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 2021

Escort Redline 360cEscort Redline 360c: Best All-Around Radar Detector ($749) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase (Unavailable due to parts shortages)

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Best Bang for the Buck ($499) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Valentine 1 Gen2Valentine 1 Gen2: Arrows, Situational Awareness w/ Fantastic Apps ($499) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Radenso DS1: Long range, Autolockouts, Bluetooth, Open API ($399)5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Affordable Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $300 ($299) 5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Uniden DFR9 radar detectorUniden DFR9: Best Radar Detector Under $200 ($199) 4 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detectors

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 ($2,099)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 2021

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($1009 Dual, $1639 Triple TX BT HiFi)5 Stars

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

TMG A15 laser jammerBudget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($679 Dual, $879 Quad)4 Stars

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

Learn to Use JBV1, Download

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)

Review, Purchase

Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dash Cameras of 2021:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Affordable Front Only Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($119)

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Viofo A129 Plus DuoBest Bang for the Buck Front/Rear Dashcam: Viofo A129 Plus Duo ($179)

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Best Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro DuoBest Bang for the Buck 4K Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro Duo ($249)

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Thinkware U1000Best Premium 4K Dashcam: Thinkware U1000 ($499)

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Blackvue DR900X-2CHBest 4K Cloud Dashcam: Blackvue DR900X-2CH Plus ($459)

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Viofo A129 Plus Duo

Black Friday Deals 2021 on Radar Detectors & Dash Cameras

Black Friday & Cyber Monday may be weird this year, but luckily we’ve still got a bunch of nice deals on different radar detectors & dash cameras with savings of up to $150 off. Note 1: Due to supply chain issues causing inventory issues, many of these links will give you multiple purchase options. This …

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Radenso DS1 boot logo

Radenso DS1 Firmware 1.07

Radenso has released firmware 1.07 for the DS1 and this update brings a bunch of new changes. You can also now download the Android app to connect to your DS1. Here’s a look at all the new features and improvements.

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Uniden R4 Auto Mute Mem On

How To Setup & Configure the Uniden R4

If you have a Uniden R4 (purchase the R4 here), you can customize its settings to get better performance, filter out more false alerts, change the display color to match your vehicle’s interior, and further tweak it based on what’s best for you. There’s no universal “best” settings for everyone since what’s best for you …

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Uniden R4

Uniden R4 Review: An R3 on Steroids

The brand new Uniden R4 ($449) is now available for pre-order. It builds upon the R4 offering even longer range, improved false alert filtering, a refreshed design, and a bunch of useful new features. You can think of it as an R3 on steroids. I’m a fan of this new R4. Let’s take a look …

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Valentine One Gen2

V1 Gen2 Firmware 4.1027: Increased Ka Range

Valentine has released a Mid-October 2021 update for the Valentine 1 Gen2 (purchase the V1 Gen2 here) that updates the detector to firmware 4.1027. This update brings a number of nice improvements to the V1, but it also introduced an annoying issue too. Here’s what you need to know about this latest update.

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Escort MaxCam 360c Long Range Testing

Yesterday I went out to do some testing with the new MaxCam 360c. Escort says it performs better than the Max 360c, but not quite as good as the Redline 360c, so I was curious to test and verify. Additionally I was curious if we finally have a radar detector / dashcam combo unit that, …

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Radenso DS1 on the red barn course 35.5

Radenso DS1 Testing vs. 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5

So after posting my initial test results with the Radenso DS1 where it did great, people had a bunch of questions and I did too. Was its performance a fluke? Does it perform well on all bands? What if it only did well on that last course? Did traffic give the DS1 an unfair win? Are the …

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Radenso DS1 and Uniden R7

Radenso DS1 vs. Uniden R7

I recently posted a comparison of the Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3. A lot of people have been asking how the Radenso DS1 compares to the Uniden R7. However, I personally consider the non-arrow DS1 in a different class than arrow detectors like the R7. Arrows are a very useful feature and many people wouldn’t …

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Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3 on the windshield alerting to Ka

Radenso DS1 vs. Uniden R3

The new Radenso DS1 builds upon the same platform as the popular Uniden R3. The DS1 features some improved hardware and new features missing from the R3. While I’m playing with the DS1 (will be available starting Sept 1st), I’ve been mentally comparing it head-to-head with the R3 and taking note of the main differences. …

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How to Set Up & Configure Your Radenso DS1

The Radenso DS1 (purchase here) comes with a bunch of settings and options to let you customize the detector. Let’s go over how to use the detector including what the buttons on the detector do and how to tweak your settings to optimize its performance and false alert filtering. Note 1: This guide is current …

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