The Escort Passport 8500 X50 radar detector has a silver-colored body and is available with a red or blue LED display. If you want the blue display, it will cost you quite a bit more than the red version. However, it has been claimed that the blue display can be less recognizable than the red.
No radar detector is 100 percent accurate all the time, but the Passport 8500 X50 comes very close. The unit has excellent range and is very accurate at detecting radar in the K, Ka and X bands. Because X bands are most often the source of false alarms, and because law enforcement rarely uses them anymore, you may want to disable X band detection. This helps to reduce false alarms and keep the radar detector from driving you crazy with unnecessary beeps and buzzes. You are more likely to pick up false alerts from X bands while driving in the city. When driving in wide-open spaces, you may want to enable the X band to ensure you are protected from all potential threats.
Passport 8500 X50 radar detectors include the proprietary Traffic Sensor Rejection (TSR) software to help eliminate annoying false alerts from traffic sensors. Unlike fixed traffic cameras, which are used to measure a vehicle's speed and to issue speeding citations, traffic sensors measure traffic flow. The data gathered from these traffic flow measurements is used by GPS units to give you real-time traffic updates. The TSR setting recognizes these sensors and rejects them as false threats without sounding an alarm.
This Escort radar detector also includes the exclusive AutoSensitivity feature, which automatically adjusts its sensitivity to the X and K bands depending on where you are driving. AutoSensitivity automatically rejects false alerts from signals that are shared on the X and K bands – such as door openers or security systems.
The Passport 8500 X50 radar detectors come with a coiled SmartCord power supply that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. The SmartCord includes easy-to-reach buttons for controlling the unit's volume and power. This makes it convenient to mute an alert without having to reach up to the windshield or dashboard while you are driving.
We would have liked to have seen Escort include a voice alert feature on this device. Voice alerts tell you in plain English which radar band is detected so you do not have to take your eyes off the road to look at the unit's display. Passport 8500 X50 radar detectors emit different tones that correspond to the different types of radar bands detected. These different audio alerts are designed to help you identify which type of threat is detected so you can keep your eyes on the road. However, there is a small learning curve as you memorize what each tone means. In addition, the volume levels are quite low, which means that you may miss an alert if you play music loudly while you drive.
Escort offers a one-year warranty that covers the Passport 8500 X50 radar detectors from defects in materials and workmanship. Their website includes a FAQs page to help you find answers to common questions and live chat so you can talk to a customer support representative. You can also reach the company through email and by telephone.
The Escort Passport 8500 X50 is one of the most popular radar detectors available on the market today. It has superb detection range, accuracy and comes with a blue or a red display allowing you a chance to decide which color best suits you. It also does a very good job of filtering out false alerts. It would have been nice if this device would have come with voice alerts, but we are sure that you will find the audio alerts sufficient if you are paying attention.
This radar detector has very good range and offers a traffic sensor to help you avoid delays.
The unit does not include voice alerts and audio alerts could be louder.
The Passport 8500 X50 is a great radar detector to help you avoid traffic issues.