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Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector

Item # HN-ESO020

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Escort
Dimensions (in)
5.3L x 2.9W x 1.4H inches
Features
Auto Sensitivity, Ku Band, GPS Powered, Voice Alert, Safety Warning System, POP Radar Detection, Text Display
Type
Corded
Warranty
1 Year Limited

Assembly

Follow installation instructions from the owners manual.

Care

Extended exposure to heat can harm the internal circuit boads of the detector.

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  • Preloaded with thousands of safety camera locations 
  • Auto learn software automatically eliminates false alerts 
  • Blistering all-band protection
  • 360-degree radar and laser detection
  • New variable-speed radar performance
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Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector
 
4.6

(based on 153 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear alert (131)
  • Good sensitivity (128)
  • Easy to mount (127)
  • Great features (118)
  • Versatile (83)

Cons

  • Gives false reads (6)
  • Pricey (4)
  • Inaccurate (3)
  • Not adjustable (3)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Highway driving (127)
  • Urban navigation (116)
  • Rural navigation (74)
  • Larger cars (47)
  • Small cars (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (74), Commuter (65), Gearhead (42), Auto professional (22), Tuner (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost perfect

In reading these reviews I've found that almost every single negative review is written by someone who just doesn't understand radar detectors and how things work.

People seem to think that a...Read complete review

In reading these reviews I've found that almost every single negative review is written by someone who just doesn't understand radar detectors and how things work.

People seem to think that a radar detector should magically go off any time a police car is even remotely close by and if it doesn't go off, or goes off only when you see the police, something is wrong with the detector.

Apparantly the same people are unaware that things like instant-on and laser exist and are used A LOT. Chances are if the detector did not go off until you were right on top of the cop, the cop was using instant-on or laser.

Also, people seem to think that laser detection works like radar detection, but it's 2 totally different technologies.
No radar detector in the world can protect you from instant-on or laser.

A radar detector is only a tool. You also have to drive smartly. If you're the only car on the road you'd be pretty stupid to think you can just go as fast as you want and take a chance the police are not using instant-on or laser. You need to have other cars ahead of you to reflect the radar signals and give you advance warning. But again - not with laser. Laser does not reflect off vehicles like radar, so you don't get advance warning.

All that being said, the 9500ix is an absolutely top notch detector. I was a former died-in-the-wool Valentine One owner until my unit was stolen. I decided to try the 9500ix because of the GPS feature. The only tradeoff I could see was giving up the side directional capabilities of the V1.
(On another note, for those who wish the 9500ix had side arrows like the V1 - it's not going to happen. That feature is actually patented by Valentine, so no other detector can have it.)

I've had a 9500 for about 5 years (first a 9500i which I later upgraded to an ix). I miss the directional arrows of the V1, but overall do not regret buying the 9500ix whatsoever.
The GPS feature and ability to lock out falses is absolutely fantastic. After awhile of locking out falses in the areas you drive, you'll have the quietest dectector around.

Another cool feature is it's "Automatic" mode. That mode uses a speed-based alerting mechanism which really helps reduce falses. For example, if you're sitting in a shopping center parking lot with lots of door openers around, the detector will remain silent. It's programmed so that if it detects the car going under (about) 15mph, you will not receive alerts because at under 15mph there is no need to be alerted of radar at such a low speed.
This makes it REALLY nice when driving around shopping center parking lots or idling. Most other detectors would be going off like crazy because of all the automatic doors, but the 9500ix is smart enough to know that there's no need to alert you.
In parking lots, the V1 used to false so much I wanted to scream. It's multiple alerts made you want to pull your hair out at shopping centers.
Overall, my 9500ix is pretty much silent 95% of the time. Which means when it goes off you REALLY pay attention.

Detectors like the V1 are fantastic, but false constantly. Eventually, you get used to hearing the tones and it's easy to become complacent. Not so with the 9500ix.
Sometimes the constant falsing of the V1 was enough to make you want to toss it out the window, but with the GPS lockout feature, the 9500ix is about the quietest detector around.

I've found range and performance very similar to the V1. Overall you'll have one of the top performers in the industry. I think the V1 still beats it slightly in terms of range, but falses so much it's borderline ridiculous. I loved my V1, but the falsing was a major headache.
Some people make a big deal out of this, but in practical terms there is no difference between a dectector alerting you at 11,380 feet or 11,110 feet - you're still WELL within the range that the police radar will be detecting you. That's why I'm not concerned that the V1 might slightly outperform the 9500ix - in real world usage, the differences are completely irrelevant. You will always be alerted far in advance (unless of course the police are using instant-on or laser). Regardless, the 9500ix still outperforms virtually every detector on the market, so you can feel confident.

I have a couple of cons. Mostly minor, but I do have some issues with the detector:

1. Laser detection falses more than it should.
I've found certain areas at certain times of the day will consistently produce laser falses. Maybe it's the way light is being reflected at a certain time of day, but I've found laser falses to be enough of an issue that I've turned off laser detection altogether. Unless you have a top quality laser jamming system (VERY expensive, marginally effective and actually illegal in some states), in practical terms, laser detection is useless. Period. Laser works at the speed of light. By the time even the best radar detector alerts to a laser attack, the officer already has your speed. It literally takes less than one second. This is true with ALL detectors - not just the 9500ix. No detector in existence can warn you in advance of laser. If your laser alert goes off, you've already been hit - it's too late.
Other things like laser jamming paint or license plate covers are utterly worthless.

2. The auto-learn feature sounds cool, but overall I don't use it. I'd rather choose my own lockout locations. The biggest reason I don't use auto-learn is because not only does auto-learn automatically lock out locations, it also automatically UNLOCKS locations, but with no warnings. I don't like that. I want to know when an area is getting locked or unlocked. So, I've disabled auto-learn. For the most part, once you've locked out your locations you'll find that you rarely need to bother with it unless you're driving in a brand new area.
I've seen lots of online articles criticizing the lockout feature of the 9500ix saying that it locks out legitimate police radar, but the tests and results are highly manipulated and often straight out wrong.
I've NEVER had a legitimate radar signal locked out. Ever. And that includes driving in areas I've manually locked out. In my experience, if a police radar signal is detected, you WILL get notified even in areas you've manually locked out.

And some PROs I haven't mentioned:

1. Virtually any feature can be enabled or disabled. You can really tailor the unit to work how you want it to.
2. The unit can be updated online with the latest firmware and red-light and speed camera databases.

Finally, no detector in the world will help you if you aren't educated about radar and laser and think you can just drive as fast as you want whenever you want because you have a detector.
You need to be smart. A good detector like the 9500ix (or another top of the line detector) is a great tool.

I chose the 9500ix because its feature set matched up closest to my driving habits and personal preferences. I can highly recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Better Than Most Radar Detectors

The 9500ix is better than most radar detectors. Detection range is superb against all radar bands. The Autolearn feature has been known to randomly lock out real threats. Laser and I/O detection...Read complete review

The 9500ix is better than most radar detectors. Detection range is superb against all radar bands. The Autolearn feature has been known to randomly lock out real threats. Laser and I/O detection are poor. Other GPS features such as redlight camera locations and marked locations are useful. I would only get this radar detector if you do most of your driving in the city and if Ka is the only band used in your area.

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5.0

BMW saver!

By Matthew

from CUYAHOGA FALLS,OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Alert
  • Easy To Mount
  • Good Sensitivity
  • Neat Features or Extras

Cons

    Best Uses

    • City Driving
    • Highway Driving
    • Rural Driving
    • Small Cars

    Comments about Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector:

    This thing rocks. It's paid for itself several times over in my trip from Akron, OH to Phoenix, AZ and I'm not even out of Ohio yet. It has awesome range and I have plenty of time to slow down. The gps works great with cameras and speed traps. I love this thing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent detector

    By Debbie

    from FLORENCE,MT

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Alert
    • Durable
    • Easy To Mount
    • Good Sensitivity
    • Minimizes False Alerts
    • Neat Features or Extras
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • City Driving
      • Commutes
      • Highway Driving
      • Larger Cars
      • Rural Driving
      • Small Cars

      Comments about Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector:

      This is our second one so we have one in each vehicle without the need to swap in and out of vehicles and when both are on the road. Wouldn't have any other detector for our driving needs.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Performance

      By Chris

      from BREMERTON,WA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Alert
      • Durable
      • Easy To Mount
      • Good Sensitivity
      • Neat Features or Extras
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • All Give Some False Alert

      Best Uses

      • City Driving
      • Highway Driving
      • Larger Cars
      • Rural Driving
      • Small Cars

      Comments about Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector:

      Its hard to rate because I just received the product.But in the last few days it has been great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      works only up to 30 yards

      By worst radar detector

      from oklahoma

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Adjustable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector:

          driving down the highway this thing goes off with less than 90 feet driving past a cop on the side of the rode with a radar detector.

          the only way this prevents you from a ticket is if you are going 15 mph

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          9500ix

          By radarguy

          from tennessee

          Pros

          • Good Radar Detector

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector:

              too the guy that said the 9500ix gives fals readings.i dont think you know how to read the detector.i have a 9500ix and every time it goes off thairs a cop around or if the ka comes on. on it its warning you.after it warns you you better slow down because he is thair.if your detector is giveing fals readings you better send it back.because mine doesnt do that

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              Customer Q & A

              3 Questions About This Product
              Q: "Does the Escort Passport 9500 ix radar detector come with a visor clip or just suction cups? I hear that suction cups are illegal in California"
              A: The 9500ix does not include a visor clip, just the suction cups. You can buy the clip on the web site...type ESO016 is the search box. And yes, glass mount detectors are technically a violation in California but I have not heard of anyone getting pulled over for it. I'm sure it happens but more likely its in connection with something more serious.
              Q: "What is the main difference between the 9500i and 9500ix?"
              A:

              The 9500ix has 2 significant features over the 9500i - a) it is preloaded with a database of thousands of red light and speed camera locations and b) it has an "auto" learn system that identifies and eliminates false alerts.

               

              Q: "Is a USB cord included with the 9500ix and does it cost to get database updates?"
              A: The USB cable is is not included with the 9500ix. Escort sells service plans in year increments. The price for the plan varies depending on how many years of database updates you would like to purchase. All database service plans go directly through Escort.
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