Finding a radar detector that blends both performance and useful features at an affordable price point often feels like no easy task. The moment that manufacturers cut their costs, range and efficiency seems to go out the door as well. With companies as renowned as Escort, however, there are options for both affordability and maximum performance. The Escort Passport 8500 X50 is not only offered at a reduced priced when compared to other high-end models, it is still packed by the impressive hardware and software that Escort experts place into every single one of their products. Here is a closer glimpse at this radar detector and what drivers can expect after installing this device in their vehicle.
Unlike the lineup of high-end and much more expensive models, the Passport 8500 X50 has been built on the concept of doing a select few jobs and doing them exceptionally well. The very first things that drivers will notice upon installation is just how few controls and operations must be learned in order to use this radar detector effectively. The device can be turned on and off with a single slide wheel that also controls the volume of the alerts. Almost all other features and settings can be utilized with two multi-functional buttons atop the casing. Finally, a single click mute and volume remote can be attached to the Escort Passport 8500 X50 with a coiled wire, an especially useful feature for those that are using these electronics on a motorcycle.
While there are many options available to the driver, this radar detector can be plugged in and used within just a few moments time due to the excellent craftsmanship and simplistic design. The range for all X highway, basic K, K 34.7, and K 35.5 bands is comparable to Escort’s more expensive models such as the Redline series. In ideal settings, drivers can expect accurate warnings around 3,000 feet with very minimal false alarms.
For drivers that would like to keep their radar detector out of the way or out of sight, the SmartCord power supply has two LEDs attached that will allow the driver to know if the device is currently on and if it is operating correctly. With just a few clicks of the selector buttons, the display can be brightened or darkened as well and is one of the few devices on the market that utilized a blue LED instead of the traditional red LED. For those that would like to avoid the more common false alarms of mid-range radar detectors, the Escort Passport 8500 X50 does also provide automatic-muting to avoid nonstop noises.
For over 20 years drivers have put their trust in the Escort brand in order to detect all speed traps as quickly and effectively as possible. By providing all of the features that drivers want, including high-end performance, the Escort Passport 8500 X50 finds itself as one of the most value-driven radar detectors available today.