Uniden R4 Initial Test Results

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Equal price? R7 comes ahead.
Agreed. The DS1 is cool, but it’s not really going after the hardcore enthusiast so much as it is the masses who don’t want to spend the super big bucks but want something better than the blister pack options at truck stops and compete head to head with Escort and Uniden offerings. From what I’ve seen I’d personally take the DS1 over any single horn Escort or Uniden detector, which to me is mission accomplished. But I didn’t order one because even a V1G1 is working well enough for me. When Theia eventually sees the light of day (see what I did there?) I will be first in line. Otherwise I don’t see any single horn detector displacing any of the top tier dual horn options.
 

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Why? A little longer range version of an R3 on its own is enough to get people to give up their R7? I don’t see it.
Giving up arrows for a little range is mind boggling, lol
 

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Giving up arrows for a little range is mind boggling, lol
Agreed. Going from an R7 to an R4 or a DS1 is a huge downgrade IMO.

I’m intrigued about the R8 though. That might just end up being the real winner here with arrows, smaller form-factor, Bluetooth chip, extended range, better BSM filtering, etc!
 

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huge downgrade
how would it be a huge downgrade?

back in the day there was only one detector that had arrows and we made it somehow.

in reality on the Interstate, or highway, there are only two directions a cop can be coming from, and from experience with a single horn, we know if it's coming from the rear depending on the terrain, we might be able to pick a cop up 1/2 mile away. So if you have a long range detector and it goes off on 34.7 which we know is a cop, or whatever is in your area.

the chances are our first response is to let off the gas, even at 1/2 mile behind us, not too many of us would want to speed up. As we are going along we're watching the signal to see if it's getting stronger, weaker, or staying the same.

within a mile or two we pretty much know where the threat is coming from.

If i had the chance to between a single horn that gave me another 1/2 mile range over the dual horn or arrows, personally i would take the single horn and deal work it like i did the 20 years before they became the hot thing.

don't get me wrong, there nice, but in reality is it that big of a deal?
 

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Effective range is the highest scoring factor in most users opinion when choosing a detector. (If they are knowledgeable)
Arrows add to the package. If everything was equal you'd take arrows, it is a worthwhile value added feature.
Now if a single horn had 20% more range than the arrows detector, then it becomes harder.
If the single horn in $100 less, it becomes harder.
Add more range and less money together, now we have a fight.
At this time we don't have 20% more range out of a single horn, so it's the cost of entry that should steer users to the single horn.
 

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Arrows probably saved me yesterday. Was on a 2 lane ramp from one interstate to another, 20 or more cars in the left lane, none in the right, so I was in the right passing them all when I got a Ka alert from behind, I don't think I was speeding (at least not much) at the time. Then the alert went away, normally I would have speed up alot once I got onto the other interstate since I've never seen a speed trap in that area but I didn't and I kept checking my rearview mirror then eventually I saw a LEO that seemed to be stalking me from a distance to see if I would do something to warrant pulling me over. Without knowing the initial alert came from behind I might not have spotted him back there (almost missed him even though I was on high alert).
 

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I am not sure if arrows would or should be a reason for a "save" as much as they are a time and efficiency saver. Without them, any alert should cause you to pause until the situation is resolved in the actual urgency of the encounter. Arrows allow you to sort things out much much quicker...
 

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I am not sure if arrows would or should be a reason for a "save" as much as they are a time and efficiency saver. Without them, any alert should cause you to pause until the situation is resolved in the actual urgency of the encounter. Arrows allow you to sort things out much much quicker...

You can’t resolve every alert. He was hiding behind another vehicle so was very difficult to pick out. If my focus wasn’t 100% to my rear I could have missed him, he was being very sneaky. On the other hand I may have spotted him if I didn’t have arrows. And I could have also been (rightfully) paranoid and he wasn’t the source of the alert and wasn’t stalking me.
 

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Agreed. The DS1 is cool, but it’s not really going after the hardcore enthusiast so much as it is the masses who don’t want to spend the super big bucks but want something better than the blister pack options at truck stops and compete head to head with Escort and Uniden offerings. From what I’ve seen I’d personally take the DS1 over any single horn Escort or Uniden detector, which to me is mission accomplished. But I didn’t order one because even a V1G1 is working well enough for me. When Theia eventually sees the light of day (see what I did there?) I will be first in line. Otherwise I don’t see any single horn detector displacing any of the top tier dual horn options.
CLEVER ..very clever .. you .. you wordsmith !!

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Any idea is the "sticky cup" for the R4 is backwards compatible with the R3? The suction cup mount for the R3 is pretty lousy.
 

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Any idea is the "sticky cup" for the R4 is backwards compatible with the R3? The suction cup mount for the R3 is pretty lousy.
Yeah mounts are the same
 

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Good stuff
 

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how would it be a huge downgrade?

back in the day there was only one detector that had arrows and we made it somehow.

in reality on the Interstate, or highway, there are only two directions a cop can be coming from, and from experience with a single horn, we know if it's coming from the rear depending on the terrain, we might be able to pick a cop up 1/2 mile away. So if you have a long range detector and it goes off on 34.7 which we know is a cop, or whatever is in your area.

the chances are our first response is to let off the gas, even at 1/2 mile behind us, not too many of us would want to speed up. As we are going along we're watching the signal to see if it's getting stronger, weaker, or staying the same.

within a mile or two we pretty much know where the threat is coming from.

If i had the chance to between a single horn that gave me another 1/2 mile range over the dual horn or arrows, personally i would take the single horn and deal work it like i did the 20 years before they became the hot thing.

don't get me wrong, there nice, but in reality is it that big of a deal?
Arrows win every time, Its standard equipment at this point in the RD Game.

Cars also use to not come with AC and power steering all standard items now.
 

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Arrows win every time, Its standard equipment at this point in the RD Game.

Cars also use to not come with AC and power steering all standard items now.
Apples and oranges comparison!
 

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Arrows Win

But thanks for the meaningless reply...:kittyshifty:
Arrows win for you.
But if you were retired, not tech savvy, and had $250 budget for an RD.....
Not everyone wants or can afford the full luxury package.
 

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Arrows win for you.
But if you were retired, not tech savvy, and had $250 budget for an RD.....
Not everyone wants or can afford the full luxury package.
This has nothing to do with being Retired or tech savvy, Not sure you need to be tech savvy to run a RD with Arrows but that's your opinion.

Again Arrows Win. :cool:
 

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This has nothing to do with being Retired or tech savvy, Not sure you need to be tech savvy to run a RD with Arrows but that's your opinion.

Again Arrows Win. :cool:
Example:
My parents.
Arrows lose. Too many features lose.
More than a couple hundred dollars lose.
Must be fully automated, no button pushing, or lose.

Been there, tried that.
Everyone has different scoring on what wins depending on individual needs, wants, and budget.
The detector that wins is the one that prevents a ticket for that user.

Sounds like you can afford best of the best, and won't settle for less. :thumbsup:
 

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