360-degree radar and laser detection delivers the best protection possible against all speed measuring devices Mark Locations and Speed Alerts help keep you safe Crystal clear voice alerts, intelligent volume controls and high-resolution display make it easy to use Blistering all-band protection and variable speed radar detect speed measuring devices with incredible accuracy GPS-powered intelligence makes the 9500i one of the best performing, quietest and most user-friendly radar detectors ever designed
In-dash power cord for radar and laser detectors Includes power-on indicator, LED alert for radar and laser, and mute button Installs in vehicle fuse panel and mounts within driver’s reach Compatible with Passport 9500i, 8500 X50, Solo S2, and Passport 7500S models Also fits earlier Passport 8500, 7500, and 6800 detectors, and newer BEL units with a modular jack
Visor clip mount for radar and laser detectors Fits firmly on car’s visor for easy access Not recommended for cars with dark-tinted bands on windshields Compatible with current Passport 8500 X50, Solo S2, and Passport 7500S models Holds earlier Passport 8500, 7500, 6800, 5000, 4600, 4500, and 4200 detectors, plus Solo RD-5110, Solo 5, and Solo 4 models
Provides extreme long-range warning on all radar bands including X, K, superwide Ka, and instant-on POP mode, along with 360 degree laser protection Intelligent radar boasts new GPS-enabled features like TrueLock, AutoSensitivity, and Mark Location Ultra-bright red alphanumeric matrix display with 280 LEDs and four different modes, including new SpeedAlert mode Auto Volume feature adjusts alert volume according to ambient volume in vehicle Clear voice alerts, with feedback for preference settings
A truly intelligent radar detector.
Ultra-bright alphanumeric display with 280 LEDs.
Four metering modes, including the new SpeedAlert mode.
Includes Quick-Release Windshield Mount, Coiled SmartCord, and ESCORT Travel Case. Click to enlarge.
The 9500i provides extreme long-range warning on all radar bands including X, K, superwide Ka, and instant-on POP mode. Multiple front and rear laser sensors provide 360 degree laser protection, including the widest field of view. For the ultimate in laser protection, the Passport 9500i is also ZR3 ready.
TrueLock GPS Filter
This new feature allows you to permanantly “lock out” a signal in a specific location. Once you store a signal, it will be rejected the next time you are in that area. You now have the power ot eliminate false alerts by location and frequency.
This new feature allows you to instantly “mark” known speed traps, cameras and other places of interest. Once marked, the 9500i will provide an alert any time you approach the saved locations.
New easy to understand voice announcements provide instant audible feedback for controls and alerts. All alerts and instructions can be communicated using a voice announcement, or, if preffered, normal tones may be used.
The new AutoVolume feature automatically increases the alert volume in noisy conditions. In this setting, the 9500i’s built-in microphone listens to the ambient noise in the vehicle and increases the audio in noisy conditions (e.g. loud music, excessive wind noise, etc.).
The 9500i features an ultra-bright alphanumeric display with 280 LEDs. The device displays three high-resolution meter modes: standard Bar Graph display or ExpertMeter and SpecDisplay for more advanced users. ExpertMeter tracks and displays up to 8 radar signals simultaneously, and SpecDisplay provides actual numeric frequency for any radar signal. Finally, new for the 9500i is SpeedAlert metering, which displays the driving speed during each alert.
GPS-Enhanced Auto-Sensitivity Mode
Passport’s AutoSensitivity mode provides long-range warning, with minimum false alarms. In this mode, Passport’s internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity circuits. The addition of GPS intelligence means it also adjusts according to motion–as your vehicle’s speed increases, the sensitivity range increases. As your speed decreases, so does the sensitivity, further eliminating unwanted and unnecessary alarms.
You can also select conventional Highway and City modes. When driving in urban areas where annoying X-band intrusion alarms and door openers are common, City mode can be engaged to lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band alerts.
Safety Warning System
The 9500i also offers Safety Warning Systems (SWS) detection. This safety feature warns you of the presence of potential road hazards by detecting signals from safety transmitting devices.
One Year Limited Warranty
Get extra peace of mind with Escort’s one-year limited warranty. The company also offers a two year extended service plan.
What’s in the Box
Passport 9500i, Owner’s Manual, Quick-Release Windshield Mount, Coiled SmartCord, Quick Reference Card, ESCORT Travel Case
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Direct wire cord delivers power to Escort radar and laser detectors Installs within vehicle fuse panel for convenient use Doesn’t interfere with driving functions, unlike some cigarette lighter cords Compatible with Passport 8500 X50, Solo S2, and Passport 7500S models Also fits earlier Passport 8500, 7500, and 6800 detectors
Case Logic 10-CD Black Automotive Visor Cobra 12 Band Sxrs Radar Detector LensPen Mobileklear Kit w/Cell Klear and Microklear
Includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, Ku, and Safety Warning System radar capability as well as front and rear laser detection Varactor-tuned receiver provides long-range protection against all radar threats New AutoScan mode intelligently reduces unwanted false alarms Ultra-bright text-display provides easy to read information from any angle Immune to VG-2 radar detector detection, so law enforcement cannot detect its use
Click the image to get a closer look at the Vector 995’s features.
While it’s appropriate to make comparisons with the Escort 8500 X50, it’s especially relevant here, as Escort and Beltronics, the maker of the Vector 995, recently merged all of their manufacturing and design. Apparently, many of the internal components and technology in the 995 are essentially the same as those found in the 8500, and as you’ll see, our testing bears that out.
Mounting the 995 in a vehicle couldn’t be easier. A small suction cup bracket slides into the unit’s release mechanism and easily attaches to the windshield with light pressure. The unit is housed in a sturdy plastic case that’s low profile and compact–in fact, it’s a good deal sleeker and smaller than the box-shaped 8500. The rear of the unit is dominated by a receiver window. There’s also an additional laser detector window that faces the passenger compartment, which is designed to detect laser signals emanating from behind the vehicle.
Another great attribute of the 995 is its easy control layout. Four buttons on the top of the unit control power, city mode on/off, display brightness, and volume/mute settings. Two of the buttons also double as selection buttons when the unit is in programming mode. During normal use the red, horizontal LCD display graphs the intensity of the radar and laser signals the unit detects, as well as the detector’s sensitivity mode. Power is supplied by an included 12-volt cord, which plugs into a cigarette-lighter power socket. Unfortunately, the 995 doesn’t ship with the very cool SmartCord that is included with the Escort 8500. Branded as the SmartPlug on the Beltronics side of things, it features an alert LED, as well as a built-in mute button built right into the power plug. Sadly, it’s only available as a $30 option for the 995.
|Choose the standard display mode for a graphic representation of radar threats…|
|…Or use the “Tech Display” to see the exact frequency of incoming signals.|
The 995 covers the gauntlet when it comes to protection from speed trap technology. While detection of the radar bands currently in use in North America–the X, K, and Ka bands–is standard for detectors these days, the devil is in the details when it comes to on-the-road performance. Thankfully, the 995 has some extra mojo built in that makes it both more sensitive to radar signals, and smart enough to select out false alarms. The unit also features detection diodes for laser detection, and an add-on system that installs on the exterior of the vehicle, the LaserPro 905, offers enhanced laser detection, as well as laser-jamming capabilities. On top of all this protection, the 995 adds optional sensitivity to the Ku band, which is commonly used in Europe.
In addition to good multiband radar and laser sensitivity, the 995 is designed to detect the latest highway menace, POP radar (queue scary music here). POP radar guns, while still relatively rare in police departments, are used to identify speeding vehicles in heavy traffic that typically confuses other types of radar. They provide little warning as the radar signal idles at a low frequency until it transmits an extremely short, high-frequency burst to “pop” a target. The 995 is equipped with a highly sensitive receiving system and a digital signal processor designed to pick up POP signals from a safe distance. POP detection is enabled by default on the 995, unlike on the 8500–a good thing for people who don’t want to mess with customization menus. While enabling POP detection can increase the number of false alarms (due to the increased sensitivity required of the unit), and it’s probably why Escort decided to disable it unless the user wants it, Beltronics has obviously decided the added protection is worth a few extra bogus alerts on the 995.
And what about the alerts on the 995? In addition to audio tones, the 995 also has digital voice alerts that tell you what kind of danger lies ahead. If you’re not into the Knight Rider thing, i.e., a computerized voice in your car, the audio tones do a good job, as well. In this mode, a unique tone or chirp is assigned to a specific kind of radar threat. The 995’s AutoMute feature automatically lowers the volume level of an alert after a period of time, so you can drive without going completely batty to the sound of alerts.
For those who like a little more control, the 995 can be customized via a fairly straightforward interface. In the programming mode, the LCD acts as a menu system that lets users control display brightness, automatic mute, audio tones, and power-on modes. There are also settings for disabling detection of selected bands (be careful with this one!). A mode called Tech Display shows the numeric frequency of the radar signal being received.
For those living in states that prohibit use of a radar detector, the 995 does include VG-2 radar-detector detector protection, which is designed to both alert the driver and shut down the unit’s oscillator.
On the Road
False alarms are one of the major annoyances of radar-detector use. In our tests, the 8500 was pretty good at minimizing false alarms from home garage door systems, as well as from home and commercial security systems that commonly operate on X-band radar. While false alarms were slightly more common with the 995 than with the 8500, the error rate was acceptable, and it is likely due to the 995’s default activation of POP radar sensitivity.
The 995’s city sensitivity setting decreases sensitivity to X-band sources, while the highway setting does not. With this unit, though, you’ll quickly find that neither setting is necessary. Instead, we found the unit’s powerful AutoSelect mode the most accurate, as it dynamically filtered all types of radar signals and usually identified which sources were a legitimate threat. With that kind of simplicity built in, we were comfortable just firing up the 995 and forgetting about it, until we really needed it.
- Performance roughly equivalent to the Escort 8500 X50
- Just turn it on and go. AutoSelect feature automatically filters highway and city false alarms.
- Pop radar detection enabled by default
- High-caliber, multi-band sensitivity puts this one in the top tier of detectors
- No included SmartCord
- Slightly more false alarms when measured against Escort 8500 X50