Uniden R7 exterior design

Do you like the look of the Uniden R7?

  • Yes

    Votes: 102 77.9%
  • No

    Votes: 31 23.7%

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I'm somewhere in the middle on this. I don't think it's the best looking unit, but I also don't think it's bad looking. All that really matters is that it set's the bar in performance for a RD with arrrows!
 

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I'm somewhere in the middle too. I think it's okay, I like the big LCD screen and the angled display, but I really wish they kept the mute button up front like the R3. The raised bump is on the Mark button on the side, not the Mute button, and I'm not sure if that'll make it easier or harder to manually mute. Either way, I think the smart hardwire cable will be more helpful with the R7 than the R3 for this reason.
 

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I am not happy with any on the market right now, including R7. Is it 1-3 bagger ugly? No, IMO. Not sure what look is best in class. I will know it when I see it, if something ever comes out. I also consider “look” to include the ergonomic usefulness rating too. Again, too much fussing around to make changes on top 5-8 things. Others are not much better. The V1 maybe has the least distracted driver functional use. Still, it is not good looking either.

In old days the original Escort did get the “like the design”. Especially so for the original Cincy Microwave Passport (bias alert: past friends with one of the team leaders on the Passport). Even the Escort DSP got my “like the design” vote. Today, these look old. Get that. Not wishing for old days designs.

For me, somewhere in the middle R7 does not earn a “like the design” rating.
 
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When I first got my hands on the R3, I couldn’t believe how small & light it was compared to detectors I’ve used in the past like the Max 360 for example. I love the form factor & weight of the R3. Using a larger detector again will be ok though as long as the performance is there. I hope Uniden keeps the R7 all black as that’s what I prefer for a RD and I agree with @Vortex that the mute button should be up front, but always willing to give new ideas a shot. I’ve never used a detector where the screen is angled toward the driver, so looking forward to that as well.

Edit: scratch that last line. @westwind77 ‘s post reminded me about the 8500 X50 having an angled screen which I had two of many years ago. Still looking forward to having that again with the R7.
 
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The angled screen reminds me of the Escort 8500 X50 series as well and the V1, so nothing 'new'. I am sure they are still working on the final design and changes are sure to be made here and there. Based on the prototype images I am not a huge fan of the large screen. I would rather have a smaller screen with arrows set up around the display somewhere, like the 360 series. Of course they probably can't copy that design too much without getting into legal trouble, then again they copied the V1 pretty closely so who knows.

It is hard to tell though as we really do not have many photos comparing it to other RD's on the market.

There is really no use getting all worked up about any of this (design/features/etc) until we see the final release product.
 

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I am not happy with any on the market right now, including R7. Is it 1-3 bagger ugly? No, IMO.

For me, somewhere in the middle R7 does not earn a “like the design” rating.
That's exactly how I felt, didn't vote just for that reason.
 

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When I first got my hands on the R3, I couldn’t believe how small & light it was compared to detectors I’ve used in the past like the Max 360 for example. I love the form factor & weight of the R3. Using a larger detector again will be ok though as long as the performance is there. I hope Uniden keeps the R7 all black as that’s what I prefer for a RD and I agree with @Vortex that the mute button should be up front, but always willing to give new ideas a shot. I’ve never used a detector where the screen is angled toward the driver, so looking forward to that as well.
Point taken. Using your measurement, I like the Radenso Pro M even better. Still, neither is a design I “like” in the context of design excellence.
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That's exactly how I felt, didn't vote just for that reason.
Ah, you voted “present” like swamp Congress? :) kidding. I did vote no. Took a stand in the context of NOT being anti Uniden. Answered the question in context I described.
 
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At first I was kind of "meh" but now it's growing on me. Kind of reminds me of something from Star Trek or a late 80's Nintendo accessory. It's hard to explain but if I had to try I'd say that it looks like what earlier generations thought the future would look like. LOL
 

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I'm somewhere in the middle on this. I don't think it's the best looking unit, but I also don't think it's bad looking. All that really matters is that it set's the bar in performance for a RD with arrrows!
I can't see how it can NOT raise the bar for performance in a dual antenna arrow unit. The V1 is fair to middling anymore. The Max360 is lackluster. No one else makes a WS mount dual antenna unit.

As to its design and appearance. How is it any different than a V1? Only bigger, but not appearing as big as the Max360.
 

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I'm somewhere in the middle too. I think it's okay, I like the big LCD screen and the angled display, but I really wish they kept the mute button up front like the R3. The raised bump is on the Mark button on the side, not the Mute button, and I'm not sure if that'll make it easier or harder to manually mute. Either way, I think the smart hardwire cable will be more helpful with the R7 than the R3 for this reason.
Mute button on side will be nice if there is a visor mounting clip. Easy to access.
 

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Main thing I dislike is that the display is at an angle and does not make for easy viewing for those of us with the steering wheel on the right hand side of our vehicle. Because of this reason I won't be upgrading to the R7. Guess I can keep my fingers and toes crossed for an international version
 

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I'm really liking the design, even it it resembles the V1 design. I can see the design not working well for vehicles with right side drive setup. The display looks pretty sweet in comparison to my DFR7, not much of a comparison there for sure. For me personally, looks like it would be a while before I purchased the new R7, considering I just bought my DFR7 a month ago new out of the box with FW 1.12 on it so my guess is I will use it for a couple years down the road. I'm really liking my DFR7, it works well for my geographical area where I live. I'm looking forward to a 500 mile Road Trip through North Carolina, through the not so great state of Virginia and into Almost Heaven West Virginia to visit family later this year.
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I'm really liking the design, even it it resembles the V1 design. I can see the design not working well for vehicles with right side drive setup. The display looks pretty sweet in comparison to my DFR7, not much of a comparison there for sure. For me personally, looks like it would be a while before I purchased the new R7, considering I just bought my DFR7 a month ago new out of the box with FW 1.12 on it so my guess is I will use it for a couple years down the road. I'm really liking my DFR7, it works well for my geographical area where I live. I'm looking forward to a 500 mile Road Trip through North Carolina, through the not so great state of Virginia and into Almost Heaven West Virginia to visit family later this year.

P.S. I'm really looking forward to seeing internal photos of the R7 when they get posted on FCC ID site.
 
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I really wish they kept the mute button up front like the R3. The raised bump is on the Mark button on the side, not the Mute button, and I'm not sure if that'll make it easier or harder to manually mute.
Spot on. The mute button is used far more often. It should be the one with the raised bump.


At first I was kind of "meh" but now it's growing on me. Kind of reminds me of something from Star Trek or a late 80's Nintendo accessory. It's hard to explain but if I had to try I'd say that it looks like what earlier generations thought the future would look like. LOL
I know what you mean, but I’ll reserve judgment until we get a look at the proper production case design and materials. My guess is the overall result will give that impression much less.


Myself and 1/3 of the world will hate it facing away from the driver.
Main thing I dislike is that the display is at an angle and does not make for easy viewing for those of us with the steering wheel on the right hand side of our vehicle.
I can see the design not working well for vehicles with right side drive setup.
Flipping the display should be dead simple to do in firmware and would actually make the detector design more usable since the buttons will be on the bottom. The only concern I’d have is any kind of mounting difficulty as a result of running it upside down, but with all that wasted space in the case (the R3 has plenty, too) they could provide mounting slots both top and bottom. I guess we’ll see if they’re that forward thinking.

Plus people have been using the V1 in RHD countries for years. If you eliminate India from the counting, you’ve got, what, basically the UK and Australia/NZ as potential markets for RHD? Maybe a handful in South Africa? RHD is simply less of a concern for detector manufacturers.
 

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I’ll save how pretty something is for the women. I just want it to perform and ignore BSM.
 

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By the way, other than the buttons on top and on the side, the only real gripe I have is how physically large it is. I really hope it has to be that bulky, but if not I’d love to see it trimmed down both front to back and top to bottom.
 

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Keeping in mind that this is a preproduction unit, I would say that like many of you, I’m in the middle on this. When I first saw it I was surprised on how similar it is to the V1.
It does look pretty large, but I imagine it needs to be to house everything. Not thrilled with the angled display. I usually run my detectors in the upper left corner of the windshield. I’ll have to change some things around to get it to work in the center. The display appears to be set way back in the housing with a huge bezel. Not sure if it really is or if just looks like that in the Pics. Maybe it needs to be for the angle and to help view it in direct sunlight ? I’m not sure how well the buttons on the side will work in practice. Ideally just use the remote mute button instead for those functions. At this price point I would expect to see solid, quality construction. Maybe with a rubberized coating. Hopefully they don’t take the cheapest way out. I like Deacons idea about having mounts on the top and the bottom. Gives people more options. We’ll have to hold judgment until we see what the production units look like. Hoping for a home run.
 

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I had a dream about the R7 last night. Well, not ABOUT it, but it showed up. And it was huge. Like the size of a laptop with a 15” screen. I think at some point I had it apart and pressure-washed its casing at the DIY car wash stalls after leaning it up against the wall.
 

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