The Radenso XP ($349) competes with the Escort Passport iXc ($449) and both promise long range and high resistance to false alarms.
The Radenso XP competes with the Escort Passport iXc and both promise long range and high resistance to false alarms.
We tested both, evaluating their features, controls, mounts, alert systems and value. Last, we tested them against the most widely used types of police radar. Here's how they stacked up.
- Balanced radar sensitivity
- Advanced features
- Great windshield mount
- Low-contrast display
- Fussy controls
Our testers found favor with the magnetic windshield mount that attaches to the detector effortlessly and clings tenaciously to the windshield.
The iXc has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The latter allows it to connect to the Escort Live app, a crowd-sourced ticket-avoidance network. The system broadcasts warnings of nearby speed-enforcement activity and helps keep tabs on the enforcers.
The iXc has an OLED display that's found on other high-end Escorts and has the same shortcomings we've noted before. Among them: too much data crammed into too little space, tiny fonts and low contrast.
Borrowed from its upscale siblings is an Overspeed Alert. Factory-set at 70 mph, every trip above that speed elicits a verbal admonishment—Overspeed!—and the speed display ominously turns red. Fortunately, the speed nanny can be disabled via the Preferences menu.
The iXc is operated by six top-mounted buttons so closely spaced that one finger can depress four simultaneously. Except when using the oversized Mute button, the best time to adjust the settings is probably when the vehicle is stopped.
The iXc receives a feature exclusive to high-end Escorts, AutoLearn, which automatically locks out nuisance signals like radar-controlled door openers. After the signal is encountered two or three times it's identified as bogus and locked out. The next time you drive past, there's no alert. If a new radar signal is detected at the location, it's considered a threat and an alert is given.
Escort patented this feature and it can be found only on its GPS-enabled models. Competitors including Radenso require users to do the task manually.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Red light camera alerts
- GPS locks out false alerts
- BSM, IVT radar filters
- Updates itself wirelessly
- Magnetic windshield mount
Escort Passport iXc showed balanced radar performance. It trailed the Radenso XP on K band by seven percent and by the same amount on 34.7 GHz Ka band. Against 35.5 GHz radar the two were equal. (The latter two are the most commonly used police radar frequencies.)
The Escort Passport iXc will win fans with its automated features like the AutoLearn door-opener radar lockouts and Speed-Variable sensitivity.
Of these two, the Escort iXc makes fewer demands of the driver.
On the flip side, the low-contrast display, fussy controls and annoying overspeed alert may cost the iXc some goodwill.
Those shopping for a set-and-forget detector not requiring frequent interaction may be tempted to opt for the Passport iXc. It offers sophistication, advanced features and balanced performance.
- Superior performance
- Effective filtering
- Good alert system
- No AutoLearn feature
Like others in its family, the Radenso XP display has extra-large alphanumeric characters against a black background. Unlike the displays found on some competing models, it remains readable on sunny days.
The Radenso XP has filters to identify Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) radar. These use radar in the rear bumper to detect nearby vehicles and warn if a lane change is risky. They share K band with police radar and detectors able to tell the difference will stay quiet.
It has GPS, enabling it to ignore a radar-controlled door opener. Up to 200 locations can be stored in memory, double the number offered by competing Uniden models. The same technology warns of red light and speed cameras.
Radar sensitivity for each band can be adjusted independently and the user can also set a threshold speed for the onset of audible radar alerts. Visual alerts remain but audible alerts only begin above the threshold speed. This keeps it quieter at lower speeds when long range isn't needed.
Unlike the Escort Passport iXc's four Ka segments, the Radenso XP offers 10, making the feature useful. Ka-band segmentation allows knowledgeable users to choose which of the 10 segments are to be monitored. Only three are used by police radar, deactivating the others results in quicker response and fewer false alarms.
On K band the Radenso XP slightly outpaced the Escort iXc with seven percent longer range. On 34.7 GHz Ka band it led the Escort by a similar margin. On 35.5 GHz Ka band the two were nearly identical.
A more legible display and superior control layout give the Radenso an edge in user-friendliness.
We also found the Radenso XP to have a greater degree of user-adjustability, making it the better choice for enthusiast drivers.
Aside from a lower price and equal or better performance, in this shootout the Radenso XP was judged a bit better than its competitor in protecting the driver from tickets. That was enough to give it a first-place finish.