The Escort Passport 9500ix is an intelligent and effective radar detector. It detect all bands of speed enforcement radar (X, K, Ka, and Ku) from both front and rear, and its programmable GPS-enabled circuitry ensures you won’t be caught off-guard by hidden speed traps or pesky speed cameras. It even eliminates annoying false alarms. The Passport’s GPS system takes advantage of the same satellites used for GPS navigation to pinpoint your exact location and compares it to the detector’s on-board database of red light and speed camera locations.
- Blistering All-Band Protection
- 360-Degree Radar and Laser Detection
- Variable-Speed Radar Performance
- AutoLearn Feature
- Safety Camera Database — (pre-loaded with thousands of safety camera locations, including red light and fixed position speed cameras, located throughout North America)
The most important control feature is the built-in GPS system. This provides the eyes to your alerts, allowing you to know where potential threats are coming from. It also works with an AutoLearn feature that provides advanced analysis of frequency signals for better false alert filtering. Escort refers to this as artificial intelligence protection. The result is impressive. As with all radar detectors, you’ll receive false alerts caused by things like garage door openers. However, after a week or two, the AutoLearn eliminates nearly all the false alerts.
By using the Bluetooth-enabled SmartCord, you can connect the 9500ix to your smartphone to use the Escort Live app. This connects you to a community of users who are reporting live information of potential threats. For example, you could receive an alert of a user who receives a laser alert ahead of you. It also provides a more detailed display of your GPS alerts, allowing you to see if a threat is to your left or right. The only downside to the app is that it requires a subscription.
Escort Passport 9500ix Summary: 9.5/10
With comprehensive GPS features that include a database of red-light camera and speed camera locations, the Escort 9500ix is truly one of the most technologically advanced radar detectors available. It has the range and accuracy to keep you safe and alert to potential traffic violations.
The Passport 9500ix received a 95 percent performance score in our review, which means that it has excellent range and accuracy that most radar detectors can’t match. The sensitivity of the sensors is in an elite group. It detects the X-band, K-band and Ka-band radar frequencies at the same time or separately, depending on your needs. It can detect radar guns using instant-on or POP modes, which are quick-action modes on radar guns designed to beat radar detectors.
It also acts as a laser radar detector, or LIDAR detector. However, it’s important to know that laser detection doesn’t offer the same type of protection as radar detection. Where a radar alert usually comes with plenty of time to adjust your speed before an officer sees you, a laser alert means that the laser has been aimed directly at your car. In other words, it’s more of a notification that law enforcement has recorded your speed.