This weekend, the beta testers have been hard at work putting their new Uniden R7‘s through its paces and seeing if we can continue to expect the same top notch performance we saw with the R1 and the R3. Thanks to the group, we now have a bunch of hard data and test results to start looking through.
The R7 is based on the same platform as the R1 and the R3. However, Uniden has revised the plastic condenser lens in front of the horn, increasing the detector’s overall sensitivity by 1 dB. Will we see the R7 meet or exceed the performance of the R1 and the R3? Let’s find out…
Note 1: These R7’s are all running beta firmware. Nevertheless, they should give us a pretty good indication of what we can expect when these are released next month.
Note 2: These results are all originally posted on RDF’s testing section and I’m putting the information together and sharing it with you all here as well.
hiddencam’s R7 Long Range Testing
Here’s his test course:
He ran the Uniden R7 vs. Net Radar DSP, Uniden R1, Valentine One, Escort Redline EX, Radenso Pro M, and Whistler CR97. He tested front and rear detection against 34.7, 35.5, and K band. Here are his results:
As you can see the R7 is a beast! It’s running right up there with the R1. Giving the detector arrows hasn’t weakened its detection capabilities.
The R7 does really well with rear detection too, easily surpassing the V1. Only the Net Radar DSP, with its rear antenna installed in his bumper) is comparable from behind.
If you’d like to see his R7 in action, here’s some highlights from his testing:
Dukes’ R7 Long Range Testing
First up, here’s a look at his test course:
Testing his R7 against his R1 with MRCD enabled, here’s what he saw:
The R7 ran right up there alongside the R1. Excellent.
Turning MRCD off next, here’s his results:
Again, top notch results. This time, the R7 managed to edge out the R1 in every single run. Very cool.
Looks like the R7 hasn’t lost its touch. 🙂
TXCTG’s R7 Long Range Testing
Finally, let’s take a look at this weekend’s R7 test results from the Texas Countermeasure Testing Group (TXCTG).
They tested the R7 on 34.7 and 35.5, front and rear, against the R3, V1, Pro M, and Max360. Here’s their test course:
First up, here’s how everything looked driving towards the 34.7 radar gun.
The two R3’s and two R7’s went neck and neck for top range detections, beating out the V1, Pro M, and Max360.
Next, looking at range from behind, both R7’s were easily able to give longer rear detections than the V1 or Max360.
Switching over to 35.5, the R series continued to display their dominance. This time, both R7’s managed to outperform even the two R3’s on this very difficult to detect Ka frequency.
In a bit of a surprise, from behind, the other detectors managed to get reach R7 levels of sensitivity. The R7 maintained more of a lead in rear 35.5 performance in @hiddencam’s test, but even if the R7 is “only” as good as the Max360 and V1 in this test, that’s not a bad thing at all. 🙂
Thoughts on the R7’s Test Results
Uniden told us that the R7 should be able to meet or exceed the performance of the R1 and the R3 and so far, the test results are all consistently showing exactly this. Some people were concerned that changing up the detector would lead to a reduction in range, similar to what we saw in testing with going from the original Redline to the Redline EX.
If you’re looking for a long range radar detector with arrows, Uniden has delivered with the Uniden R7.
A big thank you to all the fellow beta testers! A big thank you to Uniden as well for allowing us to test out earlier copies of their upcoming R7!
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