Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Escort Redline EX Preview Review: Escort Takes "Extreme" to a New Level

Escort Redline EX Preview Review



Escort Redline EX Radar Detector
Escort Redline EX Radar Detector


It's hard to believe that it has been more than a decade since Escort released its first truly undetectable radar detector, the Beltronics STi Driver, but looking back at my early review it's right there in black-and-white.

In otherwords, that's how old the original technology of the underpinnings of the Escort Redline (the Driver's stablemate) is and to be candid, it's been showing for a good number of years.  So much so, I regarded the Redline more as an academic exercise in supreme engineering than one of practicality.

Clearly Escort's customers have felt the same way, as the Redline was never really a big seller by comparison to the more popular radar detectors like the Escort Max/Max2, Escort Max 360, and more recently the Escort iX.

Things may be poised to change, though, with the introduction of the new Escort Redline EX.  I became aware of its development in early January of 2017 and at the request of Escort, held my introductory article until a more appropriate time (ie; closer to the Redline EX's public availability).

Escort intends to remedy the weaknesses of the original Redline with capabilities that have been available on their other radar detectors.  This remedy includes the incorporation of GPS and its associated class-leading Defender database of photo and red light camera enforcement; advanced K-band filtering; and bluetooth integration, among other key elements.

As is customary with Escort, the new Redline EX pricing is expected to be $50 more than the outgoing Redline.

The Redline EX is a detector that at one time, Escort maintained that they "could not" or "would not" build, but with the advent of some new players on the block, including the Radenso XP and the new uber-sensitive GPS-enabled Uniden R3, Escort needs a new radar detector like this to stay relevant, in my opinion.

Read more about the Redline EX, here.
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