Escort iX Long Range Radar Laser Detector, Black
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- The Escort iX is an intelligent, high performing long rang radar laser detector that possesses early warning and fast response on all radar bands. These radar bands include conventional and instant-on X-band, K-band, SuperWide Ka-band and POP mode
- The Escort iX has superior sensitivity on all conventional and instant-on radar bands plus maximum laser range and off-axis coverage. Cruise Alert: 20 – 160 mph. Over Speed: 20 – 160 mph
- ESCORT’s standard DSP technology and multiple laser sensors provide earliest warning of speed-monitoring threats.
- The proprietary anti-falsing design uses the power of GPS to learn and automatically reject fixed position false alarms.
- It’s sophisticated system automatically reduces false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology sources such as collision avoidance systems.
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From the manufacturer
- Long-Range Detection
- Fastest Response
- Patented AutoLearn
- Updatable IVT Filter
- Variable Speed Sensitivity
- App Compatible
- Built-in Defender Database
- Web Ready
- Multi-Color OLED Display
- Crystal Clear Voice Alerts
- EZ Mag Mount
- SmartCord USB
Intelligent Long Range Radar Laser Detector
Long-Range Protection - Early warning and fast response on all bands including conventional and instant-on X-band, K-band, SuperWide Ka-band and Pop mode. Multiple high performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning and off-axis protection.
Intelligent AutoLearn Technology - Patented anti-falsing technology uses the power of GPS and the exact frequency to learn and automatically reject unwanted fixed position false alarms.
IVT Filter - Updatable system automatically reduces false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology sources such as collision avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control.
Escort Live - Connect to the Escort Live app on your smartphone and use Bluetooth to sync your radar detector for crowd-sourced alerts and ticket prevention.
- 20% of all drivers will receive a Ticket this year: Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute. Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016.
|Escort Solo S4 Radar Detector, Black||Escort X80 Radar Detector, Black||Escort RedLine EX Radar Detector, Black||Escort iX Long Range Radar Laser Detector, Black||Escort Max 360 Radar Detector Black||Escort Max 360c Radar Detector, Black|
|Radar And Laser Detection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Directional Alert Arrows||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Bluetooth-Equipped Escort Live Ready||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Autolearn GPS Technology||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Single Color LED Display||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
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|Item Dimensions||5.1 x 2.9 x 1.2 in||2.7 x 1.33 x 4.1 in||1.36 x 5.43 x 3.6 in||5.35 x 1.4 x 2.9 in||5.25 x 3.25 x 1 in||5 x 3 x 1 in|
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Escort iX Intelligent Long Range Radar Laser Detector Long-Range Protection - Early warning and fastest response on all radar bands including conventional and instant-on X-band, K-band, SuperWide Ka-band and Pop mode. Multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning and off-axis protection. Intelligent AutoLearn Technology - Patented anti-falsing technology uses the power of GPS and the exact frequency to learn and automatically reject unwanted fixed position false alarms. IVT Filter - Updatable system automatically reduces false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology sources such as collision avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control. Escort Live - Connect to the Escort Live app on your smartphone and use Bluetooth to sync your radar detector for crowd-sourced alerts and ticket prevention. It’s sophisticated system automatically reduces false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology sources such as collision avoidance systems.
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When I graduated high school, I remember saving up for my first radar detector, a Beltronics-something. Back then it was that or Uniden or Cobra. After graduating College, I was able to afford the new gadget on the block, a Valentine One. (This was pre-Laser days) I don’t remember the price, but I’ve noticed they haven’t really changed their prices since the Laser model became standard for the last 15 years or so…
For close to 20 years, I haven’t looked over the fence, ever. My first V1 non-laser model, I sold to a friend so I could buy a new Laser model. My current V1 I’ve had for over 12 years and upgrade the firmware as needed.
After a recent 1,500 mile road trip from LA to DFW, I decided to look over the fence after the V1 proved to be almost useless. For a couple of hours, a new Escalade in front of us constantly triggered K-band. There were probably 95% of falses with only a couple of real “saves/bogeys” in the entire 25 hours we were on the road. (No, my V1 did not have the latest Junk K fighter, but I will explain the price differences later)
The next day I bought the top of the line Escort Max 360 with the directional arrows, which I assume fell out of V1-patent life after 10 years. The next week, I had an 8-hour driving trip from Dallas to Houston and back. The Escort Max 360 is BRILLIANT and made me a believer and a convert. A few weeks later, Amazon Vine offered up an Escort iX for me to try and of course took them up on their offer. Simply put, for my first time, I fell in love with an Escort.
What’s in the Box:
Escort wins hands down – you get a nice carrying case, a super strong (Garmin-ish) windshield mount, and a SmartCord cigarette adapter that includes a Mute button and remote alert display. (For the iX, your smart cord includes a USB slot for charging an accy) Both Escorts will auto-mute based on strength. Both Escorts have Bluetooth built-in and the phone app is free.
Valentine (as memory serves me from 12 years ago) – you get a sunvisor mount and a suction cup mount, and you get the cigarette adapter. You have to pay extra for the carrying case, remote display, low speed auto muter (Savvy), and there’s no Bluetooth, you have to buy the V1Connection. Phone app is free, but to use it, you need to buy the V1Connection (see Pricing section below).
Real-World Pricing (MSRP)
Escort costs more, but it comes with more things standard that you have to buy for the V1. Here’s a breakdown:
Escort Max 360
Brand New V1
$399 MSRP, but to make it closer to the Escort, you will pay extra for:
$29 Carrying Case
$69 Savvy low speed auto-muter
$39 Remote display
$49 V1connection to your smart phone
Real-world price is really $585 to be more comparable to the Escort.
*MY* Actual V1 Costs
$399 – I already paid that many years ago
Now, to get the Junk-K fighter and Traffic Filter, I would have to pay an extra $269 to get it! Then…
$29 Carrying Case
$69 Savvy low speed auto-muter
$39 Remote display
$49 V1connection to your smart phone
Real-world out of pocket for me is $854! Naysayers will chime in and state that *really* the difference is $269 vs $649; I either spend $269 and get Junk K Fighter and Traffic Filter and hope it does the job, OR I spend $649 and sell the V1 to recoup costs. But some of you just want the best, regardless of price, so let’s just go with that.
Escort iX wins for its relative “more slim” footprint. The Escort Max 360 is a behemoth! See my uploaded customer images. The V1 is still the same V1 since the laser model was introduced ~15 years ago. The Max 360 is longer, fatter and taller than the V1.
Performance and Relevance:
Escort wins for its more peaceful and reasonable daily driving experience.
Back in the 90’s, Valentine One would always win every magazine test and everyone flocked to it. They would show the graphs and sure enough, the V1 always stood out with the best performance and detection.
Perhaps I’m just 20 years older now, but I have come to realize, who cares if the V1 detects a K-band signal 1.3 miles away, about ¾ of a mile sooner than the Cobra or Bel or Passport. 1.3 miles is a long time, but your memory-attention-span when you’re driving is about as long as a stoplight. Have you ever been in a school zone going 20mph and then come to a stoplight? 95% of the time, when the light turns green, there will be a car that just guns it, sees the next School Zone sign and then slams on the brakes again because they just forgot they were in a school zone.
The V1 range and detection might actually be a bit much to the point that I’m constantly muting it, because it is constantly going off. I find myself speeding again because I’ve muted it so much.
The Escorts, both Max 360 and iX seem to be almost identical in performance. Instead of the loud brapping of the V1, the Escorts will announce what band is detected verbally and has easier to read strength meters. This is far better than the super small dot on the V1 next to the Band designation that is hard to determine unless you’ve memorized the various sounds. In fact with the white lettering and the slightest glare on the V1, you really can’t see the lettering at all and while driving, it is harder to determine if the Band-designation-dot is higher or lower than the Ka, K, or X band row.
Furthermore, the Escort is quicker to smart-mute itself, while the V1 is still going bonkers. The V1 does have a couple of mute options but you have to pay extra for that, such as a remote mute button, a remote display, Savvy – low speed auto-muter, etc. The Escort has a remote mute & remote alert indicator on the SmartCord power adapter. V1 and Max 360 detectors feature ‘bogey’ counts of the different radar sources, iX does not.
If there’s ONE section you read in this long review, it is the following:
I would buy the Escort simply because of its GPS and GPS marking of known false alarms like grocery stores and stationary “Your Speed Is:” units. Today, the Escort has made the V1 technologically obsolete; there… I said it! The Escort has leap-frogged over the V1 in terms of technology. From Bluetooth connectivity to GPS to traffic system database and a filter for traffic monitoring and collision-avoidance systems.
On the V1, I am one firmware revision under the “Junk K Fighter and Traffic Filter”. To get it, I will need to spend $269 to upgrade. I already paid $399 for the detector and more for accessories. I already had to sell my non-Laser model because you can’t firmware-update to the Laser model. You can add the Junk K Fighter and Traffic filter, but you’ll pay for it. You can add Bluetooth, but you’ll pay for it.
Fine, some of you will flame me for criticizing something I’ve had for 12 years with various firmware upgrades, but I’ve already paid the $200+ upgrade before and to make it the latest that’s another $269. But the one thing no V1 upgrade currently offers is this amazing GPS-marking on the Escorts.
In daily driving, there are a couple of grocery stores that will always trigger the V1. With both Escorts, you can simply mark and ignore those stores! There’s also a “Your Speed Is:” radar unit that is constantly-on in my neighborhood. I’ve already marked that one to be ignored. All you have to do is press the Mute button 3 times and it GPS marks that location and false alarm and it is saved! This ONE FEATURE makes it worth the jump to an Escort.
On the V1 you have to do the hokey pokey maneuver to simply turn off X-band. On the Escorts, there’s an actual “Band” button to press and you can choose from Auto, Auto with no X-band, Highway, etc modes. Very slick and easy for anyone to do.
Then, there’s the crowd-sourced database that has Red-Light Cameras, speed traps etc that you can update. Even my own small town is included, which accurately alerts you of a Red-Light camera intersection as you approach. The V1 has no ability for that and does not contain a GPS so therefore cannot display your speed or alert you if you’ve exceeded a certain speed.
Both Escorts, when paired with the Escort app, you can see the speed-limit displayed on the detector itself, plus the GPS always shows you your actual speed.
Overall, ALL of these features that come standard on the Escort makes it the more-livable, more peaceful and less-stressful radar/laser detector to own and use every day. On another 8 hour trip to Houston and back, I used the Escort on the way down and the V1 on the way back. I wanted to throw the V1 in the trash in the end. This might be like the old Subaru STi vs Mitsubishi Evo comparison. The STi (ie. Escort) is the one you want to live with and drive everyday, but the Evo (ie. V1) might be quicker and have slightly better performance, but it is a bear to live with every day.
Escort wins hands down. With the Escort app you can easily configure various user settings and preferences, very well done UI. You can even set an “overspeed” alert so that if you exceed 75mph, it tells you that. This actually helps me to speed less and be more mindful of how heavy my foot has become.
The V1 Phone App, it is really just another display and you can save profiles. It shows you the exact MHZ of the radar frequency being detected, but how does that help me? What is the difference to me of 176.131 mhz vs 198.314 mhz??
On the V1, you have to hold the control knob while powering it on, do the hokey pokey and interpret the small display to change preferences. With the Escort, I can change the LED colors from Blue to Amber to match my dashboard, amongst a dozen other user settings all from the phone app.
Okay, but which Escort is best??
So maybe now you’ve ruled out paying $399 for a new V1 or $269-289 to firmware upgrade your current V1 you already paid $399 for in the last 10 years. Do you choose the Escort iX or the Escort Max 360?
Escort Max 360 vs Escort iX - Differences
I’ll make the statement that in my testing, the Escort iX and Escort Max 360 are almost identical in performance. In fact, when I drove up to a Red-Light camera intersection, the “There is a Red-Light Camera in 1000 ft” voice came on at exactly the same time and it sounded like a stereo on both Escorts. (The V1, I had to mute because it was still brappping from the grocery store I pass everyday, while the Escorts remained quiet because I GPS marked them and it saved that in the detector)
I might say the Escort iX has slightly longer range performance, but then again, is that relevant? Who cares if the iX warns you at 2000 feet and the Max 360 warns you at 1800 feet? What matters is, what do you want to live with everyday and which one can you confidently rely on, versus muting it every few seconds. Both Escorts are livable, happily and daily.
So the MAJOR difference then, is that the Max 360 has directional arrows and the iX does not. That’s about it. The Max 360 is about $150 more than the iX. ($650 vs $500 MSRP). So the question is, are the Max 360 arrows worth $150 to you? Well, if the arrows gave you more confidence and made your commute more livable, then sure. If, instead of not knowing where to look with the iX that you ended up getting a ticket because you had a brain freeze and didn’t slow down, would the extra $150 for the arrows have been worth it? Probably. (Okay that was the weakest point, but all I could think off…) Update: Just today, I turned left at a light from my neighborhood and the Ka went off and the Max 360 kept pointing backwards. In my rear view mirror, I could barely make out the black Police Tahoe approaching the stop light. I was glad I had the Max 360’s arrows. If I had the iX, I would have to wonder if the cop was behind me, on a side street, in front of me, etc the entire time. The arrows are absolutely worth it for me.
And yes, while composing this review for over 3 weeks, I had all three detectors installed in the same car at the same time, I think people thought I was an undercover private investigator with all those suction cups on my windshield. It is tough to say which consistently had the better detection/performance because the V1 would win some, the iX would win some and the Max 360 would win some. I also drove around with only one installed at a time to rule out any device interference before finalizing this review.
If you are a person who wants simply, THE BEST, and money (and size) is no object, then sure of course you will buy the Max 360.
Based on my ~20 years with a V1, the V1 is a true 3-stars compared to the Escorts.
The Escort iX would be a solid 4 stars.
The Escort Max 360 would be a solid 5 stars. Both Escorts use the same technology and have the same features, the only difference is that the Max 360 has the Directional Arrows for an extra $150.
The Escort Max 360 is what a car-guy wants to use in the daily driver. The Escort iX is what the car-guy buys for the wife’s car that you, the car-guy, will occasionally drive, but the wife will live with if you direct-wire it. Giving her the leftover V1 will either cause a divorce or she chunks it out the window and screams at you for mounting it in her car. This is the only time your wife will love an Escort more than a Valentine.
The reason for writing this is to warn you---DO NOT fall for the "Frequently Bought Together" bundle that they recommend, or at least DON'T buy the sticky windshield mount. The description of the radar detector is very poor and does not point out the fact that the detector COMES WITH the latest generation sticky mount, and it uses a marvelous magnetic mount that is so much easier to use that the old clip.
Further, when I received the mount (which claims it fits all Escorts except the Max series), I discovered that it is the OLD model, using the clip and not the magnetic mount. And as far as I can tell, it DOES NOT FIT THE iX MODEL!
I'm very disappointed with Amazon here. Ordinarily when they "bundle" something as "Frequently Bought Together" with an item, you can be assured that the two things are compatible. NOT HERE. Do NOT buy the windshield mount, and I hope Amazon does the right thing and removes this item as an implied accessory for this detector.
The IX has worked great so far and it is WAY MORE quieter now driving around NYC. I no longer get those false alerts from all those sensors. It looks very modern and the range is better than the 9500ix. I couldn't be more happy with this purchase. I think it's decently price too on amazon too. It is escort live compatible but not sure if I will end up purchasing it, don't really want to mess around with another device (phone). I think Waze is sufficient for the time being, plus Waze has a much bigger community than escort live.