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 2023

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R8Uniden R8: My Personal Radar Detector of Choice ($699)5 Stars

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

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

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

Review, How to Configure, Purchase

Best Non-Arrow Radar Detectors

Uniden R4Uniden R4: Best Non-Arrow Radar Detector ($379)5 Stars

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Radenso DS1Radenso DS1: Best for USB C Power ($369)5 Stars

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Escort Max 3Escort Max 3: Bluetooth and Autolockouts ($399)5 Stars

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

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden DFR7Uniden DFR7: Best Radar Detector Under $200 ($179) 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 2023

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

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Adaptiv TPX laser jammerAffordable Option: Adaptiv TPX ($949 Triple) 4 Stars

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Escort ZW5 wireless laser shifterEasiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($999 Dual) 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)

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Escort Live

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

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Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

BlendmountRear View Mirror Mount: BlendMount ($99, save 10% with coupon “Vortex10”)

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Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

How to Install, Purchase

Best Dash Cameras of 2023:

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

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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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Blackvue DR970X-2CH LTE

Blackvue Announces New Dashcams at CES 2023

This week at CES 2023, Blackvue has released a number of new dashcams and as a long time Blackvue owner, I’m pretty excited to see some of these changes. While I’m not at CES this year due to a family vacation, I wanted to share my initial thoughts and reactions about their upcoming new models. …

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Vortex 2022 Holiday Giveaway Prizes

2022 Holiday Giveaway

Time for my end of the year holiday giveaway! This year we’ve got over $7,000 in prizes including a bunch of radar detectors, dash cameras, and accessories. Vortex Radar’s 2022 Holiday Giveaway All winners will be randomly chosen after January 1st, 2023. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! A big thank you to …

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Valentine 1 Gen2

Valentine 1 Gen2: December 2022 Upgrade, FW 4.1030

Valentine has just released the December 2022 upgrade for the Valentine 1 Gen2. Firmware update 4.1030 includes two small, but welcome bug fixes. You can download the free update now using V1connection for Android or iOS. Purchase a V1 Gen2 here.

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Uniden R8

Uniden R8 Firmware 1.25

Uniden posted firmware 1.25 for the Uniden R8 this morning on their website. This is the latest firmware that’s already been shipping on brand new detectors and now we can all update to it. The new firmware that adds Bluetooth is still not yet released. Downloads: New Update Software Firmware 1.25 Redlight Camera / Speedcam …

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Uniden R4

Uniden R4 Firmware 1.26

Uniden has released firmware 1.26 for the Uniden R4. Let’s go over the new changes, what’s gotten better, what’s gotten worse, as how to fix issues that may happen during the update process. Downloads: New Update Software Firmware 1.26 Redlight Camera / Speedcam Database Purchase the Uniden R4 here.

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Valentine 1 Gen2

Valentine 1 Gen2: November 2022 Upgrade, FW 4.1029

Valentine Research released firmware 4.1029 for the V1 Gen2 earlier this month. This free update brings a number of improvements to the V1 Gen2, particularly a reduction in Ka falses. Let’s take a closer look at this November 2022 upgrade. Download the latest update using the V1connection app for Android or iOS. Purchase a V1 …

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Viofo A139 Pro 3CH

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals on Radar Detectors & Dashcams 2022

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have arrived! Here are all the best deals on countermeasures to keep you protected on the road. As new deals pop up or expire, I’ll continue updating this page so be sure to check back periodically. Note: Beware of the ongoing fake listing scam on Amazon for radar detectors that …

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Amazon Prime Early Access Sale 2022

Prime Early Access Sale Deals

The Amazon Prime Early Access Sale runs Oct 11-12. As usual we’ve got some discounts on both radar detectors & dash cameras. There’s a few discounts on radar detectors, but most are for dash cameras.

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Escort Max 360c Mk II

Escort Max 360c MkII Announced

Escort has just announced the second generation Escort Max 360c MkII radar detector ($699). This is essentially an upgraded Max 360c featuring some welcome improvements including longer range, fewer false alerts, and 5 GHz WiFi.

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Adaptiv TPX Auto Jammer, Full system

Adaptiv TPX Automotive Laser Jammer Review

Adaptiv has released their new automotive TPX laser jamming system. It takes their motorcycle-specific laser jammer and makes some changes specifically for larger cars and trucks. It is a fairly simple jammer, feature-wise, but it seems to work pretty well and should be a contender for those looking to purchase a relatively affordable laser jamming …

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