Pros Works ok on Speed light cameras
Cons Doesn't work against Mobile Enforcement Cameras
The suction cups are garbage
Comes with a USB port to upgrade on your computer (BUT THEY DON"T SUPPLY THE USB CORD) unless you call and ask for one.
Will not stop detecting KA Band and lock it out.
Summary Will not work against Mobile traffic enforcement. I was caught by a mobile speed camera here in Phoenix the Escort 9500iX went of right when the speed camera flash went off. Tech said oh it's really not radar and you should purchase our Escort Live.
Escort tech told me to add their Escort Live Service (WHICH COST MORE MONEY for the service ON TOP OF THE ALMOST $500 I spent on the detector) and they actually do nothing as a service but allow other people to report where mobile camera are located. So basically your depending on some other driver and Escort is making the money.
The suction cups that come with the almost $500 detector always come off. They sent me a card offering me to purchase some new and improved device to attach to my windshield at $25.
The 9500iX comes with a USB port to upgrade on your computer (BUT THEY DON"T SUPPLY THE USB CORD) unless you call and ask for one.
Will not stop detecting KA Band and lock it out.
Pros Early warning of highway and intersection cameras/speed traps.
Visible indication of GPS speed, much more accurate than the speedometer.
False alarm reduction through position learning using the GPS.
Cons The dangley cord Guess that it is the same for all the high end units, but really wish I had a power source from my rear-view mirror as the power cord looks junky and slightly interferes with the view
Summary I had a Valentine One for many years and it always picked up the transmitting radar - problem was that it had a HUGE false alarm rate. In 2007 I bought my BMW M6 and decided to try another detector since I was so disgusted with false alarms. I bought the 9500ix in the fall of 2007. For a full three months I had both detectors on the windshield - I wanted to do a real-time, relatively long term, comparison between the two units.
Detection. The Valentine was very slightly (probably less than a second) more sensitive on long distance Ka band. In town both units alarmed at the same time.
False alarms. At first I could see no difference. After driving back and forth to work (25 miles through the city) for a few days the value of the GPS location learning became obvious. After a week the only false alarms, more than ten each way, came from the Valentine. The 9500ix was false alarm free.
Intersection and highway cameras. The most valuable, distinctive, feature of the 9500ix is the warning of impending speed cameras, both highway and intersection. This feature alone has payed for the cost of the 9500ix.
Cost. You get what you pay for. I really don't understand anyone complaining about cost as that is a "known" before you buy the unit.
Pros wish I could state some... It's supposed to be one of the better detectors with GPS, ordered with the smart cord and extra window attachment. Arrived more or less on time, but never worked right out of the box
Cons Detector was broken right out of the box. Not the confidence inspiring equipment I paid for... Makes me wonder if it'll work when I really need it. Returned having never used.
Customer Service is non-existent!!!
Summary Tried to load the detector with Escort data base, detector would not connect to computer, CS said they have a known problem of blown fuses. If it's a known problem, why the hell don't they fix it??? Customer service did not return my phone calls. You'd think that for $540 (with smart cord and extra window mount) they could at least return a call to help a customer. Going back to my old faithful Val 1.
Save your money and stay away until they fix both engineering and customer service!!!
Pros I just receive my 9500ix and this is the best radar detector that's on the market. I had the bel and I had the 8500 x50 which is a great detector. Able to manually lock out x band false signals, and also learns to lock-out false bands automatically.
Cons The price but it's worth it to me. If I can save myself a ticket and keep from my insurance to go up I think it's a good trade off. Looking fordward on go on my trip on the open road and then i can really tell it then.
Summary If you are looking for a great radar detector do your search and I know that you will find this one to be the top one it's better than v-1. I can lock out warning that I know that it's bogus and it will learn itself of false warning so after the third time you want hear that one anymore. The states and cites is trying to built there revenue off of you and I so you have to not let that happen. I search for months before I bought this one and you want find no better so what's you wait for just go and get it you want regret it. I will be going on a twelve hundreds miles trip this summer and I just can't wait because going through some of those state you don't know where the speed camera or photo camera at and you can even put in for the speed traps. It don't get no better than that so why wait go get you will be please with yourself. It's awesome to know that escort to think of the gps in there system, I wish I would have thought about that but hey they did and it work. They also have other feature that might be a benfit to you, you just have to custom the way you drive in the city or in the country. "GET IT NOW THAT AN ORDER" well not really but you get the picture.
Pros Quiet. Able to manually lock out x band false signals, and also learns to lock-out false bands automatically. GPS maps all of the red light stop cameras and speed cameras. Sleek looking and cool blue illumination. Auto volume adjusts sound. etc.
Cons Price is about $500.00. Doesn't tell you where the radar is coming from like Valentine arrows.
Summary I hadn't bought a detector in a long time because of all the false signals when driving by malls or other busy places. I believe this and the Valentine 1 are the top detectors currently available. Sensitivity is about equal, but I like that false signals can be eliminated. This is not a substitute for alert and safe driving. I just like to know when LEO is watching me. Oh, and previous review incorrect in one regard: unit can be hardwired to start with ignition.