Uniden R7 on sale for $458 at my local Best Buy. Too good to pass up or wait for Theia?

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I think the $458 price is likely due to Presidents Day sale. I'm a current R3 owner/user and have wanted the R7 for quite some time...arrows would certainly be nice with the range of the detector, frequently I can't tell where the officer or radar source is. Is there anyone who has made the jump from R3 to R7 and not looked back? Would you still recommend the R7 at that price point even with Theia on the horizon? I can certainly hold for a while longer as the R3 has served me well and I use it every day almost. However, if Theia is going to be exceptionally more expensive than the R7 was when it was released, by several hundred dollars or more, then it's less and less likely that I'll pick one up.

Also, would you say that the extended warranty Best Buy offers (the 2-year Geek Squad) guarantee would be worthwhile? I've heard of problems with R7's but it sounds like most of them were coming from Amazon sources. The 2-year extended warranty adds $60 to the total price. Or is the standard Uniden warranty good enough?

Thanks! :)
 

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It's been <$450 on Amazon for quite awhile now, and manufacturer refurbs can be picked up for $399 on eBay.

No one knows when Theia will be released, so go for it if you have the means.
 

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Personally if I were a current R3 owner waiting for Theia I would not spend the extra money for an R7 I'd only be using for less than a year. The R3 is a great detector and should serve you well in the interim.

In regard to your question, yes it is likely that Theia will be several hundred dollars more expensive than the original price of the R7. There is speculation on the price but no concrete information. If you want arrows and Theia's going to be out of your price range, R7 for around $450 sounds like a good deal.
 

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I bought mine refurb from eBay for $399 and it was like new. We dont know the final price of Theia but be prepared for something similar to an iPhone at least. If you’re not ready for that and you want an R7 consider the refurb route. I’m excited about the future but lets be honest I still need parking sensors before I need a detector that makes less noise and before that is a list of irons already in the fire. Kids and pets will mess you up, ha.
 

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I think the $458 price is likely due to Presidents Day sale. I'm a current R3 owner/user and have wanted the R7 for quite some time...arrows would certainly be nice with the range of the detector, frequently I can't tell where the officer or radar source is. Is there anyone who has made the jump from R3 to R7 and not looked back? Would you still recommend the R7 at that price point even with Theia on the horizon? I can certainly hold for a while longer as the R3 has served me well and I use it every day almost. However, if Theia is going to be exceptionally more expensive than the R7 was when it was released, by several hundred dollars or more, then it's less and less likely that I'll pick one up.

Also, would you say that the extended warranty Best Buy offers (the 2-year Geek Squad) guarantee would be worthwhile? I've heard of problems with R7's but it sounds like most of them were coming from Amazon sources. The 2-year extended warranty adds $60 to the total price. Or is the standard Uniden warranty good enough?

Thanks! :)
Just curious what would geek squad do with an R7?
 
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I’d get it. It’s a great detector. I was going to sell mine and wait for Theia but decided I’d just install it in the wife’s car when Theia makes it out. Just saved my ass on a trip from Eastern WA.
 

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Just curious what would geek squad do with an R7?
The Geek Squad warranty, according to a Best Buy rep that I spoke with means that if anything happens to the item you purchase with that protection during that time-frame then you can walk into any Best Buy and exchange the item for the same item or whatever the newer version of that item is, during the coverage time. I've only purchased the coverage once or twice and only used it once on a microwave and that's exactly what they did...I made out a little better with a newer model of the same microwave I had purchased a year prior. However, at $60, depending on the item you're talking about...it may or may not be worth it. On something that is $400+, sure, I think you could help yourself if there are any problems with it. I've only heard of problems with Amazon source R7's, however, which - I guess - is why I was kind of avoiding them from Amazon. However, if it was just a certain batch of detectors or whatever then it's probably fine. Plus I like the idea of just being able to walk into a local store and deal with anything than mess with shipping something back and forth. I think the price of the coverage also varies depending on the price of the item purchased. Not completely sure about how that works though.

Thanks for the feedback InsipidMonkey and all. I feel pretty comfortable with the R3; I was checking out some of Vortex's test run results when the R7 first came out and there were a couple of instances where it seemed like the R7 had a few hundred feet better detection than the R3, and I had also forgotten that it scans just a little bit lower on the K-band frequency which, you're not probably going to know if you need that until you're running it and get a detection on the lower end of the spectrum. So those couple of things combined with the fact that I work long hours so it's usually dark when I leave and dark when I come home are making me wish for arrows more. Unless it's summer time with daylight savings time my actual visual input that I have to go on is pretty minimal. Like the other day there was a State Trooper sitting in one of their favorite spots where the highway goes from 65 to 55 mph and visa versa- they love to sit right around that area. I left work and my R3 was sniffing out some Ka-band as I approached that area so I moved over to the slow lane and played it cool while a few other cars zipped past me. Just shortly after passing the speed limit change zone I caught a flash of reflective yellow "Highway Patrol" against a dark blue background sitting in the median so that answered my question, and the officer didn't seem to care about the cars that passed me, but, when you know they're there you're definitely not going to take your chances. lol The patrol car was facing towards the other side of the highway and actually I think that's what it was is that the officer was checking speeds on the other side of the highway.

Knowing about the Amazon prices makes me less concerned about getting out to Best Buy and making the purchase today. Besides the fact that it'll be on sale again several times during the year and it will be interesting at least to see what happens to radar detector prices when Theia does hit the market, especially if its anything like a lot of people are hoping. I wouldn't say that Theia is necessarily out of my price range at the price of a new iPhone, but, I couldn't cash it out at that price without dipping into savings just like I couldn't cash out an iPhone, and it does open up a whole new batch of concerns as far as how to keep it safe since I would want to use it for my daily work commute and I'm not sure I would feel comfortable leaving it in my cars glovebox like I do my R3 right now. My R3 is painfully easy to put up and take down from the mirror mount. Where I work, I park in a parking garage, there are security cameras and we have security officers that patrol the vicinity and garage, but, the area in general is full of vagrants and those who are just generally up to no good. Theft is a rather large problem in the area and some people have left work to find a window smashed out of their car.
 
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For what it is worth... I just drove about 300 miles with my custom installed max 360ci, front receiver set low in car behind the bumper along with the my R7(everything off but KA) windshield mounted way up on the window of my SQ5... The escort sniffed out every single KA before my R7... Obviously lots of variables here but I have a Max 360ci in my E300 and the R3 I ended up giving my dad was always a split second ahead or in step with the Escort...Latest firmware on all...
 

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For what it is worth... I just drove about 300 miles with my custom installed max 360ci, front receiver set low in car behind the bumper along with the my R7(everything off but KA) windshield mounted way up on the window of my SQ5... The escort sniffed out every single KA before my R7... Obviously lots of variables here but I have a Max 360ci in my E300 and the R3 I ended up giving my dad was always a split second ahead or in step with the Escort...Latest firmware on all...
Running two detectors at the same time is never going to give you accurate results that you should rely on.

I’ve tested my R3 and R7 separately a bunch of times and the R7 beat my R3 every time. Both are awesome detectors, but I can’t go away from arrows now. I think the R7 for $450 is a steal. Theia could cost $800-1000 and I am not spending that kind of money on a radar detector so I think people wanting a R7 now should get it for these great prices. You could probably even sell your R7 for $350ish after Theia comes out if you want to get it.
 
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Just pulled the trigger on the R7. I'll pick it up in the morning, it's more than likely a definite upgrade, I'm sure the arrows will be nice. Can you tell I've never owned a detector with arrows? Now I just have to decide if I'm going to hang onto my R3 as a backup or sell it for what it's worth at the moment. A backup detector never hurts, my wife doesn't run detectors so my only other option would be to give one to my 19-year-old son which I'm not sure would be the most responsible thing to do (lol - he owns a recent make Dodge Challenger and already pushes his luck). Not sure if I'd be doing him any favors, I guess as long as he understood it doesn't make him bullet proof.
 

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@WhiskyTangoFoxtrot you will love having arrows trust me. Having the wider k band range will be nice to
 

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Just pulled the trigger on the R7. I'll pick it up in the morning, it's more than likely a definite upgrade, I'm sure the arrows will be nice. Can you tell I've never owned a detector with arrows? Now I just have to decide if I'm going to hang onto my R3 as a backup or sell it for what it's worth at the moment. A backup detector never hurts, my wife doesn't run detectors so my only other option would be to give one to my 19-year-old son which I'm not sure would be the most responsible thing to do (lol - he owns a recent make Dodge Challenger and already pushes his luck). Not sure if I'd be doing him any favors, I guess as long as he understood it doesn't make him bullet proof.
Smart...

You will like the added features and upgrade to arrows.
 

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I was in the same boat as you.
I could either wait for theia but not sure when or price or value or performance. Will be a while before priced or announced or tested by members.
I bought an r7 (delivered today) since the price is at a point where I think it’s worth it over the r3 (vs the 600+ when it came out and when I tested it across 1500 miles )

Now I can use the arrows and enjoy the higher processing power and range and the extra attention that uniden pays to the r7 vs the r1/r3.
 

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Since you have an R3 already, I would wait for Theia unless you think the value of marginal performance increase and arrows is justfied. I think the price of Theia will be $900+. If you have the cash flow, then it's on you. If you don't, the R3 is not going to stop working (hopefully lol) tomorrow. People still use the V1, 8500, 9500IX, DFR series, etc and are mostly fine with a less powerful detector.

  • The incremental performance increase to an R7 aside from arrows may be measurable in some R7s but not as much in others as we know some units are "hotter." Something to keep in mind depending on your location.
  • On average, the performance is better (https://www.vortexradar.com/2019/04/uniden-r7-long-range-testing-vs-r3-max360c-pro-m-v1/).
  • Would you be able to tell the difference without running controlled tests? Probably not.
  • To the point you would not trust your R3? Probably not.
  • I no longer trust Uniden's build quality from what I've seen first-hand, the current existing software/coding defects they aren't addressing, and from the issues people have had with arrows not working correctly so that is a factor for me waiting for Theia instead.

In terms of arrows, having run a V1 for years, leaving arrows behind took a little while to get used to, but practically is not going to add substantial awareness of the presence of radar. You'll have a better sense of the direction, but ask yourself how often you currently wish you had arrows to help save you when driving PSL+. For example, today, I wish I could have discerned where the Ka source was, but it was only out of curiosity and not necessity.

Alternatively, you could run the R7 in one vehicle, Theia in another, and sell the R3.
 

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If one already has a decent detector and is not in immediate need for a feature current RD does not have but that R7 will give one, than there is an actual choice to be made. If that doesn't apply and ones current detector is not letting them down, it is a no brainer to wait for Theia no matter how long it takes to get here. That $450 could be applied to the cost of a Theia when available.

In my situation, the R7 was a downgrade over a V1 with JBV1. Damn R7 would not stop false alerting to K Band even when I had the latest firmware and the K Band dialed so far back I almost got a ticket from a County LEO running K Band (plus I was still getting false alerts). There is a huge difference between just another Frequency Based RD (the R7) and what is coming with an actual Police Radar Signal based Theia Radar Detector!
 

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Just pulled the trigger on the R7. I'll pick it up in the morning, it's more than likely a definite upgrade, I'm sure the arrows will be nice. Can you tell I've never owned a detector with arrows? Now I just have to decide if I'm going to hang onto my R3 as a backup or sell it for what it's worth at the moment. A backup detector never hurts, my wife doesn't run detectors so my only other option would be to give one to my 19-year-old son which I'm not sure would be the most responsible thing to do (lol - he owns a recent make Dodge Challenger and already pushes his luck). Not sure if I'd be doing him any favors, I guess as long as he understood it doesn't make him bullet proof.
If you show BestBuy the Amazon price, they will match it - that's what I did.
 

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Running two detectors at the same time is never going to give you accurate results that you should rely on.

I’ve tested my R3 and R7 separately a bunch of times and the R7 beat my R3 every time. Both are awesome detectors, but I can’t go away from arrows now. I think the R7 for $450 is a steal. Theia could cost $800-1000 and I am not spending that kind of money on a radar detector so I think people wanting a R7 now should get it for these great prices. You could probably even sell your R7 for $350ish after Theia comes out if you want to get it.
Could you please elaborate? Are you familiar with a how a Max 360ci is mounted? We are not talking about running 2 units side by side here...Many of us run an installed unit and a windshield unit... Something we should be concerned about?
 

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Running two detectors at the same time is never going to give you accurate results that you should rely on.

I’ve tested my R3 and R7 separately a bunch of times and the R7 beat my R3 every time. Both are awesome detectors, but I can’t go away from arrows now. I think the R7 for $450 is a steal. Theia could cost $800-1000 and I am not spending that kind of money on a radar detector so I think people wanting a R7 now should get it for these great prices. You could probably even sell your R7 for $350ish after Theia comes out if you want to get it.

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That’s just it, you’re willing to spend $500 on devices that aren’t really Radar Detectors (but actually only Frequency Detectors), but then are unwilling to spend $900 on a real Police Radar only Detector.

Once Theia comes out, people that want an R7 will most likely be able to get a used one for under $200!

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Could you please elaborate? Are you familiar with a how a Max 360ci is mounted? We are not talking about running 2 units side by side here...Many of us run an installed unit and a windshield unit... Something we should be concerned about?
Why would you ever
Could you please elaborate? Are you familiar with a how a Max 360ci is mounted? We are not talking about running 2 units side by side here...Many of us run an installed unit and a windshield unit... Something we should be concerned about?
I know a Max 360ci is an installed unit. I was just saying you shouldn’t rely on results when running 2+ detectors at the same time.
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Just pulled the trigger on the R7. I'll pick it up in the morning, it's more than likely a definite upgrade, I'm sure the arrows will be nice. Can you tell I've never owned a detector with arrows? Now I just have to decide if I'm going to hang onto my R3 as a backup or sell it for what it's worth at the moment. A backup detector never hurts, my wife doesn't run detectors so my only other option would be to give one to my 19-year-old son which I'm not sure would be the most responsible thing to do (lol - he owns a recent make Dodge Challenger and already pushes his luck). Not sure if I'd be doing him any favors, I guess as long as he understood it doesn't make him bullet proof.
You will love the R7. Better detection and arrows. You can still sell R3s for around $250 so I think it’s well worth a $200 upgrade while we wait to see what Theia really is and how much it costs.
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That’s just it, you’re willing to spend $500 on devices that aren’t really Radar Detectors (but actually only Frequency Detectors), but then are unwilling to spend $900 on a real Police Radar only Detector.

Once Theia comes out, people that want an R7 will most likely be able to get a used one for under $200!

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Well I’ll enjoy my three frequency detectors (two R7s and a R3) for probably the same price as one Theia. And I have three cars so I’m okay with my decision. Owners of R7s and R3s also have one of the best range frequency detectors as well.
 
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