Having a radar/laser gun detector equipped in your car is essential if you often find yourself getting ticketed. Either directly or indirectly, a radar/laser gun detector actually also helps and reminds you to drive more carefully and responsibly. There are a lot of options available on the market, but you may have put Escort Solo S3 and Escort Passport 9500IX into your final consideration list. Even though the more expensive Escort Passport 9500IX is indeed feature-packed, Escort Solo S3 becomes a very attractive alternative due to being cheaper and having its own uniqueness. Let’s see which model will suit you the best!
Cordless Operation or GPS Functionality?
One thing that you need to really consider in choosing between these two models is whether you prefer a cordless operation or GPS functionality. These are the unique features respective to the models. Escort Solo S3 is a cordless radar and laser gun detector, able to operate using two AA batteries. Such design is very neat and handy if you don’t have a sufficient number of power outlet in your vehicle, i.e. you need the power outlet for a GPS device or recharging your mobile device. However, Escort Solo S3 can also work with the optional Escort SmartCord cable, in case that the device runs out of battery.
On the other hand, Escort Passport 9500IX is corded, but offers built-in GPS functionality. It has the AutoLearn GPS Technology, allowing the device to smartly determine locations that often have radar/laser guns as well as locations with false alarms. You can also set these locations manually through the Escort Live! mobile app. Escort Passport 9500IX connects with the Defender Database, and, also through the mobile app, you can share and receive real-time information about radar and laser gun locations from other users.
Area Coverage, Protection, and Other Features
Escort Solo S3 is pretty much like a standard detector; the sensor can only detect signals coming from the front or rear. On the other hand, Escort Passport 9500IX offers a full 360-degree protection, ensuring that no gun can snipe you from any direction.
Both models are immune to the VG-2 detection detector technology, but neither of them is immune to the newer and more widespread Spectre technology. So, be careful using them in a place where radar/laser gun detectors are illegal. Escort Solo S3 features a quick-release mount for easy installation and uninstallation.
Escort Solo S3 Vs 9500IX
Escort Solo S3 is only viable if you really need the cordless operation. Otherwise, you should choose Escort Passport 9500IX. The built-in GPS functionality and compatibility with the mobile app make a very convenient usage.