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Designed for the driving enthusiast, the affordable Passport 8500 x50 delivers the best possible protection in its class. In test after test the 8500 X50 comes out on top.
Last Updated – 10/3/2012 Escort 8500 x50 Radar Detector Review
Still one of top two most affordable top rated radar detectors made today
Top Reasons to Consider the Escort 8500 X50
Hands down, one of the most affordable top of the line dash mounted radar detector made today!
Extreme range and sensitivity on all radar bands, including POP radar, with minimal false alerts.
Reprogrammable Microprocessor can be reprogrammed to detect new radar and laser threats.
AutoSenesitivity mode filters out false alerts from other source of radar alerting you to the real threats ahead.
Easy Programming, even if you’re someone like me who cannot program my own TV remote control I find the Escort 8500×50 a snap in programming and set-up for its advanced features. The Escort 8500×50 is pre-set and ready to go out of the box, but some of our power users may want to set the unit up to complement their own driving experience and personal preference. The easy to use 8500×50 preferences menu allows you to do this in a snap. Don’t drive in an area where X band is used, turn it off; rather use the Expert Meter display, turn it on. It is that easy.
Three Levels of Brightness Control allows you to adjust from max, medium or dark.
Available in Red or Blue LED Display
Frequently Asked Questions about the Escort 8500X50
Why is the blue display more expensive then the red display, is there any other difference between the two? The performance and features of the blue and red display are identical. The reason for the price difference is that it is considerably more expensive to manufacture blue LED lights.
Why doesn’t Escort honor their warranty from the detector I purchased on Ebay (or Amazon, Overstock and others)? Escort has a very strict Authorized Dealer Program and MAP policy to ensure that you, the consumer are getting the very best service and support, this policy is outlined in their manuals and on their websites. If you purchase an Escort radar detector from an unauthorized dealer and you have a problem with the unit or want to subscribe to their subscription service you may be denied or required to pay an extra processing fee. For more information I invite you to read a post on my blog on how Overstock.com screwed one of their customers.
Does this detector have 360 degree protection? Yes, every radar detector manufactured by Escort and Beltronics has full, 360 degree protection.
Potential Issues with the Escort 8500 X50 Radar Detector
As the Escort 8500 x50 is a corded radar detector therefore it requires a 12 volt power source and the 8500 x50 does come with a cigarette lighter power cord, however we do not feel that this is the best option. To address this issue consider purchasing either the Direct Wire cord or the Direct Wire SmartCord and watch my YouTube video here on how to direct wire your radar detector.
As the Escort 8500 x50 is a dash mounted radar detector I recommend that you remove it from your windshield if you park for extended periods as it is a welcome invitation for some crack head to break into your car and steal it. Each week I am contacted by one of my followers telling me that they wish they would have headed my advice as now they are in the market for a replacement. Another issue with leaving your detector on the windshield emerges during the hot summer months. When parked your car becomes a green house and temperatures inside your car can easily exceed 150 degrees as the sun bakes the sensitive electronic components inside your radar detector (or GPS). Take your radar detector or any other electronic device off your dash and store them in your glove box or under the seat.
The 8500 x50 is non stealth forget about those claims that radar detectors make about being stealth against the VG2 radar detector, that device hasn’t been used in years! If you are a professional driver (drive a semi truck) or drive in Virginia, Washington DC or other countries or providences where radar detectors are illegal police use a device called the Spectre to detect if you’re driving with a radar detector in your car. Therefore you need a radar detector that can beat the Spectre. There are only three manufactured today, the Escort Redline, the Escort 9500ci and the Beltronics STI. If you’re interested in learning more about the Spectre please read my article here on the Radarbusters website.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the Escort 8500 x50
If you’re in the market for a top of the line but yet affordable dash mounted radar detector then one unit that you must seriously consider would be the Escort 8500 x50.
The only other radar detector in the same class that I would recommend that you should also consider would be the Beltronics RX65.
In comparison the only big difference between these two models is that the RX65 has voice alerts over Escort’s toned alerts.
This Based upon my 20 years in law enforcement as a certified police radar instructor and 15 years being involved in the speed counter measurement industry.
This is also backed up by literally thousands of other reviews and feedback made by other automotive publications and happy Escort 8500 x50 users that you will find online, a few of which are published at the end of this article.
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