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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes
280 LED Matrix/Text
3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode
Signal Strength Meter
City Mode Sensitivity
Radar / Laser Bands
Auto Calibration Circuitry
Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute
12VDC, Negative Ground
Escort SmartCord® Included
Highway, Auto and City
1.25" H x 2.85" W x 5.32" L