I've continued to use Solid Explorer Beta2 and so far, with one exception, it seems to work well. The exception, as mentioned before, is that I can't connect to the root via FTP from PC. The advantage over ES is that it doesn't time-out. I rate both SE and ES well above File Expert.
Galaxy Nexus (gsm) Android 4.3 rooted
Straight Talk AT&T
Hisense Sero 7 Pro Android 4.2 rooted