The Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9 are both two great radar detectors. Both offer good performance, helpful false alert filtering, and important GPS features like redlight camera alerts and manual GPS lockouts. The R3 is the more popular choice due to its extreme range and additional features, but the DFR9 is a little bit more affordable and will also work well on your windshield.
Comparing the two, here are the main advantages of each detector:
Uniden R3 Advantages:
- Longer range, especially in tougher situations like curves and hills
- Better blind spot filtering for fewer false alerts
- K Block to filter most Honda/Acura BSM’s
- Uses a newer digital platform instead of older analog platform
- MRCD/MRCT detection to pick up newer low powered radar threats
- More compact and small
- Ka band segmentation for additional control over swept frequency ranges
- 3 digit frequency display instead of 2 digit
- Receives more updates over time
Uniden DFR9 Advantages:
- Lower price
- Ambient light sensor to automatically adjust display brightness instead of relying on time via GPS
- Power cable port on right side of detector
Honestly, I think going for the R3 is a no brainer nowadays over the DFR9 for the extra performance and features.
The Uniden DFR7 (the DFR9’s predecessor) is/was an amazing bargain under $200, but that detector is in the process of being discontinued (and has been for a long time). You can still find it online occasionally for around $169 (check here), and if it’s still available, that’s what I’d recommend if you’re looking for the least expensive option.
Now with the DFR9 coming out at a higher price and the R3 dropping to a lower price, the price gap has shrunk significantly and so it doesn’t make as much sense to get the DFR9.
Originally the R3 was $400, but now it can regularly be found under $300 and now that it’s only a few bucks more than the DFR9, between the two detectors, the R3 is definitely the way to go.
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