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.

Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3 on the windshield alerting to Ka

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. Here’s the main advantages I’ve found with each detector so far:

Radenso DS1 Advantages

Overall, the DS1 is a nice step up from the R3.

  • Longer range (test results here)
  • Faster processor
  • Automatic GPS lockouts
  • More GPS lockout slots
  • Settings menu organized into different sections
  • Auto mode varies K band sensitivity based on speed
  • Bluetooth & Open API
  • Wider K band scanning range, nice for MRCD
  • Ambient light sensor for autodimming display
  • Bigger and easier to read display
  • Bigger mute button
  • Can set delay for automute to kick in
  • Magnetic mount
  • Radenso’s mount is shorter than Uniden’s single suction cup mount
  • Universal 1/4″ screw thread for custom mounting solutions
  • Can be preset to different regions (US, Canada, Aus&NZ)
  • Will be available internationally
  • Better customer service
  • Ticket-free guarantee
  • Optional extended warranty and ticket-free guarantee

Radenso DS1, Uniden R3

Uniden R3 Advantages

That said, the R3 does have some benefits over the DS1.

  • K Block configurability (block, mute, weak, off)
  • Can announce Ka frequencies
  • Shortcut to manually adjust display brightness from buttons
  • More compact mount available
  • POI pass chime available as an option
  • Can manually lock out Ka and MRCD
  • Ka Priority or Signal Priority
  • Segmented signal strength bar easier to read
  • Better alert tones
  • Customizable K/Ka bogey tone
  • Adjustable Quiet Ride Beep volume
  • Turning off voice disables voice in menu
  • Price

So the R3 does have some advantages, most of which are software features. After publishing this list, Radenso may start addressing many of these directly and so these advantages may progressively disappear over time. This list is current as of firmware 1.05 with the DS1 and 1.54 with the R3.

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    • Liviu on August 22, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    Excellent review. The listed advantages is a great way to compare.

    • Ropchips on September 11, 2021 at 8:22 am
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    Does Radenso offer a hardwire kit with mute button similar to the Uniden?

    • Robert on September 22, 2021 at 2:04 pm
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    I’m from Canada. I the Uniden R3 the best unit for me? I noticed some are black and some silver. What is the difference? Currently I have Beltronics STi. I that a good unit to use? Or will this be detectable now? Where is the best place to buy the R3?

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