Escort Passport 9500ix

Updated August 31, 2013
Escort Passport 9500ix
Bottom Line

Though it's been surpassed by some other radar detectors, the Escort Passport 9500ix remains a great choice. It impresses experts and owners by warning them of speed traps, speed cameras and red-light cameras -- without all of the usual false alarms, thanks to its built-in GPS and optional crowd-sourced data. However, the newer Escort Passport Max can do all of that, plus it adds even longer-range radar detection -- making it the current Best Reviewed pick as the best radar detector overall.

Performance

Ample warning of radar and camera traps, with few false alarms. Although not as long-range as some, the Escort 9500ix alerts you to speed traps in plenty of time to slow down -- more than half a mile away, in two tests. It also warns you when you're approaching speed and red-light cameras. It comes pre-loaded with the locations of thousands of these cameras nationwide, and you can keep the list up to date with an optional database subscription for one year (Est. $20) or three years (Est. $40). It's quiet, testers say; false alerts are nearly eliminated, thanks to built-in GPS that automatically "learns" which alarms on your route are false (automatic supermarket doors, etc.).

ProsWarns of speed and red-light cameras, Good long-range radar detection, AutoLearn limits false alarmsConsNo directional arrows, Not invisible to police, Other models offer longer-range detection
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