V1 Gen2 Firmware 4.1028: Improved Ka Bogey Alerts

Valentine just released firmware 4.1028 for the V1 Gen2. (Purchase a V1 Gen2 here.) This March 2022 update brings a few small improvements to the V1. Let’s go over the details of each change and learn more about the detector’s new behavior.

You can download and install this new update using the V1connection app for Android or iOS.

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Uniden R8 Announced

Today at CES, Uniden announced the new Uniden R8 radar detector. I’ve been daily’ing it for the past few months and I’ve been liking it overall. My full review is coming, but let’s take a quick look at the R8, especially including its new improvements over the R7.

When the R8 goes on sale later this year, it’ll be a very strong contender for best radar detector on the market.

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Black Friday Deals 2021 on Radar Detectors & Dash Cameras

Black Friday & Cyber Monday may be weird this year, but luckily we’ve still got a bunch of nice deals on different radar detectors & dash cameras with savings of up to $150 off.

Note 1: Due to supply chain issues causing inventory issues, many of these links will give you multiple purchase options. This way you have a better chance to get something in stock. 👍

Note 2: Some of these deals are only good for Black Friday. Others are good until Cyber Monday.

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Radenso DS1 Firmware 1.07

Radenso has released firmware 1.07 for the DS1 and this update brings a bunch of new changes. You can also now download the Android app to connect to your DS1. Here’s a look at all the new features and improvements.

Radenso DS1 Firmware 1.07

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How To Setup & Configure the Uniden R4

Uniden R4If you have a Uniden R4 (purchase the R4 here), you can customize its settings to get better performance, filter out more false alerts, change the display color to match your vehicle’s interior, and further tweak it based on what’s best for you.

There’s no universal “best” settings for everyone since what’s best for you depends on both where you drive and your own personal preferences. That’s why they gave us options. 🙂

Purchase a Uniden R4 here.

In this guide, I’ll explain all the different features and settings to help you better understand your R4. At the very bottom of this article you’ll find my general recommended settings as well as the settings I run on my personal R4. You can use these settings as a starting point and then customize them further based on what’s best for you.

Note: This guide is current as of firmware 1.30 and will be updated when new firmware updates are released (Last updated May 2024.)

Here are the video guides if you’d rather watch.

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Uniden R4 Review: An R3 on Steroids

The brand new Uniden R4 ($449) is now available for pre-order. It builds upon the R4 offering even longer range, improved false alert filtering, a refreshed design, and a bunch of useful new features. You can think of it as an R3 on steroids.

Uniden R4

I’m a fan of this new R4. Let’s take a look at its improvements over the R3.

Note: Due to supply chain issues, there will be a very limited number of R4’s available initially and I expect them to sell out quickly at launch, just like the R3 and DS1 did. Pre-order the Uniden R4 here.

Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored review. Uniden sent me an R4 earlier for test and review. It’s a pilot production sample (same hardware as retail copies) and I’ve tested with both beta and public firmware. I make a percentage when you purchase using the affiliate links in this article. It supports me and allows me to continue doing tests and reviews like this for you.

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V1 Gen2 Firmware 4.1027: Increased Ka Range

Valentine One Gen2Valentine has released a Mid-October 2021 update for the Valentine 1 Gen2 (purchase the V1 Gen2 here) that updates the detector to firmware 4.1027.

This update brings a number of nice improvements to the V1, but it also introduced an annoying issue too. Here’s what you need to know about this latest update.

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Escort MaxCam 360c Long Range Testing

Yesterday I went out to do some testing with the new MaxCam 360c. Escort says it performs better than the Max 360c, but not quite as good as the Redline 360c, so I was curious to test and verify. Additionally I was curious if we finally have a radar detector / dashcam combo unit that, for the first time, uses a good radar detector.

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Radenso DS1 Testing vs. 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5

So after posting my initial test results with the Radenso DS1 where it did great, people had a bunch of questions and I did too. Was its performance a fluke? Does it perform well on all bands? What if it only did well on that last course? Did traffic give the DS1 an unfair win? Are the results repeatable?

Either way, I really wanted to get some more test results in, especially before launch so that we can all have a better understanding of how it performs. For that reason I headed back to the red barn course and spent the day running the DS1 against some of the competition, a reduced number of detectors this time so I could 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5. Traffic was light, weather was sunny, and temps were 69-75F throughout the day.

Radenso DS1 on the red barn course 35.5

The full discussion is available here on RDF.

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Radenso DS1 vs. Uniden R7

I recently posted a comparison of the Radenso DS1 and Uniden R3. A lot of people have been asking how the Radenso DS1 compares to the Uniden R7. However, I personally consider the non-arrow DS1 in a different class than arrow detectors like the R7. Arrows are a very useful feature and many people wouldn’t even consider a detector without them.

However, given that the DS1 and R7 are both long range detectors that improve upon the R3’s platform and share similar features like autolockouts and a large display, let’s run through how they compare in case you’re curious too.

Radenso DS1 and Uniden R7

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