Genevo Max Overview

Genevo recently released their new Genevo Max radar detector (€ 799). While I generally don’t cover European detectors that aren’t available in North America, the Max introduces some unique new features that we haven’t seen before in other radar detectors so I think it’s worth taking a closer look.

The new Max is an evolution of the Genevo One M (modified and sold in the US as the Radenso Pro M) with a new case and design, upgraded mount, plus a new motion sensor allowing you to mute the detector by waving your hand in front of it.

Genevo Max

Genevo Max

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Radenso RC M: Bug Fixes with Firmware 24

Radenso just released firmware 24 for the Radenso RC M radar detector.

Radenso RC M

FW24 is a minor update that fixes a few bugs with the detector:

  • KA mute (some couldn’t mute certain KA alerts)
  • Lockout mute (some units didn’t mute a locked out alert)
  • Update error fix (Some had issues updating the firmware. They were locked out with “ERR” on the display.)

Note: If you happen to update and see ERR with this latest firmware (most people are), Radenso recommends you try updating a second time. The screen will be blank and won’t appear to be powered on, but give it some time with the files on the USB drive and it should begin to update. Click here for support with this update.

Download Firmware 24 here.

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Uniden R3 vs. Uniden DFR9: Best Radar Detector Under $300?

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.

Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9

Uniden R3 (left) and Uniden DFR9 (right)

Comparing the two, here are the main advantages of each detector:

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Vortex Radar’s 2019 Holiday Giveaway

Update Jan 1, 2020: The winners have all been randomly drawn and selected! See if your name is listed below in the list of prizes. All winners have been now been contacted via email so you can claim your prizes. Thank you and welcome to 2020!

Time for one of my favorite parts of the year! Time to give away a bunch of fun prizes! Just like last year, we’ve got a thousands of dollars worth of radar detectors and dash cameras to give away to you guys. 🙂

Giveaway Prizes:

Total value: $3,370 Winners will be randomly selected and announced mid-day on Jan 1, 2020.

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Vortex Radar’s 2019 Holiday Giveaway Thank you to everyone who helped supply prizes! Happy Holidays and good luck! 🙂

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Escort Adds MRCD Support to the Max 360c

Max 360c with MRCD on

Escort just released firmware 1.11 for the Max 360c which adds support for MultaRadar CD detection. Continue reading

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 Deals on Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, and Dashcams

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here! So as always, I’ll be compiling all the very best Black Friday deals on radar detectors, laser jammers, and dash cameras available.

I’m continually updating this post as new deals are announced. 🙂

After Cyber Monday is over, you can always find all the best current discounts and coupon codes on my radar detector and dashcam deals page.

Also, be sure to check out ALL the Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon since there’s discounts on way more than just countermeasures. 🙂

Black Friday 2019 Radar Detector Deals

Escort Max 360c for $70 Off

Save $70 on Escort's top of the line Max 360c. It offers arows, bluetooth, WiFi, cloud integration, and autolockouts. The 360c is my favorite Escort windshield mount radar detector. It is compatible with the ZW5 wireless laser shifter.

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Uniden R7 for $50 off

You can save $50 off a brand new Uniden R7, the longest range and best performing windshield mount radar detector available on the market.

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Uniden R3 for $120 Off

Save $120 on the Uniden R3. It's the best radar detector under $400 and now you can get it for less than $300.

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Escort Max 360 for $150 Off

Expired: Save $150 on the Escort Max 360. It has arrows, autolockouts, good range, and good BSM filtering. If you don't need the WiFi of the 360c, save the cash and go for the original Max 360.

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Cobra DualPro 360 for $100 Off

Expired: Save $100 on the Cobra DualPro 360. It's essentially a repackaged Escort Max360 with arrows, autolockouts, Bluetooth, and the same BSM filtering.

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Cobra Road Scout for $50 Off

Save $50 on the Cobra Road Scout radar detector dashcam combo unit. The Road Scout has reasonable performance and BSM filtering, plus a 1080p dashcam built in to the unit for one integrated package.

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Radenso XP for $100 Off

The Radenso XP is a great urban detector with few false alerts. If you drive a lot in town, this is a great choice. It doesn't have the range of the R3, but it also falses less too. It's now available for $100 off. (This technically isn't a BF deal either, but with it's great new lower price, it's definitely worth mentioning.)

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Escort Max 360c and M1 Dashcam for $70 Off

Save $70 on the Escort Max 360c radar detector and M1 dashcam bundle.

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Black Friday 2019 Laser Jammer Deals

TMG Duals for $90 Off

Save $90 on a set of TMG Duals. These are good budget laser jammers and for Black Friday, these are the cheapest you'll find them. Use this coupon for free US shipping as well.

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TMG Triples for $60 Off

Save $60 on a set of TMG Triples. These are good budget laser jammers and for Black Friday, these are the cheapest you'll find them. Use this coupon for free US shipping as well.

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TMG Quads for $130 Off

Save $130 on a set of TMG Quads. These are good budget laser jammers and for Black Friday, these are the cheapest you'll find them. Use this coupon for free US shipping as well.

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Black Friday 2019 Dashcam Deals

Viofo A119 v3 for 23% Off

Expired: The best affordable dashcam on the market is 23% off for Black Friday. It has awesome video quality, great low light performance, it's compact, offers buffered parking recording, and you can now get it for under $100.

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Blackvue DR900S-2CH for $70 Off

Expired: Save $70 on the Blackvue DR900S-2CH premium 4K dashcam. Record both forwards and backwards while driving and while parked.

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Thinkware U1000 for $50 Off

Save $50 off the best premium 4K dashcam on the market, the brand new Thinkware U1000.

The image quality is fantastic, it can record both while driving and while parked, it adds GPS, WiFi, and cloud integration, plus it’s the only 4K dashcam that also records in 2K in the rear, not just 1080p, so it offers better detail now in both directions.

This deal applies to both the front only U1000 as well as the two channel front and rear U1000.

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Blackvue DR590W-2CH IR for $40 Off

Expired: If you're an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi driver, save $40 on the Blackvue DR590W-2CH IR rideshare dashcam. It features a normal front facing dashcam, as well as second interior facing dashcam with IR LED's to record the inside of your vehicle as well.

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Thinkware M1 Motorsports / Motorcycle Dashcam for $50 Off

If you ride a motorcycle and want a dashcam for your bike, pick up the Thinkware M1 waterproof dashcam. It records 1080p front and rear and is designed specifically for motorsports applications. It's $50 off for Black Friday.

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Blueskysea B2W Dashcam for 30% Off

Expired: If you want a dashcam that has a second camera to record the cabin inside your car, the Blueseasky B2W is available for 30% off for BF. Rideshare and taxi drivers would especially benefit from this style of two channel dashcam.

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5% Off Any Dashcam

BlackboxMyCar is running an early Black Friday special as well for 5% off any dashcam.

Use the coupon code to save 5% off any dashcam like the Viofo A119 v3, Blackvue DR900S-2CH, or Thinkware U1000.

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Samsung 128gb Pro Endurance MicroSD Card for 13% Off

Save 13% on the best dashcam-specific MicroSD card. Don't spend $100+ on a card like this. Instead get high endurance card for $35.

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Samsung 256gb MicroSD Card for 44% Off

Save 44% on the 256gb Samsung Evo Select MicroSD card for your dashcam. I have about 8 of these cards and they all work great in different dashcams.

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Black Friday 2019 Bonus Deals

Blendmount for 15% Off

Click "Show Code" to save 15% off the best upgrade for your radar detector's mount. The Blendmount gives your radar detector a solid and strong mount under your RVM, it looks clean, and you no longer have to worry about suction cups failing or a wobbly radar detector. Plus it's a great solution for states where mounting anything to your windshield is prohibited.

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Bushnell Radar Gun for 13% Off

Save 13% on the best affordable radar gun, the Bushnell Velocity. It's a handheld K band gun that you can use for testing your radar detectors.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro for 28% Off

Expired: Like a dashcam for your house, this is an awesome video doorbell. I use this one and love it. You get security footage of everyone coming to your house, notifications to your phone, and can see people and packages. For BF you can get it for 28% off and get a free Echo Show 5.

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iOttie Wireless Charging Phone Mount for 30% Off

Expired: Save 30% on the quick release iOttie phone mounts. There's lots of different models. They can attach to your windshield or your dash. I use the wireless charging one and have used different versions for years.

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4K Smart TVs for 47% Off

Expired: Save up to 47% on a 4K TV to watch YouTube videos all about countermeasures. 😉

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Radenso Introduces Artificial Intelligence in their Radar Detector, Theia

Radenso is introducing Artificial Intelligence in their upcoming line of radar detectors. Combined with significantly better hardware and developed by extremely talented engineers, this should lead to the creation of the best radar detector on the market… by a mile. It’ll be named Theia.

Here’s a few benefits you can expect from Theia:

  • Zero BSM falses!
  • Classification of radar guns telling you which make and model radar gun the officer is using
  • Filters out door openers, no GPS lockouts required
  • Artificial intelligence can learn to recognize new BSM’s and radar guns to quickly and easily adapt to new signals over time
  • Significantly longer range than anything else on the market
  • Can alert you to instant on radar being used specifically
  • Detects MRCD, MRCT, Gatso, Mesta Fusion, etc.
  • Great detector for not only in North America, but also internationally
  • Modular design allows for easy changing of components as Radenso upgrades their radar detector over time
  • Open API

Watch this video from SEMA where I talk with Jon Dandrow, Radenso’s President, and we learn all about the new Radenso Artificial Intelligence (Rai) and her capabilities.

Next, to better understand how the AI is able to recognize and classify signals, here’s a video going over artificial intelligence and machine learning.

For those of you who’d like to take a deeper technical look at Theia, what the detector is able to see when looking closely at a signal, and how it works, watch this video with Rob, Radenso’s passionate RF / DSP engineer.

Finally, here’s the answers to many frequently asked questions about Theia. What happens if there’s a signal that it hasn’t been trained on? Will it be RDD immune? Will it be good internationally? All this and more is covered in this last video with Jon.

This sounds seriously amazing and hopefully Theia lives up to these sky high expectations.

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How to Enable H.265 on the Viofo A119 v3

The Viofo A119 v3, my favorite budget dashcam, has a hidden advanced feature to enable H.265, a more efficient codec for reduced file sizes without sacrificing video quality. It also gives you the option to boost the maximum resolution from Quad HD+ to an interpolated 4K.

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Radenso RC M update: Improved Audio Alerts with Firmware 22

Radenso just released firmware update 22 for the RC M that adds some welcome updates to the radar and laser audio alerts. Performance and filtering are otherwise unchanged in this update.

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New Countermeasures Deals Section

Lots of you ask about the best deals and discount codes available for different radar detectors, laser jammers, and dashcams.

To help make things easy, I’ve created a new deals section on my website that compiles all the different deals currently available, all in one place. You can find it by clicking on “Deals” at the top of the website.

I will also keep the list regularly updated as new coupons are made available and old discounts expire.

Go check it out now.

Radar Detector deals, discounts, and coupons

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