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May 01

Introducing the Uniden R1 & R3

Uniden R3

Uniden is introducing two new high end radar detectors which are the successors to the DFR6 and DFR7. They are called the Uniden R1 and the Uniden R3 and they’re so good, they’re rendering some of the current top of the line benchmark radar detectors virtually obsolete.

So as I mentioned, these detectors are the next generation of the Uniden DFR6 and DFR7 (though they’re not replacements to them.. they’re the now top-of-the-line models). They’re similar in terms of features and design, but they now offer a color OLED display and a frequency display up to 3 digits. However, the big deal about these detectors is that they’re now digital (like the Escort Max series detectors) and they offer performance that is able surpass the range of the current top of the line, high performance, long range detectors like the Escort Redline, Radenso Pro SE, and Stinger VIP. It’s kind of incredible.

In testing we’re seeing the detector run neck and neck with M3’s in situations where we’re course limited (lots of detectors alert around the same location as you crest a hill or around a bend, for example) and in situations where we see separation between detectors, we’re seeing the new Unidens absolutely blow away everything else. For example, here’s one test done by @Dukes comparing the Stinger VIP (purple), Escort Redline (Red), and Uniden R1 (green).

Do you remember how the DFR6/DFR7 were pretty strong on 34.7 but weak on 33.8 and 35.5? Well the new R1/R3 are now stronger than a Redline on all 3 Ka frequencies which is incredible.

The Uniden R1 and R3 offer the same level of performance, but the R3 adds GPS to give you GPS lockouts, low speed muting, and red light camera alerts for more useful features and false alert filtering capabilities around town (similar to the DFR6 and DFR7).

The BSM filtering with these detectors is pretty good too, better than some existing detectors like the Redline (not that that’s too hard to achieve nowadays, heh). Due to its extreme sensitivity it picks up more signals than other detectors so it’s not going to be as quiet as something like a Radenso XP, but the BSM filter is pretty effective.

Here’s a hands on look with the Uniden R3 so you can check out the detector and see all the current features and menu options.

This detector is currently being beta tested and we’ve been working with Uniden to help brainstorm features, they’ve been making some awesome new changes, improving the filtering, and so on. We’re testing with production grade hardware but beta firmware so I can’t give you information about the final product, but the firmware we have now is close to production ready. There’s a few changes Uniden wants to make such as improving the BSM filtering even more and also boosting X band performance (they had reduced X band sensitivity to cut down on false alerts but it also impacted range.. so they’re giving us full sensitivity and reduced sensitivity now as separate options, for example.)

As far as RDD immunity, this detector is effectively completely stealth to the Spectre Elite, even when the Spectre is being run at max sensitivity. Check this out…

That was one of the tricks that the Escort Redline had.. and this detector is also immune, not to mention it gets better range, has better BSM filtering, and costs less money too!

Speaking of which, let’s talk about that. These detectors are now available for preorder and will be shipping around the end of May.

The Uniden R1 (no GPS) will retail for $299.

The Uniden R3 (with GPS) will retail for $399.

Uniden R3, Items Included in the Box

If you’re looking for a high end, long range, high performance radar detector, this has now become THE detector to get. This detector is going to be extremely popular and I know that availability initially will be very limited so if you’re interested, I would definitely recommend you pre-order.

Pre-order the Uniden R1 here.

Pre-order the Uniden R3 here.

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  1. robert najman

    Looks like the best detector in a moderate price range

    1. Vortex

      You got it! 👍

  2. John

    Have you rested the unit against the RPSE? I am getting better off axis than my Redline, Radenso is very impressive? Firmware US20 helped a lot of issues.

    1. Vortex

      I did, yes. I don’t find the results to be totally conclusive as I explain, but you can see here: https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=61027&page=2&p=851848&viewfull=1#post851848

  3. florin

    Can you test K band QT response?

    1. Vortex

      I can, but Uniden will actually be changing/improving things with an upcoming firmware release so I’ll hold off until I can get results that’ll be representative of what you’ll experience. 🙂

      1. florin

        Thank you! We are ready to preorder…

      2. Aj

        Vortex radar, I been seeing everything for uniden r3 and r1 for radar, but I haven’t seen any work for lidar how far or how much it can pick up mounting it high or low . Please do some tests.

        1. Vortex

          There really isn’t a good reason to. Even if it’s a great laser detector like the V1, it won’t save you from tickets and you’re still going to need a laser jammer either way. There’s been some videos of people getting shot by laser when running a Uniden, but there’s actually little value in comprehensive lidar sensitivity testing since it ultimately won’t make a difference and the conclusion will be that you need jammers.

      3. Dan CALLAGHAN

        Hello

        I will receive my R3 next week. I’m running a V1 (4 years old). I’m hoping the R3 will be a significant upgrade. I live and travel in upstate New York and New Jersey. Lots of K and KA band. Looking for more alert distance. Down hills and areound bends.

        Did I make the right purchase?

        1. Vortex

          In that case it was one of the very best purchases you could possibly make.

  4. Mottie

    Hello vortex
    Again great job and useful information for us all
    Do you know if the R3 the one with the GPS will support red light and speed camera database outside of North America like in Europe as well??

    1. Vortex

      I haven’t asked or heard about any support for European databases so I’m not sure if they plan on doing this.

  5. CHRISTOPHER CLINE

    Hello Vortex! I started following you several months ago, but these are my first comments. Thank you for all your hard work that goes into the technical and unbiased quality of your videos. You and your videos have been a tremendous help in getting me back in the radar detector game. I think I was leaning heavily toward getting the V1…until your recent review of the Uniden R1 & R3 units. Despite being a procrastinator and certainly far less than spontaneous when it comes to electronic purchases…I pre-ordered the Uniden R1. I know you are a fan of the V1, but you were obviously excited about the the new Uniden test results. My question is this: For someone that does mostly highway and suburban driving…do you think I made the right choice…or do you think I was a little premature since some kinks are still being worked out? The long range results had me sold…and I figured the value was there…saving about $150 bucks over the V1 setup. Based on what you know…do you think I made a wise decision? Thanks!

    1. Vortex

      Yeah I think it’s a phenomenal choice. The V1’s arrows admittedly are handy, but that performance is really something else. I just drove with the Uniden today. 0 BSM falses. Really impressive…

  6. Jim

    Can you verify if smart cord that will ship with new Uniden R1 & R3 are the same cord used with DFR6 & DFR7? Does your test R1 or R3 smart cord work to initiate GPS Lockouts like the DFR6 & DFR7 units below on the R1 & R3? !!
    I didn’t see this mentioned on your first 2 videos. Thanks, Jim

    Smartcord for New Uniden DFR6 & DFR7 units.
    Double Click of the mute button during an alert on supported units will initiate a GPS Lockout without having to reach over and use the Mark button.shiI

    1. Vortex

      It’s literally the exact same cord as the DFR detectors and all the features and functionality is identical.

      1. Jim

        Thank you. I preordered mine… Love your reviews!

        1. Vortex

          Congrats!

  7. CHRISTOPHER CLINE

    Thanks!

  8. Greg Armstrong

    Hello Vortex,

    i live in Ohio, and i am intrigued by this detector. Could you tell me how it does with X Band as i still see this on a regular basis. Also, how does it do with Laser detection ?

    1. Vortex

      X band performance was pretty bad in testing. It turns out Uniden had turned down the sensitivity to cut down on false alerts. After that, they’ve since updated the detector and given us the ability to run it in full sensitivity if we like. It hasn’t been retested with this new change.

      Laser detection, *shrugs.* I know it can detect the DragonEye Compact, but it’s no replacement for jammers even if the sensitivity is great so there’s not really any point of doing some sort of comprehensive test.

      1. Greg Armstrong

        Thanks for the response

  9. Doug lister

    I am in Canada and want to purchase a radar detector. Will the new Uniden detect MRCD photo radar which uses K-band scanning at the low end of 24.0GHz? This is now being used in some provinces of Canada.

    1. Vortex

      It is not designed to detect the MRCD. If you’re in Canada, I’d recommend a different detector like the Net Radar MRCD if you want a remote, a Redline International if you want a windshield mount now, or the upcoming Radenso Pro SE M if you’re willing to be a little patient. https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=60845

      1. Doug Lister

        Thank you for the recommendation. It’s really appreciated as making these decisions is very diffiecult with so many variables. Thanks again.

      2. Doug lister

        Quick question, is the Radenso Pro SE M, supposed to be better than Redline? Thanks in advance for the help.

        1. Vortex

          That detector hasn’t even be released yet. The European equivalent, the Genevo One M, has, and I don’t cover European detectors. There’s information around on it though if you search around.

  10. Doug lister

    ….I am in Canada and want to purchase a radar detector. Will the new Uniden detect MRCD photo radar which uses K-band scanning at the low end of 24.0GHz? This is now being used in some provinces of Canada.

  11. Dash

    I have a Cobra right now that I have powered by a chord connected to fusebox…Do RD’s use the same size power chords? WIll this one match up with that as well?

    1. Vortex

      It’s probably different. What kind of power cable does your Cobra use? Is it a rounded plug? The Uniden uses an RJ11 jack that looks like a landline phone cable. I’m guessing it’s different than your Cobra so you will need to run a different hardwire cable.

      1. Dash

        Yes it is round. Are those types of cables available after market?

        1. Vortex

          Here’s the cable I’d recommend: http://bit.ly/28TJdLb It’s the one for the DFR7 and it works perfectly with the R1/R3 as well.

          1. Dash Riprock

            Will that chord you posted (and thanks!) take away any functions that the supplied chord has?

            Can I also just get one of these and adapt my power chord that I am using with my older Cobra?

            https://www.escortradar.com/store/Interface-Cord.html

        1. Jim

          I use this adapter with my Radenso Pro SE cable with power on/off switch to power my Radenso XP. Works great and is very convenient if I want to turn off detector if police are around me at intersections! I’m in a state just south of Maryland!

        2. Dash Riprock

          Will that chord you posted (and thanks!) take away any functions that the supplied chord has?

          Can I also just get one of these and adapt my power chord that I am using with my older Cobra?

          https://www.escortradar.com/store/Interface-Cord.html

  12. Ken Nakamura

    Hi Vortex,

    I am ready to order. Considering the DFR7 or the R3, what are the key differences beside the weakness on 33.8 for the DFR7

    1. Vortex

      Other than the significantly improved performance, you’ve got an updated color screen, and improved lockouts. There’s also other little things like K band POP detection (doesn’t matter) and currently the ability to mute RLC alerts when on the highway which they’re looking to change to being able to individually delete RLC’s if desired. I’ll do a post on this specifically probably later today. 🙂

  13. KiwiGuy

    Do you know what the lowest k band frequency this can detect? Can it detect around 24.080ghz?

    1. Vortex

      It can detect down as low as 24.050. 🙂

  14. Al

    When you buy a radar detector, such as the Uniden R3, do you get the full one-year warranty if you buy it from someplace like Amazon, for example?
    When I was looking over the Uniden website, it appeared to me that you only get the full one-year warranty if you buy it directly from Uniden. Is that a true statement?

    1. Vortex

      So long as you purchase from an authorized reseller, you get the full warranty. 🙂

  15. Marc Polfliet

    Hi Vortex, Thanks to all the great review you provided, I am convinced I need a Radar. Looks like the best choice is one of the new Uniden considering that I need a maximum range when ridding my motorcycle. The only thing I miss is to know which waterproof case I could use to install this on my motorcycle. Can you recommend anything (or talk to Uniden to see if they have anything of that nature in development)?
    Thanks a bunch for all the great videos and high quality product reviews you provide.
    Marc.

  16. VC

    Sure would love to get my hands on one before my road trip vacation starts which is last week in June!!

  17. Angelos

    Hi there,
    I’m using the Max right now and the 8500 x50 before, I don’t like the max but I use a smart cord with a optocoupler the triggers a relay with LEDS on the dash of my motorcycle to get my attention does the R3 has something like that? Smart cord with blinking LEDS when it receives a signal? I’m very interested at the R3 but it won’t do anything good if I don’t know that it picked up a signal.
    Thanks for your time.

    1. Doug

      Talked to Escort today and was told replacement for Redline is coming in 4 to 6 weeks. And will be full my undetectable.

      Has anybody heard anything further?

    2. Vortex

      Yep, the R1 and R3’s smartcord has an LED that flashes when you get an alert as well. 🙂

      1. Angelos

        Is any way to find out from Uniden the wiring pin out of the plug? Maybe that way I can built the smart cord like the Max or even use the same board….i will try to find the diagram and uploaded.

      2. Angelos

        http://www.gixxer.com/forums/22-mods-how-tos/233418-electrical-question-custom-wiring-radar-tearing-down-escort-smartcord.html#/topics/233418?page=1

        This is the wiring diagram for escort detectors, if it is close to that would be great.

  18. Jameson

    I own a convertible also and am concerned about the detector not being loud enough since I have read several comments about the detector not being very loud. Since you have a Miata what is your opinion?

    1. Vortex

      Yeah I was a bit surprised to hear that. I mean I never run the thing at full volume… 😉 Then again, I haven’t run much with the top down lately plus my Miata’s small so the RD is sitting RIGHT by my head which makes it easier to hear. I’ll have to test it out next time I go out (it’s rainy now) and I’ll let you know.

      1. Jameson

        Any top down drives yet in the Miata to test the volume on the R3?

        1. Vortex

          Oh yeah, this weekend actually. I ran it around volume 3/5 and it was fine. 🙂

  19. Don

    I want to purchase either the RD1 or RD3. I drive mostly on the Highway but I drive on busy roads also. What is the biggest benefit of having the GPS ? BTW: I’m in NJ so I need X band to work too.

    Thanks
    Don

    1. Vortex

      If you’re in urban areas, a detector with GPS is best. See this post for more info: http://www.vortexradar.com/2017/06/the-benefits-of-gps-in-a-radar-detector/

      The Unidens are now good on X band too. They were bad in beta testing because Uniden cut back the sensitivity, but now we have the option for full sensitivity (when running in Highway mode) or reduced sensitivity (in City mode).

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