I starting noticing
the relative "slowness" of other radar detectors [to quick triggering
] in the following real-world review of the flagship Cobra radar detectors
of the time.
Ever since then, I consider this capability to be absolutely critically important to real-world radar detection performance.
At this point, I'd tend to take a radar detector which has the quicker response time to one that may exhibit superior sensitivity but is slower
-to-respond when it sees radar.
It's a very fine point, one that has been historically completely overlooked by conventional radar detector reviews, perhaps because it is such a nuanced and subtle issue.
Building a radar detector which can exhibit such a performance characteristic yet remain relatively quiet is a very specialized art-form and is an ultimate high-wire balancing act.
In the realworld, where performance like this matters, it becomes much much more important, which is why it is a parameter I consider in all of my real-world reviews...