After waiting for more than a week for it to ship, I finally got my blue Rev 5 X50 off of e-bay last night.
The seller packed it nicely, came with the original box with matching serial number, leather case and all accessories.
My concerns are with how old the unit is. It was manufactured on the 39th week of 2004, which would make it almost 3 years old. Cosmetically the unit arrived with more scratches than I expected...it looked better in the pictures in the auction than what I had in my hands, but it shouldn't affect performance I suppose. Also is there anyway to check to see if the unit has been serviced in the past? I assume you just call Escort to see if it has?
I got a chance to play with it last night and when I turned it on I was a little freaked out because it was in voltage display. Upon resetting the detector I see the Rev 5 displayed which reassured me that the unit should have the correct board inside of it. I played around with some of the features and the detector seems to work great.
I ended up going to my neighborhood Kroger's to see if it would alert K-band like my Beltronics 895 would. I borrowed my friend's Rev 5 X50 also, his was manufactured on the 41st week of 2005. I noticed that for the most part both units would alert around the same time when I drove past the door, except mine was off by 1 bar on the alert display. My friend's displayed 5 bars next to the door, while mine only displayed 4 bars. Maybe the newer Rev 5's were more sensitive? Maybe it was just the manufacturing variance on these units.
Anyways accessory-wise, I was able to compare my smartcord with my friend's smartcord and for some odd reason my blue on light is really really bright while his was a more of a dimmer, darker blue light. His smartcord also had a different feel, as mine had a grainy feel, while his felt smoother. Did Escort change the brightness of the blue light later on? It's kind of distracting especially at night and was wondering if the any users with the blue version direct wire smartcord find the 'on' light to be too bright. I plan on direct wiring the detector later after I purchase a direct wire smartcord.
I hope I encounter some cops soon...otherwise I'll have to wait until I go back to Austin and test the range of the X50 on some of those 'Your Speed' signs on the UT campus.