Escort Redline – The Best Radar Detector?
The Escort Redline is the top of the line radar detector available from Escort – a top company in police radar and laser detection technology. This unit has an expansive feature set, excellent sensitivity, and unmatched selectivity, but is it as good in practice as it sounds on paper? Overall, from our testing, we definitely think that it is.
All top radar detectors have good range, but the sensitivity of the Escort Redline is above all other radar detectors available at this time. This means if you have a Redline, you’ll be able to detect police radar from farther away, which increases the amount of time you have to slow down before you reach the police officer. This unit detects all bands of police radar (X-band, K-band, and Ka-band) and it has excellent performance across all bands.
The Escort Redline also has unmatched selectivity of radar alerts. It is very good at determining whether an alert is caused by a police radar gun, or by another radar detector in a nearby car. We’ve used other brands of radar detectors, and we have to say that the rejection algorithms in the Escort and Beltronics radar detectors far exceed everything else out there. We’ve never gotten an alert from a radar detector in another car while using our Escort Redline and we attribute that to the fact that the Redline does a great job in rejecting junk radar signals.
Feature wise, the Escort Redline contains almost everything you could imagine. Some of the standout features include detection and display of multiple radar signals on one screen, numeric radar frequency display, and dual antennas for extreme range.
So what is the Redline lacking? First off, it relies too much on its sensitivity and doesn’t have the reactivity of other units. This may be an issue if the police officer turns on and off their radar gun as quickly as possible to record speeds. In this situation, the Redline may not alert to the radar signal at all. If you are looking for the best detector for reactivity, you should look into the Valentine One. The Valentine One also contains another feature that the Redline is missing – arrows that indicate whether the radar source is in front of you or behind. This unit also doesn’t have any GPS capabilities like the Escort Passport 9500ix. We have grown to rely on the ability to lock out false signals by location that GPS detectors provide to us and really missed it when we tested this unit. Also, if you need to be warned of red light or speed cameras, you’ll want to look elsewhere as the Redline doesn’t have that feature.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for a radar detection unit that has the longest range possible, excellent false signal rejection, and and impressive feature set, the Escort Redline is for you. If you are looking for a highly reactive unit or a unit that indicates if the radar signal is ahead or behind you, you should look elsewhere. From our testing, we definitely think this is one of the top units on the market and would be hard pressed to find an overall better device.