If you have an Escort 8500, do not, I repeat, DO NOT purchase this detector. Sure, it's wireless. Sure, it runs on batteries. Sure, the display is off until a warning sounds. But the damn thing eats up batteries like fat kid on twinkies. I ran through 2 sets of decent Duracell AA's in TWO days!! Even after powering it off manually after each trip! What a joke! Stick with a wired detector. The S2 has a plug-in jack on the side, and if you really want the S2, wire it up. Also, there's no difference when it comes to sensitivity between the S2 and the 8500.
Two other gripes: 1. During the day time the LCD display gets somewhat hard to read. Night-time reading is very good, however. 2. Unlike the 8500, the display faces directly forward and not angled toward the driver. It seems a little nit-picky, but it's a nice feature that I like on the 8500.
I ended up returning the S2 and wasting $50 on a restocking fee, so to save all of you $50, I'm telling all of you now, the 8500 is your best bet.
And I beg to differ. The S2 is an EXCELLENT unit. Yes, the batteries are annoying, but you CAN wire it to the car permanently, and you know it, so why whine about it? It's an excellent detector-beats the heck out of the Valentine any pretty much anything else.
The display is somewhat hard to read? That's a gripe? Okaay...and it's not angled? I prefer that, actually.
I'm telling everyone now that the S2 is the better unit.
That comes nothing close to what would be considered 'crap' it still did very well. lol And who's to trust 'Radar Roy' a retired cop and 'certified traffic radar instructor' (of which is never mentioned anywhere in the site but the title-this suggests false information). The website is for selling radars rather than testing them. In addition, his information is biased because all testing was done on a straight five mile road. How many of those are around? And how do we know how many times he tested the detectors? It might have been so hot, he only tested the detectors one or two times-you just don't know. We also have no idea what his results mean. 3.5 out of five...what? miles? seconds? And how did he base his 1-10 scales?
he was a certified traffic radar instructor and trained hundreds of officers in the correct operation of traffic enforcement equipment and enforcement.
That's it? He trained people to use radar equipment? I could teach people how to use a keyboard and I would be a computer expert by those standards.
Roy uses his law enforcement experience to evaluate protective devices. His goal is to offer only the best products to his customers.
Wow, I keep seeing that. He's trying to sell radars, not test them. Why would a cop offer the best radar detector anyway?
lol sorry man, I'm just into buying statistics like that.
if you go to radardetector.net you will see that his knowledge is valued by all members. you dont have to be too upset that the S2 is not all that. maybe my word choice wasnt the best, but its still not the best for the money.