Escort Max 360c MkII Announced

Escort has just announced the second generation Escort Max 360c MkII radar detector ($699).

Escort Max 360c Mk II

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 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 system.

It is available for preorder now and will begin shipping in mid-October. (Save $100 off preorders and an additional 10% off using the coupon code “Vortex”)

I’ve had a chance to beta test a unit and so let’s go ahead and take a closer look at it.

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Whistler Titan Review

Whistler has just released the new Titan ($349). This is the first Whistler radar detector that can truly compete with the big dogs. Thanks to its all new DSP platform, it offers improved signal analysis giving us both longer range and fewer false alerts. The Titan is a long range detector like the Uniden R3, plus it introduces several brand new features which are a first for Whistler including GPS lockouts, a 3 digit frequency display, customizable preset modes, and MRCD/CT detection.

Whistler Titan

This is a big step up from the CR97 in terms of both performance and false alert filtering, plus it fixes some of the annoyances like the K/Ka confusion. The Titan finally puts Whistler in the big leagues if you’re looking for a high performance and nicely featured radar detector.

You can order the Whistler Titan here.

Full disclosure: I’ve been beta testing the Titan off and on for a year, since August 2021. It was sent to me for free by Whistler for test and review purposes. I’ve tested both beta and production firmware. My pre-production test detector is running production hardware.

In addition to this full written review, you can also check out my complete video review here:

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Prime Day 2022 Deals

Amazon Prime Day runs July 12-13 this year. We’ve got some nice deals on radar detectors and a bunch on dash cameras.

Prime Day 2022

During Prime Day, I’ll be continually updating this page as new deals pop up and old ones expire so be sure to continue checking back in then.

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Radenso DS1 Firmware 1.13

Radenso has released firmware 1.13 for the DS1 which addresses an annoying K band muting issue, plus it adds a Bluetooth muting fix.Radenso DS1 fw 1.13

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Uniden R8 vs. Escort Redline 360c vs. Valentine 1 Gen2: Best High End Radar Detector of 2022?

What’s the best radar detector for 2022? The best three are the Uniden R8, Escort Redline 360c, & the Valentine 1 Gen2. They are the best performing radar detectors with good false alert filtering plus directional arrows to help locate the threats around you. I’m a fan of all three. These detectors also have some notable differences in terms of how plug and play they are, their photo radar detection, and some of the additional features you can add in using Bluetooth or WiFi.

Uniden R8, Escort Redline 360c, V1 Gen2 alerting to 34.7 ahead

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How To Have A Good Experience With the TMG Laser Jammer

The TMG Alpha-15 is a pretty capable laser jammer, and it’s been my go-to pick for an affordable jammer. There’s no such thing as a free lunch though and there’s reasons why it’s a cheaper jammer.

TMG Quad

While TMG does offer a 2 year warranty and @Jag42 does do a good job with customer support in case things do go wrong, not to mention the TMG support forum is an excellent resource too, many of us have experienced several key annoyances and system failures, some of which can be avoided, and so I’d like to help you work around some of these issues too and ultimately have a good experience with your TMG.

Here are some best practices and things to know regarding how to install, use, and test your TMG laser jammers.

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Escort MaxCam 360c firmware 1.7

Escort has just released firmware 1.7 for the MaxCam 360c which adds some new features, fixes several bugs, and improves compatibility with the Drive Smarter app. Read the official release notes here.

Escort MaxCam 360c

Purchase a MaxCam 360c here.

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Testing the Best Laser Jammers of 2022

Which police laser jammer performs best? Recently I went back out with all the top options and a bunch of police lidar guns to see which jammers could jam the best.

Laser Jammer Lineup:

K40 Defuser Optix weren’t tested this year since they performed so poorly before and K40 hasn’t released any updates since launch. This test focuses on only the best options.

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Uniden R4 vs. Radenso DS1

The Uniden R4 and Radenso DS1 are both excellent high performance radar detectors, two of the best non-arrow detectors you can buy. Both are evolutions of the wildly popular Uniden R3, building upon the same platform and adding longer range, better false alert filtering, and more useful features. Uniden and Radenso have both done different twists with their detectors and each has pros and cons. Which one is better? Let’s compare them both.

Uniden R4 and Radenso DS1

Uniden R4

The Uniden R4 is a higher performance Uniden R3 with additional false alert filtering features like automatic GPS lockouts (instead of just manual) and speed-based sensitivity adjustments, improved photo radar detection, and more. Learn more in my full Uniden R4 review.

Uniden R4

How does the R4 compare to the DS1?

R4 Key Advantages

  • Longer range thanks to the dual LNA design
  • Fewer false alerts thanks to an effective K Block Weak option
  • More compact mount fits better above RVM in some cars
  • Discrete signal strength meter increments make it easier to see signal strength at a glance
  • Can quickly adjust display brightness manually using the front mute button
  • Currently $50 cheaper on Amazon in US (pricing varies, R4’s MRSP is $50 higher)
  • $50-$100 cheaper in Canada (pricing varies)

R4 Additional Advantages

  • Can quickly change sensitivity modes using the top menu button
  • Better granular control of manual vs. autolockout functionality where you can choose just X/K or also Ka/MRCD (both detectors can do this for manual lockouts, R4 gives you control for auto)
  • More familiar interface if you’ve owned a previous Uniden
  • Display is easier to read on a motorcycle
  • Quiet ride beep volume adjustments
  • Laser gun ID tells you which gun you’re being shot with
  • Independent control of K Blocks
  • Traditional power cable that’s compatible with existing hardwires
  • Runs at 12v so you can use a MirrorTap for power
  • I prefer Uniden’s audio tones, but this is just personal preference
  • Lets you rapidly scroll through menu options
  • Mute and Mark buttons can glow at night
  • Mount fully disconnects from detector when unmounted, so more streamlined
  • Update software can automatically check for and download latest firmware / RLC DB for you
  • Compatible with optional wired control pad (not yet available)
  • Compatible with Uniden’s future laser jammers (not yet available)

Purchase the Uniden R4 here.

Radenso DS1

The Radenso DS1 takes the Uniden R3 and adds an all new case design with a bigger display and mute button, a new magnetic quick release mount, automatic GPS lockouts, better photo radar detection, USB C, bluetooth, and more. Learn more in my full Radenso DS1 review.

Radenso DS1

Update, August 2022: Radenso has fixed the K Block Weak issue with firmware 1.13. They have also raised the price of the DS1 to $469.

DS1 Key Advantages

  • Larger display
  • Bigger mute button, easier to press
  • Bluetooth already active
  • Can update the DS1 in the car using the Radenso Nexus Android app (download)
  • Multiple firmware updates with improvements already released
  • More customizable quick release magnetic mount
  • Third party custom designed mounting options available (case CAD filesmount 1mount 2mount 3mount 4mount 5)
  • Compatible with newer cars that only have a USB C port, no cig. lighter power outlet

DS1 Additional Advantages

  • Additional K Notches including 24.124 to block Mazda CX-5’s
  • Better magnesium alloy horn (though I’m not sure of its practical advantages over the R4)
  • Adjustable frequency ranges for GPS lockouts
  • Menu broken into submenus for easier navigation, though some options are in unintuitive locations
  • USB C instead of MicroUSB, so more future-proof
  • Now compatible with Highway Radar (though still in beta) (R4 will support it too)
  • Basic presets for international drivers
  • Optional extended 2 year warranty
  • Better customer service overall
  • Ticket-free guarantee

Purchase the Radenso DS1 here.

Which one to pick?

Uniden R4 and Radenso DS1, 34.7 alert

I like the DS1 at $399 as the “best radar detector under $400.” The Uniden R4 at $449 doesn’t make as much sense, IMHO, since you can get an R7 for the same ballpark price and I find the benefits of the R7’s arrows outweigh the benefits that the R4 adds. (See my R4 vs R7 comparison.)

Now that the R4 has dropped by $100 on Amazon, it’s selling for $350, or $50 less than the DS1, though its MSRP is still $449. I don’t know if this price drop is permanent or what. The R4 would be my preference because even if you ignore the price, you get longer range, better BSM alert filtering thanks to the effective K Block weak option, the more compact mount means it better fits in my car, you get more convenient shortcuts with the detector buttons, and I prefer Uniden’s display design and audio tones. Some differences are performance/filtering related while others are simply user preference.

If Radenso makes their K Block Weak option more effective (and they tweak their K Block Weak option so it fully mutes BSM’s like the R4 instead of annoyingly bouncing back and forth between mute/alert/mute/alert as the signal strength changes), I think it’ll be a much stronger contender considering it already offers Bluetooth support so you can add apps and do updates right in the car, Radenso has better customer service and support, and their mount and power plug offers more creative mounting options and future-proofing. The fact that Radenso has released several software updates and improvements already while Uniden has released zero, plus Radenso has already released an Android app while Uniden has delivered nothing, this gives me more confidence in Radenso in the long term, but today I’d pick the R4 for the longer range, overall quieter experience, and I prefer its display and audio tones.

Purchase the Uniden R4 here.

Purchase the Radenso DS1 here.

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