I was on the fence. R3 or R7? (1 Viewer)

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I initially made up my mind to get the R3. I even posted a wanted thread and thought I had a deal with a member until he ghosted me.

Then I had second thoughts. Arrows and the latest greatest hardware started calling me. So again I was on the fence between the R3 and R7.

Yesterday @dudeinnz posted up a link in the classified section to get a new R3 for $275.

Well that made up my mind. R3 at 1/2 the price? Count me in!!

The R7 my still be in my future as well as some other upper tier detectors but for now I'll be running the R3.

I'm looking forward to it showing up in the mail.
 

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Congratulations! You won't be disappointed.
 

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Then I had second thoughts. Arrows and the latest greatest hardware started calling me. So again I was on the fence between the R3 and R7.
Well that made up my mind. R3 at 1/2 the price? Count me in!!

The R7 my still be in my future as well as some other upper tier detectors but for now I'll be running the R3.

I'm looking forward to it showing up in the mail.
Getting an R3, especially at that price, you made a real nice decision. The R7 does give that added situational awareness with the addition of the Rear arrow and more options with the platform. The R3, though a little less in the early reporting/sensitivity, gives more than enough time to get that alert and basically is in the Number 2 slot of WS detectors for the range. Few years from now, there maybe a replacement or R7 contender by the time to retire that R3 now.
 

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Nice choice. I had the R3 and loved it. R7 gives better situational awareness but if you don't need or require it you are good to go. Enjoy !
 

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I would rather buy a DFR7 for $130 and then wait to see what comes out next. Just letting you know of another option.
 

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I was in the same situation and when the R3 was on sale picked it up for half the price of the R7.
Once the price of the R7 drops. Then Ill sell the R3 for the R7.
 

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Well I'm in the minority here- I'm going to sell my new R3 and buy a Radenso Pro M. The R3 is just to chatty for me. But I'm used to the quiet 360c with tons of modern features and is very future upgradable as well. I'm going to buy the ProM once I put my R3 up for sale.
 

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I was in the same situation and when the R3 was on sale picked it up for half the price of the R7.
Once the price of the R7 drops. Then Ill sell the R3 for the R7.
I don't think the MAP or MRSP will drop in the next two years. Reason being that the R3 has now been out almost 2 years and has not dropped price at all. You may be able to catch one of these coupon sales where you can stack coupons up through a site like Rakuten, but I wouldn't hold your breath for the MRSP to come down in the next 18 months.
 
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I don't think the MAP or MRSP will drop in the next two years. Reason being that the R3 has now been out almost 2 years and has not dropped price at all. You may be able to catch one of these coupon sales where you can stack coupons up through a site like Rakuten, but I wouldn't hold your break for the MRSP to come down in the next 18 months.
Agreed. Waiting for deep discount "sale" on the R7. I've already seen the R7 on a small "sale" already.
Just need it to drop much more.
 

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TL;DR:

Either would serve you roughly equally well. Great buy!

Long version:
I stuck with the R3 having tested out two R7s that didn't perform as well as my R3s. Not saying that to denigrate the R7, just to explain from where my view comes. That being said, I consider the R7 to fall within the normal detector variation of the R3s, give or take. So, unless you need arrows, I'd say an R3 at less than half the price is a great deal.
I also run a V1 at times so I do understand the value of having arrows in certain situations; more a sense of locating the source rather than just detecting. In my mind, on the highway, the value of arrows is seen around BSM; it finds the polluters. In more urban areas, it does help locate where that cop is, especially helpful if the officer is shooting down a road perpendicular to the one on which you're driving. But does ability to better locate the the source translate to being a "save"? The V1 website would make you think so and I don't doubt the reports of a second officer being ahead that would have otherwise been ignored. But, I would argue that it only really saves those who haven't learned how to locate the source through through other means... Ramp up, road layout, etc and are ignoring what their R3 is telling them.
 

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Youll be happy with the R3, I returned the R7 myself after testing it for 1700 miles. Too many K falses (more than my R3) , and even though the Ka band was slightly ahead of the R3, wasnt worth the extra $ in my eyes.
Im just like Dr Todd, And i agree with everything else he has said.
I run the V1 for arrows , and i can say the R3 gives me a few seconds headstart over the V1, but the arrows let me know if im in the clear or not.
 

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The R7 is more than just arrows.

-K block

-Bigger easier to read screen

-more MRCD range (the r3 does not cover the whole spectrum)

-very likely k band segmentation

-more storage for marks/auto mutes.

-auto mutes sometime in the future.

-And having a faster processor and more memory more likely more new features, where the R3 is topped out

The R3 and R1 are fantastic detectors, but I am tired of people saying that is "just" arrows

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Well I'm in the minority here- I'm going to sell my new R3 and buy a Radenso Pro M. The R3 is just to chatty for me. But I'm used to the quiet 360c with tons of modern features and is very future upgradable as well. I'm going to buy the ProM once I put my R3 up for sale.
I've never been around a Pro M, but I'll say this.. with the latest fw 124 on my R7, it's gotten really quiet. But it might be because I haven't seen many newer Mazda's around lately and I have QR set to 50mph.. It also out performs my R3.

My R3 is currently on fw 1.48.. When it was on fw 1.37, it was way quieter. As it stands, I'd say my R7 is now quieter than when my R3 was on 1.37.

BTW, both detectors are setup with almost identical setting, except the R7 has K Block enabled.
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The R7 is more than just arrows.

-K block

-Bigger easier to read screen

-more MRCD range (the r3 does not cover the whole spectrum)

-very likely k band segmentation

-more storage for marks/auto mutes.

-auto mutes sometime in the future.

-And having a faster processor and more memory more likely more new features, where the R3 is topped out

The R3 and R1 are fantastic detectors, but I am tired of people saying that is "just" arrows

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Having possibly more features in the future doesn't mean anything to me. If the features aren't there, so there's no difference.

Bigger Screen means nothing also... I can see my R3's display just fine, where I can barely see the screen on the R7 during the day because it's so dim.

MRCD... it can go lower than the R3, but the also lopped off the top end of Ka Band.. So technically, the R7 can scan lower, but it can't scan as high as the R3.

I have more than enough marks/mute than I need on the R3. I can could in one hand how many spots.. and future automute on the R7 seems like a pipe dream... No one seems to be able to figure out exactly when Uniden can release it..

So like many here say.. To me, it's just an R3 with arrow.. But in my case, the range my R7 has kills my R3. Yeah, if I had to choose between the 2, I'd take the R7 because of range.. Maybe I'd feel different if my R3 wan't so cold?

BTW, K block kicks butt! My R7 is so quiet now... but that's just initial impressions... I need more seat time to really see how much of a difference it makes.
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I don't think the MAP or MRSP will drop in the next two years. Reason being that the R3 has now been out almost 2 years and has not dropped price at all. You may be able to catch one of these coupon sales where you can stack coupons up through a site like Rakuten, but I wouldn't hold your breath for the MRSP to come down in the next 18 months.
The only reason I have the R7 is because I got it for $540 with a coupon through Rakuten.

I didn't and still don't feel it's worth $600... There's too many other options out there that can save your butt for less. I also don't feel any other windshield mount is worth $600.. but @ $500, I'd do it.. Well, that coupon came out and I figured to pick up an R7 around $500 might be a year or 2, so I pulled the trigger @ $540. I'm glad I did it because the performance on average is so much better than my R3, it's not even funny. And now with K block working.. it's way quieter too. As for the arrows.. they're nice, but not needed..
 
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The biggest thing on MRCD is that while it is very unlikely the upper spectrum of KA band will be used for police radar, the lower part of K band is used for police radar, that is a huge difference.

The screen.. well I can read it while riding my motorcycle in sunny Florida, so not sure why some people can't read it.

About the features, you are already seeing the speed at which the updates are coming out for the R7 versus the R3 , new features are almost guaranteed in the next few months,while it seems the R3 was shelved in the update department, hopefully not, as the R3 is a fantastic unit.

Is it worth it paying a lot more for an R7.. depends on your view,needs,budget and how much you consider yourself an enthusiast , some people here spend 2000 dollars on a custom ALP install when you could had gone windshield mount/TMG and saved a fortune, but it sure is nice to them to get that additional %5 chance of a save with an ALP instead.

I am sure in a year or two the R7 will cost 400 bucks and a new one will be out, I am putting my money on Radenso to put Uniden on check, until then if you want the newest,baddest it always costs a lot more for just a little extra.

Example of that is PC video cards, you can get a generation old 1080 for 400 bucks , or get a new generation GTX 2080 for a whoping 800 bucks, the difference in performance is small and probably no game will be able to run the full capabilities and it will probably drop to 400 bucks in a year, but people are out there buying it so..
 

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The R7 is more than just arrows.

-K block

-Bigger easier to read screen

-more MRCD range (the r3 does not cover the whole spectrum)

-very likely k band segmentation

-more storage for marks/auto mutes.

-auto mutes sometime in the future.

-And having a faster processor and more memory more likely more new features, where the R3 is topped out

The R3 and R1 are fantastic detectors, but I am tired of people saying that is "just" arrows

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I agree with you. While the R3 is a super nice RD, the R7 is better over all. I also use my DFR8 with my motorcycle. It actually has many features of the R3 and R7.
 

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I used to have an R3 but after i bought an R7 i decided to sell the R3 because it was just collecting dust. I understand the R7 may be a bit overpriced but all in all it is a better detector with more features than the R3. I just hope the R7 eventually gets the auto-lockouts like they said they would.

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If you need a detector NOW get an R3 if you can wait a month or two than get an R7. I would have kept my R7 and I will probably get an R7 once the bugs are ironed out....unless Radenso releases something....@jonatradenso
 

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If you need a detector NOW get an R3 if you can wait a month or two than get an R7. I would have kept my R7 and I will probably get an R7 once the bugs are ironed out....unless Radenso releases something....@jonatradenso
Can you clarify what you mean by bugs on the R7? The only thing that I feel is buggy is MRCD detection.. It just flat out sux, but it's that way on the R1/3 too.

Arrows seem to work, but they should be fine tuned..... Sometimes they work perfect, other times, I'm like...... what the heck are these arrows doing? Usually it's something in the middle.. as in it seems they have it programmed to give more weight to the rear horn than the front, but that could be the what's around the surrounds... radar reflections from too many hard objects.

What would you do if a new Radenso was just as or had more bugs than the R7... Gotta remember, unless it happened within a few months, the R7 will have more maturity than an new Radenso.
 

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Can you clarify what you mean by bugs on the R7? The only thing that I feel is buggy is MRCD detection.. It just flat out sux, but it's that way on the R1/3 too.

Arrows seem to work, but they should be fine tuned..... Sometimes they work perfect, other times, I'm like...... what the heck are these arrows doing? Usually it's something in the middle.. as in it seems they have it programmed to give more weight to the rear horn than the front, but that could be the what's around the surrounds... radar reflections from too many hard objects.

What would you do if a new Radenso was just as or had more bugs than the R7... Gotta remember, unless it happened within a few months, the R7 will have more maturity than an new Radenso.
For me when I tested mine was the sporadic behaviour of the KA detection...at times it would be a lion in the field in terms of detection and at other times I had to rear end a cop in order to get a hit. But than again my version of R7 was about few weeks before the actual release date of May 15th.
 

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For me when I tested mine was the sporadic behaviour of the KA detection...at times it would be a lion in the field in terms of detection and at other times I had to rear end a cop in order to get a hit. But than again my version of R7 was about few weeks before the actual release date of May 15th.
Gotcha... sounds like you got a bad unit.. which can happen.. I don't hang out much on the other manufactures boards, but it seems that Uniden has a hardware quality issue on new units more than others.... It's just a gut feeling and nothing more. Still, I feel like Uniden/Attowave need to hire this inspector.

inspector12.jpg
 

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