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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar and Laser Detector (Red Display)
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Product Description

Hailed as the most revolutionary radar/laser detector ever. The Passport 8500 X50's new "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme detection range on all police radar; conventional and "instant-on" radar, including the new POP mode radar threat, X-Band, and up to 50% more range than the original Passport 8500 on the all-important K and Ka bands. Digital signal processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms. The Passport 8500 X50 is one of the most advanced and sophisticated radar and laser detectors yet developed by the professionals at Escort. Completely immune to the VG-2 detector-detector 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 Laser Detection - Quantum Limited Video Receiver, Multiple High-Performance Laser Sensors Programmable Features - Power-On Indication, Power-On Sequence, Signal Strength Meter, AutoMute, Audio Tones, City Mode Sensitivity, Display Brightness, Dark Mode, Radar / Laser Bands SmartShield VG-2 Immunity Radar Receiver / Detector Type - Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO, Scanning Frequency Discriminator, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Display Type - AlGaAs 280 LED Matrix/Text, Bar Graph, ExpertMeter, or SpecDisplay, 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode Power Requirement - 12VDC, Negative Ground, SmartCord MuteDisplay Included Sensitivity Control - AutoSensitivity, Highway, and City Mute and AutoMute, Auto Calibration Circuitry Unit Size(HxWxL) - 1.25 x 2.85 x 5.32 inches Escort One year limited warranty

Radar detector manufacturers are constantly playing a game of catch-up with new technologies designed to nab the lead-footed. "Pop" radar is a relatively new instant-on technology that may make a whole generation of radar detectors obsolete. These radar guns operate at low frequency until they are switched on to determine a driver's speed with lightning-fast accuracy. This leaves a radar detector little opportunity to scan and detect the radar signal. Pop radar may sound ominous, but a new crop of radar detectors--including the Escort Passport 8500 X50--offer Pop radar detection. Escort claims that the 8500 X50 is the most powerful and advanced radar detector ever, with the supreme sensitivity required to detect low-frequency Pop radar.

Design
Mounting the 8500 in our test vehicle was easy and straightforward. A small suction cup bracket slides into the unit's release mechanism and easily attaches to the windshield with light pressure. The unit is housed in a sturdy plastic case that's low profile and compact--although it is larger and heavier than Escort's wireless offering, the Solo S2. The rear of the unit is dominated by a receiver window and there's a rear-facing laser detector window designed to detect laser signals emanating from behind the vehicle.



Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms.
The Escort 8500 has a suprisingly simple control layout. Two buttons on the top of the unit control sensitivity settings and display brightness. They also double as selection buttons when the unit is in programming mode. The left side of the unit sports a volume dial. A mute button is positioned on the front panel next to the large, horizontal LCD display which, during normal use, graphs the intensity of the radar and laser signals the unit detects. Power is supplied by an included Escort SmartCord, which plugs into a cigarette-lighter power socket. The SmartCord features an alert LED, as well as a built-in mute button-- two handy additions.

Features
The 8500 can detect all of the radar bands currently in use in North America for speed detection, including the X, K and Ka bands. The unit also features detection diodes for laser detection, but for the most powerful protection from laser detection, Escort offers the ZR3 laser jamming system, which is plug-and-play compatible with the 8500.

The feature that separates the 8500 from other Escort radar detectors, as well as the entire previous generation of radar detector technologies, is its Pop radar detection capabilities. Pop radar guns, while still relatively rare in police departments, are used to identify speeding vehicles in traffic. They provide little warning as the radar signal idles at a low frequency until it transmits an extremely short, high-frequency burst to "Pop" a target. The 8500 is equipped with a highly sensitive receiving system and a digital signal processor designed to pick up Pop signals from a safe distance. Pop detection is not enabled by default in the 8500, however; users must turn it on in the settings menu. Escort probably chose to disable Pop detection by default because its increased sensitivity also increases false alerts. However, first-time radar detector users might be in for a surprise if they neglect to turn it on.



The Passport 8500 X50 provides 3 types of warning displays to choose from.
Audio alerts are the most important feature of any radar detector, and the 8500 doesn't disappoint in this department. Warning tones get progressively louder as a threat approaches, and users can set the unit to deliver warnings at preprogrammed volume levels. Each radar band--including Pop radar--has a distinct tone, making it easy to quickly discern threats. The 8500's "AutoMute" feature automatically lowers the volume level of an alert after a period of time.

False alarms are one of the major annoyances of radar detector use. In our tests, the 8500 was surprisingly adept at minimizing false alarms from home garage door systems, as well as home and commercial security systems that commonly operate on X-band radar. The unit's city sensitivity setting decreases sensitivity to X-band sources, while the highway setting does not. We found the unit's powerful "AutoSensitivity" mode the most accurate, however, as it dynamically filtered all types of radar signals and identified which sources were a legitimate threat. We got a few false alarms, but for the most part, annoying chirps from bogus X-band sources were uncommon.

The 8500 has nine built-in customizable settings. In the settings mode, the LCD acts as a menu system that lets users control display brightness, automatic mute, audio tones, and power-on modes. There are also settings for disabling detection of selected bands. We liked the expert mode settings, which allow a user to get a constant picture of the intensity of all the radar bands in the area. The SpecDisplay, which is a feature exclusive to the 8500, displays the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal being received.

For those living in states that prohibit use of a radar detector, the 8500 does include VG-2 radar detector detector protection, which is designed to both alert the driver and shut down the unit's oscillator.

On the Road
We used the 8500 on a 20-mile stretch of busy interstate and were impressed with the low number of false alarms we received. Again, this remarkable level of accuracy is due to the unit's AutoSensitivity feature. While we encountered no police radar, other controlled tests of the 8500's performance have put the reliable range of detection at 2 miles for all bands. Meanwhile, Pop mode tests place the reliable detection range between 500 and 1000 feet.

Pros

  • Well-designed controls and display features
  • AutoSensitivity feature greatly reduces false alarms
  • Highly accurate with massive detection range
Cons
  • Pop detection not enabled by default
Features:
  • Sophisticated long-range radar and laser detector reads all police, conventional, and "instant-on" radar
  • Digital signal processing provides maximum range while minimizing false alarms
  • Identifies up to 8 radar signals simultaneously
  • Reprogrammable microprocessor can detect new radar and laser threats
  • Red matrix display with 280 LEDs; 1-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Simply great
    You can't go wrong with this one, you just can't. The Escort 8500 combined with the Escort ZR3, gives you something to talk about with your friends. Wow, what a piece of engineering this is, worth every cent.

    Absolutely epic!...more info
  • Worth money, 3x over.
    I have owned three X50's now, within the last 3 1/2 years. One of them, the first, has never failed me, never died, had 'service' issues, heat or cold sensitivity and has saved my wallet hundreds of times over.

    I have had three because one was stolen from my vehicle, and I loved it so much, that very morning I bought a new one. The price then was still over $300.00. I have total trust in both my current X50's and have used other detectors before, including the Valentine model. The arrows, though nice, were not a deciding factor considering my location. If maybe you lived in a more populated area, it might be helpful.

    The range on this, I have not read an exact distance, but I have picked up, on slightly hilly terrain, cops in a speed trap from approx. 5 miles away. I heard the beep, slowed down, hit the silence button and waited to pass the cop. I went over a few hills, and sitting at the top of one, unseen from the spot of detection at first, was 3 cops. Two with KA (highway patrol) and one with K band (local sheriff). It has great range, needless to say.

    The display on this is easy to see day and night, especially if you take into effect that you can dim the display, or change how the display is shown. Instead of a dull Highway showing, you can press a button, and it will say HD in a dull red. Perfect for night driving, for your own vision, and so officers dont see that dead give-away red light on your dash or in the window.

    There are alot of other features I like about the X50, but they are covered in other reviews, and range from its size, to how easy it is to swap from one vehicle to another if needed. I recommend this item 100%, as I have not had a single problem with the 3 I have had. I own two vehicles, both always have my X50 on, and are both continually saving me from hefty tickets. It has paid for itself more times then I can remember.

    For those who claim its junk, I bought my first from a Flying-J Travel Center. It has worked since day one, traveled across and around the US several times over, and in Dallas Texas, during 108+ degree temps, still kept me safe from tickets.

    You can buy a nice selection of accessories for it, which I suggest=
    Escort Direct Wire SmartCord as it makes muting the beep much easier for vehicles where an outlet is out of easy reach. I use it for both my vehicles.

    ...more info
  • Best detector I've owned
    I've been using radar detectors since 1988 and have to say this is the cream of the crop so far. Long range detection and a beautiful design. The Mute button and Alert light on the plug are a big hit with me, no need to reach up to the windshield to silence the unit. It's not overloaded with useless features, and the blue display is sweet (matches the blue gauge cluster in my Volvo). It can be a bit twitchy with X-band, which thankfully you can "shut off", and the POP is disabled by default, so you need to turn that on if you want the detection.

    I highly recommend this product. Well worth the money. It blows away my friend's Valentine for about half the price....more info
  • Police catcher
    So far 3 tickets the police will write someone else I drive a Bently and their always looking at me even if I'm not speeding this car has lots of power so it's easy to forget what's the speed limit special on the open roads of FL. the Escort 8500 x50 has not let me down yet it's worth every penny I'm very rich and rich people pays very close attention to their investments with that said this would be a better buy forget the blue one alls the same I got the red because it matches my console ....more info
  • Good detector so far
    I drive alot for work, so not having a detector is stupid, in my opinion. Most people simply say, don't speed, but sometimes you do without realizing it. I've had a few detectors in my life, and this one seems to have the best range. It does have false alarms every now and then,as they all do, but it does'nt bother me. For example, the pop alarm will go off for no reason sometimes, but very seldom. I guess that's why it's turned off in default mode. As stated in other reviews, the suction cups could be better, and it would be nice if the smart cord had an on/off switch, along with the alrady had, mute button. The instant digital ka band the cops use will beat almost any detector, so a radar detector is not 100% effective. I'd say it works 80% or more of the time, which makes it well worth having. You can also turn off the x and pop band,if you know it's not used in your area, to have fewer false alarms. Few cops around here use the x band, at least from what i've seen with my detectors. I've never expereinced a pop(at least one that came from a cop) either, but i've only had it a couple weeks. Overall, well worth the money, if you stay on the road. That is, if it keeps working. I have read a few reviews that stated, they(this detector), quit working and had to be sent back. If this one keeps working, it will be the best i've had. Some reviews also state that the detector did not go of when they passed a cop. Uh, only a few percentage of cop cars have radar/laser. Duh. ...more info
  • Don't know if this will prevent a ticket or not
    I drive 20 miles south into Atlanta every day. It takes me approx. 40 minutes. Of those 40 minutes, I have an X reading on my Passport about 50% of the time. Sometimes on going. Sometimes intermittent. Various intensities. I have it set on City. Even on roads in more rural areas, I get constant X band readings. I have yet to link a signal to a cop. I've been using the detector for about 1 month. This product may help me on backroads and roadtrips, but as far as being effective in Atlanta, it is pretty much useless. ...more info
  • Paid Way too much for this Piece of junk
    First one came from a seller on Ebay - new in box. Self Cal issues wouldnt allow it to reset - had to return it for my money.

    Second one ordered direct from Escort. Paid full price so I could avoid all the third party warranty stuff. Powered it up, got 3 self Cal's, followed by Service Required.
    Sent it in. Argued for a new replacement as they wanted to repair. Got a new one. Lasted 6 months, Started detecting full bar everywhere and would not reset. Sent it in again - this time they did a repair, supposedly the antenna broke. (How I dont know, as there wasnt a scratch on it, nor was it ever dropped)
    Now..it doesnt detect as much as it did before.
    Oh...and your warranty is only 1 year - regardless how many times they repair it.
    My Uniden from 1996 does a better job detecting than this, and it cost hundreds less.
    Either look at the Valentine, or try a lower cost Uniden first - You'll be glad you did....more info
  • good performance but overpriced and huge
    it does outperform most of the competition but in this age of smaller better cheaper it's a big expensive dinosaur.

    It's huge and very conspicuous no matter where you mount it. I'm sorry but the days of the $300+ radar detectors are passed, especially one the size of a brick...more info
  • BOUGHT "NEW" ON AMAZON AT LOWEST PRICE
    I researched and compared prices only wanting to get the best for my money.

    Consumer guide rated the 8500 X50 as the best in its class and I agree. I used to have an old SOLO that was cordless, but was convinced from reading reviews that the range on these new 8500's was worth the hassle of the "cord" hanging down. The LASER "POP" almost shocked me out of my seat the first time I picked it up. Little sleepy town of Allen, TX is using LASER now as well as K band and writing a LOT of Tickets on McDermott Drive daily.

    The reviews by some previous buyers who had some problems "right out of the box" concerned me enough to make sure I got a "NEW" model off Amazon. Lots of horror stories, but mine was new and no problems. Just to be safe, I did start the engine and THEN plug in my detector before turning it on the first time.

    I bought mine as "NEW" from a seller listed on the mfg. web site as a "non-authorized" reseller (found out while REGISTERING my new detector, but didn't have any problems because of that, or the LOW price). Mine came from "Abetterwaytobuy" and it has a high rating from Amazon buyers.
    I bought another one off Amazon from another "non-authorized dealer" (per Escort, Inc.) for $268 the next day for a neighbor and she had NO PROBLEMS with hers either.

    Have had no problems, but will say, when the LASER gun is used in a POP mode, you should not be the first one in the line of traffic speeding or you WILL get a ticket. It's fast and effective and chances are if you are the only one targeted and you are speeding, it's too late when you're zapped.

    I agree with many other buyers who say it would be nice if the detector came with a little leather pouch as did my old SOLO, cordless. Don't leave it in your vehicle in plain sight or there is a good chance it will disappear....
    ...more info
  • PASSPORT 8500 X50
    Yeah the thing worked great for about a year and now the laser tone goes off every five minutes or so and it is instant on and loud. Needless to say it is very annoying and made the detector unusable. I have always been a fan of escort but like others say for 3 bills it puts a sour taste in my mouth. ...more info
  • Radar detector
    The detector is excellent and the price was lower than anywhere else I looked. Delivery was prompt, too....more info
  • It Will Not Last
    I concur with the reviewers who wrote about the deterioration of the capacitors from daily sunlight exposure. Mine is three years old. I had it repaired a year ago for $60. Again it displays the "Service Required" message and is inoperable. Escort says it will cost me another $60. Enough! Get a BEL RX65 instead. That's what I'm going to do....more info
  • Fantastic
    I've owned an 8500 x50 for almost a year now and can say that it is the most fantastic radar detector ever! It has paid for itself over and over again. The range is amazing! I'd highly recommend it to anyone. I'd also recommend getting the hardwire kit so you can put it up higher next to your rear view mirror....more info
  • Beware, it doesn't work when it gets hot
    When this unit is in direct sun light for too long, it stops working, but you will never know it until you get a ticket. In other words, the display says that it is on, and there is no radar, so it looks like it is working correctly, but it won't beep when there is radar anymore. The only way you know if this is happening is if you power cycle the unit, when it powers on, it won't stop beeping. The way to fix this is to put it in the shade (i.e. on the floor or under your seat) or better yet, put it directly in front of your air conditioning vent until it cools off.

    One morning it was sunny and about 80 degrees outside, I had my air conditioning on, and I would hardly be considered an extremely hot day. I drove past a nice bush on the side of the highway that was hiding officer friendly from the highway patrol, who was doing radar. Not a peep at all from the radar detector. Evidently it decided to stop working again with no prior notice. Officer friendly gave me a speeding ticket for $240... this is your state sanctioned highway robbery at work. It is not like it is 120 degrees outside either. Considering that I don't use this in extreme temperatures, my conclusion is that this radar detector does not operate correctly in the normal operating temperature where it would typically be used, it is a design flaw. You might as well make a ski jacket that only operates correctly if the ambient temperature is over 50 degrees, and not mention anything about this to the consumer before they buy it.

    The other problem with this radar detector is that my state uses photo radar vans on the highway. They don't use laser, they use K-band radar. This radar detector does not pick up these photo radar vans until you are right along side the van. When you are there, you have already been clocked. What good is the radar detector if it doesn't warn you before you get clocked?

    In all fairness, the radar detector has saved me from several tickets, but I am disappointed with the quality. This can not possibly be the best radar detector that is out there. Escort used to make a good product, I don't know what happened to their quality control, and in particular I can't understand why this product doesn't even work when it is sunny and over 80 degrees outside....more info
  • Escort or Valentine? THAT is the question...
    I have had this radar detector for about six months now and I must say that overall I'm very happy with it. I've been using radar detectors for about 6 years now (I have not had a single ticket since I started using them) and have tried many of the less expensive brands (Cobra and others) until I finally decided to spend some money on a more "serious" type of detector. So I was hesitating between a Valentine One and an Escort. I have read dozens of reports on the internet to find out which radar detector is the best one and depending on the site you go to, it usually seems to be a close race between those two brands (as well as Beltronics who also make very good detectors according to my research). The tempting feature on the Valentine One is the fact that it tells you where the radar is coming from. Although it certainly is a useful feature, I'm thinking the end result is going to be the same most of the time: if it's suddenly detecting a strong Ka band, for example, you have to slow down immediately, regardless of where the signal is coming from. The thing that convinced me to go with the Escort is the fact that it is quicker at detecting certain bands (such as superwide Ka) than Valentine One and also the "Automatic" feature (read more about that below). Also, I have only heard bad things about Valentine's customer service so that was a concern to me given that I was going to spend a few hundred dollars on a device from them...
    The Escort 8500's "Automatic" feature doesn't seem to make a difference in terms of getting rid of false alarms. I still get a lot of false alarms but I'm used to them anyhow from my previous detectors so it doesn't bother me that much most of the time (unless I'm on the phone or trying to concentrate to something on the radio). I bought the detector with the blue lights (which is more expensive) but I found out after receiving it that there is no difference between this one and the red one (the blue leds are just more expensive to make). Overall, a very good detector. I especially like the feature that lets you detect multiple bands at the same time. Also, for detector geeks out there, there is an option that displays the actual frequency of the band instead of the name, which is nice (although not very useful to me)....more info
  • Excellent, but not awesome.
    It is a very good detector, don't get me wrong, but here is my experience:

    The detector arrived dirty, scratched, and parts of the inside box were broken. It was a factory sealed item purchased new from Amazon. Now, I assume that Escort just mistakenly repackaged a return or something so I sent it back for a refund. No big deal. I am just relaying this as part of my personal experience; I did not factor this into my rating of 4/5 stars.

    The 4/5 star rating is a result of the following performance: perfect performance when you are just about to be caught. There really isn't much advance warning here. We're talking seconds. In one case I didn't hear anything until the radar was on me (I know he had instant radar but I still wish I would have got a warning a mile or so back when presumably the cop was gunning someone else with instant-on) but luckily I wasn't going quite fast enough for it to be worth his trouble to pull me over.

    There were 2 times on my most recent long road trip where this detector saved me from a ticket for a 100% fact. So, that's great. Hey, it already paid for itself, right? Well, yes, but each of the two times I got the warning literally one long second (seriously, one second) and it took my lightning quick reflexes to slam on the brakes. The next second the cop came into view and his gun was on me. So, I mean, you have to be like me and be quick draw Mcgraw or you are toast. I am only 29 years old. I'm not sure if I could act so quickly if I were, say, 59 years old.

    In 99.2% of the other cases where this detector goes off it is a false alarm or some unknown device somehwere off the highway setting it off. The other .7% of the time it is real cops but they are not engaged in speed-trapping (could be already pulling someone over, working a wreck, giving a trucker a hard time, etc) and .1% of the time it is legit like I addressed in the previous paragraph.

    Oddly enough I have experienced far more false alarms (like 10 to 1) in the country than in the city. This thing is virtually silent in the city and hardly ever goes off. In the middle of nowhere, however, it throws false alarms at least once every 5 minutes. Seriously. It gets to where you learn the different pitches and know which ones to take seriously. Most cops don't use the old school radar anymore, but things that use that band still set the detector off every few minutes. This can actually get annoying at times, but thankfully virtually all of the false alarms are announced in the high-pitch "standard old-school" radar tone which I have never seen a modern cop even use to catch speeders. So you learn what to ignore by pitch but I still wish I had less to ignore.

    So, was it worth the money? Absolutely. Could it be better? Absolutely. 1 second warning time is not enough. It was enough for me but like I said I have a hair trigger on the brake pedal. I kept thinking of the cordless model that everyone says is slower response than this model. If that really was true I would have gotten 2 tickets in the past month. This one barely did the job as a mentioned. So on paper in a purely technical sense it was 2 for 2 which means perfect. I just think it could be a little better for the reasons I laid out.

    Remember to unplug your detector and put it in the glovebox when driving through Virginia. Simply unplugging is not enough. They are illegal period, even if not turned on. You will also encounter this in most Canadian provinces. Sorry for the long review but this stuff is really interesting to me and if you have read this far evidently it is to you, too.

    Drive safely and observe all posted speed limits!...more info
  • Passport 8500 Fu******* Best
    I have never been pulled over for speeding with this magnificent device. I call it "My Baby" or "Best Friend". If you buy this dectector you will prevent the revenue makers from generating more money for their city or county. Oh! of course drive with caution and responsibly. "Common sense prevails!"...more info
  • Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector
    I have purchase the Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector with the Red Display back in March 2008. This unit is easy to operate and the red display offers easy reading at a glance. You may want to turn the AutoMute feature off if you drive with the radio on, because you may not hear the radar detector go off. Dim Mode is good for night time driving. Overall, this Escort radar detector is outstanding and meets my requirements....more info
  • Below expectations
    After using the 8500 for almost 6 months now, I figured it was time to write up a review. Reading the good reviews on Amazon convinced me to buy the detector in the first place, but my experience with it have been spotty at best. About 50% of the time the 8500 would detect radar or laser before I could see the speed trap and have time to slow down, not great odds by any means. Today I got pulled over for the third time in 3 weeks. Each time I saw the cop before or just as the detector gave an alarm, either way it was always too late.

    The detector has always been mounted securely to my windshield, with a clean view of the road ahead. It's possible I have a defective unit, or maybe the state troopers in Maryland just have better tech than the 8500 can handle...either I still have to rely on my own senses. I really wanted a good detector to save me those times when I wasn't paying attention, but as you can see from the 1 star this unit isn't doing the job. The 8500 has easy setup and some nice features, but effectiveness is what matters here, and this gadget falls way short....more info
  • Saved me more than once
    I drive a lot and this little gadget has saved me a few times. It is annoying in that I think it reacts to trucker's cb's because if you are on the highway it goes off a lot around trucks. Can't complain as long as it goes off when I need it to. The suctions sometimes don't hold well on the windshield but I work with it....more info
  • Definitely a bargain!
    I have avoided getting any tickets ever since I got this laser radar detector, and I have yet to experience a false alarm. It's also so much cheaper than actually buying it from escort, and it's still sold by an authorized seller, I recommend....more info
  • Great Radar Detector
    I owned the prior generation of this model. It performed well and since utilizing this updated model ; Escort again has a winner. This is my fifth Escort brand detector (gifts and personal use) if you read the directions and review their web site for user tips this will function as stated. ...more info
  • Passport Escort 8500 X50 Blue LED Radar Detector
    This is a great product and it has already payed for itself. Saved my butt plenty of times already. It has picked up cops over hills and everything. I would recommend this radar detector to anyone. ...more info
  • Escort Passport 8500
    I bought this radar detector about a month ago and I've been completely satisfied by how its worked. It seems to be the best detector for the price when I researched them and I feel like I got my money's worth. Its easy to learn how to use it. It's sensitive but not overly sensitive and I'm pretty sure its saved me from a ticket at least once already. ...more info
  • Escort Rates the Best
    In the past several weeks, I have used the Escort Passport both in city and highway driving. It passes every test with flying colors. Obviously, I haven't owned the Passport long enough to judge its' reliabilty in the long run. So far, so good!...more info
  • Worth every penny
    The passport has been worth absolutely every penny. It's every bit as good as the other reviews I've read say it is. If you are on a budget, but need some good protection, this is without a doubt the most bang for the buck. It's not the best possible system, but it's damn near, and for ridiculously less money.

    If you're still reading this review, you're wasting precious time that could be spent ordering it....more info
  • Great Radar Detector
    Have nothing but great things to say about this radar detector..me and a bunch of guys in my car club have this radar, red or blue LED's and it's great. Only flaw I'd say is a few too many false alarms, but that's probably because we live in NYC....more info
  • Won't last
    Well after a year or so, especially if it's exposed to any kind of heat, the capacitors wear out and you're gonna start to get a slew of "false laser" alerts. The customer service folks will politely explain that you can send it back for $60 and hope they will fix it ... :-(...more info
  • Radar
    Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar and Laser Detector (Blue Display)Very pleased with product. Easy to operate and Works extremely well. Would highly recommend....more info
  • Great product
    Works great. Has already saved me from a ticket in the first two days. Great range, especially over my previous unit. Very few false signals....more info
  • Escort passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector
    This product was advertised as new, when I received this item it was not complete. The unit was shipped in an envolpe with a small amount of bubble wrap. There was no power cord,cup or case. I requested a refund and have not heard from this individual. He did state that he listed the missing items in the comments section. My question to him was it new or an open unit. I do not check the comments for missing part on a new item. This buyer should be ban from your site for false advertisment. I would never purchase an item from bestbuys again....more info
  • Escort Passport 8500 X50
    This radar seems to be super sensitive in selecting its target radar. I received it very quickly in a well packaged carton and installed it the same day. It's been protecting the family ever since. There are very few false warnings in the city. I haven't had it on a long road trip yet but expect it to perform admirably....more info