Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector Review
Overview of the Beltronics Pro 500
The main benefits of the Beltronics Pro 500 are:
- Programmed with older version of Beltronics digital signal processing algorithm (DSP)
- 4-times the range of a police radar gun
- Easy to read LED display
- Clear digital voice alerts
Digital Signal Processing AlgorithmWhen investing in a radar detector two of your biggest concerns is
the detector’s ability to sniff out real police radar threats and its
ability to filter out false alerts, here is why.
departments across the world are now in the process of updating their
equipment to the new, low power battery operated hand held digital radar
All of these types of radar guns are instant on, meaning
that they do NOT transmit any radar signal until the officer has a
target vehicle in sight and presses the trigger.
Because of this when you select your radar detector, an important consideration is its ability to detect instant on miles away.
Then another problem, the anti-collision sensors that are being installed in most new cars today.
sensors operate on the same K-Band frequency that police use and
because of this most radar detectors constantly false alert.
Long Range Radar Detection
The Beltronics Pro 500 is built on Escort’s M4 antenna design, which places the Bel 500 in the Long Range Category, with 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.
The result is a detector that will provide ample warning of instant on K and Ka Radar miles away.
Because the Bel Pro 500 uses
somewhat dated DPS technology when compared to the newer Passport, the
Passport Max and the Passport Max2, it does not have the filtering
characteristics needed to block out false alerts caused by the
anti-collision sensors installed in many new cars today.
Because of this we would recommend instead in investing in one of Escort's newer detectors.
Photo Enforcement ProtectionAutomated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!
To combat this Beltronics has equipped the Beltronics Pro 500 with GPS technology and Escort’s Defender photo enforcement database, which will alert you as you approach one of these locations.
You can also add your own “hot spots” using the mark location feature.
Clear Voice Alerts: 10 Points
The Beltronics Pro 500 has clear tone alerts, providing you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.
High Definition LED Text Display
The Beltronics Pro 500 displays radar alerts using the older text display. The display is easy to read at any angle and the brightness is adjustable.
Easy Advanced Programming
You program your Beltronics Pro 500 by pressing the buttons on your detector to set the brightness of your display, program the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options, and more.
Online Defender Database UpdatesYou can ensure that your Beltronics Pro 500 has the latest database updates to protect you from new threats by simply connecting it to your computer's USB port to download the latest Defender database updates.
Motorcycle Use: 8 Points
When accessorized with
the proper motorcycle mount, external warning device, and weather
protection, the Beltronics Pro 500 becomes a great
detector for your motorcycle.
Motorcycle Mounting Systems: RadarBusters offers a variety of motorcycle radar detector and cell phone mounts by Techmount, which will fit virtually any motorcycle.
External Warning Device:
The Bel Pro 500 does have an external earphone jack, which you can plug into
your motorcycle sound system. However, we would recommend the
Legal Speeding HARD system, which is a wireless heads up display.
Weather Protection: There are several websites that sell “motorcycle radar detector boxes,”
but we don’t recommend them. Instead, go to your local CVS and buy a
child’s size shower cap. It’s cheaper and will protect your detector just
Warranty & Support: 10 Points
Your Pro 500 comes with Beltronics's 1-year warranty and Radar Roy's 30-day no risk money back guarantee.
Also, because we have been an authorized Beltronics dealer since 1997, you’re pre-approved to purchase Escort’s extended 24 month extend warranty for only $29.95.
Here on RadarBusters, Radar Roy has several articles in his help
guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector
How to Maximize the Use of your Radar Detector, How to Update Your Radar Detector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Radar Detector Users.
You’re welcome to contact Radar Roy direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.
Your Beltronics Pro 500 comes equipped with a travel case, windshield mount, 12 volt SmartCord, a quick reference guide, and a 3-year subscription to the Escort Defender database.
Optional accessories you may want to consider when purchasing your Beltronics Pro 500 are:
Escort Live External Module:
Enables your Beltronics Pro 500 to access the Escort Live community to
share real time alerts with other radar detector users in your area.
BlendMount Mirror Mount: Enables the mounting of the Beltronics Pro 500 to your rear view mirror.
Why Buy from Radar Roy?
Authorized Beltronics Dealer:
RadarBusters has been an authorized dealer for Beltronics since 1997, so
you can be assured that you detector is covered under Beltronics's warranty
program and pre-approved for their 24 month extended warranty
Unlike the other radar detector review websites out there, Radar Roy is
a retired cop and certified traffic radar instructor with over 40 years
of experience and has his own arsenal of police radar and laser guns.
Luxury Automotive was so impressed with Roy’s high standards and
qualifications that they dubbed him the “
General Schwarzkopf of radar
No Sales Tax: You will not be charged sales tax as long as your order is shipped outside of Arizona.
No Risk 30-Day money back guarantee: Don’t like your detector? Return it no questions asked!
Low Price Guarantee: By becoming a member of Radar Roy’s VIP Club you will receive his 90-day price match guarantee, ensuring that you will get the best price anywhere!
Trade Up – Not In: Considering trading your old radar detector for a new one? DON”T until you watch this video!
Radar Roy Support: Have a problem or concern with your detector? Then email Radar Roy 24/7 and he will PERSONALLY get back with you typically within 12 hours or less!
Beltronics Pro 500 Radar Detector Review
X-band: 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
K-band: 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
Ka-band: 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
Laser: 904nm, 33MHz bandwidth
Scanning Frequency Discriminator
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes
280 LED Matrix / Text
5 Levels of Brightness, including Full Dark Mode
Speed Check (On / Off)
Signal Strength Meter
AutoMute (On / Off)
Units (English / Metric)
Voice Alerts (On / Off)
12VDC, Negative Ground
Highway / AutoScan / Auto NoX
Auto Calibration Circuitry
Mute / AutoMute / SmartMute
Smartshield™ VG2 Immunity
One Year Limited Warranty
2 year extended service plan available
1.4H x 2.9W x 5.35L