"By far, the best detector I've ever owned"5.0 starson by dbenzguy
Pros: GPS auto learning feature reduces false alarms. Nice loud alerting that changes with ambient noise. Great styling. Software updates via web. Traffic Cam, Red Light Cam and Speed Trap database all built in and updated through the web as well.
Cons: LED sometimes difficult to see in bright light. Price is a bit high but worth it. Software is Windows only... No MAC support at all. Need a 12V outlet by your computer to configure. Database updates require a subscription but it's inexpensive.
Summary: This radar detector is designed to reduce false alarms and only react when necessary. This reduction in false alarms greatly increases your sensitivity to the alerts and makes the detector much more effective.
Small touches like the auto dimming feature of the LED and the auto volume of the alert are fantastic additions to a great detector. Nothing like having your music playing or top down and still being able to hear an alert go off.
This detector is built around the user and works for a novice or a more involved user. You can let the detector automatically filter out false alerts over time or just do it yourself by hitting the mute button 3 times. Ever want to get an alert back, just hit the mute three times in the same location and it will unblock the location. If you want to specifically mark a certain area to make sure the alarm goes off there, just hit the mark button and it's set. It is just about as easy as it could be.
More advanced users can alter the detector to display exact frequencies on the screen when an alert is triggered. If desired, the X-band can be blocked completely since very few X alerts are real police.
Did I mention that all these settings can be performed through your computer? Much better that hitting some obscure combination of keys to get the settings just right.
The one big downside to this detector is the lack of Mac software. Another annoyance is that the radar detector must be plugged into a 12V cigar lighter style plug when you do the software updates. Not a problem if you have a windows laptop you can take to your car but can be a challenge for some people.
Escort gives you some free downloads for the device when you first register but after that, you need to buy a subscription for the updates. It's not too expensive (~$30 / 3 years) but just another thing to consider.
All in all, this is a great radar detector and well worth the money. You'll know you've bought the best when you see the box this thing comes with... kinda makes you feel like you bought a Rolex.