Uniden R1 vs Laser

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Hello,
I bring my French contribution.
I bought a UNIDEN R3 radar detector with therefore the GPS function.
I had to be reimbursed because with us, the GPS indications do not work at all in France and the worst part is that it does not detect lasers !!!
For me, it is very very important that a radar warning device detects lasers because in France there are a lot of them !!!
In France all the fixed speed cameras are indicated by signs or you can also use phone apps, so the most useful is to have a warning for the laser for France but I don't know what to buy ...
My Escort Solo S2 detects the laser very well at 600 meters but laughs with the Unden detectors.
I can if you want to put a video of my solo S2 next to the R3 which captures the laser very well, but not the R3
Otherwise you would advise me what to detect the laser please?
Cordially.
 

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Welcome @leprof, sorry to hear about the lack of GPS support in France. Have you looked at the app "Waze" to see if it shows cameras?

Radar detectors such as the R3 are poor at detecting laser, and even if the device is good at DETECTING laser, it serves no purpose other than a ticket notification. Its already too late.

If you want to be protected from laser, you must purchase laser jammers. This may not be legal where you live so i suggest you research this.

Do you happen to have photos of the local police cameras and lasers? We can better suggest devices with those photos.
 

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It sounds like he has poliscan speed cameras in France that use laser. In this case, a radar detector with superior laser detection abilities would actually be helpful in preventing tickets. If you are looking for the best laser detection for the price purchase a whistler radar detector. Their CR series detects all laser guns including variable pulse guns and their laser sensitivity is incredible and can detect poliscan with enough warning to save you from a ticket.
 

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Most sensitive RD to laser is the V1 Hands down.
I agree, but Whistler is a close second and has better false alert filtering to laser, also detects truspeed S, and costs less.
 

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Hello,
I'm just hesitating with the Whistler GT-468GXi because in the CR series there are so many.
The lasers used en masse in France are ULTRALYTE LR, F1HO POLISCAN, MESTA 210C, PROLASER III BRITAX.
I tried the Uniden R3 without realizing that it sucks for the laser, so I gave it back and I am using my old Solo S2 which works great for the laser but it is getting old ;-)
Here is my video:
The waze, camsam and radar applications are great for France
 

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Nice video! Like I've said before, Whistler/V1 Are good at detecting laser.
 

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Ok, look at my signature. If your state has automated laser traps - specifically Poliscan units, then having a working laser detector in your radar detector is worth gold. Against a LEO with a Lidar gun, everyone else is right, you don't stand a chance.

Uniden sucks on laser. I drove the R3 for almost a month and passed automated traps several times a week and not once did that R3 alert. So if you're in Maryland, take the R3 out and bury it in your backyard. It's useless. As is any other detector that doesn't alert to laser.

My experience is limited but I can tell you from experience the following detectors generate reliable laser alerts - Escort 8500 x50, Escort iX, Escort Max II and Escort Redline. Reliable means consistently detect laser that is there and not generate false alerts.

A lot of people say the V1 is also a good laser detector. I have no experience with the V1.

But since the OP talked about a LEO with a Lidar gun, then yeah, no detector is going to save you.

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My 9500iX used to alert to State police using laser, my iX alerts to state police using laser, but my R3 has never alerted to laser, not even once, even when I have seen the officer targeting me. (No, laser is not disabled.) I would offer that the Uniden R3 isn't much good as a laser-ticket confirmation method. That said, the detector is fairly quiet and has fantastic range vs Ka, even off-axis, so I do recommend it for actual radar. :)
 

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So the R3 laser sensitivity seems to suck but the R7 on version 1.33 with the new VPR laser gun sensitivity update seems to be way better at laser. My R7 mounted low on my windshield has picked up every laser gun shot so far.
 

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I'll also confirm that the R3 isn't great with laser detection. Even direct hits to the front are not reliably alerted. I am not sure if it is a sensitivity issue or if it is wrongly filtering legitimate signals.

My previous V1 Gen1 was ultra sensitive to laser scatter, but falsed with many GM vehicle "3rd" tail lights, some anti-collision systems (Volvo?), and even IR remotes in neighboring cars. I never got a ticket with lidar using that V1 Gen1 just by relying on the laser scatter alerts ( in heavy traffic), I always got alerts when nearby cars were being targeted (and a lot of false alerts too).

The R3 is incredible for radar detection distance, but I don't trust it for lidar. The lidar can't be run in moving mode, so Waze works for the traps.
 

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I'm going to buy the Uniden R7 to try it out in France but the speed camera POIs are never indicated, it's a shame that Uniden is not a database for fixed speed cameras and red lights in France!
I am also thinking of buying and keeping the R1 without the GPS function (because it cannot be used in France for locating speed cameras)
And maybe I would use the Solo S2 for lasers plus the R1 for the other bands (in France there are many K frequencies !!! but maybe Ka frequency)
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As I have several cars, I will make a quick connection with a magnetic plug to avoid overusing the female RJ11 socket of the detector ;-)
 
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By removing the gold grid in front of the laser sensor it detects the laser better.
 

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By removing the gold grid in front of the laser sensor it detects the laser better.
Wow interesting, still not great sensitivity though.
 

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