The R7 decision, to pick one up or not to pick one up... Hmmmm.... (1 Viewer)

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Yes I know they're still in beta testing and the general verdict is still out, however, I have a good feeling that the Uniden R7 is going to set the bar for radar detector performance. I currently run an R3 with the latest firmware and have the settings just the way I like them, it's saved me many times and likely paid for itself over and over again. I generally try to drive smart, like finding a "rabbit" to drive behind who is going the speed I would like to go but I prefer to have the little buffer zone when possible. However, there are times when I have to run solo on the highway and I'm cruising. I do most of my driving in Oregon, mostly southern but also sometimes make my way north towards Portland, and then there's the occasional drive towards California and/or the coast. California has some stupid rule that it's illegal to have anything attached to your windshield, which includes things like GPS navigation systems, and radar detectors obviously. Regarding the state where I do most of my driving the following applies to the best of my knowledge:

"Traffic laws are enforced the same statewide, so exceeding the speed limit is a Class B traffic violation whether you're speeding here in good 'ol Jackson County or out of town visiting Multnomah County.

According to Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 153, revised most recently by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, the maximum fine for a Class A violation such as driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit is $2,000, the minimum fine the court may impose is $220, and the presumptive fine is $435 — assuming it didn't happen in a construction zone.

A Class B violation, such as exceeding the speed limit between 21 to 30 mph or failing to obey a traffic signal, maxes out at $1,000, can be dropped to $130 and has a presumptive fine of $260.

A Class C violation, such as exceeding the speed limit by 11 to 20 mph or less, is a maximum $500, minimum $80 and presumed at $160.

A Class D violation, such as exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or less, is a maximum $250, minimum of $60 and a presumptive fine of $110."


I don't think I've ever done 30 over except when I was a teenager. I fall in class C category because that's kind of my range, actually, 15 over is usually the most I do. There's a section of highway I have to travel every time I go back-and-forth to work and for some absolutely illogical reason the speed limit is 55 mph through there. Nearly no one does it and those who do generally get run over. Still, the police do enjoy patroling it although not as heavily as you might expect, and I've seen a few unfortunate souls pulled over in that area. I know where they usually like to hide so I'm hypervigilant in those areas, but the stretch is 2 miles long. Actually longer, the stretch I have to travel is 2 miles. So, the maximum fine for class C is a new Uniden R7 (almost). Assuming you're cooperative and the officer isn't having a bad hair day you could get away with the minimum although not likely. Maybe for a first offense? More likely would be the "presumptive fine" of $160, in which case you also have to consider the hike in car insurance.

I don't have to worry about running lights that just turned red because I know they have cameras out and it seems kind of silly to press your luck in that way, so I usually disable the red light camera function on the detector. It's just flat out annoying and if you're on a highway overpass and there is an intersection below that overpass where red light cameras are installed, you're going to get the warning because of the GPS. It won't be able to tell the difference that you're on the highway. The red light quiet ride hasn't seemed to work out too well for me either, but nonetheless, it seems to be a feature I can do without.

Other considerations are the R7 will hopefully be around for a long, long time, I don't plan on investing in a new detector once a year. My R3 is only about a year old. I'm assuming when the advertisements for the R7 state, "50% faster processor" that it's referring to being 50% faster than the R3. The advertisements I've seen in this regard don't specify, so one is left to wonder, 50% as compared to what? However, if it is the R3, then a 50% faster processor could be quite beneficial. The ability to detect multiple sources of radar (up to 4 I believe) and the arrows telling you where the threat is coming from.

The biggest thing that's held me back thus far has been the fact that I would need to make payments on an R7 on my credit card if I bought one. I'm not lucky enough to be one of the two winners selected on buydig.com. lol I'm also curious to know if the R7 will fit in my current mirror mount which works well for the R3, although I wish the fit were a tad bit more snug. Investing in a different mirror mount really makes an R7 seem more out of reach since those are by no means cheap or affordable by any stretch of the imagination.

I'm also waiting to see a few of the reviews come out although I wonder if I wait too long how long the waiting list to get one will be. How about you? Are you "taking the plunge" or have you already?
 

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Not I bro. Just got my R3 not long ago and I am having a lot of fun with it. Countless saves.

R3 is doing really good so far. On the other hand the R7 is out of reach as you said. Not for me just yet...

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If you have an R3 and its working well for you then just stick with it. The real advantage to the R7 is direction for those that want that functionality.

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If you are Class C, then the R3 is far more capable than your needs already, although it lacks any situational awareness.

The R series is equivalent to a Lamborghini and few open it up and use it to it's full potential as it is.

Whenever I see a save where somebody is doing +10/15 with an R the save almost always could have happened at easily double or triple that which tells me people are buying performance for performance sake, rather than for how they drive.
 
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If you drive in Beaverton, the R7 will be the best option.

Beaverton uses MRCD photo radar vans that the R3 is having a hard time picking up, I think the vans are below the threshold the R3 can scan and the new R7 is supposed to now see.
 

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If you drive in Beaverton, the R7 will be the best option.

Beaverton uses MRCD photo radar vans that the R3 is having a hard time picking up, I think the vans are below the threshold the R3 can scan and the new R7 is supposed to now see.
Are those new? I’ve picked up the photo radar vans in Portland (not Beaverton) just fine with a Max360. How do you know Beaverton has switched to MRCD and at lower frequencies?
 

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If you have an R3 and its working well for you then just stick with it. The real advantage to the R7 is direction for those that want that functionality.

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Aside from arrows, I know a number of us are also looking forward to Automatic Lockouts with the R7. I know automatic lockouts will not be implemented until later; no doubt due to Escort's patent on auto lockouts not expiring till June (? I believe).
 

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Aside from arrows, I know a number of us are also looking forward to Automatic Lockouts with the R7. I know automatic lockouts will not be implemented until later; no doubt due to Escort's patent on auto lockouts not expiring till June (? I believe).
I dont have a date but the coding from my understanding is already done but its locked until they are ready to release the feature. It will be called Dynamic memory function in the future menu.
 

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Since you like your R3, it's well worth it IMO. If you cant afford it then hold off unless you need arrows.
 

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I would gladly purchase one when they get the BSM filters even half as good as the escort or radenso!
 

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Class C drivers probably don't need a $600 radar detector, especially if money is tight. More of a luxury than a necessity.

But as a Class A driver myself, I'm leaning towards getting the R7 for the added range. Although I'm a bit doubtful the laser detection will be as good as my V1 (I've had several very impressive laser scatter saves in the 10 years I've used my V1). And not sure I want to drop $1k on jammers when I only see laser once every year or so.. Tough choice!!
 

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I will most likely get one since I haven't bought detector in about 3 years. I was also looking at the radenso and R3 for the price, but I paid over $500 for my escort so the price is not a big deal. I will wait till around may to see how it test out.
 

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I have pre-ordered a r7 and I can't wait. I gave my r3 a good test this last week driving out and back from Iowa to Ohio. I did get a few laser falses, but I actually did get hit with a laser out in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. Luckily I wasn't speeding, and he hit me several times to get my speed. I have never been hit with laser back in iowa. I will have a perfect condition r3 for sale.

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Class C drivers probably don't need a $600 radar detector, especially if money is tight. More of a luxury than a necessity.

But as a Class A driver myself, I'm leaning towards getting the R7 for the added range. Although I'm a bit doubtful the laser detection will be as good as my V1 (I've had several very impressive laser scatter saves in the 10 years I've used my V1). And not sure I want to drop $1k on jammers when I only see laser once every year or so.. Tough choice!!
Possibly. I think the maximum I've done on the local highways is 20 mph over. My usual is 10-15mph over and usually, I don't even think the local LE even flinches if you're only at 10 over. They seem to be looking for the 85-90 mph + people and the speed limit is 65 mph in most areas. Frankly, money is always tight unless I win the lottery, I live paycheck to paycheck and very rarely do I have an extra several hundred dollars just laying around to do as I please with. That would be nice! But, for me, the price for peace of mind is worth paying or making payments on. :) One ticket in the class C range plus the bump in insurance premiums and oops! Talk about money being tight. As far as laser goes my personal opinion although probably expensive as well is radar absorbing material on the vehicle, that won't reflect the laser signal back to the source (officer), although maybe there are some highly reliable jammers out there. I'm not sure how much laser is in use in southern Oregon, unfortunately, I don't think much if at all, but my R3 has maybe gone off once for a laser encounter.
 

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Actually, I've even kicked around the thought of an Escort 360 Max even though I believe they either are already or will be soon, discontinued in favor of the C model which offers the ability to connect to WiFi. I have no desire whatsoever to be able to do that. But one of those can be had for about $100 less than the R7, although I have a feeling the R7 will be much more worth the extra $100 with updates and better hardware, and likely better detection ranges, at least that's what I'm expecting to see.
 

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Actually, I've even kicked around the thought of an Escort 360 Max even though I believe they either are already or will be soon, discontinued in favor of the C model which offers the ability to connect to WiFi. I have no desire whatsoever to be able to do that. But one of those can be had for about $100 less than the R7, although I have a feeling the R7 will be much more worth the extra $100 with updates and better hardware, and likely better detection ranges, at least that's what I'm expecting to see.
Based on my brief experience with two different Max 360c units (same or similar performance as the Max 360) in the last thirty days, I would say the R7 is well worth the extra $100 over the Max 360. BSM filtering may be better than the R7 when the R7 comes out, but I hope that Uniden can tweak and improve the BSM filtering in firmware updates. I am completely fine with my R3’s BSM filtering, but it could always be better. I also think Uniden will provide better support including more firmware updates as I would imagine that Escort will replace the 360c with a new $700 plus radar detector within a year or so, and they may phase out the original Max 360. Maybe by then, Escort can solve the lock up problem. I would personally pay $100 more for the R7 over the Max 360. I have a strong feeling that the R7 is going to be awesome.


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I dont have a date but the coding from my understanding is already done but its locked until they are ready to release the feature. It will be called Dynamic memory function in the future menu.
Thanks Tom. Looking forward to it.
 

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Are those new? I’ve picked up the photo radar vans in Portland (not Beaverton) just fine with a Max360. How do you know Beaverton has switched to MRCD and at lower frequencies?
Beaverton is very consistent about their photo radar locations and times, I routinely pass by the same vans.

There is one van, that before the first MRCD update would not alert until you were in the kill zone 100-200 feet, k band signal. After the update it now alerts to MRCD, however not enough of a warning that I would trust the R3.

They have another photo radar van that doesn't alert at all, but I know it is active, because the speed sign displays a speed and I have seen it flash, no alert on my R3.

If you are in Beaverton and want to test this yourself, the vans are out there every other day during the rush hour 7am to 8am or 5pm to 6 pm on Canyon Rd between Lexus of Portland and the Hwy 26 interchange. GPS coords where they are normally parked 45.498537, -122.763667 (afternoon) 45.498408, -122.760815 (morning)

I don't have this commute anymore, but I plan on testing the R7 on this route when I can get one, I am curious what Beaverton really is using.
 
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Are those new? I’ve picked up the photo radar vans in Portland (not Beaverton) just fine with a Max360. How do you know Beaverton has switched to MRCD and at lower frequencies?
So i went through photo radar in Beaverton on Saturday, with my R3 and MRCD on but never picked up anything at all. Maybe it is below the R3 threshold.
 

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