When the original Escort Redline was released in 2007, it quickly became a well-regarded radar detector. In the years since then, its reputation has remained largely untouched because of the top performance and convenience the device has afforded users through its long range, quick alerts and undetectability. That is a feat despite the technological advancements in the field and otherwise. But with the detector more than a decade old now, it eventually became time for Escort to develop a successor. And so, Escort delivered and Redline Ex came to be, and they obviously done a good job as this model was compared on our top radar detectors list.
During its launch, Redline Ex claimed the title of its predecessor as possessor of the longest radar range recorded. It has been often considered as one of the best performing detectors available in the market to boot. But with new equipment claiming to improve on the features of slightly older models, how does the Redline Ex stack up? Let’s discover it together by having a rundown of its design, features, pros and cons below.
The Redline Ex is nice-looking, although we would not go to the lengths of saying that this is the most handsome equipment around. It is slightly larger than other options, which goes great with the OLED screen that indicates speed and the limit as well as bluetooth and GPS statuses, and is easy to read at most hours of the day. Indicators on the top of the screen are convenient because they’re hard to miss once the Redline Ex recognizes a signal. By deciding to get it though, you have to make a compromise: hiding takes a little more effort.
If you’re particular with how everything goes together aesthetically in your car, the Redline Ex can be considered. Colors can be changed as pleased, although of course the choices you have are limited to the basics, which is still better than nothing. The mounting system is highly reliable so even if you encounter a few bumps along the way, you can trust that the detector will stay in place. The accompanying wires for the Redline Ex also doesn’t look cluttered which is a plus if you want to keep everything in your car in place.
True stealth operation
The Redline Ex comes with a TotalShield technology, so you can trust it to detect incoming signals but be out of the radar on the side of troopers, except when directly seen because the Redline Ex is not easy to conceal. Its twin antenna also helps this purpose because it gives protection and defense against detectors of radar equipment on more than one side of the vehicle, and it does so quickly.
One downside of radar detectors that continues to irk drivers is the inability of some to distinguish legitimate signals from benign ones. With Redline Ex’s AutoLearn, you can train it to ignore false alarms on your usual route without the process being tedious. Through GPS, it can recognize that you are going the same way and will then repress signals you’ve ignored by storing it on its memory.
False Alert Filter
Adding to the aforementioned feature is an improved IVT from the original Redline. Through it, the radar detector can also identify false alarms coming from vehicles in the immediate vicinity. Initially, it came with a bug but that was soon fixed by an update.
Long Range Performance
The Redline Ex can no longer boast of having the longest range, but its reach still is not something to ignore. If you loved the original Redline, then you might notice a an improvement on the range of the Redline Ex, which is still staying something.
Let’s face it: radar detectors are still subject to errors. In that case, you can rely on the Escort community to give accurate information as the Redline Ex allows this function through bluetooth. It is a give and take process because you can be informed of other people’s alerts and also give out warnings detected by your device automatically.
PROS & CONS
- The detection range of the Redline Ex is better than most similar equipment and even exceeds the capabilities of a radar gun
- It is just like its predecessor in that it is safe from Spectre detectors
- The presence of a twin antenna increases sensitivity immediately and covers more sides of the vehicle
- It takes note of previously ignored signals and minimizes false alarms caused by sensors in nearer, newer cars
- The detector allows for integration to Escort Live for crowdsourcing
- The display is highly readable and can be configured
- It is slightly larger than others and can pose difficulties in hiding
- Although it is wide reaching, it would not immediately indicate where the radar originates from
Q: Is Redline Ex compatible with Waze?
A: Yes. It functions similarly as to when the device is connected with Escort Live because of cloud integration. It’s not designed to be used directly with Waze, but the latter can be chosen as an alternative in identifying areas for concern.
REDLINE EX REVIEW CONCLUSION
In many ways, the Redline Ex is an improvement over the older Redline because of its design, function to minimize false alarms, and stealth technology. However, even though it is decent enough as a detector, it is not distinguished enough to match the reputation of Redline, and there are many competitors that can edge out the Ex’s features.