I currently own an Escort Passport 8500 x50 (Red Rev 5) I bought from eBay and it was falsing all the time, so I sent it to Escort for repair and that problem is gone.
Although it works, I would NOT give it a thumbs up though it seems to have mediocre performance. Obviously they fixed it because it did go to full Ka for no reason all the time when I plugged it in. Regardless, it seems to work properly now, but Ka is almost useless in my area; since, I am on top of the source by the time it is detected.
By the time I get a Ka alert, I can already visually see the car or within 1 second can see the car. Often the saving grace is that the officer is in the bushes or behind a pile of other cars at an intersection, but either way I expect more warning.
Sometimes, I can drive right past the car shooing constant-on Ka and go from front to back or back to front and NEVER max out my signal-strength bars, when I am close enough to read that B.S. about "Protect and Serve." Sure it is off- axis, but I would certainly expect an absolutely pegged meter when I can visually read the licence plate number of the patrol vehicle.
Is my unit defective? Sometimes, I get as much as a 2 to 3 second warning, but it is rare. Any ideas?
Should I buy a Redline, which I read is the best for long distance and the top performer?
Should I buy the Valentine 1, which is best for I/O and Q/T with possibly reduced range (not certain) + arrows?
It is really hard to say what I should do, but I know I want one of those two. Also, is my 8500 x50 working properly, or is it messed up needing service, which I can get under the 6 month warranty for sending it in previously.
I am not in any of the RD unfriendly States, so either option is legal. Also, please let me know where you would buy it.
Requirements: Must be New and from Authorized Reseller & Have Warranty
I am not going to buy either detector used or from eBay this time.