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Default Pros and Cons: Escort 8500 X50 vs. Valentine One

Ok, so I know the advantages of the Escort X50 vs. the Escort Cordless Solo S2, but are the any real advantages between the $399 Valentine One vs. the $299 Escort X50 that would be worth the extra $100? Better guarantee or warranty between one or the other?

I like the functionality of the Valentine One, but damn, IMO it's gawd awful ugly looking - it looks like the cell phones from the 1980s (big and boxy). Anybody know if they plan to change the appearance of this radar detector in the near future?

Also, looks like Escort now sells a blue display X50 for $339 and a red display X50 for $299 now too.

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I was debating between the 2 myself. What I learned is that the one feature that stands out on the V1 is it's ability to tell you the direction that the cop may be sitting. --- at the same time I heard that it is not very accurate or dependable. it also gives you a lot of false positives. Goes off when there is no cop.

The X50 has a better design, I think a better display as well, and a better error detection software as well as the auto mute feature which I absolutely LOVE. If it detects a signal and signal does not get stronger it will cut the volume output so that it does not annoy you to death.

I ended up with the X50 if you can't tell by now... The range is incredible and it has saved me for at least 3 tickets so far in about 2 month i've had it. ( one was a laser ). I have it mounted high up and to the left of my rear view mirror - it is in the way of me putting my visor all the way down but I seldom use the visor so it works well for me.

One other thing is that the X50 has a volt meter and an advanced "radar detection screen" --- this works like a "bogey counter" on the V1 radar. It tells you exactly what band it is picking up and how many "bogeys" (signals) it is picking up on each band as well as their signal strength (for each one). <== that is a great feature. say you drive by a store where there is a lot of X band -- and it picks it up... then today it also picks up a Ka band <==COP. Thats the only way to know sometimes.

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The X-50 in blue is terrific. The Valentine looks cheesy, and costs more. Plus the Escort has the Smart Cord which is a great feature. No comparison between the two IMO.
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I have the X50 in blue too, great little device, you really need 'em around here, has saved my butt a few times (like 120+ to 75 before seeing the cop). I have heard great things about the Valentine though....
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I got the red one (X50) it blends in very well with the orange color of the gauges on the G. ofcourse I am also the only one that can see the display because of the way that I have it mounted... but I like it!

The V1 is a good radar - don't get me wrong on this... Oh and did I mention that the X-50 is made in West Chester, OH about 3 miles from where I live?!?!

I think the V1 is also made somewhere in Cincy. <= I may be wrong on that though.

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I got the red one (X50) it blends in very well with the orange color of the gauges on the G. ofcourse I am also the only one that can see the display because of the way that I have it mounted... but I like it!
Yeah, that's the color I was thinking I would get.

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Best scenario... JLT & i were racing one night when my radar detector went off by the coppr across the skreet,(i have the x50 w/ blue led display), he has the valentine... his didn't!!


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ESCORT! Trust me, its incredible! i had the V1 and their is no comparison with features, false alarms and range!
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RED DISPLAY, save 40 bucks
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RED DISPLAY, save 40 bucks
Blue display, is cuter!!


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Blue display, is cuter!!
Red Display its less GAY (Nef) "cuter!"
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... i'd rather take more cuter @ the expense of it also being more gay!!

Can't win 'em all!!


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v1 no question. Just picked one up, no doubt its the best out there
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v1 no question. Just picked one up, no doubt its the best out there
thats not true i owned a V1 and i got sick of the damn thing false alarming and no smart cord with auto mute. Also WITHOUT a doubt the x50 has more range than the V1.... and dont say i dont know i owned the v1 and im not being biased
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