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1. Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar
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2. Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar
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3. Escort Passport 7500S Radar and
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4. Escort Inc. Passport 8500 Radar
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5. Escort Inc Passport 7500 Radar/Laser/Safety

1. Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar and Laser Detector (Red Display)
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00028D778
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Escort Inc.
Sales Rank: 741
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Amazon.com Review

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
... Read more

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

2. Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar and Laser Detector (Blue Display)
list price: $339.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZSCJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ESCORT
Sales Rank: 1117
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Amazon.com Review

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
... Read more

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
  • Blue matrix display with 280 LEDs; 1-year limited warranty

3. Escort Passport 7500S Radar and Laser Detector
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZQIHM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ESCORT
Sales Rank: 7649
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Features

  • Long-range radar/laser detector with highway and city settings
  • Intelligent AutoSensitivity mode increases range while minimizing false alarms
  • ExpertMeter receives up to 8 radar signals at once
  • Works on all conventional and "instant-on" bands, such as X band, K band, and super-wide Ka band
  • Mute and auto-mute functions; 1-year limited warranty

4. Escort Inc. Passport 8500 Radar Detector
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AFIV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Escort Inc.
Sales Rank: 12902
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Multiple high-performance laser sensors
  • Reprogrammable digital signal processing for upgrading for use against new detection systems
  • Intelligent AutoSensitivity mode automatically reduces false alarms
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC Identification Number QKL8500

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
I have had several other brands of radar detectors ranging from $50 to $150. None can even compare. Of course none were the brand escort either. I do not know if this quality is standard among their product line but this radar detector is awesome. It has an auto feature that automatically senses where you are at while you are driving. It minimizes false alarms and its range is unbelievable. Around corners, long straight-aways, hills, you name it, it does it. The only thing it lacks is a voice alert which I like but is not needed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quality Product with Lots of Bells and Whistles
I purchased this detector a month or so ago, and have been running it through it's paces ever since. There are lots of speed traps in the area where I drive, so I've had several opportunities to test it out.

Conclusions:
1) A radar detector is not a substitute for defensive driving. You still need to be aware of where speed traps are likely to be set up and behave accordingly (slow down, keep a car in front of you, etc.).

2) The police obviously spend a great deal of time trying to hide in places to make radar detection difficult. Even the best radar detector may not save you, or at best will give you only a moment's notice.

3) The Escort seems to behave well in stopping false warnings, and warning me of threats. It does not give me tonnes of time to react. I've read all of the reports indicating how much more sensitive the Passport is, but in real life this only translates into fractional seconds in the conditions where speed traps are likely. I'm not a habitual speeder, so I don't tend to worry about normal conditions where I'll stumble upon a policeman who happens to be running radar while they're driving. I'm more concerned about defeating specific speed traps where the speed limit isn't reflective of safe driving conditions.

4) The Passport detects POP radar, and it's OS is upgradable, which should extend it's effective lifespan quite a bit.

5) There are many bells and whistles which allow you to completely configure the detector to meet your needs, including displaying the exact frequency of the most important threat. This is very valuable in mapping out false alarms in your area.

No matter how many bells and whistles, nor the name recognition of the manufacturer, will keep you from getting a ticket if the detector isn't sensitive enough. Though the Passport passes the sensitivity test, I don't know that it is clearly superior to detectors costing 1/2 the price. Thus the 4 star rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars Full-coverage at a great price
Continuing its fine lineup of radar detectors, Escort has unveiles its latest, the 8500. Encased in anodized aluminum silver, this package is one piece of art. Dont let looks fool you though, this baby performs. It has all the standard features of your hi-end radar detector: X, K, Ka and Laser detection, VG2 undetectability, multiple modes: City, Highway and Auto which is their logic mode that lets the CPU decide between bogeys and false alarms. It also is programmable that lets you customize your preferences like turn off x or k band detection. It comes with its SmartCord too that allows you to kill the display on the radar and have an indicator light in its mini-panel on your cigarette lighter. It also has auto-mute that automatically lowers the audible signal after a few seconds. Its best features are the SWS messaging and rear detection. SWS lets you know of road conditions ahead like constructions and crossing firetrucks. The rear detection feature has a tiny sensor mounted on top of the radar that detects rear threats.

It's a real great product, it does what it is supposed to do and that is to detect radar. It does it too well though, picking up false alarms like automatic doors and burglar alarms even in auto mode. My office faces a Home Depot and it constantly sounds off whenever i park facing it. Well at least it reminds me to take it off the dash when i park because its silver finish just attracts too much attention

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
The Escort 8500 is the best radar/laser detector for the money. Sure, you can spend an extra $100 to get the Valentine One and the directional arrows. However, if the thing goes off are you first going to look at the arrows or are you going to slow down? Save the $100 price difference and get the 8500. It does everything the V1 can do with the same sensitivity minus the directional arrows.

1-0 out of 5 stars Escort 8500 - It's no Valentine One
I've owned a V1 since 1994 and have loved it since the day I received it. As most of you probably know, Mike Valentine worked for cincinnati microwave (escort) back in the 80s. He apparently took all his secrets with him when he left, because since then the Escort/Passport/Solo detectors have gone downhill.

I thought I'd try the new 8500, since I had heard it was a brand new beast. Well I was only able to try it for 3 weeks before it failed to turn on correctly (emitting strange beeps and the LCD going crazy). It did point out some true radar sources many times (like any cheap detector would do), but it also false alarmed most of the time it was on....It's just nothing compared to the Valentine One.

If you are willing to sepnd the money on this detector, just drop another $100 or so and get a V1. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! ... Read more


5. Escort Inc Passport 7500 Radar/Laser/Safety Detector
list price: $269.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YMC7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Escort Inc.
Sales Rank: 25525
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Escort Passport 7500 radar/laser/safety detector provides long-rangewarning for all radar signals including X, K, and superwide Ka, as well asSafety Warning System (SWS) alerts. New advanced four-bit analog-to-digitalconverter circuitry provides higher-resolution digital signal processing foreven longer warning distances without increased false alarms. Instead of asingle laser sensor, the Passport 7500 has five. Mute and auto-mute featureseliminate long-range nuisance signals. You can instantly customize this detectorwith your preferred settings for 10 features, including power-on, meter type,auto mute, audio tones, brightness, dark mode, and safety radar. The ultrabrightmatrix display uses 280 LEDs and also displays over 60 specific safety textmessages to warn of hazards in areas where safety radar is in use.

The Passport 7500 comes with a manual, a quick-release adjustable windshieldmount with extra suction cups, and a power cord with lighter adapter. Themanufacturer offers a limited one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 5-sensor long-range laser-detection circuitry
  • 4-bit analog-to-digital converter for improved radar-detection range
  • Easy programming lets you set 10 features
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC Identification Number QKL7500

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Escort Passport 7500
This radar detector is the best radar detector I have ever owned. I purchased it in early 2000 and it has never failed me. It consistently gives me adequate warning and only false alarms under the x band. I would highly recommend it for the price. As a matter of a fact, it pays for itself the first time you speed and are warned by an approaching or hiding police radar.

2-0 out of 5 stars Escort 7500 vs. Bel 980 vs. K40 vs. Valentine 1
Some bad experiences with the Escort 7500:

First off, the 7500 does NOT have VG shielding. This is not a problem for most states and the odd Canadian province, but if you venture up to Canada, the OPP doesn't look too fondly upon radar/laser detectors...and your yankee plates!!!

Secondly, the range was very poor. While staying in Missouri for a month, I brought my Bel and 7500 with me for the drive. Both were on my windshield. : ) The Bel picked out the cop just as I could percieve his headlights -- wide-set square lights, dark car, noisy detector...plenty of time to slow down. The 7500 didn't scream until I could see that it clearly was a Crown Vic...by then, it would be too late. Ok, so the road was windy and the sky was foggy. A few days later, while driving on a straight road with unlimited visibility, similar story...but this time there were some dips in the road. Bel started screaming about 2 miles before the cop was visible. Escort? Let's just say that it told me to look for trouble just as the cop was coming up the opposite side of same hill. Not good!

The 7500 does have some good points. Laser detection far greater than the Bel 980's, and I found it easier to configure. The 8 tracking bars are good to watch as you have an idea of what's around.

But, when compared to the K40($250 range + no ticket warranty) for laser detection, there is nothing to compare. The K40's radar detection ranged from slightly between that of the 980 and 7500 to slightly better than the 980.

As for the Valentine 1 ($399), you get what you pay for. This is my all-time favorite. Sure, it lacks the neat gizmos such as SWS, but the main purpose is to avoid a speeding ticket.

Ranked from best to worse:

#1. Valentine 1 #2. K40 #3. Bel 980 #4. Escort 7500

Happy motoring!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT Piece of Equipment
If you have never owned an Escort product, your missing the boat. This product is not like the "average" detectors sold here. It has several features which are very usful, unlike gimmicks found on lesser products. Its unique ExpertMeter, displays up to 8 signals simultaniously, showing band and individual signal strength. Its unique AutoMode makes this detector quiet to operate, even in congested areas. No matter how good you think your current detector is, there's nothing like an Escort designed radar/laser detector.

4-0 out of 5 stars not so perfect
the item is good i used in the highway it worked, but it more likely to work well with the automatic door signals. liked it but not so much ... Read more


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