information on LG’s latest 27-inch monitor, please visit https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27qn880-led-monitor.

 

 
Spec Sheet for 27QN880-B.AUS
 
Picture Quality
Screen Size 27"
Panel Type IPS
Color Gamut (Typ.) sRGB 99% (CIE1931)
Color Depth(Number of Colors) 16.7M
Pixel Pitch(mm) 0.2331x 0.2331mm
Response Time (GTG) 5ms (GtG at Faster)
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Brightness 350 cd/m² (Typ.)
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Viewing Angle 178º(R/L), 178º(U/D)
 
Input / Output
HDMI Yes x 2
DisplayPort Yes x 1
USB Type-C Yes (60W PD)
Headphone Out Yes
 
Sound
Speaker Yes
Speaker Output 5W
Maxx Audio Yes
Speaker Channel 2 ch
 
Cabinet / Accessories
Wall Mount Size (mm) 100 x 100 mm
HDMI Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Others (Accessory) DC Extension cable
Power
Type Adapter
Input 100-240Vac, 50/60Hz
Power Save/Sleep Mode (Max) Less than 0.3W
DC Off (Max) Less than 0.5W
Power Consumption (Typ.) 38W
Power Consumption (Max.) 140W
 
Special Features
Ergo Stand (Extend/Retract 180mm, Swivel -280~280°, Height 130mm, Pivot, Tilt -25~25°
Adjustable Stand)
Color Weakness Mode Yes
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync™
Black Stabilizer Yes
Dynamic Action Sync Yes
Flicker Safe Yes
Smart Energy Saving Yes
Reader Mode Yes
Super Resolution + Yes
Color Calibrated Yes
Dual controller Yes
On Screen Control (OSC) Yes
HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
HDR Effect Yes
 
Dimensions / Weights
With Stand (WxHxD) 24.2" x 23.8" x 15.9"
Without Stand (WxHxD) 24.2" x 14.3" x 1.8"
Shipping Dimensions (WxHxD) 28.2" x 18.8" x 9.7"
With Stand Weight 19.1 lbs
Without Stand Weight 10.5 lbs
Shipping Weight 25.4 lbs


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Saturday, May 23, 2020

ASUS Launches New Motherboards with AMD B550 Chipset

ASUS Launches New Motherboards with AMD B550 Chipset
ASUS and AMD bring PCIe 4.0 to everyone with ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Prime
Fremont, CA (May 22, 2020) — ASUS is announcing new motherboards featuring the AMD B550 chipset which brings the potential of PCIe® 4.0 to mainstream builds everywhere. AMD B550 motherboards enable 20 general-purpose PCIe 4.0 lanes from 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors. The primary PCIe slot on all new ASUS B550 boards offers 16 lanes of Gen 4 connectivity, and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ parts feature as many as four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports running at up to 10Gbps direct from the CPU itself. ASUS also has exciting features to enhance their B550 motherboards like Wi-Fi 6, robust power delivery, increased DRAM speed, 2.5Gb Ethernet, BIOS Flashback and AI Noise Cancelling support.  Their new AI Noise Cancelling technology works by applying advanced filters to ensure background noise is cleanly filtered out. The B550 chip itself gets an upgrade to PCIe 3.0 for its built-in lanes. These upgrades make B550 a tantalizing platform for mainstream builders throughout the world.

ASUS engineers and designers have produced a grand total of 11 B550 motherboards across three families. ROG Strix boards fill out the top end with innovative features like efficient and cool-running VRMs, enhanced audio, and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity by way of Intel controllers. TUF Gaming boards blend high-end features with a battle-tested, reliable, and attainable package, while the Prime series rolls up all the features needed for all-around builds. A complete motherboard guide with specifications and images is located in the Edge Up Article.*

“We are seeing increasing user demands for flexible systems that perform well in a multitude of tasks from gaming to content creation more than ever before,” said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, client component business unit, AMD. “AMD is excited to bring the power of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors and cutting edge PCIe® 4.0 support to the mainstream users with our latest AMD B550 chipset. From Strix to Prime and everything in-between from our partners at ASUS, AMD is confident these new B550 platforms will provide flexibility and power never seen before on a mainstream platform.”


*Edge Up Article - https://edgeup.asus.com/2020/b550-motherboard-guide-asus-rog-strix-tuf-gaming-prime/
 
The ROG Strix B550-E Gaming
ASUS built the ROG Strix B550-E Gaming with an eye towards AMD’s high-performance processors and dual or triple expansion card setups. The AM4 socket is flanked by a 14+2 power stage VRM for reliable performance under sustained loads from many-core CPUs, while reinforced PCIe x16 SafeSlots support multi-GPU action in two-way SLI or three-way CrossFireX setups for gamers and creators alike.
The B550-E’s six fan headers and dedicated AIO and pump headers allow for setups as simple or intricate as a given build requires. Q-Fan software controls with automatic fan speed detection and multiple presets make it easy to keep both temperatures and noise levels down. Dual M.2 slots can take in SSDs up to 110mm long, both covered by heatsinks to prevent thermal throttling under intense I/O loads. The ROG Strix B550-E features an Intel-powered 2.5 Gb Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6 controllers. There’s also Bluetooth 5.1 support on tap for wireless headsets, phones, and tablets.

USB connectivity is particularly plentiful on the ROG Strix B550-E: you get three USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors (one Type-C and two Type-A), along with a smattering of USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0 ports. ASUS has included a USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connector for the latest crop of cases.

The high-end SupremeFX S1220A audio chip comes with a handy companion in the form of an Audio Type-C port for connecting headphones and headsets. A total of four strip headers are available—two standard headers and two Gen 2 addressable hook-ups with individual LED control, reduced latency, and automatic configuration support. All those diodes can be turned off with one click to give the board a stealthy black-ops look. Additional touches include BIOS FlashBack for updating firmware without a CPU and FlexKey reset button remapping.

The ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi)
The ROG Strix B550-F proves the point for builders who want a performance-oriented board with a healthy dose of luxury. The 12+2 power stage VRM is ready for top Ryzen™ chips, and 8+4-pin ProCool auxiliary power connectors with solid pins ensure steady and stable power delivery to those power stages.

This model includes Intel I255-V 2.5Gb Ethernet connectivity and Wi-Fi 6 support from an Intel AX200 adapter. The B550-F features SupremeFX S1220A audio codec and follows the distinctive visual standard of the ROG Strix family and looks plenty sharp on its own thanks to lighting zones and an integrated I/O shield. For customization, a user can add plenty of lights with RGB LED strip headers in both regular and Gen 2 addressable flavors—all with Aura Sync support for easy configuration.

The ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
The ROG Strix B550-I was designed for small builds with big ambitions. By design, Mini-ITX makes room for a single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, but the compact form factor has other advantages. The B550-I can drive compatible DIMMs at speeds up to 5100MHz and beyond by taking advantage of the shorter trace length between the memory slots and the CPU. The 8+2 power stagevoltage regulator module is a fine fit for 3rd gen Ryzen™ chips. Active cooling on the VRM and an eight-pin connector with our ProCool II design ensures that power delivery remains stable in the tight confines of Mini-ITX enclosures.

The preinstalled I/O panel is kitted out with USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Type-A ports, an Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet connector, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 adapter. Small machines are more likely to have fast external storage attached, so ASUS added a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector for the latest cases. The 3.5-mm connectors are all LED lit in unique colors to allow for easy identification when connecting analog speakers, headsets, or microphones. There’s a companion noise-filtered Audio Type-C port for corresponding microphones and headsets, too.
The TUF Gaming B550-Plus
The TUF Gaming B550-Plus features 8+2 DrMOS voltage regulator module and the multiple generously sized heatsinks atop the VRM, chipset, and M.2 slots ensure all primary components stay cool under load. The main PCIe 4.0 x16 slot is backed by SafeSlot reinforcement for extra-heavy graphics cards, while a ProCool auxiliary connector with solid-core pins offers added peace of mind when using power-hungry CPUs.

The two M.2 slots both accept devices as long as 110mm, while the duet of PCIe x16 slots supports CrossFireX configurations. The rear panel includes USB ports of every modern type, and that loadout can be further expanded with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity thanks to an onboard header. A BIOS FlashBack button rests near one of the ports for CPU-less UEFI upgrades.

The TUF B550-Plus comes with 2.5 Gb Ethernet connectivity and there’s an M.2 E-key slot available for a Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 upgrade. The Realtek S1200A audio codec in this model is further enhanced by DTS Custom support for headset 3D surround sound virtualization, making movies and compatible games come alive with pinpoint-accurate positional audio.

The gray-and-black TUF Gaming aesthetic and its yellow accents is distinctive on its own, but this color palette also makes for a great canvas for additional lighting. A Gen 2 addressable RGB LED header and two standard headers can be wired to additional strips for easy visual customization.

The TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi)
The TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) takes many of the features of the B550-Plus above and reconfigures them for the smaller microATX footprint. This board keeps the same pairs of PCIe x16 and M.2 slots as its ATX sibling. The main difference is that one of the M.2 slots takes in standard 80mm devices instead of longer 110mm units. In exchange, this model offers a more attractive price tag to go with its trimmed dimensions.

The B550M-Plus comes in two variants: with or without an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 controller and antennas. No matter which you pick, you still get 2.5 Gb Ethernet connectivity, Realtek S1200A audio with DTS Custom support, and a host of fan and RGB LED headers that includes Gen 2 addressable strip connectors.
 
The Prime B550-Plus
This top of the line Prime motherboard is ready to power a mid-range gaming rig or serve as a solid foundation for an AMD-powered productivity system. This model is right at home powering midrange Ryzen™ chips, and it comes fitted with heatsinks atop the VRM and chipset to ensure stability.

The dual PCIe x16 slots support CrossFireX if a user needs dual-GPU action for their system, while the duo of M.2 slots accepts 110 mm drives. If the USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports around back aren’t enough, you can add an optional ThunderboltEX 3 card and hook it up to the provided header for even more peripheral bandwidth. The Prime B550-Plus’ neutral palette is understated enough to fit into any build, but it’s also a fine canvas for deployment under colored case lighting.

The Prime B550M-A (Wi-Fi)
Space in offices and bedrooms is often at a premium, making the Prime B550M-A (Wi-Fi) a better option to go into places where an ATX build might not. This variation on the B550-Plus offers nearly the same specs but uses the compact microATX form factor.

Due to the Wi-Fi 6 standard, this motherboard is now perfectly viable to use the airwaves in situations where users would previously need a cable. For that reason, ASUS offers the B550M-A with Gigabit Ethernet only or in a version with an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 adapter.

The Prime B550M-K
A compact microATX form factor lets builders save on space without sacrificing expandability, and both the main PCIe x16 slot and M.2 slot are wired directly to the processor with latest-gen PCIe 4.0 connectivity for maximum bandwidth with next-gen devices.

The board can take in two M.2 devices, one of them of the longer 110 mm variety. The rear I/O panel contains two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports along with four USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectors, ensuring that your peripherals enjoy plenty of bandwidth. HDMI, DVI-D, and D-sub ports give the B550M-K plenty of versatility for processors with integrated graphics.
 
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
  • ROG Strix B550-E Gaming will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi) will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • ROG Strix B550-F Gaming will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • ROG Strix B550-I Gaming will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • TUF Gaming B550-Plus will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (WI-FI) will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • TUF Gaming B550M-Plus will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • Prime B550-Plus will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • Prime B550M-A (WI-FI) will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • Prime B550M-A will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • Prime B550M-K will be available on June 16th 2020 in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.


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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Cobra Elite Road Scout 2 In 1 Radar Detector and HD Dashcam Review


If you are like me and suffer from what I call lead foot syndrome, a radar detector can help. If you are also concerned about security, a dash cam could also be desirable. But having multiple devices on your dash could make it look cluttered. Cobra is here to help. Enter the Cobra Elite Road Scout. It is a 2 in 1 radar detector and dash cam, with a $449 MSRP.



Features and specs:

Item #:  0181000-0

Unit Dimensions:   4.38” L x 4.25” W x 1.63” H

Unit Weight:  8.0 oz



Radar Detector Type:

Superheterodyne

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)



Dash Camera

Max Video Resolution: 1080p Full HD

Sensor: Sony Exmor

Processor: Ambarella A12

microSD Card Size: 16GB (Expandable to 32GB)

Field of View: 154°

Video Format: .MOV

Input: MicroUSB

Operating Bands:

X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz

K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz

Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz

Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth



Display Type

Graphic Multi-Color LCD

Bar Graph

Frequency Display

5 Levels of Brightness with Full Dark Mode



Power

12VDC, Negative Ground

SmartCord USB Included



SKU

0181000-0




The Cobra Elite Road Scout came in a nice looking color printed box with photos and specs of the device. Opening the box revealed a well protected device held in a nice hard zipper case. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic. Quality of the materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. The Cobra Elite Road Scout is a premium product and it shows. Also included was a hard zipper case, windshield mount, power cord, USB cord, micro USB Cord and owner’s manual.



I love the design of the Cobra Elite Road Scout. It takes a radar detector and dash cam and combines them into one device. And you get advanced features for each functionality. So now you can have both a radar detector and dash cam with just one device on your dash. And for potential use in multiple vehicles, it also comes with a hard zipper case. The magnetic mount is awesome!



The Cobra Elite Road Scout is an advanced radar detector, with premium features. Sure it had long range radar detection, with multiple frequencies and radar type detection, and protects against false alerts. It also has built-in GPS. Thanks to the built-in GPS, and the built-in database, there are alerts for red light and speed cameras. It will even display your current speed. And Cobra has a defender subscription to keep the database updated. There’s even wi-fi and Bluetooth built in.



For use as a dashcam, the Cobra Elite Road Scout has you covered there as well. Videos are recorded in high definition 1080P, and the camera is optimized for both day and night recording. The built-in G- sensor provides input detection. Thanks to wi-fi built in, you can even connect to it through your smartphone using Cobra’s app to view videos. And thru the wi-fi connection and GPS it can even have your location, date, and time embedded into your videos. It even records audio.



Cobra didn’t stop with the advances features. They also made the Cobra Elite Road Scout easy to use. Only the power button is located on top. Everything else is located on the front. On the left side are buttons for mute, sensitivity and brightness. On the right is the mark button and rotary dial. The design and layout of the buttons is really simple to use and easy to learn. And I love the Cobra app that you can download onto your phone, to control the video and alerts in real time. Now let’s see how it works.



Installation was really easy. I absolutely love the magnetic windshield mount. The suction cup is strong, holding it firmly onto the glass. The bottom of the mount is a magnet, and the top of the Road Scout also has a magnet. Just set the Road Scout close to the magnet and it gets sucked into place. Installing the app on my LG ThinQ V40 smartphone was easy, and so was registering the Road Scout on Cobra’s website. Registering the Cobra Road Scout will get you 90 days free of the Defender Database service. This updates the location of red light cameras and speed cameras. Both of the iRadar and Drive HD apps were also very easy to download and get setup with the Road Scout. Following the well written and easy to follow app was a sinch. The iRadar app was really cool. I love the way you can use it to send updates, such as if there is a new speed trap. And the Drive HD app was also equally cool. Open the app, and you can see in realtime the image that the camera sees. You can also manage the video on the Road Scout; genius!



I also love the design of the Cobra Road Scout. The color LCD display was nice and bright and easy to see in the daylight. Other than the power button on the top, all of the buttons are on the front. And I LOVE the rotary knob as well, such as controlling volume. A rotary knob is found on so many different devices. But finding a rotary knob on a radar detector…my mind was blown!  Genius again!



The Cobra Road Scout performed in spades. I was working with the apps, not paying attention, when the radar detector went off. About a quarter mile further up the road there he was. I think it saved me a ticket! There were a few times that it went off, and I could see the highway patrolman. Only one time did it go off and I couldn’t see him. But it does have a really good range, so it’s possible that I could not see him. It’s performance against false alarms appears to be very good. The built-in GPS worked very well. It displayed my current speed which matched pretty close to the speed on the speedometer, only off by 1mph. And when I went over the set max speed, I got a verbal warning from the Road Scout that I was exceeding the set speed. It truly is a Road Scout!



The video performance of the built-in dash cam was also very good.  It recorded very well onto the included microSD card.  And thru the app I was able to view my video content.  It was easy to see the resolution provided with the 1080P video.  I clicked on a couple of the prerecorded videos thru the app.  One of them was a little glitchy and didn’t do a good recording, which can happen on any device.  But the others worked great.  The resolution was great, enabling me to see everything in front of me.  And the colors looked great with good color saturation. Night images can be very difficult to record.  But I was able to again see everything in front of me in good resolution, with no image noise. I was also impressed with the field of view that was recorded, giving a nice wide field of view in front of me.  At night it recorded well the entire area in front of me that was directly lit with my headlights.  When you got out of the headlights, you started to lose details until it was blackness, which again is expected. I had forgotten about the audio recording, as it was funny hearing the music playing in the background or the conversations I had on the phone or with my family passengers.  The mic did a great job recording the conversations in the cabin.



At the end of the day, I was pleasantly unsurprised by the performance of the Cobra Road Scout which is probably one of the best compliments to give. Cobra has a strong reputation for high quality products, and it’s nice to see them not just sitting on their laurels. With an MSRP of $449, it’s not for everyone. But for its rock solid performance, and ultra cool advanced functionality though the two apps, it’s worth every penny. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Cobra Elite Road Scout has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.cobra.com.


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