Radar detectors are smart gadgets that let you know of the presence of a radar device up ahead. This allows you to reduce your speed before you get into trouble with police officers. One of the best on the market is the Escort Passport 8500 X50.
The Escort Passport 8500 X50 is a neat-looking device that can help you avoid speeding tickets. It is very easy to mount and operate. Best of all, it comes with a revolutionary technology that can detect many of the speed detection systems in the world today.
Standard in the Passport is its radar detection technology. It can identify radar signatures that utilize the X, K, and Ka bands. It also comes with an integrated laser detection system. This technology can detect laser bandwidths of 33 MHz.
The device also comes with an enhanced radar protection technology. It provides you with long-range warning on instant-on and conventional radar systems. It features an advanced digital signal processing to further increase its working range. The same technology helps ensure you have less frequent false alarms.
- 360-degree laser and radar detection system
- V-tuned enhanced radar protection technology
- AutoSensitivity Mode
- EZ Programming system
- Advanced digital signal processing
- Customizable and programmable options
- Detects majority of radar detection bands
- Laser detection capability
- Adjustable sensitivity
- Excellent radar strength detection
- Does not work against non-radar devices
- Does not come with a voice alert feature
How to Use
Like all radar detectors, you need to install the Escort Passport 8500 X50. Once installed, you can turn on the device. The Passport will go through different alerts. You can also modify this so that the power-on sequence will be shorter.
Right after the start-up sequence, the Passport will display the current sensitivity mode. These can be Auto, City, or Highway. The AutoSensitivity mode is ideal for most driving situations and can provide you with long-range warning. City mode helps eliminate false alarms that may be triggered by door openers and X-band intrusion alarms.
The Passport elicits Geiger counter-like tones when it detects a radar signal. You will hear a beeping tone for X-band gadgets and a raspy brap tone for K-band radar guns. Ka-band radar guns will trigger the device to produce a double brap tone. A solid brap tone will indicate the presence of POP radar systems.
Q: Can it detect red light camera systems?
A: The Escort Passport can only detect electromagnetic waves that radar speed guns emit. Red light systems are different. They rely on sensors under each traffic lane. If you drive over the line when the traffic light is red, the sensors trigger the camera to take a snapshot of the event.
Q: Does the device come with voice alerts?
A: No. The Escort Passport 8500 X50 does not come with voice alerts. However, the tones are loud enough to get your attention of a nearby radar gun.
Q: Is it legal to install in my car?
A: Radar detectors are legal in many states. What is illegal in many states are radar jammers. You may want to check your local laws to find out if you can install a radar detector on your car.