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

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Long Range, Arrows, Best Bang for the Buck ($449) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Escort Max 360cEscort Max 360c: Plug-and-Play, Arrows, Cloud Connectivity ($649) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Valentine 1 Gen2Valentine 1 Gen2: Long Range, Arrows, Fantastic Apps ($499) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso Pro MRadenso Pro M: Compact, Stealth, & Best MRCD Detection ($449) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Affordable Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $400 ($299) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1Uniden R1: Best non-GPS Radar Detector under $200 ($199) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360

Feature-packed and Refined Remote Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360 ($2,399)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Radenso RC MBest Quiet & Future-Proof Radar Detector: Radenso RC M ($1,849)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Net Radar DSPAffordable Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar DSP for the ALP ($649)4 Stars

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Best Laser Jammers of 2020

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($839 Dual, $1,339 Quad)5 Stars

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Escort ZW5 wireless laser shifterEasiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($849 Dual)4 Stars

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TMG A15 laser jammerBudget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($629 Dual, $819 Quad)4 Stars

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Adaptiv TPX motorcycle laser jammerMotorcycle Jammer: Adaptiv TPX ($495 Dual, $675 Triple)4 Stars

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Recommended Apps:

JBV1 for the V1Best Countermeasure App (optimized for the V1): JBV1 (Free)

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WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Escort Live

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


Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

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

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Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dashcams of 2020:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Basic Affordable Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($109)

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Best Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro DuoBest All-around Two Channel (Front & Rear) 4K Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro Duo ($249)

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Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR900S-2CHBest 4K Cloud Dashcam for Driving & Parking: Blackvue DR900S-2CH ($479)

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Escort Redline 360c

Escort Redline 360c Review

The new Escort Redline 360c ($749) is Escort’s new flagship radar detector. It’s one I was super excited about, like a windshield mount version Escort’s excellent Max Ci 360. The new Redline 360c has a ton of potential since it offers just about every feature you could possibly want, but unfortunately Escort has flubbed up …

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Redline 360c, O, EX, Max 360c, V1 Gen2, R7, Pro M

Escort Redline 360c Radar Detector Testing

Time to test out the brand new $749 Escort Redline 360c. Escort claims it offers “noticeably” better performance than the Uniden R7 and Valentine 1 Gen2, longer range than the Max 360c, and 2x the range of the Redline EX. How good is the new RL360c in practice? Time to run it head-to-head against the …

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Redline 360c

Escort Redline 360c Announced

This morning Escort released the new Redline 360c. It is an extremely impressive looking radar detector, and it retails for $749. Here are some of the key features and things to know about Escort’s new top-of-the-line radar detector. Update: You can now read my Redline 360c review. (It turns out reality is pretty different from expectations…)

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Escort Max3

Escort Max 3 Leaked

This morning, Best Buy leaked the upcoming $399 Escort Max 3 radar detector. The product listing has since been pulled, but let’s take a look at what we now know about it.

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Redline 360c Get Redy

Escort Redline 360c Coming Soon…

Next week, Escort will be introducing the new Redline 360c. Right now all we have is a quick video tease of the detector, but this Tuesday, June 9th at 10am Central, Escort will be officially launching the new detector. Click Here to Register. The possibility of a Redline 360c was leaked a few months ago, …

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Radenso RC M display with Ka alert ahead

How to Set Up & Configure the Radenso RC M

The Radenso RC M is an excellent custom installed radar detector with great performance, false alert filtering, low powered radar detection, and ALP integration. The Radenso RC M manual does a great job going over the radar detector and so in this tutorial, we’ll go over things in a bit more detail and help you …

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Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detector & Laser Jammer

How to Set Up & Configure the Escort Max Ci 360

The Escort Max Ci 360 is a top notch custom installed radar detector. The Max Ci 360 owner’s manual covers a lot of the basics in how to use and configure your detector. In this tutorial, I’ll explain things in a bit more detail, go over what the optimal settings are, and cover the new …

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V1 Gen2 Parts laid out

Valentine 1 Gen2: Under the Hood

The new Valentine 1 Gen2 is based on a completely new underlying platform than the Gen1 so let’s pop the hood, take the detector apart, and take a closer look at what’s inside. 🙂 Note: All the photos are available in high res so click on any image to zoom in and take a closer …

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V1 Gen2 alerting to Ka ahead

Valentine 1 Gen2 Review

The new Valentine 1 Gen2 ($499) has finally been released and it’s the biggest change we’ve seen to the V1 in 30 years. It features an all new design, longer range, better false alert filtering, RDD immunity, and integrated Bluetooth with support for fantastic cell phone apps. I’ve been running the V1 Gen2 since its …

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Uniden R3 firmware 1.53

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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