R1 / R3 life expectancy

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  1. SpedUp

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    Strictly from a hardware and component standpoint, how is the quality of the Uniden detectors? Would you expect it to be around 10 years?

    I have an 18 year old V1 that still fires right up, the LEDs are all still bright, and its as loud as ever (with falses LOL). I just don't see the Unidens doing that.
     
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    I won't speculate about a Uniden RD, but I got 20 years out of a Uniden Bearcat 250 scanner. My all-time record for electronics is the the 42 years of service I got out of an Amana RR-4 Radarange microwave oven. We bought it new in August 1972.
     
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    Being that it has an OLED screen, you can expect burn-in on the screen itself over time. Length of time depends on how bright you keep it and how often it changes imagery.

    I bought mine on Amazon specifically so I could get the SquareTrade 4-year warranty on it ($23.86). That way, when I get burn-in after a few years I can simply file a claim and have the screen (or perhaps the entire detector) replaced.

    My last Escort detector started to foul-out after only about 3 years. Hopefully the guts of this Uniden will prove more reliable!
     
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    Have you updated your V1? Mine was 16 years old and looked pristine when traded it in for roughly $100 off of a new unit and I'm very glad I did.
    This might not apply to you SpedUp, but for future readers;
    The older units were prone to frequency drift over time (many years) and the addition of the ESP data protocol has allowed so many additional features! Also, the false rejection features have really helped a great deal!

    I've not seen a current Uniden in real life. I do have a well built Uniden RD9XL in it's original box from 1988 but that was when they used lights instead of a OLED screen and a metal body instead of plastic, etc.

    As an observer, I don't see the R1/R3 lasting a very long time. I wonder if they are running at their limit and "burning out". I've never had to take my detectors down to keep them cool, or had to reset them or have them serviced to get them to detect again. OLED seems like a planned obsolescence technology in any product.
     
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    If longevity is a primary concern, stick with your V1. If performance is your primary concern, get the Uniden. Just remember that you're also balancing expense versus improvements. The Valentine will never get improved performance; only a better UI through third party applications. We're already on the 5th or 6th firmware improvement with the Uniden Rs, and are about to get an update (MRCD detection) that no one thought possible with just a firmware change. And by the time it's due to replace the Uniden, there will most likely be an improved version of the R-series on the market.
     
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    I was looking at trading it for the newer model, they offered $110 for it. V1 would cost $289. is that about the going price for it on the used market?
     
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    Hey @SpedUp - some observance.

    I have owned V1 / Max360 / MaxII / Uniden R3 - Qty. 2 - and old stuff.

    The R3 is incredible - at the price and the range / options - it can't be beat.
    HOWEVER - I have had 2 Uniden R3 units go back (for repair - real quick turnaround) because I think of excessive heat - Over 105 degree days not taken down from rear view mirror.
    Uniden unit is a lot lighter and more plastics than V1.
    But I have learned to just take down and store in glove box each day to avoid...I want the range when I travel.

    Yes the V1 is a strong beast - very long term / escort probably next in line.
    But the V1 definately doesn't have the range of the R3/R1 - and I just bought new the latest model V1 for my wife that refuses to take the detector down - and knew the V1 has always taken the heat.
    Love the arrows and sturdiness of the V1 but the range is not on par of Uniden. Also weird for the V1 and my wife's newer car (w/Start/Stop) had to buy a BOB for the V1 - didn't need that for the R3.
    All in on a new V1 for V1/BOB/and V1Connection - wow $$$. When the R3 was only $399.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I run the unit in dark mode to negate any change of burn-in. When there's an alert, the screen lights up. I take the detector down every time the car is parked elsewhere besides my garage. As DC mentioned, there will be a psycho-good new Uniden detector on the market by the time an R3 cr@ps out.
     
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    I'd like to suggest that it's not that black-and-white.
    If there is a performance improvement for a V1, it will have to be sent back to get it whether it's hardware or firmware. Small improvements are in the $80-$100 range and a full trade-in replacement is in the $290 range. A new unit is $399.

    While firmware can be updated on the R1/R3 at home, any hardware changes will also need to be sent back if they do anything like that. (I don't know Uniden's pricing model for that if there is one.) A new R3 unit is $400. (But there are deals that bring it a bit lower.)

    Hopefully all of that is accurate. ^
     
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    If I get 3 years out of mine I'm happy..

    It's already saved more over 10 times going 20 to 30km over so in my eyes it's paid for itsself 5x already.

    I would expect way more of out the unit if it was double the price like others.

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    Sounds right to me. $303 with shipping for me a couple of years ago. You only have to send in the detector itself and you get to keep all of the brackets, cables, etc. that you already have. If you get the V1C device along with it, they will ship it all together. They will send you a complete new box with all new cables, brackets, just as if you bought it for full price. :)

    I really recommend that you consider using an app to at least "segment" the Ka band to eliminate some falses. :)
     
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    It’s too early to tell. My old escorts seem to have had a 3-5 year span before problems arised.
     
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    Uniden doesn't commit to improving the hardware, like many companies in this arena. While I admire VR for their commitment for updating their hardware and their pricing model, it's been years since they have offered either a hardware or software update. You're much more likely to see a firmware, and a performance or feature update, out of Uniden, that you are to see anything out of VR.

    I've had 4 RDs in my life; 2 of them were V1s. I've spoken to Mike when I had a problem with the unit. I've had great customer service from VR in 24 years of owning them. But at this point, it's too noisy, too limited on performance, and requires too much additional equipment, programming and upkeep for me to want to use one anymore. It's a great enthusiast unit for those willing to commit to it. I think you will see even some of the most ardent supporters of the V1 using the Uniden R-series now because it just works.
     
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    My Atari 2600, and Atari 130XE with 810’hard drive still works. I even still have the 410 tape recorder to load games lol
     
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    I have a 3.872 version. I got it brand new in 2010. It still works just like it did from day one! while it can't compete with my R1 or even my Redline-O on pure range,I still never got a ticket with it.In NC,pretty much all I ever see anyway is point blank IO,and in that case with KA guard off the V1 is as fast as either one of them. Where the R1 and Redline-O really shine is on the long distance brief blips from miles away.
     
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    You have had better luck with Escort than me! I got my Redline in 2011. After less than 2 years it had the solder issue. I sent it back for repairs and about a year later,it did the same thing again! Since then however [KNOCK ON WOOD] it has kicked @ss! The bad part is,it never gave me any warning either time that something was wrong! If I hadn't been running my V1 with it, I would have been toast both times!
     
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    The passport 4500 lasted from 1995 to about 2004 when it started ghosting K and Ka. Next up was the X50 that latest from 2004 to about 2007 and sent in for repair (replaced antenna / recalibrated) ; it still works great just not in use now
     
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    You just blew my mind. My first computer was an Atari 400 with that same tape reorder.

    Back on topic.
     
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    They'll last just fine. My wife's LRD950 which I bought when they first came out is running great. She does nothing special to take care of it.

    The R3 seems pretty robust. It's a digital design that has a 400MHz DSP under the horn. That's why it gets hot. Since it uses TCXO you don't have to worry about it drifting "out of tune".

    I love the V1, they're a great design and well built. Just so you know, that old V1 likely needs a tune-up. Those older models are not temperature compensated and were prone to needing adjustment.

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    I was the first kid in school to get an Atari 2600 and went from being the biggest loser in school to the most popular kid. Cute girls who previously wouldn't give me the time of day were suddenly asking, "What are you doing after school today?" All of that crashed when Activision came out. Oh well.....over 40 years later, I have every Atari 2600 game on PS2. Hearing those sounds, seeing pixels the size of cinder blocks, it just takes you back in time.

    Back to our regularly scheduled programming about Uniden detectors. I'm too lazy to upload from the dash cam, however, yesterday the R3 made a fool out of a Washington Twp (Morris County) NJ LEO who was shooting IO from a concealed location. For his efforts, he got marked on Waze.