Locks out most false signals.
VERY easy to use, plug it in and let it do its thing.
Doesn't go off every mile on the highway due to the new traffic speed monitoring devices.
Good support from Escort (if you ever need it.)
Does not lock out Ka false signals. Escort says that because 99% of the time these are real threats, they won't allow them to be locked out.
Only a 1 year warranty, but an additional 2 years costs a mere $40.
First off, those complaining that Escort's customer service is poor are simply wrong. I did have an issue with my initial detector, but Escort took care of it without any hassles at all. They paid for the shipping both ways and my replacement detector has been working fine for ... Read full review
First off, those complaining that Escort's customer service is poor are simply wrong. I did have an issue with my initial detector, but Escort took care of it without any hassles at all. They paid for the shipping both ways and my replacement detector has been working fine for over a year. Very courteous the entire time.
Since Ohio put up all kinds of TSR devices, my older Passport 8500 went off all the time. They are the Pringle's can looking thing with a solar panel about every mile on highways to measure average traffic speeds. Since that one couldn't be updated to filter these devices out, it was pretty much useless to me since it went off every single mile, sometimes multiple times per mile.
I upgraded to this device because of the GPS and TSR filtering. The one common complaint of radar detectors is that they false alarm a lot, especially in congested/shopping areas. All those door openers and security systems make for a noisy radar detector. Not with this. Once this unit picks up the same signal 3 times on separate trips, it locks that out and you don't hear it ever again. Eventually, you'll see a "STORED" alert on the display along with a special "beep" sound, and you'll know it locked something out. It's all automatic, and even unlocks something if the signal is not present after 5-6 passes and if you're traveling over 35mph. It also has TSR filtering, so even without the GPS filtering, no more constant alerts on the highway. The TSR filter basically delays alerts for 1/2 second on K band, which is what all those devices transmit.
I purchased mine directly from Escort, so it was considerably more expensive than some online stores, but I was guaranteed that they would honor the warranty. Within 24 hours, my GPS stopped working. It just showed 0 mph all the time and GPS filtering didn't work. A call to Escort and they sent me a UPS label within 15 minutes to send it back. Two days after I handed it to the UPS guy, I had a replacement and haven't had a bit of troubles since.
The biggest con is the expense. I drive 2+ hours a day so that warranted the cost. I don't drive fast anymore, but I do want to know when my speed is being monitored. Basically a nice reminder system to check my speed so I'm not caught off-guard.
One thing I would highly recommend is calling Escort within your warranty period and asking for their extended warranty. It's around $40 for 2 more years. To me, that's well worth it for such an investment.
For those with smartphones, you might also find their Escort Live service invaluable. If someone else has that service and encounters radar, laser or just sees an officer, they can issue an alert that you can pick up. So if someone 15 miles ahead of you gets hit with laser within the past hour, you'll get that alert on your phone. Very slick, but it costs around $100 a year and you have to use a special power cord.
One alternative to Escort Live is Waze which is free and isn't tied to your detector, but does have a better user base and offers similar functionality as far as reporting goes. Waze offers a ton of other features such as intelligent navigation, social networking, etc., and Escort Live alerts now show up on Waze as "EscortAnonymousUser."
If you're looking for absolute maximum detection distance without regard to false alarms, check out their Redline product or the Valentine One. If you want something with excellent detection distance yet filters out as many false alarms as possible, you would be hard pressed to find a better unit than this at the current time.
Escort hit a home run with this, and I'd recommend it without hesitation to anyone who drives a lot.