PASSPORT 8500 X50

$299.95

availability: no longer produced

The PASSPORT X50 is no longer available. We suggest the PASSPORT X70 ($299.95) which is the best value in long-range warning against all radar guns. You may also want to check out the All New Max 360.

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PASSPORT 8500 X50
$299.95

Hailed as the Most Revolutionary
Radar Detector Ever.

PASSPORT 8500 X50 comes ready to use out of the box. However, you can also instantly customize it for your unique driving preferences, including Power-On indication, Meter type, AutoMute, Brightness level, including full Dark Mode, Audio Tones, and selectable radar and laser bands.
(Red display no longer available.)

High Performance Laser Protection

PASSPORT 8500 X50's multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning, with superior off-axis protection.

Compatible With ESCORT Live!

PASSPORT 8500 x50 is compatible with ESCORT Live, our award-winning app and exclusive real-time ticket-protection network, which warns you of upcoming alerts received and reported by other users in the area, and gives you access to local speed limit data for over-speed alerts.

Optional SmartCord® Live for $39.95 with detector purchase. Download the app for free.

Enhanced Radar Protection

Our enhanced "V-Tuned" radar receiver provides extreme long range warning on all radar.

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Brightness Control

Choose between Dim, Medium, or Max brightness levels, or fully dark for discreet night driving.

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Meter Modes

PASSPORT provides 3-types of meter displays: Standard Bar Graph, exclusive ExpertMeter, and our unique SpecDisplay.

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Ultra-Bright Matrix Display

PASSPORT's matrix display uses 280 individual ultra-bright LEDs to provide crystal-clear information for alerts, signal strength and text for programming.

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Mute and AutoMute

Patented Mute and AutoMute feature automatically reduces the volume level during an alert to eliminate annoyance from long radar encounters.

(Red display no longer available.)

Operating Bands

  • X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
  • Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth

Radar Receiver / Detector Type

  • Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Laser Detection

  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes

Display Type

  • 280 LED Matrix/Text
  • Bar Graph
  • ExpertMeter
  • SpecDisplay
  • 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode

Programmable Features

  • Power-On Indication
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • AutoMute
  • Audio Tones
  • City Mode Sensitivity
  • Display Brightness
  • Dark Mode
  • Radar / Laser Bands

Auto Calibration Circuitry

Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute

Power Requirement

  • 12VDC, Negative Ground
  • Escort SmartCord® Included

Sensitivity Control

  • Highway, Auto and City

Compact Size

  • 1.25" H x 2.85" W x 5.32" L
What is the difference between the red and blue display?
There is no difference in the performance or features. Some customers prefer the brilliant blue display, and others prefer the traditional red display.
What is included with the Passport 8500 X50?
The Passport 8500 X50 comes complete with a travel case, quick release window mount, coiled SmartCord®, owner's manual, one year warranty and 30 day money back trial period.
Is it the most sensitive model available? vs. Redline, vs. 9500ix, vs. iQ
The Redline is the most sensitive dash model available on the market but it does not have the GPS features of the Passport 9500ix. The Passport 8500 X50 Black, the Passport iQ and the Passport 9500ix have similar radar and laser performance, but again, the 8500 X50 does not include the GPS features. The Passport iQ combines radar/laser detection and a full GPS navigation system in one convenient model.
Can it be used overseas?
We do not monitor frequencies used overseas, but many customers travel abroad with their Passport.
What is Expert Mode?
Expert Mode will show you up to 8 radar signals at the same time and will show relative signal strength and associated Band of each signal.
Where are they illegal?
Radar detectors are completely legal to use in non-commercial vehicles in 49 states. Virginia and Washington D.C. are the only places in the United States that currently ban radar detectors. Radar detector use in commercial vehicles has been prohibited in the U.S. since 1995 and radar detectors are also illegal in most Canadian provinces. We do not track detector regulations in other countries.
What is the warranty period?
All our products ordered factory direct come with a full one-year factory warranty. We also offer an Extended Service Plan on select models that will provide two additional years of warranty for $29.95.

Still Have Questions? Call 800-964-3138

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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EscortPassport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display)
 
4.4

(based on 184 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A+ detector!

First off to the reviewer MIDIMic no detector would have saved you if you were speeding and got shot by laser / lidar! By time the laser hits your car / detector the officer...Read complete review

First off to the reviewer MIDIMic no detector would have saved you if you were speeding and got shot by laser / lidar! By time the laser hits your car / detector the officer has already gotten your speed, so you would have not had time to adjust to the PSL anyways! On to the 8500 X50 Black! this detector is by far a beast especially on KA 34.7 which is highly used in my area of TN. Off axis performance it also excellent on this unit. I would not think twice about recommending this unit to anyone. I have attached a video of this unit on a road trip through AL and you will see in this video the range you get with this unit (ignore the first 1:20 of the video which is testing of lidar / laser, the 8500 X50 Black was also turned down after about 20 seconds). But this first part does show how the unit will alert to laser / lidar when the headlights are targeted (8500 X50 black was mounted high by rear-view mirror).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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This detector is good if the officers leave the radar on but, they do not. They do work good with IO radar if the officer is not experienced or leaves on for more than...Read complete review

This detector is good if the officers leave the radar on but, they do not. They do work good with IO radar if the officer is not experienced or leaves on for more than 2 seconds. In the south they use the stalkers and they are very quick(.5 or half a second), when you are clocked you have no idea that you were just hit with Instant On radar. If you live somewhere that they do not use the stalker then by all means buy one of these but if you live in the south, you had better by a detector with great response times. The new redline with the expert firmware would be a great choice.

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5.0

HAVE USED THIS DETECTOR FOR OVER 100K MILES

By Curt

from Taylorsville, KY

About Me Practical

Pros

  • Clear Alert
  • Good Sensitivity

Cons

    Best Uses

    • City Driving
    • Highway Driving

    Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

    Have used several models and this unit works great, sorry to see it discontinued..

    • Age:
    • Over 65
    • Daily mileage:
    • Over 60
    • Gender:
    • Female
    • Primary vehicle:
    • Sports car
    • Vehicles owned:
    • 2
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
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    5.0

    One of my best purchases EVER!

    By TennisBum1

    from Valencia, CA

    About Me Gearhead, Motorcycle Adventure Rider, Practical, Tuner

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      I own the 8500 X50 and use in 4 vehicles, to include my Ducati Multistrada GT adventure touring motorcycle.
      The X50 has saved my butt on numerous occasions in the US and Canada. I retired 2 years ago and not only do I travel extensively on my motorcycle (most recently LA to the Arctic Circle in Alaska), but in an automobile, cross country with my wife, visiting family and friends. The X50 has worked flawlessly in the lower 48 to Canada to Alaska. Wouldn't travel without it! Bought two more for both of my sons.

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      • 55-64
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • Sports car
      • Vehicles owned:
      • 4
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      • No
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      5.0

      Good product. We have several

      By doc158

      from Deer Park, TX, USA

      Verified Buyer
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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      If you want a detector that works for a decent price this is it. We have three and have used them for years. If nothing else when it goes off you have a chance to check your speed as you enter the radar zone. Sometimes you enter a lower speed zone and do not realize it. Of course laser still does not give you a warning if it is pointed at you. You can only hope they shoot someone else first then you can slow down.

      • Age:
      • Over 65
      • Daily mileage:
      • 11-20
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • Truck
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      • 3
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product

      By KKeezer

      from Kansas, USA

      Verified Buyer
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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      I've been a loyal customer of Escort for years and I have always felt that they are the industry leader in radar technology. I will continue buying and supporting there product line of radars. I just got my 8500 x50 and I am enjoying how well it works.

      • Age:
      • 45-54
      • Daily mileage:
      • 21-40
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • Other
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      • 3
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Detector has great range and features.

      By usrpnm

      from Madison, WI, USA

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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      I like everything about this detector. Has great range and the blue display is easy to see.

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      • 55-64
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      • 41-60
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • SUV
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      • 2
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      5.0

      Escort Passport

      By Angela62

      from Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      I have been a passport owner for over 20 years. I just had a message that service was required show up on my passport. I already had it serviced over 5 years ago and decided that it was time for a new one. I called, ordered it, received it in a few days, and it is on the dash of my car saving me money each and every day. I know when it goes off that I better be aware of speed traps. It has saved me many tickets over the years and I would not travel without one.

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      • 45-54
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      • 21-40
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      • Female
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      • SUV
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      • 3
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      5.0

      works

      By mailbox0546

      from 32746

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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      changing the settings is a pain, too many "codes"
      and this review is too short, too bad

      • Age:
      • Over 65
      • Daily mileage:
      • 21-40
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • SUV
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      • 2
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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointed from previoius Escort unit

      By SWit549

      from Boardman, Oh

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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      Overall, device has many seemingly false signals. I owned 1980's model escort and did not have this problem....ie. when alarm sounded I could expect to see a police car shortly. Not so with this one. Differeent signal sounds are confusing as well. Also volume level (at 100%) is low. Manual doesn't explain.

      • Age:
      • Over 65
      • Daily mileage:
      • 41-60
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • SUV
      • Vehicles owned:
      • 3

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing products

      By Richie55

      from Palm Harbor, FL, USA

      Verified Buyer
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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      This my 3 Escort radar detector. The last one I had for over 10 years and its was still working. I will always own one.

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      • 45-54
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      • 11-20
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      • Male
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      • SUV
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      • 2
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Very disappointed with range.

      By Jim249

      from PA

      Verified Buyer
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      Comments about Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display):

      I have an 8500x50 that I purchased in 2006 & I just purchased a 2015 8500x 50. The one I purchased in 2006 picks up radar at a greater distance than the new one. I returned the new one & the rep said there must be something wrong with the new unit. Waiting for another one.

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      • Over 65
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      • 21-40
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      • Luxury sedan
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      • 3
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