Whistler CR90 High Performance Laser Radar Detector Review

The CR90 has been around for a while. Over the years, it continues to cement its position as a reliable detector that offers everything you need to steer clear of police radar detectors and laser guns. The first GPS-enabled radar detector to ever come from Whistler labs, this unit is amazingly affordable in comparison to what it can do. And that’s not even the best part.

We take a closer look at the Whistler CR90 and what makes it special.

All Radar Detection Capability

That’s right; this unit will keep you safe from all police radar. We’re talking about K band, X band, and Super Wideband Ka. What’s more? It also doubles up as a LIDAR finder and radar indicator. It will let you know that you’re under speed monitoring way before you approach a speed trap. As a LIDAR finder, it will give you an estimated distance between your car and the police radar gun. In other words, you’ll know the exact location of highway patrol officers.

Meanwhile, the Whistler CR90’s total laser protection function allows it to pick out LTI TruSpeed S, Atlanta Stealth, and Laser Ally.

Advanced Radar Detection

The CR90 is all about keeping you safe by reducing the chances of getting a speeding ticket to zero. It features the Radar Signature ID (RSID and the Laser Signature ID. What this means is that apart from detecting laser signal, this unit also tells you where it’s coming from a police gun or not. And then there’s the POP mode that alerts you when you accelerate beyond the set speed limits.

Alert Priority

The best radar detector should ensure that you’re never caught speeding, right? Sure. After all, that’s how to avoid a speeding ticket. The Whistler CR90 scores highly when it comes to ensuring you stay in the good books with the police. It displays the most important signal when it detects more than one. That way, you can know the best action to take, which most of the time is to reduce the speed.

360° Maxx Coverage

This feature is turning out to be standard nowadays. In fact, recommend that any radar detector worth your money should have it. As the phrase suggests, this function brings forth all around protection. More specifically, the CR90 can detect radar from all sides including the sides, front and the rear.

Traffic Flow Signal Rejection (TSFR)

When you’re driving in a densely populated area with lots of traffic, your detector will indeed pick all manner of signals. The result is annoying false alerts. Well, that shouldn’t be a cause for concern with this detector. It touts the TSFR feature to help eliminate all false alerts coming from traffic flow sensors. All you need to do is to activate the three city/highway modes (City, City 1 and City 2) when driving in such areas. Plus, this unit has six filter modes in total to reduce false alerts.

Other notable highlights include

Internal GPS Database – this alerts you about red lights and speed traffic camera spots in North America. Note – you can update it the GPS via USB.

Alert Periscope – Sure, the CR90 provides audio alerts but to make sure that you never miss any warning, it has flashing LEDs for additional visual notification.

Digital Display – This radar detector sports an OLED display so that you can read the signal strength easily. Some units have a color icon display with a numerical indicator, so you should choose what works for you best.

A Host of Accessories – The Whistler CR90 comes with everything you need to mount it right off the box. Each package includes a windshield bracket, a 12 Volts DC power cord and an external audio jack. There’s also an instruction manual just to make sure you don’t miss a step when installing your detector.

Whistler Intellicord – This cable allows you to update the CR90. It also enables you to control some functions of your radar detector such as on/off, dim/dark/, quiet/auto and city modes. Even then, it is important to note that you’ll have to purchase the Intellicord separately.

The Verdict

The Whistler CR90 is a compact, budget radar detector that has the trappings of a high-end model. True to its name, it is a high performing unit that doesn’t disappoint. If you can’t afford the expensive radar detectors, this one will get the job done. Those who’ve used it like the fact that it’s updatable. In essence, it means that you can count on the CR90 at any time. We recommend it for beginners and seasoned user alike.

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