Newbie looking for a x-country radar detector

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after reading reviews on Vortex I was thinking the R1 is the one for me, but those reviews were from 2017. I only need the detector for the round trip cross country drive so I don't want to break the bank. thoughts?
 

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What's your budget? It's hard to go wrong with an R1 for cross country highway driving.

You can always look into detectors with arrows which are nice, but you'll be paying quite a bit more for those.
 

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after reading reviews on Vortex I was thinking the R1 is the one for me, but those reviews were from 2017. I only need the detector for the round trip cross country drive so I don't want to break the bank. thoughts?
found the questionnaire

What kind of vehicle you have?

2018 Volvo S90

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield

What's your budget?
$500

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
I live in Los Angeles, but want this for a round trip cross country drive so all highway.

How do you drive?
Currently drive about 15-20 over

What is your daily drive like?
Not needed for daily drive

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Have never used any

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
interstate

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
don’t know

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
sure

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
iOS

Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Unsure
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Since there are a lot of variables that might help determine which detector is right for you. I'd start by filling out this questionnaire.

thanks. here ya go:

What kind of vehicle you have?

2018 Volvo S90

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield

What's your budget?
$500

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
I live in Los Angeles, but want this for a round trip cross country drive so all highway.

How do you drive?
Currently drive about 15-20 over

What is your daily drive like?
Not needed for daily drive

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Have never used any

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
interstate

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
don’t know

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
sure

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
iOS

Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Unsure
 

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Hello and welcome aboard!

With a budget pf $500, you could purchase the V1G2 which is outstanding on long drives, or the Uniden R7 which is also a top performer for a little less.
 

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The hard part to answer this is if you really are going to use this after the long drive. If you only plan to use it for this one trip, R1 will serve you well. Not as informative as one with directional arrows but plenty of performance for what you need. If after the trip you decide to daily this detector, you might consider going a bit more and looking at the R7. V1G2 is $500 but not shipped so its just past your stated budget.

I'm going to go with Uniden R3. It gives you the R1 plus GPS so if you decide to keep it in the car at home, you can use the GPS for the red-light cameras you have in town as well as marking locations with repeat false signals. You might find down the road you want more features but this will be a great place to start and will only use a small portion of your overall budget. That is my recommendation.
 

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R3 for best bang for the buck and the GPS functions like Quiet Ride and camera locations that will help you out on a X-Country or any trip really.
If you step up to the limit of your budget then arrow models help ID the threat quicker in strange areas.
R7 and V1G2 are the only options 500 or less.
 

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R3 for best bang for the buck and the GPS functions like Quiet Ride and camera locations that will help you out on a X-Country or any trip really.
If you step up to the limit of your budget then arrow models help ID the threat quicker in strange areas.
R7 and V1G2 are the only options 500 or less.
Thanks DC. I really know nothing about detectors. How does knowing where the threat is coming from help?
 

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Thanks DC. I really know nothing about detectors. How does knowing where the threat is coming from help?
Can be a hard thing to quantify, but having 2 R7s and and R3, Pro M, and several older Escorts, I will try to clarify.
An arrow helps by:
Pointing in the direction you should be scanning to find the source.
Any strong alert you should be braking.
But say you're on alert because for 5 minutes you've been getting random 1-2 bar beeps of Ka.
Do you speed up because it's approaching from behind? Scan ahead for upcoming trap or LEO travelling ahead of you shooting instant on?
You pick up a lone Ka weak alert, arrow says ahead, slow down and look for the trap.
Will switch to rear after you pass but missed the hidden LEO.
Going through an intersection, wondering which road the signal is on.
Arrows indicate if you pass him on the cross road or he's still ahead.
Instant On! From where? Nice to know ahead or behind?

False signals. Unsure what store is setting you off? Not anymore, arrows like an avalanche beeper lead you right to the source. Lockout with confidence.

It goes on and on.
You become so much quicker to analyze a threat and are way more situationally aware.

Definitely a valuable feature.
Extreme range detectors like the R Series this becomes even more important as you may be a long distance away from the trap, and you don't want to be fooled into thinking the threat has been passed by.
 

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Welcome, you have many great detectors to choose from! Make sure you add Waze into the mix. It might give you an upper hand for laser enforcement.
 

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Also the Escort Max 360 is a great detector as a set it and forget it model. $499 and they seem to re-sell for a high price on ebay. It is super quiet for blind spot monitors and don't need to be run with an app like the V1G2. It would probably be my go to if I wanted a quiet detector and was not a radar enthusiast. If you don't mind a slight bit for false alerting then the Uniden R7 would be an absolute monster, but if you are not big into radar detectors it might be too noisy for you, and it's super customizable which may or may not be your cup of tea. V1G2 is nice but to unlock it's true potential you need to run it with an app which you might not be happy about. The Escort Max series is truly set it and forget it.
 

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Which ever you choose, try to spend some time with it in the real world to get a sense of what to expect from it.

As you are probably aware, a RD isn't a free from ticket ride, just one source of information for you as a driver to assess the threats ahead. IO is deadly, particularly in light traffic, plus a RD will provide little if any protection, so please don't think you're bullet proof with a RD.

As others have related, Waze, Highway Radar, and JBV1 are excellent examples of smart phone apps that can also provide you with additonal situational awareness.
 

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Can be a hard thing to quantify, but having 2 R7s and and R3, Pro M, and several older Escorts, I will try to clarify.
An arrow helps by:
Pointing in the direction you should be scanning to find the source.
Any strong alert you should be braking.
But say you're on alert because for 5 minutes you've been getting random 1-2 bar beeps of Ka.
Do you speed up because it's approaching from behind? Scan ahead for upcoming trap or LEO travelling ahead of you shooting instant on?
You pick up a lone Ka weak alert, arrow says ahead, slow down and look for the trap.
Will switch to rear after you pass but missed the hidden LEO.
Going through an intersection, wondering which road the signal is on.
Arrows indicate if you pass him on the cross road or he's still ahead.
Instant On! From where? Nice to know ahead or behind?

False signals. Unsure what store is setting you off? Not anymore, arrows like an avalanche beeper lead you right to the source. Lockout with confidence.

It goes on and on.
You become so much quicker to analyze a threat and are way more situationally aware.

Definitely a valuable feature.
Extreme range detectors like the R Series this becomes even more important as you may be a long distance away from the trap, and you don't want to be fooled into thinking the threat has been passed by.
thanks for taking the time and so much detail. Seems like the R3 or the escort 360 are the way to go. I'm going to have my 1 year old and almost 3 year old in the car so the R7 is going to be too loud.
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Which ever you choose, try to spend some time with it in the real world to get a sense of what to expect from it.

As you are probably aware, a RD isn't a free from ticket ride, just one source of information for you as a driver to assess the threats ahead. IO is deadly, particularly in light traffic, plus a RD will provide little if any protection, so please don't think you're bullet proof with a RD.

As others have related, Waze, Highway Radar, and JBV1 are excellent examples of smart phone apps that can also provide you with additonal situational awareness.
thanks Maz...what's IO?
 
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thanks for taking the time and so much detail. Seems like the R3 or the escort 360 are the way to go. I'm going to have my 1 year old and almost 3 year old in the car so the R7 is going to be too loud.
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thanks Maz...what's IO?
Sorry, too many abbreviations; Instant On. LEO only transmit a signal when his/her target is in range and s/he feels the target is speeding. LEO gets a instant reading faster than you can brake. Your only hope is the LEO targets someone ahead of you so your RD alerts you before it's your turn.

When I said that a RD provides little if any protection, I was referring to laser - somehow missed that crucial word in the sentence.
 
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Your only hope is the LEO targets someone ahead of you so your RD alerts you before it's your turn
This brings up another very important subject. As you travel, always have a rabbit around 2-4 tenths of a mile ahead of you. If the LEO is using I/O, your rabbit will get nailed while your detector notifies you of the officer's actions and general area. That's the only way you can beat I/O.
 

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It's misleading to say the R7 is noisy.
It's not much different than an R3.
Both are excellent and gave tools to deal with setting up a very quiet experience.
People compare to the most expensive and quiet detectors, and a few more beeps and declare it too noisy. What's the point of reference other than a personal opinion.
If children are a concern then it won't matter what detector you have, and full tilt alert to police and you braking hard will ruin that.
Every detector has a volume control, that's your best control right there.
I will add that the R7 is very intensive in the settings and menu and advice for new users is critical to get off to a good start.
And AutoLockouts are coming soon, a feature the R3 will never get.
That will make the R7 even easier to live with for the average user.
 

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