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Escort Passport 8500 X50

Escort 8500 X50 Radar Detector

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The 8500x50 is no longer available, recommend the Escort Passport instead
List Price $299.95
Price: $299.95
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Product Code: X50

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Escort 8500 X50 Radar Detector Review

Overview of the Escort 8500x50

The main benefits of the Escort 8500 x50 are:

  • Programmed with older version of Escort's digital signal processing algorithm (DSP)
  • 4-times the range of a police radar gun
  • Easy to read LED display
  • Clear digital voice alerts

(Dated) Digital Signal Processing Algorithm

When 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.

Police departments across the world are now in the process of updating their equipment to the new, low power battery operated hand held digital radar guns.

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.

These sensors operate on the same K-Band frequency that police use and because of this most radar detectors constantly false alert.

The Escort 8500 X50 uses an older version of their DSP algorithm, thus it does lack the filtering and performance found in Escort’s newer detectors such as the Passport, the Passport Max and the Passport Max2.

Because of this we feel you would be making a better investment by puchasing one of the detectors listed above.

High Performance

Escort’s M4 antenna has 4 times the capture distance of a police K and Ka radar gun, providing you with adequate time to slow down when approaching speed traps.


Because the Escort 8500 x50 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.

3 High-Resolution Meter Modes

Your Escort 8500 X50 provides 3-types of meter displays: Standard Bar Graph, exclusive ExpertMeter, and their unique SpecDisplay.

Mute and AutoMute

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

Easy Programming

The Escort 8500x50 is pre-set and ready to go out of the box, but some of our power users may want to set the unit up to complement their own driving experience and personal preference.

The easy to use 8500x50 preferences menu allows you to do this in a snap. Don’t drive in an area where X band is used? Turn it off. Would you rather use the Expert Meter display? Turn it on. It is that easy.

Three Levels of Brightness Control

Enabling you to adjust from max, medium or dark .

Ships with Everything You Need

Your Escort X50 will arrive at your doorstep with everything you need, including: A zippered travel case, quick-release windshield mount, coiled SmartCord, comprehensive owner's manual, and quick reference card.

Escort 8500 Radar Detector Review

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 Detection

Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes

Display Type

280 LED Matrix/Text
Bar Graph
3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode
Programmable Features
Power-On Indication
Power-On Sequence
Signal Strength Meter
Audio Tones
City Mode Sensitivity
Display Brightness
Dark Mode
Radar / Laser Bands

Auto Calibration Circuitry

Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute

Power Requirement
12VDC, Negative Ground
Escort SmartCord® Included

Sensitivity Control
Highway, Auto and City

Compact Size
1.25" H x 2.85" W x 5.32" L

StickyCup Windshield Mount
Price: $29.95

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 118 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Escort 85 X50 Radar Detector August 3, 2015
Reviewer: Ronald Gough from Baton Rouge, LA United States  
Used my radar detector today on a round trip of 300 miles in rural and urban Louisiana and Mississippi. Long range of detection for law enforcement radar units which included county, city and state police. Was satisfied with the performance of the radar detector.

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5 of 5 Excellent Product! May 25, 2015
Reviewer: James Simmonds  
Fast delivery, the reviews and the information was spot on. A great product that performs as advertised. Already has helped!

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Excellent Product September 2, 2014
Reviewer: LordVector from Austin, TX  
This is a great product. I like the fact that you can monitor several different radar bands at the same time and the mute button is priceless. I also purchased the direct wire and it looks better than the wire across the dash. So far I would have to say in another month it will have paid for itself

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 "I own two and bought one for my son." August 28, 2014
Reviewer: Cgirl from Gridley, CA  
I really don't speed around town due to heavy traffic and poor drivers sharing the road.  On the long distance freeways and back road highways I have been able to avoid a number of speed traps.  In the hills and mountains where I drive moving radar is a constant threat and the X50 has saved me some potential major fines.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Escort Passport 8500 X50 August 3, 2014
Reviewer: J.J. from Nebraska  
This is a great product from Escort. I use it on long trips. Fully adjustable.

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