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Escort has a new cordless radar detector that claims the same impressive performance as their 8500, but with a better high resolution LCD screen. Even though I probably still consider the V1 to be the best, no one can argue that units like the 8500 or the Bel 980 (which I own) aren't good enough. And if I could get 8500 performance in a small, cordless model, I'm on it.

Has anyone seen this unit tested yet? I won't buy it before I see some INDEPENDENT testing, because the Escort company has been a little less than honest in the past with their advertising. But I really like what I see so far with the Solo 2.

I found this site which tests it against others, including the V1, and it looks like a fair test, but I'm a little wary cause he only sells Escort and Bel products (these 2 are now owned by the same co). Anyway, check it out:

www.radarbusters.com
 

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The problem with a cordless model is that the power from the batteries drop during use. What I mean by this is that when the batteries are brand new they tend to put out more power than when they are at 3/4 or less of their charge capacity. I bought one of the cordless passports a few years ago and I definately could tell that a few days after I replaced the batteries I would start to lose detection sensitivity. I would recommend NOT going with a cordless model. Also, I have owned 3 Passport/Escort brand radar detectors over the years and they don't hold a candle to the new V1 I bought. I orginally bought the V1 to compare it to the passport/escorts out there and I learned that the V1 detects radar a lot better than the escort/passport brand in "real world" situations, especially when you are coming around a bend or turn in the road and there is a cop using radar. The one drawbck of the V1 is PRICE. It is $399. Just my 2 cents.
 
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