Escort 8500 x50 Radar Detector Review
The Escort 8500×50 Lacks the Filtering Needed to Block Out the Adaptive Cruise Control Sensors – Radar Roy
Escort Discontinued the 8500×50
In November of 2014 Escort ceased production of the Passport radar detector and this new Passport has a number of features added to it that makes the Passport the best entry model radar detector.
- Digital Signal Processing – Escort integrated DSP technology into the new Passport enabling it to have slightly better range then the 8500×50. However the big game changer is that this DSP technology enables the Passport to filter out those annoying false alerts caused by the adaptive cruise control sensors that are installed in the new cars. Another plus is that this DSP technology can sniff out the low powered digital K and Ka radar guns.
- Escort LIVE – The new Passport includes an internal Bluetooth chipset that taps you into the Escort Live community so you can share real time alerts with other Escort and Beltronics users in your area.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the Escort 8500 x50
The Escort 8500×50 was the top radar detector during its day, however lots of things have changed, most notably the new digital police radar guns and the adaptive cruise control sensors that are installed on new cars today and this were two of the deciding factors that led Escort to discontinue this detector.
If you want a detector that isn’t going to pester you with false alerts and have a detector that can detect these newer radar guns, I would NOT recommend the Escort Passport 8500×50.