So we have two very similar products in the Escort X50 and the Bel RX65. Just yesterday, I was pretty well decided on the X50 due to the blue LED alone. Not anymore.
The X50 is an awesome RD, with a really good looking blue LED that I'm willing to pay extra for.
BUT: even though the threat of Ku band is upon us, they don't seem to give enough of a sh*t about upgrading their units now - yet 'when the threat is here', they'll upgrade the unit after you mail it to them. If they know that they can, know that they will, know that we will want them to, WHY don't they do this for their newest units before shipping them out? A firmware upgrade isn't rocket science, so why are they stalling? It's like a car dealer not putting tires on until the buyer wants to drive it away.
The RX65 is without question the best out there. It's cheaper as well, and there's a discount from Radar Roy for it. It doesn't have to be shipped out to be upgraded to Ku.
BUT: IMO, it's ugly. Not a big deal for what the unit is for, but if the X50 can look nice, why can't the RX65?
What's bugging me is, both RD's are made by the same parent company, so why does one have the Ku ability and the other not? Why does one have to be ugly and the other not? It just doesn't make sense. If either RD was made by a different company, I'd buy one to spite the other...
I have to ask - why can't the 'BelEscort' company make a unit that performs and is upgraded like the RX65, but look like the X50? Why have two units?
For an RD and a $10 straight cable, I can save $50 CAN by choosing the RX65 - but as petty as this sounds, you know damned well I'll be looking at the 1970's design and Radio Shack display on this albatross wishing I had the pretty blue LED of the X50...
X50 RD and Straight cable: $377 USD = $442 CAD
RX65 RD and Straight cable: $334 USD = $392 CAD