Impressions: New Uniden R7 user after 9 years with a V1

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I've been wanting a second detector, so I don't have to swap between cars. I was initially considering getting a V1, but when they were out of stock, I found this forum. And then found out about the R7. I was pretty sold based on the range I was reading, but then started getting cold feet when the "build quality" and misc issues kept getting cited about the units (granted, a lot of that was in context of talking about the V1 -- in the V1 forum).

After waiting long enough for V1 to figure things out, I picked up an R7 on black friday. I was debating holding out for Theia, but for almost half msrp, it was worth picking up a second detector to not have to swap between cars. And who knows when the Radenso unit will be done, released, and cost.

The shape and footprint of the R7 is very similar to the V1, but the unit is mildly larger and definitely thicker. Overall no big deal for the windshield, but it doesn't fit in my slim armrest storage spot like the V1 does. Minor annoyance, but I can store it somewhere else.

The unit itself feels fine. The plastic case has a finish to it that makes it almost seem like metal. Yes, it's lighter than the V1, but so what? I have to say the unit feels solid, and the buttons have a distinct, positive feel when pressed. Honestly, I don't have any reservations about the build quality, and really I was pleasantly surprised when I unboxed it. I expected much worse based on all the hate floating around on here. Additionally, the unit comes with a nice clam shell case that holds the unit and all accessories and an additional neoprene case to keep the R7 in when you're not carrying the larger case. A pleasant surprise. That case costs an extra $30 from Valentine.

The mounts are both solid. I first used the dual suction cup mount, but ended up mounting the large single suction mount near my rearview mirror. One thing I immediately noticed and love is how easy it is to click the R7 onto the mount. I can do it one handed and it clicks in with authority. With the V1, the mount can dip down on the suction cups and requires fiddling to slide the V1 on.

The screen on the R7 is awesome. I love how it can display all kinds of info like altitude, compass, speed, etc. Obviously it also displays the band, location, frequency and strength. Very nice improvement.

Now, I've only been driving with it about a week, but I can already tell the range is incredible. Driving back to work after lunch this week, as soon as I pulled out of my neighborhood onto the main road, the R7 started alerting to a moderate Ka signal. It's a common road to have motorcycle LEOs on catching unsuspecting speeders. I had never picked up a signal all the way back at my neighborhood though.

Continuing on cautiously, about 0.8 miles down the road, there was the LEO on his motorcycle shooting his radar AWAY from me at the oncoming traffic. Wow. The R7 had to be picking up reflected radar. I continued on 1 mile past said LEO still occasionally getting the rear Ka alerts before turning left. While this road is straight, it is hilly and there were 3 hill crests between me and the LEO. And I had the R7 mounted right up just under my rearview. Impressive.

I ran the unit for about 2 days right out of the box with default settings. It already has the lastest firmware on it. I found it to me mildly chatty. My V1 definitely makes more noise. I can tell it does well against Hondas because the V1 would squak at every Odyssey I passed, but this R7 is quiet. The quiet ride is great along with the auto mute, so that even when it does alert, you don't have to hear it screaming until you mute it.

I read the manual and Vortex's site regarding the various settings. I set up the detector basically similar to what Vortex has, except I kept x-band on just to try it out. That helped things even more, but I still get occasional weak K-band alerts. Some of them are stationary from CVS sliding doors, etc, which I have learned to lock out with mute memory, making my drives even quieter.

Overall, as you can tell, I'm pretty happy with it. I was never a huge fan of tethering up my phone to the V1 for around the town drives (long road trips, yes). Plus, it disables my legacy StealthOne in my car in order to use bluetooth. So having a screen on the R7 to give salient information like location and frequency is nice (plus you can see more than one signal). Having the mute memory built into the unit is great. I can swap it between cars or let my wife use it and she doesn't need my phone.

I look forward to my first road trip with it! I would definitely tell anyone who's on the fence, if you find a good deal, go for it.
 

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I also gave up on my max 360 and went to purchase a new V1 and use it with a smart phone

I was shocked when I found out they were on a MVBO list so I bought an R7
sure wish there were some phone apps to quiet the chirper down

ow I miss my 360

ps I hardwired my R7 and mountEd it to my visor with and Xp clip
that works well
 

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I'm in the same boat. after ~10 years with valentines I got an r7. I don't trust it yet, but I'd been eyeing it for awhile, and between the sales on the r7 and what valentines are selling for, I decided it was time to give it a try.
Also in the same boat on the app. I had the bluetooth adapter since it came out and run jbv1 and on the highway it's great, but when I'm hopping in my car to drive a couple miles it's a pain in the ass and even with another phone mounted in the car I wind up not using it. The selling point for the R7 was GPS for those kinds of trips.
 

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Yeah, don't get me wrong I love my V1. But at a certain point all the apps and alerts and stuff become a distraction while driving.

And Alex, I don't find the R7 that chatty at all, although it's only been a week. It's not silent, but with the V1, I could be driving along with that thing constantly alerting to some BSM on the road with me, so it'd be chirping for miles. And that's with the latest firmware updates. I haven't experienced that with the R7 yet.

I already trust the thing based on my Ka experience described, but that trust will either grow or wane over the next couple weeks. I'm 90% sure I'm not going to return it.

I love the GPS. I know the arguments against it, but just for sitting at intersections alone where there are 4 different stores with automatic doors, being able to mute that stuff once and for all is great. And it's saved in the unit's memory.

So far, it's been a good experience, and because the firmware can so easily be upgraded (I already upgraded the GPS database), the R7 should only improve if done right.
 

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Appreciate the review on the R7 and how it compares to the V1. I've had my V1 for 15 years or so and it's tough to get another detector ha
 

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I also gave up on my max 360 and went to purchase a new V1 and use it with a smart phone

I was shocked when I found out they were on a MVBO list so I bought an R7
sure wish there were some phone apps to quiet the chirper down

ow I miss my 360

ps I hardwired my R7 and mountEd it to my visor with and Xp clip
that works well
What is the XP Clip? Link?


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Prepare for a lot of hate from the fan crowd... They will suggest you will love the V1 that much better with Bluetooth and an app.

The R7 definitely delivers for range and works well for a detector that is app-less. I have enough going on with my phone and chewing on my battery to worry about Bluetooth with a detector myself.

It gets even quieter as you mute out known falses, and when you have low speed muting on board it's great.
 

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I'm in the same boat. after ~10 years with valentines I got an r7. I don't trust it yet, but I'd been eyeing it for awhile, and between the sales on the r7 and what valentines are selling for, I decided it was time to give it a try.
Also in the same boat on the app. I had the bluetooth adapter since it came out and run jbv1 and on the highway it's great, but when I'm hopping in my car to drive a couple miles it's a pain in the ass and even with another phone mounted in the car I wind up not using it. The selling point for the R7 was GPS for those kinds of trips.
What don’t you trust?
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I've been wanting a second detector, so I don't have to swap between cars. I was initially considering getting a V1, but when they were out of stock, I found this forum. And then found out about the R7. I was pretty sold based on the range I was reading, but then started getting cold feet when the "build quality" and misc issues kept getting cited about the units (granted, a lot of that was in context of talking about the V1 -- in the V1 forum).

After waiting long enough for V1 to figure things out, I picked up an R7 on black friday. I was debating holding out for Theia, but for almost half msrp, it was worth picking up a second detector to not have to swap between cars. And who knows when the Radenso unit will be done, released, and cost.

The shape and footprint of the R7 is very similar to the V1, but the unit is mildly larger and definitely thicker. Overall no big deal for the windshield, but it doesn't fit in my slim armrest storage spot like the V1 does. Minor annoyance, but I can store it somewhere else.

The unit itself feels fine. The plastic case has a finish to it that makes it almost seem like metal. Yes, it's lighter than the V1, but so what? I have to say the unit feels solid, and the buttons have a distinct, positive feel when pressed. Honestly, I don't have any reservations about the build quality, and really I was pleasantly surprised when I unboxed it. I expected much worse based on all the hate floating around on here. Additionally, the unit comes with a nice clam shell case that holds the unit and all accessories and an additional neoprene case to keep the R7 in when you're not carrying the larger case. A pleasant surprise. That case costs an extra $30 from Valentine.

The mounts are both solid. I first used the dual suction cup mount, but ended up mounting the large single suction mount near my rearview mirror. One thing I immediately noticed and love is how easy it is to click the R7 onto the mount. I can do it one handed and it clicks in with authority. With the V1, the mount can dip down on the suction cups and requires fiddling to slide the V1 on.

The screen on the R7 is awesome. I love how it can display all kinds of info like altitude, compass, speed, etc. Obviously it also displays the band, location, frequency and strength. Very nice improvement.

Now, I've only been driving with it about a week, but I can already tell the range is incredible. Driving back to work after lunch this week, as soon as I pulled out of my neighborhood onto the main road, the R7 started alerting to a moderate Ka signal. It's a common road to have motorcycle LEOs on catching unsuspecting speeders. I had never picked up a signal all the way back at my neighborhood though.

Continuing on cautiously, about 0.8 miles down the road, there was the LEO on his motorcycle shooting his radar AWAY from me at the oncoming traffic. Wow. The R7 had to be picking up reflected radar. I continued on 1 mile past said LEO still occasionally getting the rear Ka alerts before turning left. While this road is straight, it is hilly and there were 3 hill crests between me and the LEO. And I had the R7 mounted right up just under my rearview. Impressive.

I ran the unit for about 2 days right out of the box with default settings. It already has the lastest firmware on it. I found it to me mildly chatty. My V1 definitely makes more noise. I can tell it does well against Hondas because the V1 would squak at every Odyssey I passed, but this R7 is quiet. The quiet ride is great along with the auto mute, so that even when it does alert, you don't have to hear it screaming until you mute it.

I read the manual and Vortex's site regarding the various settings. I set up the detector basically similar to what Vortex has, except I kept x-band on just to try it out. That helped things even more, but I still get occasional weak K-band alerts. Some of them are stationary from CVS sliding doors, etc, which I have learned to lock out with mute memory, making my drives even quieter.

Overall, as you can tell, I'm pretty happy with it. I was never a huge fan of tethering up my phone to the V1 for around the town drives (long road trips, yes). Plus, it disables my legacy StealthOne in my car in order to use bluetooth. So having a screen on the R7 to give salient information like location and frequency is nice (plus you can see more than one signal). Having the mute memory built into the unit is great. I can swap it between cars or let my wife use it and she doesn't need my phone.

I look forward to my first road trip with it! I would definitely tell anyone who's on the fence, if you find a good deal, go for it.
Thanks for an honest opinion of it, no it’s not perfect but no RD is. You typically have to dial it into specific needs but better to have to much sensitivity and range than not enough. Oh you already know about the negativity aimed the R7, the legacy RD owners will probably jump all over you...
 
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I don't know about others getting down on someone just giving their review or opinion on their new purchase, usually pretty decent here.
However when a person starts making statements like "better than", then the flood gates open.
I didn't consider a Uniden or Radenso at all last June when I went to upgrade my 2 Escorts. I wanted Escort or nothing.
Glad researching here assisted me in purchasing 2 detectors that suited me much more than my first impulse.
R7 is a fabulous performer and very consistent and predictable.
Fits ME like a glove.
Until Theia....
 

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One thing a well made unit will do is pick up Ka at 90° better than any detector in the world
Just under a mile is about as long as it gets at 90° throw in 35.5 no other detectors have a chance
I have multiple videos at 90°
You wont see anyone but uniden R1 R3 R7 users posting near mile 90° detections
The Redline matches and sometimes can beat an R3 but that stops at 20°

Theres another paragraph but itll have to wait for intermediate
 
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I've been depending on my RPSE for quite awhile now. I gotta say the range, off axis and sensitivity are all still top notch. Yesterday, my wife ordered me an R7. I expect it to be here very soon. I can't wait to enjoy all the benefits the rest of you are experiencing.
 
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sure wish there were some phone apps to quiet the chirper down

ow I miss my 360
I bought an R7 a couple months after it was released, and eventually went to the settings that Vortex recommended to quiet down its false alerts. The settings helped, but the bottom line is that the R7 is a chirpy RD. Whenever my wife was in my truck with me, I would just unplug it. She went from asking me "is there a cop?" when I first got the RD, to later telling me "that thing's broken" after having to tell her no, that wasn't the police repeatedly. I wasn't dissatisfied with my R7 purchase by any means, but I no longer have the unit, the right side of my OLED disply went black and the left side went completely garbled.

If you miss your 360, you should pick one up used. I do not miss having to manually finger the lockout button on my R7, nor having to deal with the false alerts. After I switched to the settings that Vortex recommended, my R7's range didn't feel much better compared to the RD that I have now. I predominately drive in the city.
 

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I bought an R7 a couple months after it was released, and eventually went to the settings that Vortex recommended to quiet down its false alerts. The settings helped, but the bottom line is that the R7 is a chirpy RD. Whenever my wife was in my truck with me, I would just unplug it. She went from asking me "is there a cop?" when I first got the RD, to later telling me "that thing's broken" after having to tell her no, that wasn't the police repeatedly. I wasn't dissatisfied with my R7 purchase by any means, but I no longer have the unit, the right side of my OLED disply went black and the left side went completely garbled.

If you miss your 360, you should pick one up used. I do not miss having to manually finger the lockout button on my R7, nor having to deal with the false alerts. After I switched to the settings that Vortex recommended, my R7's range didn't feel much better compared to the RD that I have now. I predominately drive in the city.
The R7 is not definitely for everyone. Users get used to the way they did do things and operate the unit. I have not tried the 360. Both gives you enough warning. Each unit has pros and cons. The R7 however gives you a lot of options as to quiet down the unit and this is dependent on your comfort zone. I have used the R3 first before buying the R7 and transitioning to the R7 was a breeze. What you have to understand is that Vortex settings is not a standard to follow. The recommendations he posted was a general means or guide of setting the R7 to an average Joe or the public in general to quiet down the R7. As a user, you have the obligation to know the capabilities of your radar detector. As a saying says, if you go with the crowd, you can only go as far as the crowd goes but if you explore and go on your own, you will go to places no others have been to. I can tell you to really quiet down the R7 but there is a little learning curve. Sometimes, you have to get out of the box to solve a problem and that is what I did. Some people around here will tell me I'm crazy. Well, if ain't broke, don't fix it. I live and work in K band country ramping up 40-60K miles a year and use of lockout is not an option - not a fan of lockouts anyway. To me, the only way to address this problem with the R7 is to increase your quiet ride settings. I set QR to 85 mph with K band at 100% sensitivity. I don't have to worry about all BSM's and other false generating source but for a small price to pay of not depending too much on audio but more on visual and this was the learning curve that I have to get used to. I have been using it for months now and I just put a big smile on my face.
 

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I was hoping to read what the OP sees in arrow performance between the V1 and R7 after having a V1 for so long but not one word I can find.

I tried an R7 and the arrows sucked and K band sensitivity was biased to the rear horn from what my copy did. I was so happy I purchased from Walmart returning it for a full refund after 85 days.

How can a former V1 user do a comparison to the R7 and not mention arrow performances? Something is not right.
 

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I was hoping to read what the OP sees in arrow performance between the V1 and R7 after having a V1 for so long but not one word I can find.

I tried an R7 and the arrows sucked and K band sensitivity was biased to the rear horn from what my copy did. I was so happy I purchased from Walmart returning it for a full refund after 85 days.

How can a former V1 user do a comparison to the R7 and not mention arrow performances? Something is not right.
Well I suppose you could do what you just did and ask his opinion? ;)
Maybe the issue wasn't and issue to him.
Different strokes......
 

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Appreciate the review on the R7 and how it compares to the V1. I've had my V1 for 15 years or so and it's tough to get another detector ha
I've been running a hot 3.872 V1 for years as well and while I'll always love it, it's range and off axis isn't in the same world as my R1's much less a R7! I don't own a R7, but I've run @VariableWave 's and tested another forum member's R7 for over a month and had no problems with the arrows or anything else. The rear antennas could be calmed down a bit however! I agree that a R7 is not for everyone. It's pretty extreme, but so am I !
 
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I hope he does, the arrows on the R7 was the big deal. How could one speak of the RD and not mention. I'll get over it.
 

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I was hoping to read what the OP sees in arrow performance between the V1 and R7 after having a V1 for so long but not one word I can find.

I tried an R7 and the arrows sucked and K band sensitivity was biased to the rear horn from what my copy did. I was so happy I purchased from Walmart returning it for a full refund after 85 days.

How can a former V1 user do a comparison to the R7 and not mention arrow performances? Something is not right.
Maybe you should be more specific and ask him if the arrows still act like ______________________ (whatever "sucked" means)? V1 arrows are pretty accurate for the most part. The R7s are not quite as "refined" as V1 arrows when it comes to transitions. Doubt they ever will be. If you want better arrow transitions and less range, then the V1 is your detector. Personally, I find the R7 arrows pretty accurate unless you are in a high reflectivity area, and then the additional sensitivity does cause some problems when you are closer to the source. That doesn't bother me at all. I'd rather have the range. But as they say, different strokes for different folks.
 
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I was hoping to read what the OP sees in arrow performance between the V1 and R7 after having a V1 for so long but not one word I can find.

I tried an R7 and the arrows sucked and K band sensitivity was biased to the rear horn from what my copy did. I was so happy I purchased from Walmart returning it for a full refund after 85 days.

How can a former V1 user do a comparison to the R7 and not mention arrow performances? Something is not right.
You know that's a good point. I didn't mention anything about the arrows, but that's because I didn't have an issue with them. At the time I first wrote this, I had used it for about a week and not noticed anything wrong with the arrows. When I passed my typical CVS auto doors, the K-band arrows changed accordingly. When I passed an LEO shooting Ka, the arrows changed.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the arrows thus far. Even my V1 gets confused sometimes swapping between front, side, back, I imagine when there's a strong radar source bouncing off cars behind me.

To update:
It's been a solid couple weeks now and I've been switching between cars with the V1 and the R7. The V1 is in my E38 with a StealthOne, so it displays on my dash (best thing ever), but after driving with the R7 the V1 is so freaking annoying! It makes far more noise than the R7 hands down (and this may simply be due to the auto mute and the q-ride, I'm not 100% sure yet, since I'm not looking at it when it's quiet).

I actually bumped my k-band up to 100% from the 70% I had it at before, and I don't notice much of a difference in falses. I was theorizing that if the R7 is so sensitive, maybe it is using some of the signatures we learned about with Theia in filtering BSM or falses. If you reduce the sensitivity, it may not be able to fully capture those tags or signatures, and so the filtering may actually be harmed. I have no way to prove that without source code, but the unit didn't seem any chattier at 100% vs 70%.

I have the single suction cup mount in the ZHP where the R7 spends its time. I just swapped it into the E38 for a road trip and used the dual suction cup mount. Boy that thing sucks! What is Uniden thinking sending something out like that? It has no support so is free to bounce around on the flexibility of the suction cups. V1 is clever enough to use the back of the radar detector as a support point against the windshield. The R7 can't do that and therefore just balances on top of that dual suction cup mount, which has no support to hold it against the windshield. The rubber bumper that it comes with is not tall enough to contact the glass even with the suction cups completely compressed against the glass. Poor.

Other than that, the unit was considerably quieter than the V1 this trip. And I can use the "user mark" feature to mark those VERY common speed trap spots on the highway I travel frequently to be careful on my future drives, even if the VVaze app doesn't show a mark.

Say what you will about GPS and the fault points of lockouts, but the GPS feature alone allows for so many basic and simple feature additions that it is totally worth it. Specifically, I'm talking about the unit being able to tell your speed and locations, which means it can auto mute under a certain speed (without needing some stupid OBD dongle) and can let you mark locations, either for your own reference or for lockouts (in addition to giving you speed, altitude, heading and red light and speed cameras).

So far so good. I hate the dual suction cup mount and may need to buy one of the single mounts, but it is performing to my expectations thus far. If they improve the BSM filtering in a future firmware I can flash, it'll be even better.
 
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