Escort Radar Detectors…
Escort (Escort Passport) are also owned by Beltronics and represent the top end of the market for the company. Whilst Beltronics releases products aimed for the mid to high-end of the market, Escort products are only high end. As new technologies are introduced, it is Bel that implements them first, then as the bugs get ironed out (if need be) you will see the new technology being applied to the Escort models. This is the reason you will see Escort releasing a new detector 6 – 12 months after the Equivalent Bel model.
After being a Bel owner for many years I must admit I was a little hesitant to try the Escort, but after reading up on it’s higher Ka band sensitivity, I started trialling them back around January 2004. Whilst I liked the earlier Bel 990i and then later the RX65, there were times when the detection range against the Multanova speed cameras weren’t more than a couple of seconds at best. Sometimes you’d get 5 or 6 seconds warning, other times I’d see the speed camera before the radar went off. Well the Escort put an end to all that! With a minimum of 5 seconds warning and best I’ve ever done at 29 seconds warning, the Escort X50 definitely performed better than the RX65 at Ka band speed cameras. Not bad considering the Escort isn’t even a Ka narrow band detector!
There are a few small differences between the Escort X50 and the Bel RX65 worth mentioning. The Escort doesn’t have the voice alerts (how may people thought my RX65 was saying “cave man”….**sigh**) but is available in a red or blue screen. Both have POP (not used in Australia) but only the Bel has Ku (used in some European countries). Both are detectable by police RDD’s and both these models are the windscreen or dash/visor mounted models.
Excluding their RDD vulnerability for the moment, both detectors are equally as impressive in their performance, although for European customers, the Ku-band is worth investigating (Bel model) or for drivers that experience Ka band photo radar, the Escort is the choice.
You can read more on each individual radar detector by clicking on the blue navigation button above.