The Escort Passport X80 ($299 MSRP) fills the slot vacated by the discontinued X70 and is identical save for built-in Bluetooth.
This addition allows the X80 to link quickly with Escort Live, the crowd-sourced realtime warning system.
The X80 has an array of four buttons on the upper housing. The center button is assigned three functions—volume up, down and mute—a space-saving but slow way of handling these tasks. The buttons are recessed into the case, making them elusive and slow to operate. And there's no chance the power button will be pressed by accident; it's buried so deep that a Q-Tip can prove useful for operating it.
The X80 demonstrated excellent radar performance at our Hill/Curve test site. It trailed the front-running Max 360 by 25 percent on K band but on the all-important Ka band, we were surprised when the X80 alerted a few feet before the $649 Max 360. So did the no-frills Escort Passport S55, commonly sold online for as little as $160. Learn more about the Escort Max 360.
The X80 offers the same great performance and extensive list of features as the departed X70. Enthusiasts willing to spend more will likely be happier with the Redline, but budget-minded drivers willing to overlook the X80's poor user interface will likely find it a worthy X70 successor.