Anyone else starting to find it rather odd that Escort has failed to release a meaningful firmware release for the 9500CI in almost 4 months? I heard a few birds chirping a few months back that this was already the case but, I failed to believe them.
I hate to say it but I don't think the ramp-up will ever get fixed, nor do I think we'll see any further improvements to the 9500CI. Which is very disappointing due to the power of being able to update your firmware on the fly, and I know that this forum has come up with some great ideas they could implement with little to no work.
Example: How easy would it have been to combine Spec Mode w/ Expert or Normal Display? Just flash the freq for 3 seconds then go on to the bogey counter.
Overall this leaves me disappointed, and right back to where we always start wishing for the ultimate end all detector.
My recommendation for anyone considering the purchase of a 9500CI. SAVE YOUR MONEY. The ramp up blows, your going to have to pay to get it installed, and at the end of the day it's just a little bit better than the Valentine in the real world for threats that are in-front of you. Anything behind you it's a joke.
Pick up a 9500ix or STi (if you are in VA or Canada), V1, & Laser Interceptor.
If / when I change out automobiles this summer the CI will not be along for the ride. It's going to eventually end up on eBay with all the other Belscort crap I've bought over the years. The one thing I've learned to appreciate with the CI is no detector is bullet proof, and if you want to be covered you need to be running two detectors that don't interfere with one another at all times.