Writing reviews of radar detectors like the Escort Passport 9500ix can sometimes be good, sometimes be bad. One thing’s for sure though – I never get bored with it. Escort have been around for a long time now, gradually improving their radar detector technology with each subsequent model.
The new Escort Passport iQ seems to be the gadget everyone’s talking about. The Passport iQ combines Escort Radar Detection with a TomTom style GPS navigation function. For me personally, I don’t think the iQ is that great a radar detector or GPS though. The best GPS is undoubtedly the Tomtom and, in my opinion, the best radar detector is the Passport 9500ix.
Rather than try to tack on GPS navigation (as they’ve done with the iQ), Escort have used the GPS functionality of the Passport 9500ix to help create the best radar detector on the market. By using GPS, the Passport 9500 “learns” where false alarms occur. This is a wonderful feature. You won’t ever have to slam on the brakes as you drive by the convenience store with the automatic door openers ever again!
The Passport 9500 ix also uses GPS in another clever way. GPS technology is used to measure your speed. The faster you go, the greater the range of the unit’s radar detection is set to. This means, the Escort unit always gives you plenty of warning and time to slow down.
As an added bonus, Escort even provide you with protection from speed traps that don’t use radar at all. Included with the unit is 3 months free access to a database of all known speed cameras across North America. Using it’s GPS capabilities, the Escort Passport 9500ix will warn you when one’s nearby.
The Passport 9500 is beautifully made and designed. The screen is clear and bright – reading the warning messages is no problem at all, even on the brightest of days. Audible alarms are loud and noticeable but they don’t become annoying.
Compared to lots of other models available, the 9500ix is relatively compact and is easily installed using the supplied windscreen suction mount. A clever feature is the Smart cord that both powers the unit and provides a more covert warning when discretion is required.
All in all, the Escort Passport 9500ix is the most sensitive and effective radar detector I’ve ever tested. It’s not the cheapest but it is the best. I highly recommend it.
Ian is a professional reviewer writing for websites and magazines around the world