Best Radar Detectors: Reviews, Tests, & Guides

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Best Radar Detectors of 2019

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Best Performing Windshield Radar Detector, Arrows ($599) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Escort Max 360cEscort Max 360c: Easiest to Use, Arrows, All the Bells & Whistles ($649) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso Pro MRadenso Pro M: Best False Alert Filtering & MRCD Detection ($449) 5 Stars

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Best Alternative Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $400 ($349) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7Uniden DFR7: Best Radar Detector Under $200 ($129) 4 Stars

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Valentine OneValentine One: Arrows, Fantastic Third-party Apps ($449) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1Uniden R1: Best Highway/Rural Detector ($299) 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)

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

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

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Best Laser Jammers of 2019

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

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

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

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

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Recommended Apps:

WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)

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Escort Live

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

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JBV1 for the V1Best App for the Valentine One: JBV1 (Free)

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Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

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

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Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

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Best Dashcams of 2019:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Basic Budget Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($119)

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

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

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Radar Detector deals, discounts, and coupons

New Countermeasures Deals Section

Lots of you ask about the best deals and discount codes available for different radar detectors, laser jammers, and dashcams. To help make things easy, I’ve created a new deals section on my website that compiles all the different deals currently available, all in one place. You can find it by clicking on “Deals” at …

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TMG Triple

TMG’s Latest Updates and Coming Improvements

TMG, the budget friendly laser jammer, recently released both some hardware and software updates. Plus they’re working on updated VPR heads to improve close range DragonEye jamming as well as a motorcycle-specific laser jammer. Here’s all the latest news about this capable yet affordable laser jammer. Read my TMG laser jammer review here.

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Escort Max 360c firmware 1.10

Escort Releases Updates for Lockup Bug and False Alerts in 360-series Detectors

This week Escort is releasing firmware updates for their 360-series radar detectors including the Max 360c, Max 360, Beltronics GT-360, and Cobra DualPro 360. This latest update fixes several important issues.

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ALP Black HW4 CPU

AntiLaser Priority releases HW4 CPU

AntiLaser Priority is releasing an updated version of their CPU, version HW4. This is a relatively minor update that adds some additional memory in the CPU to support new radar BSM filtering options for Net Radar DSP users.

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K Block Now Available for the Uniden R1 and R3, Firmware 1.50

Firmware 1.50 was just released for the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3. This brings a few small, but helpful changes.

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Uniden R7 and Escort Max 360c alerting to Ka 34.7 ahead

Uniden R7 vs. Escort Max 360c: Comparison Review

Two of the best radar detectors of 2019 are the Uniden R7 ($599) and Escort Max 360c ($649). You guys ask all the time which one is better. Both are feature-packed high end windshield mount radar detectors. Both have directional arrows, good false alert filtering, and useful GPS features. However, each detector offers some unique …

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Radenso RC M radar detector

Radenso RC M Radar Detector Review

Radenso RC M Overview The Radenso RC M ($1,849) is a high end custom installed radar detector. It offers long range performance, best in class BSM filtering, the best MRCD/CT detection capabilities, arrows, GPS lockouts, plus AntiLaser Priority integration. It’s one of the very best custom installed radar detectors available on the market. It’s also …

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Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day 2019 Deals on Radar Detectors and Dash Cameras

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here. It lasts for just two days and there’s a bunch of great deals on countermeasures. Here I am continually tracking all the best deals on radar detectors and dash cameras during Prime Day. You do need to be a Prime member so sign up for a free trial of …

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Thinkware Q800 Pro 2CH Dashcam

50K YouTube Subscriber Giveaway: Thinkware Q800 Pro Dashcam

I’m about to hit 50,000 subscribers on YouTube and so to celebrate, I’m giving away another copy of Thinkware’s flagship dashcam, the Q800 Pro, to one of my YouTube subscribers. Vortex’s 50K YouTube Subscribers, Thinkware Q800 Pro Dash Camera Giveaway (If the you’re on a mobile device and the giveaway isn’t loading for you above, …

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K40 Defuser Optix head

K40 Defuser Optix Laser Jammer Review

K40 Defuser Optix Overview The K40 Defuser Optix ($899 for duals) is K40’s top of the line laser jammer. It’s smaller and more effective than their previous bulky K40 G5’s. The Defuser Optix is designed to integrate with the RL200di and RL360di radar detectors. (Read my RL360di review.) K40 also claims that the Defuser Optix …

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