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  1. I have yet to get my hands on this unit, but I am very anxious to try it out.

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    Feedback: 8 positive, 3 negative
  2. mediawawake

    Is it undetectable like the redline?

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  3. bob

    How ‘stealthy’ is the Passport IQ compared to the Redline or Bel?

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    • The IQ is not stealth with the Spectre, however you can turn off the detector portion of the GPS if you do get pulled over

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  4. Jwhvacdoc

    It sounds great, but can you store favorites into the GPS just like you would on a normal Garmin or Tom Tom?

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  5. Stuart24

    Hi! Great review! any idea when they will offer european maps, i would like to order one here!

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  6. lonehorntxn

    The IQ looks great. Noticed it has laser detection. Will it work in conjunction with a laser jammer or just run/have both? Which jammer?

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  7. Dsmm007

    Incredible machine. Garmin, Tom Tom and Magellan will start to worry.

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  8. JoeShmo1979

    Can this system lock out a radar frequency at a certain location? For example when you come across a radar sign that is always in the same place? In my area these are very often used to “jam” detectors.

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  9. Schwinn

    Now, if it automatically collected known-signals and uploaded them to the “cloud” (via smartphone tether, for example) and I’d be in heaven. This way, anyone else who comes to this area can automatically see other detections without having to lift a finger.

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  10. MarvC

    Just a couple of questions on the unit. Who provides the map upgrades and how are they installed on the unit?
    Most all GPS units support POI files (Point of Interest) can you install those in the unit and if so are what format is supported?
    I currently use the Garmin 775T with a yearly subscription for Safety Cameras which provides 1-2 updates per week.
    Free POI files can be had for just about any need I currently use a POI file for Dallas/Fort Worth School zones along with a Texas specific Speed Trap notification file.

    Just wanted to confirm support of the above.

    Thanks,
    MarvC

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  11. Ran

    It looks like the unit I’ve always wanted. I just don’t understand why it is M4 based. If this were an undetectable M3 (Redline, 9500ci) I would be all over that.

    Let’s hope the improved January ’11 version will be M3 based. Even if it’s at a price premium.

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  12. JEFFREY

    I AGREE THAT THIS IS A GREAT DEVICE, BUT THERE ARE SOME FEATURES MISSING FROM THE GPS PORTION OF THE UNIT.
    1) NO WAY TO DETERMINE ALTITUDE.
    2) NO WAY TO DETERMINE LONGITUDE & LATITUDE.
    3) SHOULD HAVE A TRIP COMPUTER LIKE GARMIN HAS TO KEEP TRACK OF VARIOUS DRIVING STATS.

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  13. Buckdharma

    I have had the IQ for a week now. It is very nice however it is hard to see on a bright day. I do agree that it is on par with the 9500ix. It also shares a problem when known signals are locked out. More than once when recieving a locked out signal it has also rejected a police radar. This problem is with both 9500ix and the new IQ. this has happened about 4 times on K band. Overall I really like th IQ.

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  14. Cuz

    This is almost the perfect device. It’s fatal flaw is the inability to turn off the display of the vehicle’s speed. When I’m driving I am well aware of my speed. I do not want it broadcast in the bottom corner of the GPS display that everyone in the vehicle is looking at. When Escort makes this a user configurable option I will gladly buy this unit. Thanks for the great review.

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  15. Roy Thank You for all of your time and hard work. Your site is LOADED with excellent information. How about putting Passport iQ on H.D. Heritage Softail ? Thank You, Roy

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  16. whistler1

    Excellent review of the IQ, good going Roy.

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  17. powerpickle

    If the IQ ends up being as though my 9500ix has been combined with my Garmin 3750 then it will be well worth the $650 since I spent $830 individually. I haven’t tried this yet but with the auto learn turned off will the manual lockout still work (naturally gps will have to be on)? I mainly come across false X band where I live with K band not being enough to be annoying.

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  18. powerpickle

    Can someone explain the differences in platforms?
    M3 vs M4 vs S7
    Is there a good,better and best?

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  19. rj

    This does sound good. I wonder how speed limit information is updated? Is there a mechanism to allow users to submit data on changing speed limits and camera locations?

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  20. John Henk

    I may be wrong but from what I have seen about M3 vs M4 based detectors is that the stealth of the M3 comes at a price…they do not detect KU band radar. If that matters I would opt for the M4 and just turn off the radar element if you are stopped, as someone here suggested. I already have a Passport ix and it appears to still be within the top few of detectors on the market. If someone else has more info on this (or my info is in error) let me know.something to think about…The mere fact that they have combined these technologies, now this is no longer just a “radar detector” but a gps (which is they way I would alwys portray it to the cop. The fact it does radar also is great but I wonder what will happen when these oppressive states that prohibit “radar detectors” try to confiscate a gps unit just because it has detection abilities. I would sure make a court case out of that! Maybe I’d lose but then again maybe not. Those states are already skating on thin ice about the constitutionality of such laws.

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  21. HARRIS W FOSTER

    I NEED: (AND THIS DEVICE DOESN’T OFFER:
    (1)FEATURES (LIKE ALTITUDE)THAT GARMIN ALREADY OFFERS AND THIS UNIT DOESNT.
    (2)TOTAL INVISIBILITY (I.E.–INDETECTIBILITY)IN PLACES LIKE CANADA WHERE DETECTORS ARE ILLEGAL AND WHERE USA LAWS/CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES DONT MATTER AND CAN’T BE ENFORCED)
    (3)A MEANS TO AUTOMATICALY ENFORCE PREVIOUS COURT-FINDINGS IN OTHER STATES THAT HAVE LAWS AGAINST RADAR DETECTORS, SINCE THEY ARE, THEMSELVES, U.S.-UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNENFORCEABLE–AND SUBJECT TO ACTION AGAINST BOTH THE STATE, MUNICIPALITY, AND OFFICERS USING IT!
    (3) AT OVER $600 EACH, IF THESE ARE GOING TO BE RESOLVED IN 2011 OR LATER–ILL WAIT TILL THEN TO GET ONE!

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    • Andy

      Harris, detectors are NOT illegal in Canada. Some provinces perhaps but not in BC or Alberta. Quebec is a story on its own.

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  22. Paul Cardoza

    Does it report traffic conditions at all?

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  23. Jerry Cooksey

    It is not Blue Tooth in anyway! I bought my IQ on this report that said it was Blue tooth.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      We say “optional” bluetooth and they will have that option in the near future

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  24. rktman

    What GPS database is used? Any idea on frequency of updates?

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      Escort uses the Defender Database which is theirs and they update typically once a month

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  25. John Purcell

    I recently purchased the IQ and found it very easy to set up and use. The GPS function works similar to Gramin, with capabilities to memorize routes. With the database subscription $39 for 3 years, it loads known speed traps, red-light and speed cameras. The detector is great, giving a beep, then visual red bar showing signal strength and band type. If I were to change one thing, it would be the detector covering the current speed you’re going when it goes off. You have to look at your speedometer to see your speed if it detects a radar signal. Other than that, it should be good. You can turn off the detector, which would make it a GPS. The unit does say ESCORT in bold print on the bottom of the bezel, so an astute police officer will knopw what it is. I’m glad I live where it is legal to detect.

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  26. Sean. 500E

    M4 Radar
    GPS
    Bluetooth phone
    AM/FM Radio
    Mountable in Dbl DIN location

    …I’d be happy!

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  27. Jay

    So…am I understanding this correctly? The IQ DOES NOT HAVE a trip tracker feature to know what my average speed was, trip time, moving avg, stop time, etc.
    Is that correct/accurate?

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  28. Jerry

    Passport should team with Garmin to create the ultimate model.

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  29. wayzata guy

    WAY too expensive, should be $299 or less

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  30. Mike

    I purchased one of these it is cool that it has a touch screen capabilities but several issues the sound is not loud as the escort 9500 ix or redline.

    I have increased the volume of the iq to Max but still no difference also they need a slimmer version of the type of unit; this unit is so big it gets in the way as for as the mount it’s not sleek enough

    Also does the iq come with a one year free subscription.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      Mike, great comments thank you. The IQ comes with a 90 day subscription for their defender database

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  31. jchobby

    Has a updated version come out yet. If not when. Thanks J

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      @jchobby You mean of their firmware? Yes and if you have a unit you can download it with their radar detector tools

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  32. Calvin

    I have an Escort 9500ix (which is awesome) and a Garmin GPS. The combination of the two in the Passport IQ is very tempting.

    The other device I have in my car is a back-up camera with a portable display.
    It would be awesome if the next Passport IQ could display video from a rear back-up camera, then I could eliminate another device/screen from my car.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      @Calvin Doubt if Escort would add that feature, you would be shocked if you opened the case to see how much room is left over, ZIP, NONE
      To add anything else would require a larger unit

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  33. Tim S

    Roy,

    Just curious, while testing the iQ did you have it mounted below the rear-view mirror, just above the dash(common location for most detectors)? I ask because I wonder if there would be significant signal degredation in front radar and laser if the unit was mounted on the bottom left corner of the windshield(common location for GPS units). I’m not too concerned about rear laser detection…10 years with my Valentine One and only painted with laser twice, and always from the front. Anyway, my basic question is if there would be performance degredation if it were mounted to the left bottom corner of the windshield instead of dead center?

    Thanks.

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  34. How does this compare to having Escort Live?

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  35. Kevin

    You say the performance is “slightly below that of an Escort 9500ci”. Can you tell me the 9500ci advantages?

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    • The CI and the Bel STI have the longest distance of any radar detector made today. Also the CI and STi are immune to the Spectre which is important if you are a commercial driver

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  36. Frank

    there really is no comparison to garmin at the point, garmin is way easier to use as a gps. the voice on the iq is almost unintelligible.and is robotic. it takes forever to type in the address into the iq.so it requires extra time to do so. The maps on the way home from florida to south carolina were not very good, and it always trys to take you through toll areas. i tried changing from shortest route to fastest this did not help.
    the bluetooth feature radar roy talks about isnt included with the latest model and i cant get a straight answer out of escort as to when it will be available.
    i agree that it is a great radar detector, but as a gps isnt worth the extra money. the 9500ix is less expensive and gets the job done. if you dont think police know what a passport iq is, think again. and its printed on the front of the unit for the police to look at when they pier in youre window at it. i dont think at this point that it is a game changer. sorry roy, but it needs a makeover as far as gps goes. im going to give it a few weeks and make a final decision, but im not happy at this point. i used the garmin and the iq simultaneously on my long trip and the garmin way out performs the iq.

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  1. […] In my review of the Passport IQ I called it a “game changer” in the fact it is the only high performance radar detector that combines full GPS capabilities along with blue tooth technologies. You can read my full review here. […]

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