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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector Reviews
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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector

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  • Escort Passport 8500 - Reviews both original and X50

    Apr 16, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, Flexibility, Sensitivity, A few new features including POP protection.
    Cons: Still expensive, Blue LCD costs $40.

    Summary: I purchased my first Escort Passport 8500 back in '00 and had owned it up until last year. Because I rarely go over the speed limit, I made the decision to sell my 8500 along with my collection of miscellaneous radar devices. I have since learned the ... read more

  • Milan

    Jan 15, 2013 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works as advertised.
    Cons: Shell may be less durable than you'd expect.

    Summary: I've had it for about 5 years, maybe more. Has workde like a charm as far as detection is concerned. I've had 2-3 detectors prior to Escort over the years. Never had ANY problem with any of them. Maybe a year or so ago the volume wheel froze. Very ... read more

  • Escort 8500 X50 Great performer ....but reliable?

    Jan 23, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Performs very well. Enjoy the simple button and on off switch configuration.
    Cons: Dislike this phone jack trend for power cord. Reliability issues!

    Summary: Prior to this I was in the "minor leagues" of radar detectors, so when I could finally afford it I stepped up to the Escort brand 8500 X50 Model. (I was able to get the X50 via Best Buy at the price of the red LED unit as they were ... read more

  • ~~ LET THE ESCORT PASSPORT 8500 X50 RADAR DETECTOR ESCORT YOU ~~

    Sep 3, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Bright LED lights, detects and warns off safety issues immediately, easy to use
    Cons: None

    Summary: As good ole Sammy Hagar would say ~ I can't drive "55"!!! I want to, but I can't. I am what you would call a "Defensive Driver". I am very safe, very aware, and have no other distractions when I drive, i.e.; I don't text, play with the radio, read, gab ... read more

  • Accurate and reliable

    Feb 14, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: picks up multiple radar bands and lasers, good audible warning for approaching radar coverage
    Cons: none

    Summary:   The Escort Passport 8500 radar detector is one of the best performing radar detectors on the market today, and everyone who I know who owns one, loves it.  Along with superior performance, the 8500 features a ... read more

  • A couple of models old, but still excellent!

    Jun 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very sensitive yet with minimal false alarms.
    Cons: It's expensive. Weird phone cord power connector. Bigger than other detectors (but not bad.)

    Summary: I had tried the original Escort Passport back in the 80's and that thing falsed about every 30 seconds. Escort had the "try it for 30 days" program back then as well, so it got returned. Since then, I have owned different brands such as Whistler and ... read more

  • A worthy upgrade from my ancient Whistler 1490

    Feb 10, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Expert Meter, loud, audibly distinct alerts, soothing red display
    Cons: expensive, windshield mount is flimsy

    Summary: My previous radar detector was a Whistler 1490, I loved the text display, and it seemed to be a quite sensitive detector, sometimes *too* sensitive, falsing when there was no radar around and I was the only vehicle on the road, it would often false with ... read more

  • One of the top two detectors. You make the call

    Mar 7, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great ease of use. Great looks. Outstanding range.
    Cons: none so far

    Summary: This detector has served me well. Although I have no experience with the Valentine, I did however, ... read more

  • X50 is Outstanding!

    Jan 29, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smart Cord, ExpertMeter, Range, AutoMute, AutoSensitivity mode
    Cons: Blue Display costs more than the Red Display

    Summary: I have had five radar detectors during my 25 years of driving. I am not an expert, but I can offer an opinion on the X50. During my 25 years, radar detectors have improved. Each detector I owned seemed to be better than the prior, until the Escort ... read more

  • Great.... When it works.

    Dec 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely sensitive, Nice looking, Smart Cord Mute, customizable
    Cons: Pricey, seems to be a lack of quality control

    Summary: BACKGROUND I have had Escort Radar detectors all the way back since they were owned by Cincinnati Radar and the detector had an analog signal meter and was the size of a the entire box the new ones come in. I've since been through a 4500, ... read more

  • Passport 8500 Old Model Ebay Purchase

    Jul 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works great and helps me to avoid tickets
    Cons: I think it would look better in black

    Summary: I bought the Escort Passport 8500 on an Ebay auction for $180. I find it has about 20%-30% better range than my old $65 Uniden model that stopped working because of the power cord. So far it has saved me from about 7 tickets and I've had it on my ... read more

  • The Truth

    Jun 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It emptied my wallet
    Cons: It emptied my wallet ... Ticket No. ******

    Summary: The Passport 8500 x50 was increasing my attention for days as I was debating upon whether or not I wanted to spend the money. After reading the many reviews and understanding how much traveling I would be doing for work, I came to the conclusion that it ... read more

  • Nice Look Excellent touch!

    Mar 4, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Blue Screen, Loud, Great range, Nice 3 easy modes, dimmer, POP, VG-2 Immunity.
    Cons: Kinda too loud at times, safeway..., and a nice smash and grab thief eye catcher.

    Summary: I bought this off of ebay for about $300 (thanks to taxes). It was to replace my cheap whistler 1730 DE. This thing is sweet and nice. It has the very stylish blue look that can grab attention from your friends in the car, and cars next to you unless ... read more

  • Big Bang for the Buck

    Nov 29, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: build, features, accuracy
    Cons: price, fit, need to reset unit at times if left on in cig lighter

    Summary: Though this unit is not the cheapest on the market for a detector that picks up virtually all types of radar, it is a solid performer. The X50 red is the size of a large remote control and has decent hardware that makes installation and mounting a ... read more

  • $300 radar detector saved me from $400 ticket

    Sep 10, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent proven detection ability, robust programming options, good looks, great warranty fulfillment
    Cons: Easily marred plastic case

    Summary: Intro Although I live in a state where radar detectors are completely verboten, I purchased one in Joliet, IL, while on a cross country road trip. Until I reached California, the trusty Escort 8500 gave its occasional beeps, chirps, and buzzes to ... read more

  • Escort 8500 x50

    Jul 6, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range over all. EZ progaming, Alerts Loud enough.
    Cons: Besides a few false alerts, NONE. Visor mount would be nice.

    Summary: Price: I purchased this unit at Best Buy in San Antonio Texas.I walked out with the whole package for $324.74 tax and all. Ya it was kinda steep but why settle for something less that does not save you. Plus I felt better buying it from a store because I ... read more

  • Escort Passport 8500

    Jul 3, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Long detection range, power meter very accurate, great audible alerts, intuitive controls, perfect display.
    Cons: SmartCord...why all the bells and whistles? Reviews that include this "feature" are catering to BS.

    Summary: I bought this detector in June 2002 and have been using it since (today is July 3, 2005 - over three years so far). I just returned from an 890 mile trip and, as always, for three solid years running, this detector is absolutely top-shelf compared to ... read more

  • Great Product, Sad Service

    Jun 23, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent Range, Easy programmability, Looks great. Carrying case is great for storing/hiding the passport
    Cons: Suction cups and windshield holder are flimsy Company does not value customers

    Summary: I bought the Escort Passport 8500 X50 last year when it first hit stores. I picked it up at Best Buy and was eager to install it in my car. It looked cool, with its LED screen and it was easy to program, which was great. It took me 5 minutes to ... read more

  • Performance is Great - Quality Sucks.

    Mar 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Performance (for the short time it works)
    Cons: Quality, Reliability, and price

    Summary: I won't bother with any glowing performance reviews. Others have pretty much filled this space with them and I agree, it is a great detector - WHEN IT WORKS! I purchased one of these units from an online retailer in the Spring of 2004. By the end of ... read more

  • what an amazing detector

    Jan 15, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: performance, upgradeability, smart cord, reliability, programable, durability.
    Cons: Brightness of display, sound level

    Summary: I have had the 8500 for three years and have now changed it to the main detector in my C5 because that is where I need the best defence. I live in an area with lots of hills and have found time and time again it performs better then the other so called ... read more

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