Escort Solo S3 Review | Solo S3 Radar Detector Review





If you want the convenient of a portable radar detector and protection from police enforcement officer, the Escort Solo S3 will be the perfect choice.

In this article, we will be looking at the Escort Solo S3 review, its features, the pros and cons, ratings and customer reviews and our verdict on this radar detector from Escort

Escort Solo S3 Review





Escort Solo S3 Review

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If you are looking for a radar detector without cord and can be used with battery, your only choice will be the Escort Solo S3.

The Solo S3 is easy to operate; just place it on the windshield or dashboard which ever way you like it and you are good to go. For individuals who travel around and rent vehicles for use, this will be the perfect choice.




Long Range Radar Detection

The Solo S3 is able to provide long range detection for signals on radar bands such as X-band, K-band, Ka-band and laser signal; it is also able to detect safety signal to warn you of emergency vehicles nearby.

As the Solo S3 runs on battery, its detection range is generally shorter compared to other normal radar detector with cord. However, even with a shorter detection range, you’ll still have ample time to react whenever any signal is detected.

Power On 

To power on the Solo S3, you’ll need to press the power button located on the left side of the front panel. Pressing the same button for 2 seconds will turn the unit off.

Note: For details on how to select a radar detector, read about our Radar Detector Guide.


In order to conserve battery life, the Escort Solo S3 will automatically switch off the unit after the vehicle has stopped moving for 25 minutes. However, if the vehicle starts to move within the next 30 minutes, you’ll be prompted if you want to turn the device on again. If you do not press the on button within 15 seconds, the unit will switch off completely. If you need to turn it on again, simply press the power button again.

Power-On Indication / Alert

Once you switch on the Solo S3, it will run through a start-up sequence and when it is completed, one of the three Leds (Green, yellow, red) will begin to blink.

Volume Control

You can adjust the volume of the Solo S3 by pressing the up or down arrow buttons located to the right of the display; just press it till the volume reaches a level you are comfortable with.

High-Resolution Graphic Display

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The Solo S3 is equipped with OLED display which makes it an ease to use and read this device. Whenever any radar or laser is detected, you’ll get clear messages on the type of signal being detected while the signal strength bar will display the strength of the signal.

You have the option to set the signal strength either to the standard / normal bar-graph or the ExpertMeter display.

You can also set the brightness level of display to 4 levels – automatic, minimum, medium, maximum and full dark mode. The default setting is automatic which set the brightness automatically according to the ambient light in your vehicle.

If you set the brightness to full dark mode, no display will be seen and you’ll only hear audible alert when a signal is detected. The dark mode is best set for night driving where you don’t want others to notice you have a radar detector onboard.

AutoMute, Mute & SmartMute

Once a signal has been detected, the Solo S3 will sound an audio alert to inform you that a signal has been detected. After that, the initial volume will be reduced to a lower level.

The reduced volume will help to reduce the annoyance of a continuous full-volume alert which is a welcome sight. Alternatively, you can turn off the AutoMute feature on the EZ-Programming section.

You can also manually mute the alert audio by pressing the mute button. After that radar encounter has passed, the mute will automatically reset and the audio will alert you to the next.

Once the volume has been muted doesn’t mean that the unit has stopped working. In fact, if any new signal is detected, the SmartMute feature will be intelligent enough to alert you of this new threat.

Mode Switch

You can select the sensitivity of the Solo S3 by switching the mode to between Auto, Highway or City mode.

Under the Auto mode, which is the recommended mode for most driving, the Solo S3 will provide long-range warning, while virtually eliminating false alarms. Under the Auto mode, the Solo S3 will intelligently filter all incoming signals and then determine which signals are real threats.

Under the City mode, the X-band sensitivity will be lowered to reduce false alerts. As city and urbanized areas have many automatic door openers and microwaves which can trigger the X-band signal, switching to this mode will lower the level of false alerts.

Under the Highway mode, all signals will be detected and the detection range will be at the maximum to alert you of any radar signals.

Escort Solo S3 Review – Audible Alerts

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For different signals detected, different alert tones will be heard.

When a radar signal is detected, you’ll hear a Geiger-counter-like sound to indicate the signal strength and type of radar signal being encountered. The audio alert will be faster as you get closer to the source of the signal and will turn into a solid tone once you are very near the source.

The audio alert is good to keep you from taking your eyes from the road. For the X-band, you’ll hear a beep tone while for a K-band, a raspy tone and for the Ka-band, a double-brap tone.

If laser signal is detected, a full alert will be heard. This is because if a laser is detected, most likely you are very near to the source and there is a high chance that you’re being targeted. For most cases, if you are the target and you hear the laser alert, it is already too late – you are busted.

For safety signals, you’ll hear a double-beep tome while a text message will also appear.

Signal Strength Meter

When a radar is detected, the Solo S3 standard bar-graph signal strength meter will display the type of signal detected. However, if more than one signal is detected, the Solo S3 is intelligent enough to determine the vital signal to be displayed.

When a radar signal is detected, a text message X, K or Ka will be displayed together with a bar graph which shows the strength of the signal. On the other hand, if laser signal is detected, the message “Laser” will be displayed. Do take note that when laser signal is detected, you need to act immediately to slow down. On the other hand, if you’ve set the device to dark mode, only audio alert will be heart and no display will be seen.

Expert Meter Escort Solo S3 cordless radar detector

Besides the normal meter display, for advanced users, they have the option of setting it to ExpertMeter display. The ExpertMeter is actually a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows hat band each signal is and its signal strength. KA|| K||.

When the Solo S3 is set to the ExpertMeter, it will be able to track up to 8 signals simultaneously. For display, it will be able to display information up to 2 Ka-band, 2 K-band, and 4 X-band signals.

Setting to ExpertMeter will also help to spot a change in your normal driving environment. For example, the Solo S3 will be able to alert you of a traffic radar unit being operated in an area where there are normally other signals present.

Note: The ExpertMeter is only advisable for advanced / experienced users. If you are new this radar detection, it is advisable to stick to the normal standard bar-graph.

 Programmable Features

There are 9-user programmable features you alter with the Solo S3; once this is set, it will be stored in memory even after battery is changed. If you want to set everything back to factory setting, just press and hold the Mute and M (Mode) buttons while turning the unit on; the Solo S3’s display will provide a “Reset” message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

The 9-user programmable features you can set are: Pilot light, auto power, power on sequence, signal strength signal, automute, audiotones, city mode sensitivity, brightness and bands to be detected.

High-Efficiency Battery Design

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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. From our experience, the Solo S3 will provide 30 to 40 hours or up to one month of operation on a pair of AA batteries. You can also use rechargable batteries.

Note: Remember to switch off the unit after using it or the battery may not last that long.

Besides battery, you can also purchase a separate power cords to power the Solo S3. Do take note that if you use the cord, the Solo S3 will turn off automatically when the ignition is turned OFF. When you turn on your vehicle, you’ll need to manually switch on the Solo S3; it will not turn on automatically when you on your vehicle.

When you plug in the cord, the battery inside the S3 will not be utilized and all power will be from your car battery.

Note: Depending on your vehicle, the lighter socket power may either be continuously on, or it may be switched on and off with your ignition switch.

Once the batteries reach a specific voltage level, (approximately 1.7 volts) the Solo S3 will provide a low-battery warning. This warning consists of an audible alert, along with a corresponding message.

To check the battery status, simply press the mute button when no signal is detected. A battery icon will then appear indicating the remaining life of the batteries.


Installing the removing the Solo S3 is easy as you only need to stick on your windshield using the supplied Windshield Mount.

The best place to mount the Solo S3 is the windshield and make sure that it is high enough to provide a clear view of the road ahead; also take note not to mount the device below the windshield wipers, other heavily solid objects or heavily tinted areas. Mounting your Solo S3 in such places may obstruct the radar antenna and hence reducing its effectiveness to function well.

CAUTION! A few vehicles (including some Porsches) have windshields with a soft anti-lacerative coating on the inside surface. Use of suction cups will permanently mar this coating. Consult your dealership or the vehicle owner’s manual to determine if your windshield has such coating.

Is Radar Detector Legal? 

Radar detectors are completely legal to use in non-commercial vehicles in 49 states. Virginia and Washington D.C. are the only places in the United States that currently ban radar detectors. Radar detector use in commercial vehicles has been prohibited in the U.S. since 1995 and radar detectors are also illegal in most Canadian provinces.

What’s in the box

Escort Solo S3 cordless radar detector review

A travel case, adjustable quick-release windshield mount, a set of AA batteries, comprehensive Owner’s Manual, quick reference card and Limited One Year Warranty.


1.16″ H x 2.90″ W x 5.25″ L and weighing only 1 pound.

Escort Solo S3 Review – Customer Review 

At the time of this writing, the Solo S3 has 4.2 rating which is a very good rating. As a matter of fact, most of the rating is concentrated in the high 4 and 5 star rating.

Most users are satisfied with the unit while a small percentage complain that the device did work or have sub-par performance.


  • Use battery and cord is optional
  • Easy Usage
  • Long range detection
  • OLED display
  • Sensibility mode – Auto, Highway & City Mode
  • 9 EZ programming mode
  • Great for travelers who always fly. Easily removed from car and switched between car
  • VG-2 immunity means you won’t get found by this most common type of radar detector detector
  • 1 year warranty


  • No GPS and can’t mark and lock out locations with false alerts
  • No red light and speed trap database
  • No overspeed alert
  • No live app for instant alert
  • Unable to detect POP signal
  • Unable to reject signals caused by traffic flow system which eventually will cause a lot of false alerts.
  • Shorter detection range


If you are a traveler that fly often and need to rent car to move around, the Escort Solo S3

Will be a great choice as you can literally bring it anywhere you go and fix it on the windshield to give you protection over radar detection.

Besides using battery, you also have the option to purchase a separate cord for use inside the vehicle.

The Solo S3 will be able to provide protection on the common radar and laser signals but is not able to pick up the POP signal. Additionally, if the highway you are travelling on uses the traffic flow system to monitor traffic, the Solo S3 will not be able to differentiate the signals generated by this system and hence will create a lot of false alerts.

Overall, the Solo S3 is still the best cordless radar detector in the market as there are very limited choices for cordless radar detector. If you want a more advance and up-todate radar detector, then the Escort Passport 8500×50 will be the right choice.

On the other hand, if you would like to have more advance features like the GPS, then the Escort Passport 9500ix will be a good choice.

If you have a high budget and is serious about radar detection, then the Passport Max 2 should be the choice unit.

Do take note that whatever radar detector model you choose, it will be a good investment as just a few saves from the law enforcement officer and all your investment would have been paid for.

The radar detector will help but will not stop you from getting speeding ticket. If a traffic police is following behind you and you are caught speeding, a ticket will be issued to you.

End of Escort Solo S3 review.

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