Escort SOLO S3

$299.95

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SOLO S3 Cordless
$299.95

Cordless Freedom

No other detector provides the portable convenience and protection of the SOLO S3. It's easy to own and operate. No more cords - just place it on the windshield or dashboard, turn it on, and you're ready to go. The SOLO S3 is ideal for the traveler who is constantly in and out of rental cars or just wants the easiest-to-use protection.

Programmable Features

SOLO S3 packs 9-user programmable features, allowing you to customize it for your specific driving style. Your preferred settings are stored in memory, even when you replace SOLO S3's batteries. Or, simply use SOLO S3's factory settings, allowing you to just turn it on and go.

High-Resolution Display

A new brilliant OLED display makes the SOLO S3 radar detector intuitive to use and easy to understand. Each radar, laser or SWS signal is identified and communicated to you with clear messages. Signal strength is provided using two types of meters (programmable) which include Standard Bar-graph and ExpertMeter.

Long-Range Radar Protection

The redesigned SOLO S3 provides long-range warning on all radar bands including conventional and "instant-on" X-band, K-band, and Superwide Ka-band. Patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides the longest warning possible without constant false alarms.

Ultra-Performance Laser Protection

The SOLO S3 uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning and the widest field of view against laser encounters.

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High-efficiency Battery Design

SOLO S3 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. Using 2 standard (AA) batteries (included), the SOLO S3 provides months of normal driving protection. A new low-battery warning circuit keeps constant watch on the condition of the batteries, and provides you with both audible and visual alerts before they need to be replaced. A new AutoPower feature (programmable) automatically turns the SOLO S3 off to conserve battery life.

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Comes Fully Equipped

The Cordless SOLO S3 radar detector comes ready to drive with a quick reference guide, adjustable quick-release windshield mount, travel case and a set of AA batteries. Limited One Year Warranty.

Operating Bands

  • X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
  • Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth

Radar Receiver/Detector Type

  • Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • 4-bit Analog-Digital Converter

Laser Detector

  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes

Display Type

  • High-Resolution Graphic
  • OLED Display

Power Requirement

  • 2 AA Batteries, or Escort SmartCord® (Optional)

Programmable Features

  • Power-On Indication
  • AutoPower (On/Off)
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • AutoMute (On/Off)
  • Audio Tones
  • City Mode
  • Brightness Control
  • Dark Mode
  • Bands (On/Off)

Sensitivity Modes

  • Highway, Auto and city

Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute

SmartShield VG-2 Protection

Dimensions

  • 1.16" H x 2.90" W x 5.25" L
High-Efficiency Battery Design
SOLO S3 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. Using 2 standard (AA) batteries (included), the SOLO S3 radar detector provides months of normal driving protection. A new low-battery warning circuit keeps constant watch on the condition of the batteries, and provides you with both audible and visual alerts before they need to be replaced. A new AutoPower feature (programmable) automatically turns the SOLO S3 off to conserve battery life.
Long-Range Radar Protection
The redesigned SOLO S3 radar detector provides long-range warning on all radar bands including conventional and "instant-on" X-band, K-band, and Superwide Ka-band. Patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides the longest warning possible without constant false alarms.
Ultra-Performance Laser Protection
The SOLO S3 radar detector uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning and the widest field of view against laser encounters.
Programmable Features
SOLO S3 packs 9-user programmable features, allowing you to customize it for your specific driving style. Your preferred settings are stored in memory, even when you replace SOLO S3's batteries. Or, simply use SOLO S3's factory settings, allowing you to just turn it on and go.
High-Resolution Graphic Display
A new brilliant OLED display makes the SOLO S3 radar detector intuitive to use and easy to understand. Each radar, laser or SWS signal is identified and communicated to you with clear messages. Signal strength is provided using two types of meters (programmable) which include Standard Bar-graph and ExpertMeter.
Safety Radar Signals
SOLO S3 provides unique audible and visual alerts for Safety Warning Systems (SWS) signals. These alerts, (up to 64 messages) will keep you informed of road hazards in areas using this technology.
Comes Fully Equipped
The Cordless SOLO S3 radar detector comes ready to drive with a quick reference guide, adjustable quick-release windshield mount, travel case and a set of AA batteries. Limited One Year Warranty.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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EscortSOLO S3
 
4.5

(based on 103 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Gives false reads (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the portability and features.

I currently have the Solo S2 which was upgraded from the previous model. I bought the SOLO because I often drive different cars and rental cars and wanted to be able to easily take...Read complete review

I currently have the Solo S2 which was upgraded from the previous model. I bought the SOLO because I often drive different cars and rental cars and wanted to be able to easily take it with me and not have to worry about plugging in a cord. It's very stealth looking and is easy to program although I usually just keep it on Highway mode. It gives me plenty of warning for radar signals UNLESS I'm the only car on the highway and they are using a instant on type of radar OR laser. NO detector can help you in that situation. I know the corded detectors can provide better warnings but I still like the ease of portability and no cords to have to worry about. Battery life is very good and depending on how much I'm driving, it can last a month. I always keep 2 AA batteries in the case just in case.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not very confident in this product, false laser alarms...

The small intermittent led that shows power is on is disconcerting. I find myself staring at it to make sure it's still on and it doesnt flash as often as I would like. I...Read complete review

The small intermittent led that shows power is on is disconcerting. I find myself staring at it to make sure it's still on and it doesnt flash as often as I would like. I have a 9500xi Passport with Escort live and absolutely love it. The solo s3 is good for what it is but needs an indicator that shows its on all the time. I would sacrifice battery life for that feature.

The things that absolutely drive me nuts is the false laser alarms. If the sun reflects off anything it goes off. I live in Colorado, lots of sun so it is a constant issue. I have never actually had a real laser alarm. Of course I expected less range than the passport but it is truly about 20% of what the passport does, a lot of times the cop has already got you when it detects.

Spend the extra money and get the passport and smart cord live. There are enough people on the network now that sometimes I will get notified about speed traps a mile before my detector even goes off. Get a solo for a motorcycle.

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(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DO NOT BUY THE SOLO S3 (read if you're thinking about it)

By William

from Orinda, CA

About Me Commuter, Gearhead, Practical

Pros

    Cons

    • Gives False Reads
    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

      Let me start by saying I've been a long time fan of Escort.

      This being said DO NOT BUY THIS RADAR DETECTOR. I owned an 8500x50 for 3 years and loved it. Car was recently broken into and my Escort stolen, so figured I would buy a cordless to replace.

      The Solo is complete garbage. Terrible range (at times it goes off after I see the cop car) and the amount of false alerts while driving through towns is unbearable. I used the Solo for ~ a month and it's apparent it's worthless. I'm shopping for replacements - likely moving fwd with the ValentineOne.

      • Age:
      • 25-34
      • Daily mileage:
      • 21-40
      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Primary vehicle:
      • Luxury sedan
      • Vehicles owned:
      • 3
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      • No
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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      THE WORST RADAR DETECTOR / DO NOT BUY

      By Nate

      from San Francisco

      About Me Commuter, Practical

      Pros

      • Easy To Mount

      Cons

      • Gives False Reads
      • Inaccurate

      Best Uses

        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        THE WORST RADAR DETECTOR / DO NOT BUY. And terrible customer service / replacement options.

        Prior to purchasing I used the 8500 for ~ 3Yrs. Was a GREAT product. It was stolen recently so thought I would try out the cordless. It's beyond useless and frankly just an annoyance - range is terrible / worthless, false alarms happen constantly. It's picked up one Ka band and I saw the cop before the alert sounded...

        Just got off the phone with customer service - assumed I would be able to exchange. The return policy is beyond laughable. I have only been using the detector for ~10 days, and only purchased ~ 20 days ago. The only option available is to return it and get an $80 credit towards another detector purchase.

        Escort just lost a customer. I will be migrating to a Valentine One.

        • Age:
        • 25-34
        • Daily mileage:
        • 21-40
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Luxury sedan
        • Vehicles owned:
        • 3
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Radar Detector

        By lhenry83

        from Texas

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Clear Alert
        • Easy To Mount
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Gives False Reads

        Best Uses

        • City Driving
        • Highway Driving

        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I had the Solo S2 and couldn't wait to get my S3 and have been pleased with the ease of moving from one car to another. I traded in my S2 for my S3 that I've used since it was released to the market. The suction cups do have a bit of trouble adhering to a cold windshield but overall, I would repeat buy this product. I cannot wait till the S4 is released.

        • Age:
        • 45-54
        • Daily mileage:
        • 21-40
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Truck
        • Vehicles owned:
        • 3
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
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        5.0

        Always does it's job perfectly

        By PCGuy007

        from Kansas City area

        Verified Buyer
        Site Member

        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I have had everything from the very first original (big box) "escort" detector to the 8500 xi. My preferred detector has been and remains to be the Solo S3 due to the fact it's wireless. I have run the wire under the winshield pillar post trim and headliner, up under the dash, etc. on the hard-wired models but some vehicles are less accomodating to this scenario. I have had a Solo now for about 20 years or so and it still works perfectly. I just purchased a new one for our new Colorado as hard-wiring the 8500 I had would not have been real accomodating. The portability allows it to be easily placed in service loaner, rental vehicles too.

        • Age:
        • 55-64
        • Daily mileage:
        • Over 60
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Truck
        • Vehicles owned:
        • 2
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        5.0

        Extremely Reliable

        By TerryF

        from Tulsa, OK, USA

        Verified Buyer
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        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        We've used Escorts in all our cars for many years. The cordless feature is the best. You have no visible cord dangling off your dash. I even bought one for my mother-in-law for Christmas last year. They are like your cell phone, once you get attached to it you never go anywhere without it.

        • Age:
        • 55-64
        • Daily mileage:
        • 11-20
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Luxury sedan
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        • 3
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        4.0

        These features are geat and identical to the other Solo...

        By JudyTurtle

        from Tomball, TX, USA

        Verified Buyer
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        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        For some reason, the laser alert goes off quite often, especially in constructin areas. The other Solo S3 that we've had for a couple of years does not alert in these same areas. Either the older S3 is insensitive to these lasers or the newer S3 is extremely sensitive.

        • Age:
        • 55-64
        • Daily mileage:
        • 41-60
        • Gender:
        • Female
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Sports car
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        • 2
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        5.0

        My second one

        By Bill1369

        from Louisiana, USA

        Verified Buyer
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        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I had a solo 2 for 14 years and the LED final quit working. The radar detection worked but no screen info. I use on my Harley and in my truck. Love it.

        • Age:
        • Over 65
        • Daily mileage:
        • Over 60
        • Gender:
        • Male
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        • Truck
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        • 3
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        5.0

        Seems to work fine. Glad to be rid of the wire!

        By Don30

        from Lawrenceville, NJ

        Verified Buyer
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        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I have a Passport 8500 which has worked fine for years. My new car has so many gizmos with related buttons on the dash that the cord was annoying me. I finally broke down and purchased the Solo. Seems to work just as well as the 8500. I have had it for about three weeks now and used it just about every day. The batteries are still going strong. I was amazed to find that the auto off feature actually worked! I have left it on a couple of times and, upon my return, it had shut down. I did have the impression from the photos that the Solo was smaller than my 8500. It is actually about the same size, possibly a little thicker. I do not know why the photo gave me that impression. Not really a problem, just mentioning it. Great detector!
        I wanted to mention that I am an old customer going back to Cincinnati Microwave days and the big old "Escort" clunker. Always worked great though!

        • Age:
        • Over 65
        • Daily mileage:
        • 11-20
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • SUV
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        • 1
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        5.0

        No cord... no problem

        By hadtohavit

        from Columbus, OH, USA

        Verified Buyer
        Site Member

        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I don't need a bunch of bells and whistles....
        just alert me!!!!
        And I am one of those guys that does not like cords...
        So this unit does the job without the clutter...
        In BMW there isn't a 12v accessory plug any where near the mirror anyway !!!
        Highly recommend the S3

        • Age:
        • 55-64
        • Daily mileage:
        • 21-40
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Luxury sedan
        • Vehicles owned:
        • 3
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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good quality

        By shiz

        from Undisclosed

        Verified Buyer
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        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        I am a good driver but if you want to prevent police ticketing you that is revenue based speed traps in unethical prectices preying on everyone regardless of your driving style, level the playing field and buy a escort

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