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Escort takes it to the MAX again with the introduction of the Escort Passport Max2! This next generation of the Max radar detector continues the legacy of the original Passport Max and adds Bluetooth® and GPS functionality to streamline the Escort Live experience!
This video produced by Escort introduces the Passport Max2 and shows off some of its features and style. The Max, Max2 and other Escort radar detectors are available to order from Buy Radar Detectors.
The Escort PASSPORT combines cool tech and hot performance to deliver a radar detector with high value at a lower cost! The PASSPORT is equipped with Bluetooth®, enabling it to connecte directly to the Escort Live app on your smartphone and access a real-time ticket-protection network.
Radar detectors and CB radios have a lot in common. They both operate on the fundamental principles of radio technology. They share a history as two devices that can be mounted in the same vehicle and used either together or in tandem for a shared application. But for all the similarities, there is one important difference. The radar detector is a silent partner. It gets no real public recognition. The CB radio, however, gets recognized with its very own day. Yes, you read that right. We have a National CB Radio Day!
President Jimmy Carter made it official On October 2, 1978 when he proclaimed October 4 (that's a big 10-4) to be National CB Radio Day. At that time, CB radio was at the height of its popularity, as million of people across the country jumped on the Citizen's Band wagon and took to the AM airwaves.
Why the sudden surge of interest in CB back in that day? The answer is simple. It was an effective tool used to counter police radar and other speed enforcement measures.
Flash back the mid 1970's. America found itself in the midst of an energy crisis. Gasoline shortages resulted in long lines at filling stations and fuel rationing. In a misguided attempt to alleviate the problem and control petroleum consumption, the US government set a national speed limit of 55 MPH, which was strictly enforced across the country. This didn't sit well with the American driving public. It was particularly difficult for professionals such as freight transport drivers (a.k.a. truckers), who relied on the fast and efficient transport of goods to earn a living. This new speed restriction seriously affected their ability to get freight delivered on time and stay profitable. As a result, every countermeasure available was used to circumvent the speed limit and avoid a ticket.
Radar detectors were also an important countermeasure at the time, to be sure, but many considered a CB radio even more effective. Drivers needed a way to communicate with one another and share information and warnings about speed traps and enforcement zones on the roads. Citizen's Band radios offered sufficient range between drivers traveling on the same stretch of road, were readily available to any driver who wanted or needed one, and were easy to set up and use. Thus, the CB quickly became extremely popular with professional drivers and the public, and the CB radio market boomed.
Although enthusiasm waned in the 80's, CB radio is still in use today, and although there are some enthusiasts who consider it more of a pastime, it's primary use hasn't changed. In fact, for professional freight drivers who can no longer legally use a radar detector and for others who want a more complete countermeasure solution than a radar or laser detector alone, the CB radio is now even more important than ever.
To celebrate National CB Radio Day, Buy Radar Detectors has special promotion. Enter the Promo Code CBDAY14 at checkout and save an additional 5% on all CB radios and CB radio accessories on our site! The offer is good from October 4 through midnight October 6, 2014. Complete your radar detection system with a new CB radio or add an antenna, hand microphone or other accessory to your existing countermeasure operation with this special promo code and save! Happy CB Radio Day from Buy Radar Detectors!
Want a high end radar detector without a high end cost? Consider the Whistler CR85. This high performance radar/laser detector with low emission has premium features at about half the price of a Beltronics or Escort model. This makes the Whistler CR85 the overall best value radar detector on the market!
Take a first look at one of the most advanced radar detectors from Beltronics! The Beltronics Pro 500 radar/laser/safety camera detector is not just nice to look at, it's also quite capable on the road. In this unboxing video, radar detector expert Danny Feemster turns on the Pro 500 and shows you some of the features built into this detector that's factory optimized, yet highly customizable! The complete line of Beltronics radar detectors is available online from Buy Radar Detectors.
Want an up-close and detailed look at the Escort Passport Max radar detector? Here it is! Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors not only opens the box it comes in, he also turns it on, takes you through the features and tells you how it works! The complete line of Escort radar detectors is available to order online.
Radar detectors are not created equal. Some makes and models perform better than others and some have more or better features. Of course, higher end features and performance across all brands usually commands a higher price. The old saying that you get what you pay for is generally true. However, there is a difference between what a radar detector has inside the box, how it is used, and what its ratio of value to performance is actually worth. Just because a radar detector can do it, doesn't mean that it does it better for what it costs. This is why it is important not to choose your radar detector based only on features, performance or price, but in the right the combination of all three. It's called value.
There are many radar and laser detectors on the market. They range from very basic, dashboard models below fifty dollars to fully loaded, installed systems for a couple of thousand. You can find comparisons between brands and models all over the web, along with plenty of reviews, talking about which models are the worst, which are the best, and how they are all priced. But which one delivers the most return on the investment? Which radar detector is the overall best value for the cost?
Given all the criteria, there is a detector that stands out from the rest. Actually, there are two, and both are made by Whistler.
The first model is the Whistler CR85. This is one of Whistler's higher end radar detectors and has most of the features Whistler offers in its entire line. What really sets the CR85 apart from Whistler's other models is the antenna. It has a different antenna that is more sensitive, thus improving overall detection range. Considering this performance enhancement, feature for feature, the CR85 is comparable to the Beltronics Pro 300 and the Escort 8500 X50 Black, both full-featured, well-liked detectors that perform well on the road, but for about $300 each. The Whistler CR85 can offer equivalent performance with equivalent features for about half the price.
The second model, and a prime example of real value, is the Whistler CR90. It adds GPS to the mix, which takes it up a notch to compete with the Beltronics Pro 500. While the GPS enabled features of the Pro 500 are considerably enhanced when used with Escort Live!, the database in the CR90 is also updatable, albeit manually, which keeps this detector on par with the Pro 500, and, like the CR85, at about half the price of its counterpart from Beltronics.
Obviously, when comparing dash mount units, nothing beats a top-of-the-line radar detector such as the Escort Passport 9500ix, Passport Max or a Valentine One. In a features to performance ratio, these are the cream of the crop. They also have the price tags to match. If you need or want the very best detection and cost is not an issue, a high end radar detector will certainly pay for itself in the long run. However, if you are on a budget and want a detector that has the highest ratio of features to performance for the price, The Whistler CR85 and CR90 hit the sweet spot for value.
Every few years or so, manufacturers of name brand radar and laser detectors update their product lines and introduce new models with new or enhanced features to keep up with changing tools and tactics used by speed and traffic enforcers. Recent advancements in radar and laser detection technology have prompted many drivers to consider upgrading to improve the detection and response time to traffic enforcement threats. If your radar detector is more than three years old, chances are it is time for a new one.
Tossing your favorite radar detector for something new may not be a comfortable idea. You may want to upgrade the performance of your detector without trading out some of its best features. You don't want to have to spend a lot of time learning your way around a new menu of settings and options on a new device, either.
Fortunately, most radar detector manufacturers simply upgrade their product lines rather than performing a complete makeover. If you are upgrading to a new version of the same brand and series of detector, the learning curve, if there is one, is minimal. Even if you are moving from one brand to another, migration is usually rather painless. You merely need to do a little comparison shopping to match the features of your old detector to the equivalent features of the new one.
If you are not still sure about upgrading your radar detector, we can help. Buy Radar Detectors created this Radar Detector Upgrade Chart to help you move up to the latest and greatest without fear and loathing. All you need to do is locate your old detector on the left side of chart and its most logical successor will be directly across from it on the right. It's that simple.
|Radar Detector Upgrade Path|
|Old Model||New Model|
|Beltronics Vector 940||Beltronics Pro 100|
|Beltronics Vector 955||Beltronics Pro 200|
|Beltronics RX65||Beltronics Pro 300|
|Beltronics GX65||Beltronics Pro 500|
|Beltronics STi Driver||Beltronics STi Magnum|
|Beltronics STiR||Beltronics STiR Plus|
|Cobra XRS 9345||Cobra XRS 9370|
|Escort Passport 8500 X50 |
|Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black |
|Escort Passport 8500 X50 |
|Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black |
|Escort Solo S2 |
|Escort Solo S3 |
|Escort Passport 9500i |
|Escort Passport 9500ix|
|Escort Passport 9500i |
|Escort Passport 9500ix|
|Escort Passport Qi45||Escort Passport 8500ci|
|Escort Passport Qi45||Escort Passport 8500ci Plus|
|Whistler XTR-265||Whistler CR65|
|Whistler XTR-335||Whistler CR70|
|Whistler XTR-555||Whistler CR75|
|Whistler Pro 68 SE||Whistler CR80|
|Whistler Pro 78 SE||Whistler CR85|
|Whistler XTR-690||Whistler CR85|
|Whistler XTR-695 SE||Whistler CR85|
|Whistler Pro 3450 |
|Whistler Pro 3600 |