If you’ve ever owned an Escort Passport before then you’ll know the PASSPORT 8500 X50 for what it is the moment you feast your eyes on the rest of this review. The X50 Black, if we speak in generous and general terms, has been gauged to give an incredibly improved performance of close to 50%! The improvements come in various forms such as better overall build, additional accessories and equipment and last but not least; the features.
A major improvement made has been to the radar’s detection capabilities. Having a V-tuned the device; it can now search and detect radar signals from far away, meaning it’s range has increased and can detect signals even earlier and at more distance than before. This technology can detect different types of signals such as POP mode radars and X-Bands. As if this wasn’t enough; not only does the PASSPORT 8500 X50 detect on K and KA signals as well but does so at a tremendously improved range.
Radar Protection has taken to the next level
What do you get when you upgrade a conventional radar detector by V-tuning it? How do fast and more accurate detections sound? That’s right. The Passport 8500 X50 now has an improved detection range and a better algorithm to identify different types of signals and prioritize them. Not only that, but it can also easily channel out the false alarms as well.
Exclusive AutoSensitivity Mode
With the carefulness that you exercise when listening to detections on a device comes the problems of false alerts. This device comes with AutoSensitivity technology, which allows it to identify and distinguish between actual alerts and detections based on insignificant objects. Couple this with the Traffic Signal Rejection (TSR) program which automatically mutes alert regarding traffic sensors and you get an intelligent device which rarely gives false alarms.
Laser detection is no easy feat. However the Passport 8500 X50 has unique off-axis protection technology, which improves laser detection capabilities and allow you be notified of them as well.
Not a major option but something we could all do with considering detectors, once bought, form an integral part of the car. You can set the brightness at 3 different levels as per external and internal lighting conditions.
- Good price.
- Improved radar detection range
- Different brightness settings for optimal viewing
- Programmable alert modes for different driving patterns
- Different display modes
- Commendable laser protection when used in conjunction with a laser shifter
- Some users had trouble mounting the device
- Has operating issues in cold weather
- The single, multi-touch volume button is a hassle at times
- Customer service issues have come up when claiming warranties and repairs
- Not every effective with red light cameras
The product, as for any Escort product, has received 120 5 star reviews compared to 50 4 star reviews and only 17, 10 and 13 3, 2 and 1 star reviews respectively. If we look at this critically then there were a few complaints regarding the mounts and a few other minor issues but on the whole the device was well praised.
This is the device to go for. Of course you’d be wondering why you should buy this considering the huge list of cons. The thing is that these were only mentioned to point out there is barely anything wrong with it. These are minor issues and are almost nothing compared to what many people face with other brands.
The device, with its improved range will be able to alert you well in advance and help you save on a number of speeding tickets. Once you’re experienced with different signal bands; you’ll be able to tell from false alarms yourself.