May 08

Uniden R3 vs. Uniden DFR7

The Uniden R3 is the evolution of the Uniden DFR7. It offers a number of different benefits and improvements over the DFR7. I want to go over the differences in this article so that you can decide which detector you should get or if you should upgrade if you already own the DFR7.

Uniden DFR7 & Uniden R3

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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.

Apr 15

BlendMount vs. Radar Mount Rear View Mirror Mount Comparison & Review

If you want to mount your radar detector underneath your rear view mirror (RVM), there’s two main options: The higher end BlendMount or the less expensive Radar Mount Mirror Mount. They both do basically the same thing and I was wondering which one is better and what the differences are so I reached out to both manufacturers and they’ve each sent me products to review and it turns out that while both of them will do the job, there’s quite a few differences between the two in practice. Let’s take a closer look.

Max360 on BlendMount

Redline on Radar Mount

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Apr 07

Radenso SP Released

Radenso has just released their latest detector, the Radenso SP!

The Radenso SP is a GPS-less version of their popular Radenso XP. It’s essentially the same thing, but without the GPS chip and related functionality (low speed muting, GPS lockouts, red light camera alerts). It also costs $150 less than the XP and so at $249, it’s a more budget friendly option for people looking for a good detector with excellent false alert filtering abilities.

The Radenso SP can be purchased online here.

Apr 05

Spectre Elite, Driveby Testing

Doing a shootout with the Spectre Elite is a quick and easy way to find out how far away it can detect different radar detectors. However, I’ve found that those results don’t necessarily translate into what you’ll experience in real life. It’s a difficult worst case scenario test, but when an officer is driving past you or you’re driving past him, your results may be different. Because of this, I’ve run a number of different detectors in a variety of different situations against the Spectre and the results are very interesting. Let’s run through the list of some detectors so you can see what an officer would see in practice if you were running one of these detectors:

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Apr 01

Spectre Elite, Maximum Detection Range Test

This weekend I tested out a bunch of radar detectors against the Spectre Elite, the latest and greatest version of the Spectre radar detector detector.

Radar Detectors Tested:

  • Radenso XP
  • Uniden DFR7
  • Escort Max360
  • Escort Passport Max2
  • Radenso Pro
  • Radenso Pro SE
  • Valentine One
  • Cobra DSP9200BT
  • Cobra XRS 9930
  • V8 (Cheap Chinese $10 detector)
  • Escort Redline
  • Beltronics Magnum
  • Whistler CR93

The Spectre Elite was set to the recommended settings as per the manual with the filter off and the sensitivity adjustment knob set to the 3 o’clock position.

Every radar detector was configured the same with X band off, K band on, Ka segmented 2/5/8 as appropriate.

I then drove away, turned back around, and slowly started driving towards the RD, measuring the distance where the Spectre was first able to pick up the detector as well as where it was able to get a good, solid signal. Sometimes the two were the same and other times I could pick up a weak signal farther away before getting a better signal closer up.

I will be doing more testing actually driving past the detectors on the road and not stopping directly in front of the car and that will likely show different results (a detector that requires you to be 10-15 feet away, parked nose to nose, in order to be detected will likely be undetectable by someone driving past the vehicle, for example).

Here’s a look at the results plus videos of all the testing so you can see how things look for yourself, along with any interesting notes as applicable. 🙂

Radenso XP

The Radenso XP is only detectable from about 14-18 feet away.

Purchase a Radenso XP

Uniden DFR7

The Uniden DFR7 is almost undetectable too, requiring the Spectre to be 11-14 feet away.

Interestingly, we found out that when shot with laser, the DFR7 shuts down its radar scanning/detecting and becomes temporarily immune to RDD detection. 🙂

Purchase a Uniden DFR7

Escort Max360

The Max360 was detectable 292 feet away and gave us a solid reading at 285 feet.

Purchase a Max360

Escort Passport Max2

The results of the Max2 testing surprised me. I figured it’d be the same as the Max360 (but less detectable from behind due to the lack of rear antenna.. I’ll test this later), but it was only detectable 101 feet away. It’s certainly not stealth, but it was only detectable from 1/3 as far away as the Max360.

Purchase a Max2

Radenso Pro

The Radenso Pro was detectable 151 feet away.

Purchase a Radenso Pro

Radenso Pro SE

The Radenso Pro SE was detectable just 12 feet away. The low noise amplifier (LNA) inside the RPSE which helps boost the strength of weak signals and give the detector extra sensitivity (this is the difference between the RP and the RPSE) also acts as a one way switching which helps prevent signals from leaking back out of the detector’s horn (antenna). This test is an awesome illustration of the difference the LNA makes in terms of RDD immunity.

Purchase a Radenso Pro SE

Valentine One

The V1 was first detectable 194 feet away, but the signal was pretty sporadic. Once we got closer to 142 feet away, then the signal became consistent and strong. This was with a v3.8945 V1.

Purchase a Valentine One

Cobra DSP9200BT

The Cobra DSP9200BT is practically immune to being detected by the Spectre Elite, only being picked up 15 feet away when parked nose to nose.

Purchase a Cobra DSP9200BT

Cobra XRS 9930

The Cobra XRS could be picked up by the Spectre Elite 825 feet away and the Spectre had a strong signal at 543 feet.

The Cobra advertises that it’s immune to being detected by the older Spectre 1 and I activated the Spectre 1 Alert, but it never alerted to the Spectre Elite and was easily detected by it.

V8

This cheap $10 Chinese radar detector was detectable by the Spectre Elite 840 feet away.

Escort Redline

The Escort Redline features Escort’s patented TotalShield technology and is completely undetectable by the Spectre Elite.

Purchase a Redline here

Beltronics Magnum

The Beltronics Magnum also features Escort’s patented TotalShield technology and is also completely undetectable by the Spectre Elite.

Purchase a Magnum here

Whistler CR93

Last but not least, the most interesting one! When the Whistler CR93 was tested in the flat open roads in Texas, the Spectre Elite could pick it up at well over a mile away at 6,234 feet! Needless to say, I figured this would be interesting. 🙂

On my shorter and hillier course, the Spectre Elite was able to pick up the CR93 not only driving towards it, but also while driving away from it, with the Spectre pointed at its back! It was detectable literally the entire length of the course, maxing out the course… To try and gain more distance, I went down a gravel road full of potholes and yet once I turned back around, as soon as I crested atop a small hill and regained line of sight, BOOM. Strong signal again. I simply didn’t have enough road to adequately test out the Whistler CR93.

Needless to say, unless you’re trying to enter some sort of competition for having the most detectable radar detector, the Whistler CR93 definitely shouldn’t be considered as a pick for a stealthy radar detector.

Purchase a Whistler CR93

Thank You’s

Finally I want to thank everyone who contributed gear for testing purposes!

  • Radenso XP – Both provided by Radenso
  • Uniden DFR7 – Provided by BestRadarDetectors
  • Escort Max360 – Provided by @Vortex
  • Escort Passport Max2 – Provided by Escort
  • Radenso Pro – Provided by Radenso
  • Radenso Pro SE – Provided by Radenso
  • Valentine One – Provided by @Vortex
  • Cobra DSP9200BT – Provided by @Jag42
  • Cobra XRS 9930 – Provided by @fitz4321
  • V8 – Provided by @Jag42
  • Escort Redline – Provided by @Brainstorm69
  • Beltronics Magnum – Provided by @Brainstorm69
  • Whistler CR93 – Provided by Whistler
  • Spectre Elite – Provided by Radenso
  • Thank you to @meismyname for helping me conduct the testing as well!

Mar 25

Top 4 First Radar Detectors

Are you looking for an awesome radar detector to help keep you protected from speeding tickets while you’re out driving?

Have you been reading reviews and watching YouTube videos to learn more and yet you’re still not sure which one to buy?

Let’s make this simple. 🙂

In this article we’re going to go over the best 4 choices for your first radar detector, particularly if you’re not interested in becoming a radar detector expert. 🙂

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Mar 11

Radneso Pro SE Display Colors

The Radenso Pro SE is available with different color displays. The Radenso Pro is available only with a yellow display, but the Radenso Pro SE is available in Red, Yellow, & Blue. Here’s a look at all 3 display colors side by side so you can see which one looks best to you.

Personally I prefer the red. I think it looks best and I like that red doesn’t impact your night vision as much. It’s one reason why most detectors have a red display. Additionally, my car’s interior is red so it matches it nicely. 🙂

Purchase the red RPSE here or here.

(Note: If purchasing from Amazon, only purchase through Radenso Radar or Power Sports US. Scammers sometimes set up fake accounts and pretend to offer RPSE’s at unrealistically low prices.)

If you’d like a yellow or blue RPSE, you can pick those up from Radenso’s website here.

If you’d like the yellow Radenso Pro, you can pick one up here.

Mar 10

10% off sale on the Uniden DFR7

For the next 7 days, there’s a 10% off sale on the Uniden DFR7, a very popular city/highway radar detector.

Click here to purchase the Uniden DFR7

Normally the DFR7 retails for $299, but if you enter in the coupon code “VortexRadar” then you’ll save 10% and the price of the detector will drop down $30 to just $269 with free shipping.

 

Enter the coupon code VortexRadar

 

$30 Discount applied to a new DFR7

 Click here to purchase the Uniden DFR7

This coupon is valid for the DFR7 only and expires 3/17/2017.

Dec 15

Remote RD Testing, Dec 2016: Stinger VIP, Net Radar, Radenso HD+, 9500ci, STi-R Plus, STi-R O

This week @Dukes and I met up to do some remote radar detector testing. We had at least two of all the top remote RD’s and tested them on 33.8, 34.7, 35.5, and K band. We also used two different courses over three days so it was a LOT of time spent testing. 🙂 It’s a test I’ve been wanting to do for a while now so a big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed equipment and helped make this test happen!

Radar Detectors:

-Stinger VIP 4.0.26 (@Dukes)
-Stinger VIP 4.0.26 (@Vortex, supplied by Stinger HQ)
-Net Radar 1 (@Vortex, supplied by @BestRadarDetectors, hand-soldered preproduction unit)
-Net Radar 2 (@Vortex, supplied by @BestRadarDetectors, production unit)
-Radenso HD+ connected to Bel 975 (@Vortex, supplied by @Hügel66)
-Radenso HD+ (supplied by @inbe2893)
-9500ci (@Dukes, standalone unit)
-STi-R Plus (@mikedotd, standalone unit)
-STi-R O (@Dukes, head plugged into Plus CPU)

Every detector was running the latest public firmware, including the Stinger with the new 4.0.26 that was just released a few days ago. (Great timing!)

Let’s take a look at all the detectors mounted on @Dukes‘ truck which is amazing for remote testing…

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