Uniden R1/R3 VS Uniden R7

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I used to own the R3 but sold it and got the R7.
Thoughts? Any tests?
Yeah. Now you'll have arrows. Other than that, not much difference.
 

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What are YOUR thoughts on the change?

I’m liking the arrows and the larger display. I came from the R3 on FW v1.37. For me the bogey alert tone is new. I like that a lot. I like the ability to GPS lock out Ka band signals, as I have a few traffic monitoring sensors used on the highway that are Ka band.

I don’t like the button locations as much on the R7. It is a bit tougher to ensure I’m pressing the correct button. With the R3 it was easier as your thumb held the bottom of the detector while your index finger navigated the ergonomics buttons on top. They were easy to feel and navigate without having to look. With the R7 it is slightly more difficult to handle. I have to move my fingers across the buttons a few times to get my orientation before I can use the buttons. With the R3, I didn’t have to move my fingers across the buttons to know where I was at, as the sense of orientation was always immediate no matter which finger landed on what button. You just immediately knew what button you were on by its unique shape and feel.

I like my R7 and will keep it, but I’m missing my R3.
 

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I came from the R3 on FW v1.37. For me the bogey alert tone is new. I like that a lot. I like the ability to GPS lock out Ka band signals, as I have a few traffic monitoring sensors used on the highway that are Ka band.
In case anyone doesn't know, these things are available on the R3 with 1.46 or 1.48.
 

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Is there any reason not to go for the R7, over the R3?

I'm in the SF/Bay Area which is Ka 34.7 and laser. I drive a lot on a mountain highway with lots of curves and elevation changes. A well respected member recommended a R1 to me, stating I wouldn't need the extra features on the R3. However, I like what GPS adds to it.

I ended up getting a Radenso Pro M, because I saw some tests that it was close in detection range to the R3, has a smaller footprint and OEM native visor mount. I know the Radenso XP mount can work wit the R3 if 1/16" or so is shaved off, but I just wanted to roll and not mess with filing.

I'm now thinking I'd like to have 360º protection which the Pro M doesn't have, but the R3 and the R7 do. I can return the Pro M, so I'm not stuck with it.

I've read a lot more on here of the R7, tests, reviews, etc... It seems like some have Rear Horn sensitivity issues, and others are not. Are there just defective units out there? Every electronic seems to have a dud here or there - that's electronics.

That being said, besides the price difference, is there any reason not to choose the R7 over the R3? I like the idea of the arrows. They both have 360º protection and perform similarly with laser notification. I guess I'd get the XP visor mount and see if I can get someone at a hardware store to grind it a bit for me,

Lastly, is there a longer straight cord that will work with the R7 or R3? Until I'm happy with the unit, I need to loom the power cable along the visor, down the passenger side and across the seat to the console. The coiled cable won't work for that. When I am happy with whatever unit I chose, I'll get a MirrorTap installed and toss the straight cable.



Thanks a lot for any advice and feedback.
 

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Is there any reason not to go for the R7, over the R3?

I'm in the SF/Bay Area which is Ka 34.7 and laser. I drive a lot on a mountain highway with lots of curves and elevation changes. A well respected member recommended a R1 to me, stating I wouldn't need the extra features on the R3. However, I like what GPS adds to it.

I ended up getting a Radenso Pro M, because I saw some tests that it was close in detection range to the R3, has a smaller footprint and OEM native visor mount. I know the Radenso XP mount can work wit the R3 if 1/16" or so is shaved off, but I just wanted to roll and not mess with filing.

I'm now thinking I'd like to have 360º protection which the Pro M doesn't have, but the R3 and the R7 do. I can return the Pro M, so I'm not stuck with it.

I've read a lot more on here of the R7, tests, reviews, etc... It seems like some have Rear Horn sensitivity issues, and others are not. Are there just defective units out there? Every electronic seems to have a dud here or there - that's electronics.

That being said, besides the price difference, is there any reason not to choose the R7 over the R3? I like the idea of the arrows. They both have 360º protection and perform similarly with laser notification. I guess I'd get the XP visor mount and see if I can get someone at a hardware store to grind it a bit for me,

Lastly, is there a longer straight cord that will work with the R7 or R3? Until I'm happy with the unit, I need to loom the power cable along the visor, down the passenger side and across the seat to the console. The coiled cable won't work for that. When I am happy with whatever unit I chose, I'll get a MirrorTap installed and toss the straight cable.



Thanks a lot for any advice and feedback.
I’ll tell you what. Get the R3 if you want the well built radar detector for the best money. If you get the R7 I’m pretty sure there’s some small hiccups with this radar already, which can be fixed with software updates but until then R3 seems like a solid radar.
Here’s why:
- R3 is well known for range
- R3 is sleek looking
- it has improved from software features
- it can detect from the back but depending on the radar strength if it can reflect to the R3’s front antenna
- GPS lock outs are available
- it can work around on hills or obstacles pretty well.
Last but not least.. ITS CHEAPER WITHOUT ARROWS :p
 

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I’m had the same dilemma last month, I’m from the bay area too, a must turn off K band, Ka 34.7 and mostly laser around here, I’ve picked R3 over R7 due inconsistent performance plus buggy unit, i’ll Wait till uniden fix it perhaps version 2.
 

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I'm now thinking I'd like to have 360º protection which the Pro M doesn't have, but the R3 and the R7 do. I can return the Pro M, so I'm not stuck with it.
The R3 has 360° protection? No it does not. It only has 1 horn. Same as the Pro-M.

No detector has 360° protection. Even the ones with arrows. The only reason you see side arrows is because the front and rear antenna is seeing equal signal strength from the front and rear antenna. They only have 2 horns (antennas).
 

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The R3 has 360° protection? No it does not. It only has 1 horn. Same as the Pro-M.

No detector has 360° protection. Even the ones with arrows. The only reason you see side arrows is because the front and rear antenna is seeing equal signal strength from the front and rear antenna. They only have 2 horns (antennas).


I wonder if he is referring to the laser protection. If so, the R series is not what you're looking for. I've never heard of a laser hit from the "eagle eye", and even rarely a hit from the front lens. @lapuffin , is that what you're referring to? Actually, I just looked at the box. It claims 360° laser protection. That's not even close to what you'll see in actual use. If you need better laser detection, I would strongly suggest you keep looking. A V1 would likely be best if that's your main concern, and Radenso or even Whistler would give you better laser detection than the R series. Sorry
 

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Not really a comparison, but anyone know if I can buy the R7 or better suction cups for the r1/3? the ones that came with the detector don't wanna have a sticky sticky with the windshield. Any recommendations?
 

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Not really a comparison, but anyone know if I can buy the R7 or better suction cups for the r1/3? the ones that came with the detector don't wanna have a sticky sticky with the windshield. Any recommendations?

I always had good luck with the Whistler suction cups. They should be direct replacement, and they're less expensive too. :)

 
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My R3s performed better than the two R7s I tested. So, in my case, my current R3s are the better choice. So if you already had the R3, I'd say try the R7 out but don't just assume detection would be better.
That being said, I see you're currently running the Pro-M. I also have a Pro-M. If you think that "arrows" are necessary, that's one thing. But the Pro-M does a much better job with BSM and MRCD. So how much are "arrows" worth?
 

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I'm a "she", but that's OK.

Yes, the Uniden site lists the R3 and R7 as having "360º protection". I thought having the rear antenna would give me more complete coverage. Now I understand what you mean about the arrows. I still like the idea. I'm trying to get the best radar protection in the $600 and under price range. I'm saving fo a ALP system.

In regards to laser, I know none of these are jammers. But if I get hit, I might be able to do something about it if I'm alerted. I've read that this is an edge to the Pro M over the R3 and R7 - correct me if I'm wrong. The Pro M's MRCD doesn't matter to me (being in California) and with BSM, I've got K band disabled anyway. I get the impression that the R7 might be the way to go when the firmware has matured, but now I'm back to my dilemma of R3 or keep the Pro M.
 

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My R3s performed better than the two R7s I tested. So, in my case, my current R3s are the better choice. So if you already had the R3, I'd say try the R7 out but don't just assume detection would be better.
That being said, I see you're currently running the Pro-M. I also have a Pro-M. If you think that "arrows" are necessary, that's one thing. But the Pro-M does a much better job with BSM and MRCD. So how much are "arrows" worth?
Interesting...any test results or vids to show the R3 is better than the R7? What conditions and terrain etc?
 

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Interesting...any test results or vids to show the R3 is better than the R7? What conditions and terrain etc?
My personal experience...
*Note: I've never experienced I/O in my town (In reference to 1st clip commentary)
 

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In regards to laser, I know none of these are jammers. But if I get hit, I might be able to do something about it if I'm alerted
The only thing you'd be able to do is prepare for a police chase or pull over preemptively to save the LEO some time, gas, and effort.
 

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I'm a "she", but that's OK.

Yes, the Uniden site lists the R3 and R7 as having "360º protection". I thought having the rear antenna would give me more complete coverage. Now I understand what you mean about the arrows. I still like the idea. I'm trying to get the best radar protection in the $600 and under price range. I'm saving fo a ALP system.

In regards to laser, I know none of these are jammers. But if I get hit, I might be able to do something about it if I'm alerted. I've read that this is an edge to the Pro M over the R3 and R7 - correct me if I'm wrong. The Pro M's MRCD doesn't matter to me (being in California) and with BSM, I've got K band disabled anyway. I get the impression that the R7 might be the way to go when the firmware has matured, but now I'm back to my dilemma of R3 or keep the Pro M.
I get it. In California you don't have to deal with K band, which is where all the BSM falsing happens. I guess that means you really don't need all the filtering or MRCD detection.

The Pro-M future proofs you against MRCD/MRCT enforcement, but so does the R3 and R7. Not quite as good, but it's not a concern for you anyway right now.

If you just looking to spend money, the R7 has the advantage of arrows and a bit more range on Ka band. The R3 doesn't offer enough to replace your Pro-M with it unless you just want to change things up or want an accurate frequency display. Even the lidar angle is shady anyways. Your right to look at investing in some jammers, then that aspects off the table.

IMHO, the lidar protection part of any RD is more of a marketing thing. Some might be better, but not enough to base any purchase because of it. Just watch a couple of video's on how fast some of the newer lidar guns lock in from the time they pull the trigger to when they lock your speed in. Almost no time to react at the best of times.

There's no rule that says you can't have all of them if you want, right? If you want to change things up, just get to the R7 and enjoy the extra Ka range, accurate frequency display, and the arrows.
 

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My R3s performed better than the two R7s I tested. So, in my case, my current R3s are the better choice. So if you already had the R3, I'd say try the R7 out but don't just assume detection would be better.
That being said, I see you're currently running the Pro-M. I also have a Pro-M. If you think that "arrows" are necessary, that's one thing. But the Pro-M does a much better job with BSM and MRCD. So how much are "arrows" worth?
Here is my unofficial testing. I’m too lazy to do a spreadsheet. Sorry. All the R’s are pretty even.

RD Testing

34.7

R7
Run 1 rear 3481ft
Run 1 front 3076ft
Run 2 rear 3220ft
Run 2 front 3238ft
Run 3 rear 3176ft
Run 3 front 3166ft

Max 360c
Run 1 rear 2160ft
Run 1 front 2139ft
Run 2 rear 2447ft
Run 2 front 2055ft
Run 3 rear 2390ft
Run 3 front 2291ft

R3
Run 1 front 3167ft
Run 2 front 2730ft
Run 3 front 3228ft


DSP
Run 1 rear 3588ft
Run 1 front 3200ft
Run 2 rear 3641 ft
Run 2 front 3231ft
Run 3 rear 3661ft
Run 3 front 3082ft

35.5

R7
Run 1 rear 3371
Run 1 front 3214
Run 2 rear 2997
Run 2 front 3234
Run 3 rear 3097
Run 3 front 3244

Max360c
Run 1 rear 2710
Run 1 front 2500
Run 2 rear 2389
Run 2 front 2164
Run 3 rear 2495
Run 3 front 2008

R3
Run 1 front 3191
Run 2 front 3193
Run 3 front 3192


DSP
Run 1 rear 3532ft
Run 1 front 3100ft
Run 2 rear 3228
Run 2 front 3222
Run 3 rear 3579
Run 3 front 3203
 

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