So those who had an R3 and now an R7, what's you opinion on size/weight difference?

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So I have had an R3(since Feb 2019) and I have been happy with it. I had been using it in my Honda Civic, with a Blendmount and hardwired, on my daily commute, pre-COVID. I previously had an V1 with the arrows and have missed them with the R3. We recently bought a VW Atlas and so I am thinking of buying an R7. However, this time, I am thinking of not hard wiring and just using a suction cup mount because none of us will have a commute anytime soon, so this won't get every day usage.

I hear the R7 is larger and heavier than the R3, so I am concerned a suction cup mount won't handle the weight, especially when the cold of New England hits. The R3 is really light and small so I never thought about it before. I have seen bean bag type dash mounts for these things but I'm not sure it will get it high enough for the rear detection.

Does the weight and size become a detriment with the R7, especially with the suction cup mounts? And lastly, with the now refined R7 firmware, is this now a worthy upgrade from the R3 or should I just stick with my R3(I would be selling my R3 and probably Blendmount too because I really don't drive my Honda Civic much anymore)?

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Upgraded from the R3 to R7 and would never go back... I use the more permanent single suction mount on my vehicle and it doesn't move around at all... I use the double suction smaller mount on dealership vehicle when I am driving then (I work at a dealership) and it bounces around a bit, but not anymore then the R3 would.

Definetely would recommend the R7, size wise, I prefer it over the R3... My dad has an R3 and anytime I drive his vehicle it just feels small..


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Upgraded from the R3 to R7 and would never go back... I use the more permanent single suction mount on my vehicle and it doesn't move around at all... I use the double suction smaller mount on dealership vehicle when I am driving then (I work at a dealership) and it bounces around a bit, but not anymore then the R3 would.

Definetely would recommend the R7, size wise, I prefer it over the R3... My dad has an R3 and anytime I drive his vehicle it just feels small..


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I see you are in BC. Have you gone through a winter with it? How does the Suction cup hold up during the cold of the winter? I never used the one with the R3 but I had fits with one that was similar, I had with a phone mount. In the winter it would harden and lose suction. I ended up having to use a bit of crafting glue on the inside of the cup to get it to stick for about a month at a time.
 

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I see you are in BC. Have you gone through a winter with it? How does the Suction cup hold up during the cold of the winter? I never used the one with the R3 but I had fits with one that was similar, I had with a phone mount. In the winter it would harden and lose suction. I ended up having to use a bit of crafting glue on the inside of the cup to get it to stick for about a month at a time.

I actually just moved to BC, but lived in Edmonton, AB before.. Which was much colder... Would get to -40C...

I never once has an issue with the single suction mount in my personal vehicle, it would always stay on. Although I would have many issues with the dual suction mount that I would use in dealership vehicles, but I feel like that was because I would be constantly switching it between vehicles and not properly cleaning the windshield before I did.

The more permanent single suction cup is not just a suction cup but also is naturally sticky which leads to it sticking alot better, where as the dual suction cups are simply just suction cups and do not have any natural stick to them.

I had more issues with the suction mount on the R3 then I have had on the R7. The R3 fell off the windshield a couple of times, but the R7 hasn't yet... knock on wood...

Also... Funny enough... Hitting potholes when I had my R3 would cause it to fall down, but with the R7 I hit a pot hole so hard that it actually popped my tire, and the mount stayed on. Also got in an accident, and the R7 remained on the windshield.

I don't know if it was just luck or not, but personally I do believe they improved the mounts for the R7 over the R3


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I actually just moved to BC, but lived in Edmonton, AB before.. Which was much colder... Would get to -40C...

I never once has an issue with the single suction mount in my personal vehicle, it would always stay on. Although I would have many issues with the dual suction mount that I would use in dealership vehicles, but I feel like that was because I would be constantly switching it between vehicles and not properly cleaning the windshield before I did.

The more permanent single suction cup is not just a suction cup but also is naturally sticky which leads to it sticking alot better, where as the dual suction cups are simply just suction cups and do not have any natural stick to them.

I had more issues with the suction mount on the R3 then I have had on the R7. The R3 fell off the windshield a couple of times, but the R7 hasn't yet... knock on wood...

Also... Funny enough... Hitting potholes when I had my R3 would cause it to fall down, but with the R7 I hit a pot hole so hard that it actually popped my tire, and the mount stayed on. Also got in an accident, and the R7 remained on the windshield.

I don't know if it was just luck or not, but personally I do believe they improved the mounts for the R7 over the R3


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Thanks. Good to know. I'll probably pull the trigger and sell the R3(actually had it since Feb 2018, not 2019... time flies), since I really do miss the arrows(although Covid has put a halt to my commute these days, so not as much need).

I'll probably do the suction cup mount and if I have issues, maybe I'll think about a Blendmount again, down the road.
 

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I had an R3 and then got an R7. At first it seemed bigger but now it goes unnoticed. The R7 is very light so weight is not an issue. The two-cup mounting bracket had the unit bouncing quite a bit but the larger single-cup mount is rock solid.

Any concerns about size and weight will disappear once you get arrows. Over time I have come to rely on them in a way that was not conceived of when using single-horn detectors like the R3.
 

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I also upgraded from the R3 to the R7 back when the R7 first came out, imo I don't think the extra size and the little bit more weight is anything to be concerned about, I run my R7 with the large sticky cup and it's never fallen off my windshield, unlike my wife's Escort Max Series Detectors and I also live in a cold climate, Michigan.

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The only thing I miss about the R3 vs the R7 is the mute button on the front. It was much easier to use than the side button of the R7. Not a deal breaker but thought I would mention it. I would go with the R7 in every other comparison.
 

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I had both and other than the arrows they were extremely close in performance. I sold the R7 and kept the R3 as I preferred the size. I currently got the V1 Gen2 due to the availability of the apps.
 

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Well I did pull the trigger and received it today. While it is heavier than my R3, it's definitely lighter than I expected.

I loaded up the new 1.33 firware and reset but haven't run with it yet because I am contemplating how to mount it. I may use the suction cup, but I am also contemplating one of those bean bag type dash mounts as I really don't want to hard wire in the new car and I hate the wire hanging down when using the cig adapter. I'll have to think about it.

I have a blendmount in my Honda that we really don;t drive anymore, but not sure if that one would work with our VW Atlas. It has a short stubby rvm stalk.
 

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I have both the R3 & R7. I've had the R3 for over 2 1/2 years. I purchased it as a factory renewed unit from the Uniden web sight for $329 at the time the new R3 was $400. It has worked just fine for over 2+ years it's a great detector. You can now get the R3 & R7 for a lot less but I don't regret buying them. I have had 3 or 4 good saves with them so for me they have paid for themselves.
 

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The R3 is a great detector and if you've never run the R7 then you won't miss anything.
I have both and the R7 is big.
R3 fits easily into pocket or purse if you take it out of the vehicle or off the motorcycle like I do.
R7 is awkward in shape and size for a jacket pocket so goes into lunch bag.
Don't discount the benefits of larger display and arrows, if you wish to upgrade it's worth it at current pricing.
I hardwire mine in, use the 2 suction cup mount and replace cups with 3M or Gorilla black mounting tape.
It is rock solid and never falls until you decide to (try) remove it.
 

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The R3 is a great detector and if you've never run the R7 then you won't miss anything.
I have both and the R7 is big.
R3 fits easily into pocket or purse if you take it out of the vehicle or off the motorcycle like I do.
R7 is awkward in shape and size for a jacket pocket so goes into lunch bag.
Don't discount the benefits of larger display and arrows, if you wish to upgrade it's worth it at current pricing.
I hardwire mine in, use the 2 suction cup mount and replace cups with 3M or Gorilla black mounting tape.
It is rock solid and never falls until you decide to (try) remove it.
Anyone who want's a small footprint then stick with a detector with no arrows. Once you want the directional detection the unit is larger. Add in more built in features and it gets larger.

Theia will by all accounts be as big or larger than anything out there now.
 

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R3 had black suction cups. R7 came with larger clear suction cups that are stronger. I lost a clear one, now I use a hybrid mount. No problems holding it. The R7 is bigger and feels flimsy to me- they’re both made of a lightweight plastic. It is my favorite detector though- I’ve had crazy saves with it and it is reliable
 

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Have both and run the R7 for daily commute...very much enjoy it. I run a cheaper mirror mount (not blend-mount quality or price but it holds it steady and secure), and I use a mirror tap to power it. I love my set up. The R7 is "almost" as easy to get in and out of the windshield as my R3 was, which was SUPER easy. I can still pull the R7 basically one handed while driving up the on-ramp as I approach work so no one sees me stow it in my glove compartment. ;) I kept the R3 for insurance and probably wouldn't hesitate to go back to it or use it in a 2nd car, but the R7 is my primary and I absolutely love the arrows and additional situational awareness provided by these since I leave for work in the dark and drive home in the dark in the winter time.
 

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