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21. Beltronics Express 936 Radar/Laser
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21. Beltronics Express 936 Radar/Laser Detector
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00005BK7W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 20747
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Beltronics Express 936 radar/laser detector detects X, K, Super Wideband Ka (33.4-36.0 GHz) radar, laser, and SWSTM signals. Sixty-five digital voice prompts and/or audio alerts make the driver aware of signal detection, while a text message display identifies radar band and signal strength via a bar graph. Convenience features include memory retention of preferred settings, a tutorial mode, full bright/dim/dark settings, automatic and manual muting of audio alerts, and instant-on/pulsed radar warning. ... Read more

Features

  • Radar/laser detector senses X, K, Super Wideband Ka radar, laser, and SWS signals
  • Four-LED display provides visual confirmation of radar signal strength, confirms the presence of laser signals, and conveys SWS message categories
  • Automatic/manual muting of audio alerts
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC ID # QL4G4M2

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, inexpensive detector with few bels (!) & whistles
I've used my 936 express for just under 2 yrs in my Subaru WRX and I can say it has saved my bacon on a few occasions. Now while I would say that I don't drive like a maniac, I'm no saint either when it comes to obeying speed limits on the highway, but I have, so-far, NEVER had a speeding ticket -touch wood.

The unit did fail (stopped detecting radar altogether) after a couple of months. Bel repaired the unit quickly (I was without it for about 10 days) and it has been problem free since.

This detector is fairly basic, it has no 'bogey counters' or 'direction indicators'. I personally believe that a direction indicator is of dubious value anyway -owing to the radar energy's potential for being reflected off other vehicles / roadsigns / buildings etc. A 'bogey counter' feature on the other hand might be useful, but as I mentioned, the 936 doesn't have one. What the unit does offer though is excellent detection ability of X, K and Ka band radar. I've taken it on trips to California and in the flat expanses of Death Valley, the detector would pick up approaching police vehicles sometimes 2-3 minutes before we passed each other, that means they were over 4 or 5 MILES away when 1st detected. Naturally this range decreases in urban environments.

Because of the highly directional nature of Laser (it's a pencil thin beam) I'm personally of the opinion that if a genuine Laser alert is received, it's probably too late, if you were speeding, the ticket is as good as in the mail. The unit does sometimes give false Laser alerts (a particular overhead dot-matrix sign in my area sets it off about 75% of the time I pass under it). From what I understand, many laser detectors are susceptible to this type of thing.

False alerts on X band are common too (automatic door openers, fast food microwave ovens etc. are touted as the reason for this). It sometimes also chirps when passing other vehicles, I guess they are equipped with radar detectors - some of them leak a bit. By running it in CityX mode it is possible to reduce false alarms significantly by turning down the sensitivity to X band radar. I always run mine this way.

I give the 936 Express 4 stars since it offers solid performance at a budget price. I'd give it 5 if the volume was easier to adjust and the signal strength meter didn't go away in the nighttime use DARK mode (I see no reason why it can't be made dimmer)

What this thing isn't though is a licence to speed recklessly. It may alert you to the presence of police radar in a timely manner, but it does nothing to reduce the odds of an accident. In busy urban environments, the reduced range plus the false alarms from shop door openers etc., limit the effectiveness of any radar detector, not to mention the danger of inappropriate speed in these environments. If you drive like a maniac you will eventually get caught -or worse. It is perhaps best viewed as a useful indicator when to ease off if you're prone to doing a few miles over on the highway. Speed Safely.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I bought one for my husband's birthday and now I take his car as often as possible. I don't have a lot of experience with radar detectors but this one has performed as expected. As far as I can tell, it has been extremely accurate from all directions.

1-0 out of 5 stars this item does not work well
it has alot of false warnings and doesnt pick up alot of real ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Detector & Great Price!!
I do a lot of highway driving everyday, so I wanted to make sure that I got a radar detector that would detect radar from behind overpasses and over hills. This one has definitely done a good job so far. In the last week that I have used it, I got a radar warning when a police car was coming from the other direction over a small hill and in between a barrier and the radar detector picked him up from about a half mile away. I was driving along wondering where the officer was, and then realized that the detector just picked him up from so far away. My last radar detector would not have been able to do it that fast. I also like how the radar detector talks to you, instead of just beeping and the fact that it uses actual text writing. It is good to be able to be driving along and not even have to look at the detector because it tells you exactly what it is detecting. That is definitely a bonus from the last detector that I owned. I plan on buying another one of these in the near future for my husband's car. It is definitely worth it for the price!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a waste of money in my opinion
I've tried this unit in two different cars in a wide range of driving conditions. The false alerts will drive you crazy, even on city mode. I find that I'm hardly using it because it's always beeping. When I enabled the VG2 alert, it was constantly false alarming, and telling me that radar may be in use (there's no way there are that many radar guns being used on an empty interstate in the middle of nowhere, or even in heavy city traffic for that matter). My first ticket in 10 years happened on my first road trip using this new detector.

The speaker is on the right side of the unit, so it's perfect for the front seat passenger to hear loud and clear. Hmm... maybe it was designed for right hand drive cars? The volume control is very tedious to use. It's the same button as the power, so you have to press and hold it just right or it will just turn off. Basically, if you have it loud enough to hear clearly, your passenger is being blasted.

If you're thinking that the SWS feature is nice (as I did) take a look at where SWS is in use. I've driven through alot of places with this detector in use and SWS has never activated.

I think I'll go back to my old Uniden Stalker - I have never gotten a ticket while using it and it couldn't be easier to use. It even falses MUCH less than the Bell. ... Read more


22. Beltronics Express 920 Radar Detector

Asin: B00008YMEQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 22983
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23. Beltronics Express 906 Radar/Laser Detector
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00005BK7V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 27467
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Beltronics Express 906 can detect X, K, and wideband Ka radar, as well as laser signals. It can also detect Safety Warning System signals, which give drivers advance warning of emergency vehicles and road hazards.

Features include a nine-digit display, separate audio alerts for radar, laser, and SWS detection, memory of preferred settings, and instant-on/pulsed radar warning. Automatic and manual muting of audio alerts is provided for convenience.

A city/highway switch is also provided to reduce the frequency of false warnings in densely populated urban areas.

Brackets are included for visor or windshield mounting, as are a spare fuse and a coiled six-foot power cord. ... Read more

Features

  • Detects X, K, Super Wideband Ka radar, laser and Safety Warning System (SWS) signals
  • Brackets for visor or windshield mounting included
  • Separate audio alerts for radar, laser, and SWS detection
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC ID # QL4G3M1

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, inexpensive detector with few bels (!) & whistles
I've used my 936 express for just under 2 yrs in my Subaru WRX and I can say it has saved my bacon on a few occasions. Now while I would say that I don't drive like a maniac, I'm no saint either when it comes to obeying speed limits on the highway, but I have, so-far, NEVER had a speeding ticket -touch wood.

The unit did fail (stopped detecting radar altogether) after a couple of months. Bel repaired the unit quickly (I was without it for about 10 days) and it has been problem free since.

This detector is fairly basic, it has no 'bogey counters' or 'direction indicators'. I personally believe that a direction indicator is of dubious value anyway -owing to the radar energy's potential for being reflected off other vehicles / roadsigns / buildings etc. A 'bogey counter' feature on the other hand might be useful, but as I mentioned, the 936 doesn't have one. What the unit does offer though is excellent detection ability of X, K and Ka band radar. I've taken it on trips to California and in the flat expanses of Death Valley, the detector would pick up approaching police vehicles sometimes 2-3 minutes before we passed each other, that means they were over 4 or 5 MILES away when 1st detected. Naturally this range decreases in urban environments.

Because of the highly directional nature of Laser (it's a pencil thin beam) I'm personally of the opinion that if a genuine Laser alert is received, it's probably too late, if you were speeding, the ticket is as good as in the mail. The unit does sometimes give false Laser alerts (a particular overhead dot-matrix sign in my area sets it off about 75% of the time I pass under it). From what I understand, many laser detectors are susceptible to this type of thing.

False alerts on X band are common too (automatic door openers, fast food microwave ovens etc. are touted as the reason for this). It sometimes also chirps when passing other vehicles, I guess they are equipped with radar detectors - some of them leak a bit. By running it in CityX mode it is possible to reduce false alarms significantly by turning down the sensitivity to X band radar. I always run mine this way.

I give the 936 Express 4 stars since it offers solid performance at a budget price. I'd give it 5 if the volume was easier to adjust and the signal strength meter didn't go away in the nighttime use DARK mode (I see no reason why it can't be made dimmer)

What this thing isn't though is a licence to speed recklessly. It may alert you to the presence of police radar in a timely manner, but it does nothing to reduce the odds of an accident. In busy urban environments, the reduced range plus the false alarms from shop door openers etc., limit the effectiveness of any radar detector, not to mention the danger of inappropriate speed in these environments. If you drive like a maniac you will eventually get caught -or worse. It is perhaps best viewed as a useful indicator when to ease off if you're prone to doing a few miles over on the highway. Speed Safely.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I bought one for my husband's birthday and now I take his car as often as possible. I don't have a lot of experience with radar detectors but this one has performed as expected. As far as I can tell, it has been extremely accurate from all directions.

1-0 out of 5 stars this item does not work well
it has alot of false warnings and doesnt pick up alot of real ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Detector & Great Price!!
I do a lot of highway driving everyday, so I wanted to make sure that I got a radar detector that would detect radar from behind overpasses and over hills. This one has definitely done a good job so far. In the last week that I have used it, I got a radar warning when a police car was coming from the other direction over a small hill and in between a barrier and the radar detector picked him up from about a half mile away. I was driving along wondering where the officer was, and then realized that the detector just picked him up from so far away. My last radar detector would not have been able to do it that fast. I also like how the radar detector talks to you, instead of just beeping and the fact that it uses actual text writing. It is good to be able to be driving along and not even have to look at the detector because it tells you exactly what it is detecting. That is definitely a bonus from the last detector that I owned. I plan on buying another one of these in the near future for my husband's car. It is definitely worth it for the price!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a waste of money in my opinion
I've tried this unit in two different cars in a wide range of driving conditions. The false alerts will drive you crazy, even on city mode. I find that I'm hardly using it because it's always beeping. When I enabled the VG2 alert, it was constantly false alarming, and telling me that radar may be in use (there's no way there are that many radar guns being used on an empty interstate in the middle of nowhere, or even in heavy city traffic for that matter). My first ticket in 10 years happened on my first road trip using this new detector.

The speaker is on the right side of the unit, so it's perfect for the front seat passenger to hear loud and clear. Hmm... maybe it was designed for right hand drive cars? The volume control is very tedious to use. It's the same button as the power, so you have to press and hold it just right or it will just turn off. Basically, if you have it loud enough to hear clearly, your passenger is being blasted.

If you're thinking that the SWS feature is nice (as I did) take a look at where SWS is in use. I've driven through alot of places with this detector in use and SWS has never activated.

I think I'll go back to my old Uniden Stalker - I have never gotten a ticket while using it and it couldn't be easier to use. It even falses MUCH less than the Bell. ... Read more


24. Beltronics 890 Radar Detector
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00004TVUM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 26987
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It's hard finding a radar detector that does it all for a reasonable price, but the Beltronics 890 comes as close to meeting that goal as any we've tested. For under $200 you get a device that can pick up X, K, and Ka bands along with laser emissions and Safety Warning System (SWS) signals.

Configuring the unit is child's play, since most of the advanced features are automatic. We mounted the device on our dash using the included Velcro strips (a windshield mounting kit is also included) and plugged it into our cigarette lighter. The Bel 890 screams to life the first time it is plugged in, but adjusting the volume level is easy. Audio feedback is provided so you can use it without taking your eyes off the road. The LCD is capable of showing text messages and is bright enough to read in any condition short of direct sunlight. The display can easily be dimmed at night, and all settings are saved to memory, so you don't have to reconfigure the unit each time you power it up.

The Bel 890 performed like a champ in our tests, although it worked better on the highway than it did in the city. On the open road it displayed excellent detection range from all angles, including the rear. We had ample time to react when approaching radars head on, and the unit was loud enough to be heard over a blaring stereo in our top-down test convertible. Signal detection is announced through both a distinct alarm and a voice that says which radar band is pinging the vehicle.

In town, we received several false alarms, especially when driving by strip malls and shopping areas with a lot of automatic doors. The detector can't really be faulted for this, since so many devices use radar. Overall the Bel 890 is a solid performer and a great value for those in the market for a radar/laser detector combo. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Easy to configure
  • Worked wonderfully, especially on the highway
  • Memory stores settings even if the power is turned off
Cons:
  • Automatic doors and other civilian radar sources tend to produce false alarms in urban environments
  • Power cord is a hassle if you're mounting the device on a windshield
  • Not upgradable, unlike some more expensive units
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Features

  • 360-degree field-of-view protection with front and rear detection diodes
  • Shadow technology for VG-2 immunity (undetectable to police radar scanners)
  • Fundamental Mixer technology achieves greater detection range with higher sensitivity
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC ID # QL4G1S7

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm an Expert on Radar Detectors Now.... sort of!
The BEL 890 is my 3rd radar detector in as many weeks. And this one I'm going to keep... I got the 1st one cheap...- it was a COBRA 9100. Not bad, but not great. Then after trading that one in (read: selling it on eBay) I got the Whistler 1785 with a Digital Compass since I felt that I needed a ...compass! This model has gotten some decent feedback regarding its sensitivity and selectivity, but ...if you can't work the buttons and it gives you false alarms and erroneous compass settings to boot, well then, it's time for a REAL radar detector. For the money, this baby (BEL 890) is a gem! Easy to use, easy to SEE, easy to TRUST. If it saves you from ONE speeding ticket, well, then it has paid for itself. BEL is the top of the line...

3-0 out of 5 stars Toys for Drivers
I recently purchased a Belltronics 880 radar detector from Amazon for about .... It has audible and voice alerts that identify the type of radar signal, and an LED readout that shows signal strength; it does not have 'Shadow Technology' like the 890 to prevent the detection of radar detectors, but otherwise appears identical. Only Virginia and Washington D.C. actually prohibit radar detectors, so I am at a loss why Shadow Technology is needed, or even desired, for most people.

The Belltonics radar detector comes with simple mounting options including pads, a visor clip, and a suction cup bracket for windshield mounting (which I chose). The constraining feature is the need to attach the power cord. I mount my unit low in the center of the windshield ' just high enough to allow 360 degree detection, but low enough to keep the power cord out of the way. I would recommend a battery powered unit for anyone who would like to mount their detector on the visor or high on the windshield under the rear view mirror.

From the various reviews of radar detectors, it's obvious that the most serious problem with the technology is false signals. Belltronics units are no exceptions. I think that it's safe to say that people with radar detectors learn to 'interpret' the signals. Like several others, I have come to ignore 'X' band alerts. Most people mention that they encounter them around security systems, but I also seem to detect them around vehicles that I suspect have CB units turned on ' or security systems(?). I also encounter false 'K' band signals around traffic signals and security systems; 'K' band is also used by stationary radar devices that display speeds to passing motorists in California and Nevada. I have never encountered a (real or false) SWS or radar signal. Police vehicles in the West invariably use 'Ka' band radar and these are the signals that I pay close attention to.

In certain places, especially large cities, radar detectors are more or less useless. I confess that in the San Francisco Bay Area, my radar detector is more of a noisy curiosity than a useful device, and I seldom put it up local driving.

Traveling on the open freeway, you find that police patrols in the West ' with the notable exception of California - usually patrol with their radars on; policemen in small towns with a regional two lane highway passing though town also tend to cruise with their radars on. The radar detector picks them up well in advance, provided there is an unobstructed view. The alert is an audible and voice signal identifying the band and a LED indicating signal strength. The strength of signals from approaching patrol cars increases very rapidly, if not suddenly; signals from patrol cars ahead or approaching from behind increase in strength more slowly. I've also seen Arizona freeway patrols parked in speed traps around the crest of hills. The manual for the detector points out the fact that you must have an unobstructed view of the trap during a speed check on a vehicle ahead in order to spot a speed trap.

Basically the technology is intended to help drivers detect police patrols. If you are speeding, the bottom line is that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. When the plan fails, the full strength alert sounds the moment you are caught. A New Mexico highway patrolman ticketed me doing 70 in a 55 after I rounded the top of a hill at night. A moment after I saw his vehicle, he turned on his radar and his lights as my radar detector lit up. (He didn't really need radar to determine that I was going over 55.)

It is worth noting that the ability to REMOVE your radar detector quickly is also a useful feature. The windshield mount on the Belltronics has handy little tabs to peel the unit from the glass, so as I was pulling over, I quickly removed the suction cups from the dash and tucked the detector away. I pleaded guilty to a $69 fine, and put it back up as I drove off. (My attitude about leaving the detector up during a traffic stop is that I would do it if I planned on defending myself against a speeding ticket, but not if I plan to plead guilty.)

I found the radar detector most useful on wide open roads like Highway 50 in Nevada - billed as 'The Loneliest Road in America.' My detector did not pick up a single radar signal outside of a town between Fallon, Nevada and Utah. It is important to remember that a radar detector alerts you to both the presence ' and absence ' of police patrol cars. For the most part, owners of radar detectors are actually looking more for the latter than the former, and I found that the wide open spaces of the Southwest had a lot of those places ' perhaps just one too few ;)

Has my radar detector actually 'saved' me money in tickets? That's hard to say. In my case, one might argue that it cost me $69 by encouraging me to think I could speed without getting caught. On the other hand, I probably would have been driving at least 65 without one in that particular case, so that is also debatable.

Radar detectors are basically 'technology toys' for drivers. I use mine for freeway and long-distance driving, but not city driving. I cannot say that it has prevented me from getting any speeding tickets ' that's always going to be hard to determine - but it has often warned me about police patrols that I was only able to spot after an alert. I have also learned to 'interpret' its signals, and become familiar with its limitations. If you are the kind of driver who tends to keep an eye out for police patrols, you would probably find it useful. Otherwise, not.

4-0 out of 5 stars 360 degree detection
360 degree detection? Who needs it? No one. The unit works well, but being hit from the side with a radar or laser unit will give the radar operator zilch for a speed indication. The only way radar works is if you are coming or going in relation to the transmitting unit, i.e. the radar gun or the laser gun. This is a marketing hype that shouldn't even be listed as a feature. Just worry about the front and back.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Model, More Features
This is one of Bells newer models, and it has some improved features (Shadow Technology for VG-2). This allows for your unit to turn off the radar detector portion, yet leave on the LASER detector, so that the police radar detector detector does not pick up your unit! You'll drive right by the police and they'll never even know you have it!

I've found the SWS to be one of the most useful features BELL has, as unlesss you have it, your radar will "beep" for signals and it'll only be a SWS transmitter giving off an alert. There's even a signal of "Police in Pursuit" (but you won't have to worry with this unit as they won't be after you). More and more places are starting to have SWS, so it's a good idea to see if your area or places you travel have SWS transmitters as many have them, yet some do not.

The oscallitor and digital synthesizer are two of the new features. These help filter out unwanted signals (which give false signals even in the city), and they also help "fine tune" the radar so that you can get double the detection range.

The 360 degree detection is most help full with this detector. However as with anything it must be installed properly, and to take full advantage of the 360 degree detection for not only radar but LASER you need to install it as high as possible with a full view going towards the rear window. Best advice is to install it right under your rear-view mirror so that the whole radar has a clear line-of-site for the rear window.

With BELLS latest technology here, and proper installation, your chances of getting a ticket with this radar detector are greatly reduced! Until new radar/laser frequencies are invented, there's not much room for improvement as it's at the top of the line in radar detectors! ... Read more


25. Beltronics Express 930 Radar Detector
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B00008YMEP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 28846
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26. Beltronics 950 Radar Detector
list price: $279.99
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Asin: B00004Z4L9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Beltronics
Sales Rank: 30542
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Beltronics 950 detects superwideband Ka (33.4 to 36.0 GHz) radar,laser, and Safety Warning System signals. It also sports selectable featuresincluding auto-mute mode, SWS, SWS with digital voice, radar/laser digitalvoice, and audio-visual scroll rate. The ultrabright text-message display can beadjusted to fully bright, dark, and dim modes. This unit has three operatingmodes--normal, modifications, and quick start--and provides digital voice oraudio alerts for radar and laser. Also included are an instant-on/pulsed radarwarning, a low-voltage warning (if power to the unit falls below 10.5 volts), aset-and-forget memory, and a power/volume button.

The unit comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and is packaged withvisor and windshield brackets, a 6-foot coiled power cord, a hook-and-loopfastener, a spare fuse, and an owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Shadow Technology II provides VG-2 immunity
  • Auto-mute mode, Safety Warning System (SWS), audio-visual scroll rate
  • SWS and radar/laser detector with digital voice
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC ID # QL4G1S7

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy Radar
This radar has prevented many unnecessary tickets for me. It is super sensitive, yet does not give off many false alerts. I can pick up signals on an average of 1.5 to 2 miles away. I travel on the highway quite a bit, and no radar I have owned performs like this Bel....

4-0 out of 5 stars 950 Beltronics Radar Detector
It's been awhile since my previous detector was stolen but the new supercharged vehicle dictated some extra eyes. I liked the features of the Bel especially the digital design and capability to upgrade should that be necessary. So far, I have found the following. A fair number of false signals in the same locations. I don't know whether it is the unit or similar frequencies looking like radar. The true radar signals seem to be mostly X band and some Ka. I like the way the 950 talks to you. This can be adjusted. I don't care for the slide in clip on the unit that attaches to the male end on the windshield. You have to press it just right everytime you want to take the unit off to hide or take with you. A simpler design might be warranted. A soft carry case for the unit should have been included from Bel. Overall, I think it is a good unit with likeable features. I can't say if it is overpriced or whether a less expensive unit would work just as well considering most of the old technology X band that I have encountered. ... Read more


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