Radar Detector (Car)
Writing reviews of radar detectors like the Escort Passport 9500ix can sometimes be good, sometimes be bad. One thing's for sure though - I never get bored with it. Escort have been around for a long time now,
How do experts evaluate radar detectors?
Different reviewers have different perspectives, and each reviewer evaluates radar detectors differently. The new Escort Passport iQ seems to be the gadget everyone's talking about. The Passport iQ combines Escort Radar Detection with a TomTom style GPS navigation function. For me personally, I don't think the iQ is that great a radar detector or GPS though. The best GPS is undoubtedly the Tomtom and, in my opinion, the best radar detector is the Passport 9500ix.
Rather than try to tack on GPS navigation (as they've done with the iQ), Escort have used the GPS functionality of the Passport 9500ix to help create the best radar detector on the market. By using GPS, the Passport 9500 "learns" where false alarms occur. This is a wonderful feature. You won't ever have to slam on the brakes as you drive by the convenience store with the automatic door openers ever again!
Remember, reviewers are just people - each reviewer has a different perspective. And of course, no reviewer is perfect. (Even the manufacturer of the $400 detector who insists that only Car and Driver magazine performs tests properly, admits that Car and Driver's testers "screw up sometimes.")
So don't take any one review as the final word. Do your research, and get a balanced opinion by seeing what all the reviewers have to say, and decide for yourself.
The performance of a radar detector is based on the sensitivity of the antenna and how quickly the detector can take received information, filter out false alerts and give you an alert leaving you enough time to react.