Just a quick update for you all on the Solo S2.
I order the unit directly from their web site (www.escortradar.com
) for $339.95 which seemed to be about the best price around and I liked that they have a 30 day return policy. The shipping was quick and I received it in less then a week.
The unit comes shipped in a very nice "travel case", which in my case will likely never get used again, but it packs it well and offers a nice presentation.
As far as the usage goes, it is very straight forward. Essentially slide the batteries in, stick it to the windshield, and turn it on. It also allows for setting several modes if you wish - ie disabling various band detection.
Because I've only been using it for a short time I've only passed a few police cruisers with their radar armed. In each of these cases the unit picked their signal up from well away, with plenty of time to slow down. They weren't using laser so I can't say how well that works at this stage.
I haven't had a lot of false signals yet either. There are a few buildings around that set off the X band, but those haven't been that frequent. I guess like any detector, there are some false beeps but I'd have to rate this at very good at keeping those to a minimum.
I love the fact that it doesn't need a power cord and it slides on and off the windshield bracket very easily. We have a lot of theft crimes here in the RGV so it is wise to remove the unit so somebody doesn't smash your window for a $300 item.
The one downside is that the alert volume is fairly low. While it has a setting for a lower or higher tone, even the higher tone is not sufficient to overcome the background noise when you have the top down and stereo on. Because of this I have mounted the unit on the drivers side of the rearview, as high as possible and as close to the mirror as I could. It doesn't block the vision at all and it is close enough to see the display. Still, with the top down, it is iffy that you'll hear the alert in time.
All in all I am very pleased with the unit so far. I do wish it was louder or brighter in order to get your attention, but with the top up it works fine.