Best Radar Detectors: Reviews, Tests, & Guides

Welcome to Vortex Radar where you’ll find the latest tests, comparisons, and reviews of all the best radar detectors and laser jammers.

Best Radar Detectors of 2020

Uniden R7: Long Range Windshield Radar Detector, Arrows ($449)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Escort Max 360c: Easiest to Use, Arrows, All the Bells & Whistles ($649)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Valentine One Gen2: A Favorite Among RD Enthusiasts ($499)

Review (coming soon), How to Configure, Purchase

Radenso Pro M: Compact & Best MRCD Detection ($449) 

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Affordable Radar Detectors

Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $400 ($299)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Uniden R1: Best Radar Detector (non-GPS) under $200 ($199)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Feature-packed and Refined Remote Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360 ($2,399)

Review, Purchase

Best Quiet & Future-Proof Radar Detector: Radenso RC M ($1,849)

Review, Purchase

Affordable Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar DSP for the ALP ($649)

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Best Laser Jammers of 2020

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($839 Dual, $1,339 Quad)

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Easiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($849 Dual)

Review, Purchase

Budget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($629 Dual, $819 Quad)

Review, Purchase (Save $70 off Quads with coupon “VortexRadar”)

Motorcycle Jammer: Adaptiv TPX ($495 Dual, $675 Triple)

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Recommended Apps:

Real-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Cloud-based alerting sharing with Escort radar detectors: Escort Live (Free)


Best App for the Valentine One: JBV1 (Free)

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Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

Rear View Mirror Mount: BlendMount ($99 before discounts)

Review, Purchase

Hardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dashcams of 2020:

Best Basic Budget Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($109)

Review, Purchase

Best Inexpensive Two Channel (Front & Rear) Dashcam: Viofo A129 Duo ($169)

Review, Purchase

Best High End Dashcam for Driving and Parking: Blackvue DR900S-2CH ($479)

Review, Purchase

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Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 Updated to Firmware 1.53

Uniden just released firmware 1.53 for the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3.  This is a small update that improves MRCD detection, changes how speed camera overspeed alert show up, and improves the responsiveness of the detector’s interface. This update adds some changes first brought over to the Uniden R7 with fw 1.29. Let’s cover all the …

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Valentine 1 Gen2 Testing vs. Uniden R7, V1 Gen1, and more

So how does the new Valentine 1 Gen2 stack up in terms of long term detection? Well this week I went to find out by testing it against all the other best radar detectors on the market.

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Interview with Mike Valentine about the new V1 Gen2

This week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to the man, the myth, the legend, Mike Valentine, and learn all about his brand new Valentine One Gen2. I got to ask him about the new changes and improvements in this next generation V1. Here is our complete discussion for you to enjoy. …

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How to Set Up & Program Your Valentine 1 Gen 2 using V1connection on Android or iPhone

The Valentine 1 Gen 2 can be programmed using the V1connection app (free) for Android or iOS. This helps you tailor your V1 based on your preferences and driving needs. I recommend using V1connection just to program your V1 initially. Then when driving day to day, I recommend running JBV1on Android (free) and V1Driver on iOS …

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Getting Started with JBV1

JBV1 is easily one of the best countermeasure apps available. It’s was developed by @johnboy00 for the Valentine 1 (hence the name JBV1) and it has taken the place of YaV1 as the best app (it’s Android only) to run with your V1. It has also since added integration with the TMG laser jammer, plus …

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Valentine 1 Gen 2: Hands-on First Look

Valentine Research has just started shipping the new Valentine One Gen 2 ($499). This is a huge update to the legendary Valentine One. The new V1 Gen 2 includes many hardware and software improvements. VR is planning on officially announcing it on their website next week and detailing all of the changes, but pre-orders have …

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Radenso Theia vs. the Spectre Elite Radar Detector Detector

Radar detector detectors like the Spectre Elite are designed specifically to detect radar detectors. Ever wondered how RDD’s work? Will Theia be undetectable to RDD’s? Radenso just published an amazing video going over RDD’s. In this video, they explain exactly how radar detector detectors work and then gave us a look at what we can expect …

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Uniden R7 firmware 1.29: Lots of New Changes

Uniden has just released firmware 1.29 (download here) for the Uniden R7 radar detector (purchase here). This update brings a long list of changes that Uniden has been working on the past months including many features specifically requested by enthusiasts. This firmware update improves MRCD detection range, allows you to dial back the sensitivity of …

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Will We See a New Valentine One?

Update: As of March 2020, the new V1 Gen 2 has started shipping out to those who’ve preordered. More info coming soon! Since March of 2019, the Valentine One has been out of stock on VR’s website. There’s been endless discussion and speculation on the forums ever since. You guys have been regularly asking what the …

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Radenso Pro M: New Alert Tones with Firmware US19

Radenso has released firmware US19 for the Pro M which adds new alert tones for the different radar and laser alerts. Here’s a quick demo of the 15 different alert tones. They’re individually selectable for X, K, Ka, MRCD, MRCT, Gatso, & Laser. I’ve never been a huge fan of the default tones for K …

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