The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary: My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

TOPICS: Apple, Hardware

Cobra SPX 7800BT Radar Detector – $229.95

Cobra SPX 7800BT Radar Detector - Jason O'Grady

You drive a vehicle, right? Of course you do. There's nothing worse than getting a speeding ticket, it's expensive and inconvenient and it's probably the reason that you use Waze. Well, Waze will only get you so far, and it's no replacement for a real, hardware-based detector. 

The Cobra SPX 7800BT ($229.95) is the smallest and most powerful radar detector ever brought to market, it's about half the size of other radar detectors. It comes with AURA speed and red light camera notifications, verified user-reported alerts of upcoming live police locations and other real-time traffic threat information via a paired smartphone. 

Pro tip: Buck up for the hardwire cord ($10) and have a pro connect it to your vehicle's fuse box. I installed my detector under the sun visor (next to the rear-view mirror) so I permanent power and don't have a cable draped across my dash. 

Honorable mention: The iRadar ATOM (iRAD 900) is smaller and less expensive because it doesn't have the slick OLED display in its big brother. Pick one up for $199.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Even spam is better

    Than clicking to view each slide. ZDNet - get rid of this type of blog!
  • Apple getting old and boring

    Go back in time to 2010 and this stuff might be interesting. Apple products lost their cool. Microsoft and Google products much more interesting, modern, and not to mention much better value.
    Sean Foley
    • When did you go to sleep?

      Microsoft and Google products have been measuring their creative push as they monitor Apple. Better value is only in the mind of the beholder and Apple is the apple in my eye. Lost their cool? Better check the lines in front of Apple stores around the globe and watch the empty sidewalks in front of Microsoft stores. Modern? Huh?
      Jerry Jividen