I ordered the new slide and the Crimson Trace 1500. Both were packaged nicely in a protective box inside the shipping box. The small parts are in zip-lock baggies. I paid for 3 days ship and it arrived in 2.
This Crimson trace 1500 red dot is the exact same as the retail version, the cts1550. ($179) So this seems like a good deal! There are windage and elevation adjustments but I had to guess which is which, based on other brands, as there are no instructions or diagrams in the box, not even on the web. The package came with 3 Allen keys, a large one, which is the 2 bolts to install the red dot, the 2 very small ones are identical and fit the elevation, I did not have one for the windage, so I found a 2mm Allen key from my Kore essentials belt. I was unable to take off the stock plate or install the #2 plate, so I had to go buy a torx 10 to do so. I popped the battery in and the red dot is nice and bright, self adjusting to the available light, it seems off center so I hope to go test shoot and make adjustments. The installed sights are very nice and allow Co-witness. Overall, it's a nice way to modify your XD without the need for a gunsmith, but the lack of support and instruction make this difficult for first timer. I tried it in both of my holsters and they no longer fit. The red dot sits a bit too far forward and is not adjustable. I hope to love this setup and only time will tell.