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1. Escort Solo S2 Cordless Radar
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2. Escort Inc. Solo Cordless Radar/Laser/Safety

1. Escort Solo S2 Cordless Radar and Laser Detector
list price: $329.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009K7E3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ESCORT
Sales Rank: 4054
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you speed, the long arm of the law is going to get you. If you have the protection offered by an effective radar detector, the risk does go down. The Escort Solo S2 more than delivers on that promise while offering cordless simplicity and a compact, user-friendly design. Because the Solo S2 can operate on battery power it's a cinch to move from car to car with it-- something frequent rental car users will appreciate. While there are some tradeoffs involved with using a cordless radar detector--namely, lower sensitivity and range than powered units--the Solo S2 has pulled off a near miracle in that these compromises are minimal.

Design
Mounting the Solo S2 in our test vehicle was a no-brainer. A small suction cup bracket slides into the unit's release mechanism and easily attaches to the windshield with light pressure. The unit is housed in a sturdy plastic case that's low profile and compact, making it a discreet companion for those traveling in states that don't look to kindly upon the use of radar detectors. The rear of the unit is dominated by the receiver window and there's a rear-facing laser detector window designed to detect laser signals emanating from behind the vehicle.



The Solo S2 uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning.
With the exception of a large mute button on the top of the unit, the Solo S2's controls are all arranged on the front. The soft, tactile buttons provide a solid feel when pressed. The power and mode buttons are easy to press on the fly, but those with bigger fingers might find the volume and select buttons slightly difficult to use accurately. The front panel also contains a horizontal LCD display, which, during normal use, graphs the intensity of the radar and laser signals the unit detects. As the unit detects a stronger signal, the blocks in the graph grow larger. The mute button on top of the unit serves double duty as it also triggers an icon on the LCD that displays remaining battery life.

Much of the Solo S2's design and interface is focused on power savings, which, according to Escort, allows the unit to run for months under normal use on two AA batteries. The LCD backlight is only illuminated when a button is pressed, or when the unit detects a signal. In fact, the only indication we had that the unit was on at all was a single blinking red light next to the unit's mode setting. The S2 is also equipped with a motion sensor that automatically powers the unit off if the vehicle has not moved for 25 minutes.

Features
The Solo S2 can detect all of the radar bands currently in use in North America for speed detection. These include the X, K and Ka bands. The unit also features detection diodes for laser detection, but for the most powerful protection from laser detection, Escort offers the ZR3 laser jamming system, which is plug-and-play compatible with the Solo S2.



Signal strength is clearly indicated and can be backlit on command.
Audio alerts are the most important feature of any radar detector, and the Solo S2 doesn't disappoint in this department. Warning tones get progressively louder as a threat approaches, and users can set the unit to deliver warnings at preprogrammed volume levels. The Solo S2's "AutoMute" feature automatically lowers the volume level of an alert after a period of time.

False alarms are one of the major annoyances of radar detector use. The Solo S2 was surprisingly adept at minimizing false alarms from home garage door systems, as well as home and commercial security systems that commonly operate on X-band radar. The unit's city sensitivity setting decreases sensitivity to X-band sources, while the highway setting does not. We found the unit's powerful "AutoSensitivity" mode the most accurate, however, as it dynamically filtered all types of radar signals and identified which sources were a legitimate threat. We got a few false alarms, but for the most part, annoying chirps from bogus X-band sources were fairly uncommon.

The Solo S2 has ten built-in customizable settings. In the settings mode, the LCD acts as a menu system that lets users control display brightness, automatic mute, audio tones, and power modes. There are also settings for disabling detection of selected bands. We liked the expert mode settings, which allow a user to get a constant picture of the intensity of all the radar bands in the area.

For those living in states that prohibit use of a radar detector, the Solo S2 does include VG-2 radar detector detector protection, which is designed to both alert the driver and shut down the unit's oscillator. However, VG-2 protection is not enabled by default; users must turn it on the settings menu. While it's likely that VG-2 protection increases power consumption and is therefore disabled by default, many first-time users might be in for a big surprise and a confiscated unit.

On the Road
The convenience of a wireless radar detector does have a downside. To save battery life, a cordless detector has a reduced "duty cycle" compared to a DC-powered unit. This means that for a fraction of each second a cordless detector is actually turned off to reduce power. These milliseconds of downtime are imperceptible to users, but they allow cordless units to significantly reduce power consumption. The effect of duty cycle reduction is lowered sensitivity, especially on the wider radar bands that take longer to scan. This effect is most prevalent on the widest band, called Ka. What does this mean for users? In some situations you'll have less warning time before a police radar has a lock on your speed.

Fortunately, none of these theoretical drawbacks seemed to affect real-world use in our informal testing. We used the Solo S2 on a 100-mile stretch of busy interstate and were impressed with the low number of false alarms we received. Again, this remarkable level of accuracy is owed to the unit's AutoSensitivity feature. The unit detected Ka-band radar twice and both times warning came at least half a mile from the police cruiser's location-- plenty of time to hit the brakes and avoid a ticket (if we had been speeding, of course).

Accessories
Escort offers an optional "SmartCord," a 12-volt cigarette-lighter power cord that can power the Solo S2. In addition to power, the SmartCord includes an LED alert for radar and laser as well as a mute button on the lighter plug.

Pros

  • Portable, compact and discreet
  • AutoSensitivity feature reduces false alarms
  • Highly accurate, good long range radar detection
Cons
  • Shorter range and sensitivity than wired units
  • VG-2 protection not enabled by default
  • LCD display not as visible because of power constraints
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Features

  • Advanced cordless radar and laser detector reads all radar bands from miles away
  • Intelligent AutoSensitivity mode increases range while minimizing false alarms
  • High-efficiency power management uses minimum of battery power
  • 9 user-programmable features for custom use
  • Includes mounting accessories and travel case; 1-year limited warranty

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars ten years and still running
I have owned one of the first solo's for well over 10 years and it still works great. I can move or hide with ease from car to car. Sure you need to buy batteries but no cords to plug in and have hanging all over the place.

1-0 out of 5 stars CORDLESS!?! HAH!! Better invest in Duracell!!
I bought this unit brand new. In less than 1.5 weeks, had to replace the batteries THREE times. Talked to their tech support and was told that expected battery life is approximately 35-40 hours. No way did I drive for 105-120 hours in that one and half weeks!! Considering the unit is supposed to be battery operated, 35-40 hours seems a paltry amount.

I agree that you'll have to buy the Smart Cord instead of relying on batteries. But save yourself the extra $30 for the S2 and the additional $30 for the Smart Cord and just buy the already corded 8500.

The idea of it being a cordless unit is a total and absolute ripoff!!! They need to extend the battery life to at least 100 hours for this to be a viable product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Escort S2 Radar Detector
Basically the Escort S2 is the best cordless detector you can buy. I've owned the Escort S2 for a few weeks now and I must say I am quiet impressed. The unit gives LONG range warning so that it does what its designed to do, eliminate speeding tickets. The unit has tons of features overall and I am happy to say its well worth the money, you will not be sorry you purchased this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Radar, but you need power cord!
I have owned several Escort radar detector models, and this Solo S2 cordless model reviews were good. In fact the radar capabilites are great, but the battery use is poor. You will need the smartcord. Running on battery constantly fails to detect movement as advertised and starts auto-shutdown(sleep) mode. Unless you plan to use this detector in multiple vehicles or on travel, just get the hard wired model 8500 and get the smartcord installed to your car wiring. ... Read more


2. Escort Inc. Solo Cordless Radar/Laser/Safety Detector
list price: $245.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YMC9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Escort Inc.
Sales Rank: 25493
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

No more hassles with tangled power cords with the Escort Solo Cordless--justturn it on. This detector runs on two AA batteries for as long as 40 to 50hours. The Solo Cordless provides long-range warning for all radar signalsincluding X, K, and superwide Ka. New advanced four-bit analog-to-digitalconverter circuitry provides higher-resolution digital signal processing foreven longer warning distances without more false alarms. Instead of a singlelaser sensor, the Solo Cordless has two. Mute and auto-mute features eliminatelong-range nuisance signals. You can customize this detector with your preferredsettings for power-on sequence, city-mode sensitivity, brightness, muting, andaudio tones.

The Solo Cordless comes with two batteries, a manual, and a quick-releaseadjustable windshield mount with extra suction cups. A 12-volt power convertercord is optional. The manufacturer offers a limited one-year warranty.

Important note to customers: The manufacturer warns that the Solo Cordlessdetector is designed for 3-volt operation and its circuitry will not accommodatea standard 12-volt power cord. Using any cord other than the 12-volt powerconverter designed specifically for Solo may cause damage not covered bywarranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Detects X, K, and superwide Ka bands as well as Safety Warning System (SWS) alerts
  • Convenient cordless design
  • 40 to 50 hours of use on 2 AA batteries
  • Sales restricted to the United States and shipment is prohibited to addresses in Virginia and Washington DC
  • FCC Identification Number QKL5110

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this radar detector !!!
This detector is awesome. It has saved me hundreds of dollars in tickets, hardly ever false alarms, and always gives me more than enough warning, of upcoming radar. And the portability is pricelesss.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just an average detector
My first detector was a Bel 890, i enjoyed its ditgal voice message, free the drive from have to look at the detector. I only bought this one because it was a cordless and thinking it would make driving in VA or DC easier. Little did i know that a cordless has far less detection range. The difference in the range with or without the optional cord is like night and day. So i had to purchase the optional coiled power cord. I would recommend anyone who wants a detector with the cord out of sight to by a normal detector with straight power cord or direct connection cord and not this cordless detector. To say nothing of many the false alarms this one has. I have since bought a Bel 985 and highly recommend you do the same.

1-0 out of 5 stars Escort Solo Radar Detector
I am very dissapointed with this product. I have owned and used it daily for about 10 months. It will detect K band radar only when you are within 400 feet of the gun. It is virtually useless in detecting Ka band unless you're within 50 feet of the gun. It also falsely detects Ka band very frequently especially on sunny days when it has been sitting on the dashboard for 15 minutes. The laser detector also goes off quite often. The X band detector went off so often in business areas (even with the x band sensitivity set to poor in city mode) that I disabled it.

Escort advertises the following on their website:

"Long-range warning for all radar signals: including "instant-on" X-band, K-band, and SuperWide Ka-band. Patented Digital Signal
Processing provides long-range warning distances, without increased false alarms."

I guess their definition of "long range" is a few hundred feet.

So save your money and don't waste it on this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solo Review
The Solo 5110 cordless radar detector has been in both my cars for about 6 months now. You can program this thing to suit your tastes in the areas of volume, automute, 4 brightness settings, 5 radar sensitivity settings, start-up mode. It's easy to take down and hide from prying eyes. It has a front mounted on-off volume control which is rare to find these days and very easy to use. Great windshield mount, easy to use. If you so choose you can run it using an optional power cord. This unit all but never falses, that's very nice. Well written owners manual. I had to send the unit in once for a problem and not only did they fix the problem but they included an extra set of batteries, an extra windshield mount and they replaced a cosmetic item all at no charge. One week turnaround also. The only downside to this detector is it's Ka band detection which for me is acceptable in an urban environment. When driving on the highway where Ka can sneak up on you I would use the cord option because the unit's sensitivity is increased slightly with it.

If your driving is primarily urban or suburban I would strongly recommend this detector. It's user friendly, easy to hide and almost never falses. If you mainly drive the highways I'd get an Escort 8500 or at least use the Solo with the cord for the added range.

5-0 out of 5 stars SO FAR, SO GOOD!
I've been a loyal customer of Escort back when it was Cincinnati Microwave and they know their radar detectors. It's hard to compare it to other brands because I simply haven't owned one...but seeing friends' radar detectors and the dangling cords and constant chirping that sounded the same, I feel like my detector was of better quality.

The Solo has changed a little, but it still offers accurate detection of photo-radar units (well in advance, too) and the Ka bands are dead-on. Frankly, I haven't ever picked up a laser detection signal and I don't know how much they're in use anymore...photo-radar is all the rage in my locality. The X bands will pick up false alerts from security alarms (usually from automatic doors at stores), but I'd rather have a few false alarms that quiet down automatically than to miss the one time Smokey has his gun trained on my car.

I like the ability to easily mute the sound and dim the signal lights, so as to be extra stealth in the dark. But let's face it...most cops know if you have a radar detector if you get pulled over. However, with this little Solo cordless, I've positioned it at the top of my window and someone standing outside the driver's side window cannot see it (SUV's might be different, but it depends on the thickness of your car's siding around the window.) And dangling cords are a dead giveaway and can easily be seen from behind--I'll take AA batteries any day. The unit is easy to mount and detach, too.

Personally, I have not experienced any problems with the suction-cup bracket that attaches the unit to the window--hasn't slipped or moved once and the angle is easily adjustable. But all things the same, I'd prefer a bracket that clips on the visor (like the one Solo used to have.) However it's attached, I know for a fact that this thing has saved me from some well-disguised speed traps and every photo-radar operation I've passed. If anyone has a laser experience with this unit, I'm interested in reading about it. Overall, a great investment if you have a heavy right foot, so long as you understand that no radar detector is 100% perfect. And, of course, you don't speed...which I never do. ... Read more


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