Escort Solo S2 Radar Detector Reviews
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Escort Solo S2 Radar Detector

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  • First Impressions

    Jun 4, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Comes in a nice small semi hard case.
    No cords!
    Display 'sleeps' but detector still active.
    Cons: still evaluating it's weaknesses

    Summary: I bought the Escort Solo S2 because I crushed the power cord end for my Beltronics 955 in the door. Since I've had the 955 for a number of years I decided to treat myself to a belated birthday present with a new radar detector without a power ... read more

  • Great Detector!!!

    Feb 9, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range, portable
    Cons: Expensive, alerts could be louder

    Summary: For a cordless (even for a corded model), this Escort satisfies even the most daring of speeders and car enthusiasts.  The selectable alerting capability (Highway, City, Auto) allows the user to avoid many of X band's alerts caused so often by ... read more

  • OK..but it ain't no Valentine V1

    Jun 11, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless, fewer false alerts than others, has earphone jack built in
    Cons: Low volume(not an issue with earphone)hard to see display sometimes No POP alert

    Summary: So, having used a V1 for some time and acknowledging it is an excellent detector, I felt the need to go cordless mostly for use on my motorcycle. I had a Beltronics 945 once (not a good radar detector at all!!)and for bike use it was handy. I had used ... read more

  • Good basic detector but lacking in critical areas

    Apr 11, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, sleek styling, above average performance with conventional radar.
    Cons: Does not detect photo radar effectively.

    Summary: The Solo S2 is a good, tough, reliable radar detector which keeps false alarms to a minimum and provides good versatility and performance on X, K and Ka radar bands. Distance seems to be equal to or better than a corded Bel model with fewer false alarms. ... read more

  • "Solo" in the Game of Cordless

    Sep 6, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless (no cords); Visual layout
    Cons: Cordless (batt life); night operations; price

    Summary: Escort, after years of trying to get a Cordless model to operate efficiently, finally aspired to having a Highly workable Cordless unit. Since the Technology merger with Beltronics years ago, Escort has been producing Top contending models (8500 & ... read more

  • Awesome Radar Detector

    Nov 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good detection range and the back light and programmable features are convienent.
    Cons: The controls are too small and no detection arrows like the Valentine 1.

    Summary: I purchased a radar detector from Radio Shack about 6 months ago for about 100 dollars. I thought that it was a decent radar detector at that time. But after using it for a couple of week i began see that the detection range was horrible. When i ... read more

  • Escort Solo S2 - a solid, dependable detector

    Sep 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent range and good sensitivity. Attractive appearance and display. Easy to mount anywhere
    Cons: Less range than the Escort 8500.

    Summary: I recently purchased this detector after extensively researching it's abilities and weaknesses. Here's my opinion: - I already own an Escort 8500, so I have an excellent detector benchmark to compare it to. I purchased the S2 because I was reluctant ... read more

  • WOW! I love it!

    Jun 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: EXCELLENT detection range, good control & display layout, cordless, beautiful.
    Cons: Eats batteries fast (about 25 hours of operation per pair of AA)

    Summary: My last radar detector was an X-Band only Uniden about 15 years ago. I'm impressed with how far they've come since then. We just got back from a 3,000 mile road trip through Oregon, California and Nevada including several major cities. The Solo S2 was ... read more

  • Convenient - But Lacking In Many Ways

    Apr 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless which makes it easy to move from car to car, includes nice carrying case.
    Cons: Poor display, poor placement of mute button, shorter detection range than Valentine One.

    Summary: Over the past 18 years, I've always driven with whatever the "best" detector was at the time. For the past 12 years, I've used nothing but a Valentine One. And while I love the V1, I really wanted something that I could easily install in my new car ... read more

  • NOT IMPRESSED!!!

    Feb 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice design, ease of use, somewhat small could be smaller, great battery life.
    Cons: WAY TOO many false alarms, VG-2 Radar Detector Detector Immunity is the WORST!! Expensive.

    Summary: I purchased the S2 Cordless because of its convenience and supposed features. Well, I live in Canada and I get tons of false alarms in city mode all the time to the point where I just turn it off it is that annoying...worse than a wife!! Secondly, it ... read more

  • Never alone with this Solo S2!

    Jan 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Confident detection range; large, clear LCD display; ease of use; smart design; programmability; Escort pedigree
    Cons: Pricey; audio alert volume could be louder. Not much to complain about here...

    Summary: I’ll admit it...I’m often guilty of coveting thy electronic store’s new things. Even if I already have a fairly new gadget I like and use, I’m green with envy about a new product I wasn’t warned about that’s much cooler and much ... read more

  • Escort Solo S2 - The King of Cordless Detectors

    Jan 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless, Better than older Solos, Nice performance for cordless
    Cons: Expensive

    Summary: I have previously written a review on the Escort Solo S2 and it got moved to a different category, plus I was less experienced then so found my review to be very unsatisfactory. Times have changed, and I've decided to try this incredibly popular and ... read more

  • Escort Solo Radar Detector Workmanship Very Poor

    Sep 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Escort Solo is cordless and allows some programmability (volume level, brightness, etc.)
    Cons: High battery consumption; Very poor durability; Highly overpriced.

    Summary: ESCORT markets this unit for having the following key features that set it apart from other detector ... read more

  • Does the Solo S2 really stack up to the Escort 8500?

    Jul 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great range, covers all bands, gives option of corded or cordless operation
    Cons: At $329.00 it's a little pricey.

    Summary: There seems to be a lot of debate as to whether or not the cordless Escort Solo S2 delivers the same ... read more

  • Escort Solo - The Senior Citizen Of Cordless Detectors... Worthless.

    Mar 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless
    Cons: Sucks

    Summary: The Escort Solo is Escort's older model, not the new extremely expensive Escort Solo S2. The Solos came out with a variety of models. They were known for providing decent X-Band coverage, but time eventually catches up... The Escort Solo is ... read more

  • Not too bad, Not too good either...

    Feb 19, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light weight, Convienient, good display, easy to understand features/buttons
    Cons: Range, Range, Range! Alerted w/in close eyesight of police radar units- too late!!

    Summary: I purchased this detector because I'm in and out of different cars and wanted something I could use on my motorcycle with out having to hard wire it in. It's battery operation is very convienient and it has the ability to be powered by hardwire or ... read more

  • Solo 5110 Review

    Sep 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless, very user programmable & easy to use, virtually no false signals. Good X/K/Laser reception.
    Cons: Marginal Ka reception without the optional cord, which makes it acceptable.

    Summary: 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, different sounds, ... read more

  • You'll see the cop long before the Escort Solo does

    Jul 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's cordless
    Cons: Cheaply built, you'll read the cop's badge number before it detects his radar

    Summary: I wrote to Escort and tried to contact them several times regarding the unacceptably poor performance of their Solo radar detector but to no avail. This was one letter: Dear Sir or Madam: I have been a long-time owner and fan of ... read more

  • Worthless Cordless.......

    Sep 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Readable display; Dim Settings
    Cons: Power Cord; Memory?; Sensitivity!??; Price

    Summary: Escort, aka Cincinnati Microwave, has been producing a wireless Detector for sometime. The first wireless too was a called the Solo. The unit used a 9 Volt battery and a Security Key to operate. The Original Solo Detected only X and K band, and was good ... read more

  • Escort Solo Cordless Radar Detector (another goodie review by the motorcycle cop)

    Mar 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compactness and cordless operation.
    Cons: Weak Ka Band performance, owner must keep spare batteries on hand.

    Summary: (NOTE: This is a continuation of radar detector opinions I have already written. Rather than have everyone grow tired of watching me repeat myself in each opinion, please read my opinions on the Bel 980 and the Cobra ESD-6500. I’m not trying to drive ... read more

  • Solo RD-5510 Still Detects, But Beginning to Show its Age. **see update

    Mar 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Um...no umbilical cord; reliability; stealthiness
    Cons: Visor-clip is extra; time to set up preferences; lacks anti-theft features; LIDAR liability

    Summary: I've been one of several loyal Escort customers in my family, dating back to Cincinnati Microwave's glory days...they've earned my respect for the quality & performance of their radar detectors. The previous one I owned was the first Solo cordless unit ... read more

  • The Perfect Investment

    Dec 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Size, No cord needed, Easy to use
    Cons: Need to purchase batteries

    Summary: This radar detector is one of the best investments I have ever made. I decided to buy one since I usually like to live in the fast lane. With the push of a button, you are in business. It has plenty of great features. It detects K-, Ka-, ... read more

  • Cordless, 'Nuf Said

    Aug 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cordless, Sensitive,
    Cons: Expensive, Sensitive, No Stealth

    Summary: This, basically, is a Radar Dectector like any other quality detector. Comes with all the bells and whistles (pun intended). Scans all bands (X, K, Ka) and Laser. Its programmable as all are, and you can set it up to your liking (brightness and ... read more

  • no trust

    Jul 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: no cords hanging conspiciously in the windshield
    Cons: inconsistentcy

    Summary: escortpassport solo three years ownership.......I still feel hesistent with solo onbroard. never feeling quite ok with batteries not at full charge. new batteries run down from 5 to 3 on a scale of 5 to 1 at a rather quick ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Solo S2 vs V1

    Jul 5, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: its cordless.
    Cons: Can't read the display..

    Summary: Not knowing which one would be best for me . And reading all the reviews don't help a whole lot I purchased both,put them side by side in my truck window.. and after about three weeks i put the solo S2 back in its case and back in the box and hardwired ... read more

  • Solo S2

    Nov 24, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Loud alert, Multiple modes,Programable, skinny styling, on light notification,Quick notification
    Cons: No voice warning small buttons annnnnoyyyying notifications display hard to read Cost

    Summary: I bought the solo for the convinience, and that I got, I can take it from car to car, but my goodness, the battery life, let me tell you...Those batteries better be full juice in the winter, or it's a no go. I suggest taking it inside when it gets cold. ... read more

  • Let me down! Choose something else.

    May 31, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: cordless
    Cons: poor range, poor warning time.

    Summary: I had the unit for 6 months. It completely failed to detect a radar trap on I95 in Virginia. Expensive ticket and nasty consequences. The range seems very limited, i.e., I could visually spot Loss Enforcement about the same time it would beep. Not real ... read more

  • effective help for a speeder

    Nov 27, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: it works well for me
    Cons: none i can think of.

    Summary: This is a good unit. It took me a little while to get used to the different tones or pitches the alerts use for the various bands, but its very helpful. I drive in a familiar area, where the false alarms are common to me and I know when to ignore alerts ... read more

  • Good for some, not for all

    Jul 2, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cordless, Good range on fresh batteries, Upgradable
    Cons: Week signal with week battery, display hard to see, easy to steal, Useless laser detector

    Summary: I bought this radar detector from Sharper Image, and it works great. I was not to crazy about the fact that it is cordless. Being cordless the signal gets week with the battery life. Also the LCD screen makes the Escort Solo hard to see. It lights up at ... read more

  • not too good

    Jun 6, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: no wires, can be mounted more conviently
    Cons: shorter range than other escorts

    Summary: I got the this detector. It's nice not to have a cord hanging in the way, pulling it off the windshield. But, it's range is definately less than the other escort detectors. On the positive side, I haven't noticed a problem with battery life. ... read more

  • Excellent range and functionality

    Dec 12, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cordless, many functions, detects all bands/laser.
    Cons: Can be a little too sensitive for door sensors. Pricey.

    Summary: The Solo S2 is very easy to use. At first, I was worried about learning to use all the different functions, but I have found that the factory settings are the best so I didn't need to change anything. The range is very good for a cordless but works even ... read more

  • Escort S2 Radar Detector

    Nov 15, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Superior detection capabilities. Loaded with customizable features. Nice design.
    Cons: None

    Summary: 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. Th ... read more

  • poor performance

    Oct 25, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: convenient, easy controls, looks good
    Cons: lousy range, performs like detectors half the cost

    Summary: This is not a good detector, a surprise considering it is an Escort. They screwed up this time, which is why they came out with the Solo 2 so quickly following. Very poor range, first alert within eyesight of the cop. Got two tickets with this, one on ... read more

  • if it wasn't for the...

    Feb 10, 2003 by
    Not rated yet

    Summary: if it wasn't for the noise it makes it would be a great little detector. but it is very annoying and ... read more

  • Great little Detector,Would recommend although...

    Jan 31, 2003 by
    Not rated yet

    Summary: Great little Detector,Would recommend although I think they are no longer in production. Can no long ... read more

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