Note: This model has been discontinued. See similar models.
When it was introduced in 2007 the Escort Passport 9500ix was the first GPS-enabled model. Satellite technology allowed the detector to warn of red light cameras and lock out static sources of false alarms like automatic door openers.
Escort replaced the outstanding 9500ix with the Passport iX, which has better performance but little else to recommend it. Also on offer is the $649 Passport Max 360, a dual-antenna model with arrows to point toward threats. Aside from this gimmick, we found nothing particularly noteworty about the Max 360 save for its unending stream of K-band false alarms.
Controls and Features
The top-mounted controls of the Escort Passport 9500ix are backlit, making them easy to find at night. On the side of the case a USB port allows updates of the Defender red light camera database.
Escorts can automatically lock out nuisance radar signals with the AutoLearn feature. Drive past the local Walmart door opener three times and the detector remembers not to alert the next time you drive past. Competing models let the user lock out these signals by pressing a button. Automating the task may be convenient, but it's not free—the least expensive Escort costs a hundred bucks more than, for example, the equivalent Radenso.
Considering its age, the 9500ix turned in reasonably good performance against X-band radar. But it lagged well behind the competition on the critical Ka band favored by state troopers.
Once the flagship Escort model, the Passport 9500ix is remembered fondly. But it's clearly been surpassed in performance by some newer offerings, particularly the newcomers from Radenso.