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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector

Item# ESO035
 
4.5

(25 Ratings)

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  • All new from Escort
  • 360 Degree Radar and Laser Detection
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • AutoSensitivity Mode Automatically Reduces False Alarms
  • Available in Blue or Red displays

What's Included?

Radar Detector, EasyMount windshield mounting bracket, Coiled SmartCord with cigarette lighter adapter, Semi-hard travel case, Owner's Manual, Accessories booklet, 2 Escort DS decals

Description

When Escort introduced the PASSPORT 8500 X50, it was instantly acclaimed "The World's Best." In more than one dozen independent tests, review after review, year after year, PASSPORT comes out on top.

 

Now Escort made it even better.  The new PASSPORT 8500 X50, or as we like to call it the "X50 Black", delivers a vicious 40% performance improvement. It has a sophisticated new look and includes a fitted travel case and convenient SmartCord.


 

Hailed as the most revolutionary radar/laser detector ever. The Passport 8500 X50's new "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme detection range on all police radar; conventional and "instant-on" radar, including the new POP mode radar threat, X-Band, and up to 50% more range than the original Passport 8500 on the all-important K and Ka bands. Digital signal processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms.

 

The Passport 8500 X50 includes our proprietary Traffic Sensor Rejection (TSR) software to eliminate false alerts.

 

Enhanced Radar Protection
Our enhanced "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme long range warning on all radar: conventional and "instant-on" including POP mode, X-band, K-band, and SuperWide Ka-band. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms.

 

Exclusive AutoSensitivity Mode
ESCORT's patented AutoSensitivity mode intelligently identifies real threats from other radar sources. Plus, our exclusive Traffic Signal Rejection (TSR) software rejects interstate traffic sensors making it quiet to own and operate.

 

High-Performance Laser Protection
PASSPORT's multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning, with superior off-axis protection. For the ultimate in laser protection add the optional ZR4 Laser Shifter.

 

3-Levels of Brightness Control
Choose between Dim, Medium, or Max brightness levels, or fully dark for discreet night driving.

 

3 High-Resolution Meter Modes
PASSPORT provides 3-types of meter displays: Standard Bar Graph, exclusive ExpertMeter, and our unique SpecDisplay

 

Ultra-Bright Matrix Display
PASSPORT's matrix display uses 280 individual ultra-bright LEDs to provide crystal-clear information for alerts, signal strength and text for programming.

 

Mute and AutoMute
Patented Mute and AutoMute feature automatically reduces the volume level during an alert to eliminate annoyance from long radar encounters.

 

New Advanced EZ-Programming
PASSPORT comes ready to use out of the box. However, you can also instantly customize it for your unique driving preferences, including Power-On indication, Meter type, AutoMute, Brightness level, including full Dark Mode, Audio Tones, and selectable radar and laser bands.

 

Comes Fully Equipped
PASSPORT comes complete with a comprehensive owner's manual, quick-release windshield mount, a coiled SmartCord, quick reference card, and an ESCORT travel case.

 

Limited One Year Warranty

 


Features and Specifications

 

Operating Bands

  • X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
  • Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth

 

Radar Receiver/Detector Type

 

  • Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

 

Laser Detector

 

  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes

 

Display Type

 

  • 280 LED Alphanumeric
  • Bar Graph, ExpertMeter, or SpecDisplay
  • 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode

 

Power Requirement

 

  • 12VDC, Negative Ground
  • Escort SmartCord™ (Included)

 

Programmable Features

  • Power-On Indication
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • AutoMute
  • Audio Tones
  • City Mode Sensitivity
  • Display Brightness
  • Dark Mode
  • Radar / Laser Bands

 

Sensitivity Modes

 

  • AutoSensitivity, Highway and City

 

Auto Calibration Circuitry

 

Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute

 

SmartShield VG-2 Protection

Dimensions (Inches) 1.25 H x 2.85 W x 5.32 L

Shipping Restrictions:
Only ships in contiguous USA.

Dimensions & Specifications

Warranty

1 Year Limited

Features

POP Radar Detection , Text Display

Type

Corded

Brand

Escort

Dimensions (in)

5.32 x 2.85 x 1.25

Options

Light Color:

Care

Extended exposure to heat can harm the internal circuit boads of the detector.

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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sensitivity (21)
  • Clear alert (19)
  • Easy to mount (19)
  • Great features (16)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Gives false reads (7)

Best Uses

  • Highway driving (21)
  • Urban navigation (12)
  • Rural navigation (7)
  • Larger cars (4)
  • Small cars (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gearhead (7), Practical (6), Tuner (4), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't drive without it

I'm a delivery driver and drive 450 miles a day,the escort lets me know when to slow down :)
This is my first radar detector and has saved me from a few tickets...Read complete review

I'm a delivery driver and drive 450 miles a day,the escort lets me know when to slow down :)
This is my first radar detector and has saved me from a few tickets already,I have been pulled over 8-9 times in the past year but since ive had the 8500 I havent been pulled over since!

I have x band turned off because police in north carolina dont use it and I also have automute turned off because I like the have the audio warning stay on,does pick up quite a few K band sources from banks and whatnot but i like to hear them to remind me that it's still working.

I plan on getting the escort redline later because I do drive in virginia occasionally where radar detectors are illegal and it is immune to radar detector detectors,I would not recommend the passport 8500 to persons who drive in virginia or DC as it does not have full radar detector detector immunity.

Overall this is a great radar detector and i would recommend it to anyone who drives in the other 49 states

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the money

Detects K and Ka really well, but gives A LOT of false reads, more so than my previous Beltronics GX65. Worst of all, it doesn't pick up laser at all. Got a...Read complete review

Detects K and Ka really well, but gives A LOT of false reads, more so than my previous Beltronics GX65. Worst of all, it doesn't pick up laser at all. Got a ticket and the police officer asks me, "Your radar detector didn't pick up my laser?" Obviously not.

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5.0

So far, so good!

By Adrienne

from CLAY,NY

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Alert
  • Durable
  • Easy To Mount
  • Good Sensitivity
  • Neat Features or Extras
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Gives False Reads

Best Uses

  • Highway Driving
  • Larger Cars
  • Rural Driving

Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector:

I have just recently acquired this radar but so far it seems to be working extremely well! I'll describe a more in-depth review after some more usage of it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

so far so good..

By Thomas

from LOXAHATCHEE,FL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Mount
  • Good Sensitivity

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Highway Driving

    Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector:

    picked up radar in advance and very few false alerts. So far I am happy.. and no tickets!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great little dector

    By axeil

    from Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    • Blue display
    • Good Sensitivity
    • Neat Features or Extras

    Cons

    • Gives False Reads

    Best Uses

    • Highway Driving

    Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector:

    I had owned a STI for the past 4 years,and it had served me well till it broke down a few months ago. I ordered the 8500 as a replacement for the STI. First, I like the 8500, its light, love the blue display, and I like the look and feel of the unit. I do get a lot of false alarms in the K band. The detection range seems to equal the older STI. I tested the unit at known radar sites, and its response was equal to the STI. The lazer detection does not seem to work, or does not work well. That is no problem since I do not consider lazar detection any good anyway. Overall I like the unit and like the way it looks in my Camaro ZL1.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not worth the money

    By LTW

    from Central Coast, CA

    Pros

    • Clear Alert

    Cons

    • Gives False Reads
    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

    • Highway Driving

    Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector:

    Detects K and Ka really well, but gives A LOT of false reads, more so than my previous Beltronics GX65. Worst of all, it doesn't pick up laser at all. Got a ticket and the police officer asks me, "Your radar detector didn't pick up my laser?" Obviously not.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By Jonathan

    from GARNERVILLE,NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Alert
    • Durable
    • Easy To Mount
    • Good Sensitivity
    • Neat Features or Extras

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • City Driving
      • Highway Driving

      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black Radar Detector:

      First time using one of these works pretty good.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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