Radar Recommendation for North Jersey

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I have used a V1 for over 20 years in multiple cars. Loved it. As time went on, false Ks starting to popup everywhere and the thought of mailing in in the RD and paying for a firmware upgrade seems archaic. I debated being faithful and just paying for an upgrade but after waiting months and reading and hearing first hand excuses for the lack of stock from chinese tariffs to "minor upgrade in 2 weeks" -- It's time to move on.

North Jersey/NY is mostly KA but the highways are filled with LIDAR. I always felt comfortable with V1 lidar but now I am wondering i just had a false sense of security and any solid window unit such as R3/R7 will handle my needs. A few questions:

1) Should I go with R3 until more updates for R7 becomes available?
2) Given the lack of reliable V1 update info, does it make sense to wait any longer?
3) Any other unit for North Jersey worth considering?
 

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1) Having used the R3 for about a year and then upgrading to the R7, I’m happy running the R7, and would still be happy running the R3. The R7 does need some refinements, but it’s still a beast of a detector. Would I pick the R7 over the R3 right now? Bottom line, yes.

2) We’ve all been waiting two weeks for months for a new V1 announcement. If you need an upgrade now, upgrade to something that is currently available. If you always wait on the newest product, you’ll never upgrade. If you buy a new detector tomorrow and the new V1 drops the next day, you can always return what you just bought if the new V1 is what you really want, and if you’re out of your return period, you can always sell it, or keep both to have a backup.

3) The Radenso Pro-M is another good option. Great BSM filtering. It’s not quite as sensitive as the R3/R7, but it will still provide you with plenty of saves. For North Jersey, you’re going to want a sensitive detector due to the tough terrain.

I normally like to recommend the Escort Max 360/360c, but with members still dealing with and reporting lock up issues, I won’t recommend those detectors until that issue is resolved. They also don’t have the sensitivity of the R3/R7.

For LIDAR protection, jammers are going to be your only reliable option. Take a look at ALP & TMG.

@NPark may have additional advice for your area.
 

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1) Having used the R3 for about a year and then upgrading to the R7, I’m happy running the R7, and would still be happy running the R3. The R7 does need some refinements, but it’s still a beast of a detector. Would I pick the R7 over the R3 right now? Bottom line, yes.

2) We’ve all been waiting two weeks for months for a new V1 announcement. If you need an upgrade now, upgrade to something that is currently available. If you always wait on the newest product, you’ll never upgrade. If you buy a new detector tomorrow and the new V1 drops the next day, you can always return what you just bought if the new V1 is what you really want, and if you’re out of your return period, you can always sell it, or keep both to have a backup.

3) The Radenso Pro-M is another good option. Great BSM filtering. It’s not quite as sensitive as the R3/R7, but it will still provide you with plenty of saves. For North Jersey, you’re going to want a sensitive detector due to the tough terrain.

I normally like to recommend the Escort Max 360/360c, but with members still dealing with and reporting lock up issues, I won’t recommend those detectors until that issue is resolved. They also don’t have the sensitivity of the R3/R7.

For LIDAR protection, jammers are going to be your only reliable option. Take a look at ALP & TMG.

@NPark may have additional advice for your area.

Thanks for the tag matt.

OP, where in North Jersey? What highways/towns, if you care to share?


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1) Having used the R3 for about a year and then upgrading to the R7, I’m happy running the R7, and would still be happy running the R3. The R7 does need some refinements, but it’s still a beast of a detector. Would I pick the R7 over the R3 right now? Bottom line, yes.

2) We’ve all been waiting two weeks for months for a new V1 announcement. If you need an upgrade now, upgrade to something that is currently available. If you always wait on the newest product, you’ll never upgrade. If you buy a new detector tomorrow and the new V1 drops the next day, you can always return what you just bought if the new V1 is what you really want, and if you’re out of your return period, you can always sell it, or keep both to have a backup.

3) The Radenso Pro-M is another good option. Great BSM filtering. It’s not quite as sensitive as the R3/R7, but it will still provide you with plenty of saves. For North Jersey, you’re going to want a sensitive detector due to the tough terrain.

I normally like to recommend the Escort Max 360/360c, but with members still dealing with and reporting lock up issues, I won’t recommend those detectors until that issue is resolved. They also don’t have the sensitivity of the R3/R7.

For LIDAR protection, jammers are going to be your only reliable option. Take a look at ALP & TMG.

@NPark may have additional advice for your area.

Thanks for your help.

1) From what I read, R3 or R7 would be fine. I do like the arrows but I am not sure how much additional value the R7 is.

2) I mentioned waiting only because of my history with V1. However, the more I read up, the more I am not comfortable with V1 and the necessary apps/dongles/etc. that are necessary. North Jersey is KA/Laser that I see.

3) Why consider this is R3/R7 appear to have better value?

I REALLY like the scatter LIDAR that V1 provides? Is there RD that have similar capabilities? I think a read a recent firmware fixed 360?

Thanks for the tag matt.

OP, where in North Jersey? What highways/towns, if you care to share?


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I spend most of my time in Bergen County but will travel as north to Rockland and south down to Wayne and maybe Parsippany. We do family trips to upstate NY and down to OBX but that's once a year.
 

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Thanks for your help.

1) From what I read, R3 or R7 would be fine. I do like the arrows but I am not sure how much additional value the R7 is.

2) I mentioned waiting only because of my history with V1. However, the more I read up, the more I am not comfortable with V1 and the necessary apps/dongles/etc. that are necessary. North Jersey is KA/Laser that I see.

3) Why consider this is R3/R7 appear to have better value?

I REALLY like the scatter LIDAR that V1 provides? Is there RD that have similar capabilities? I think a read a recent firmware fixed 360?



I spend most of my time in Bergen County but will travel as north to Rockland and south down to Wayne and maybe Parsippany. We do family trips to upstate NY and down to OBX but that's once a year.

Perfect. Thats my area of travels actually!

Go to college in Wayne, and work in Parsippany.

Only LIDAR I’ve ever seen in this stretch of immediate area is on 287 up by Route 23. Done by State Police and Pequannock township($$$)

All other locals, besides Wayne, as far as I see do not have LIDAR.

As for Route 46. A few towns there do.

I believe its Fairfield. They do have LIDAR.

Overwhelming majority of Radar.

Majority 34.7.

33.8, ok, a few towns on that.

Bergen County Sheriff are a big one.

And up by me. Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, they do.

I dont know for Bergen County towns really.

State Police 34.7

No 35.5 except for Mahwah(on Route 17), and they are starting to use 34.7.

Now for NYS.

K band!!! Over the border into Orange/Rockland, Ramapo PD have K band, and I think Orange County Sheriff are Ka band.

NYSP is LIDAR and 34.7.

If you do go LIDAR, keep it simple. I believe its all older guns at this point.

But the R3/7 would be a great choice.

I love my R1 for Ka duty.


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Thanks for your help.

1) From what I read, R3 or R7 would be fine. I do like the arrows but I am not sure how much additional value the R7 is.

2) I mentioned waiting only because of my history with V1. However, the more I read up, the more I am not comfortable with V1 and the necessary apps/dongles/etc. that are necessary. North Jersey is KA/Laser that I see.

3) Why consider this is R3/R7 appear to have better value?

I REALLY like the scatter LIDAR that V1 provides? Is there RD that have similar capabilities? I think a read a recent firmware fixed 360?

1) The major selling feature the R7 has over the R3 right now are the arrows. The other two features would be MRCD detection (if it were reliable, which in its current state, it’s not), and auto lockouts (currently MIA, and no ETA). There’s no guarantee that those last two things will be improved/implemented, but the R7 was built with MRCD in mind, so I doubt Uniden would just abandon trying to improve it, and auto lockouts were said to be a feature eventually (I won’t get into who said what when, that’s a discussion for another thread). To finish up the MRCD mention, the R7 is able to scan lower on K band than the R3, which if reliable, would make it a better defender against MRCD.

Other things to mention that the R7 has over the R3:

Slightly better sensitivity
Larger display
Better signal strength meter
Auto-dimming display
1,750 lockouts vs. 500

I would pick the R7 over the R3 just for arrows, as I don’t face MRCD or use lockouts. Years ago, I used the Max 360, then went to the R3 and really missed the arrows, so you being a V1 user for 20 years, it may not be easy for you to give up the arrows.

2) That’s understandable. Dongles & apps aren’t for everyone. That said, who knows what the new V1 will be (same thing, better performance, built in Bluetooth so no more dongles)??? It’s anyone’s guess at this point.

3) I just mentioned the Pro-M as another choice. Personally, I would go with the most sensitivity available, that being either the R3 or R7. Everyone is different with the chatter they can tolerate from their detector and the Pro-M has the better false alert filtering, which means it will be quieter out of the box. You can dial in the sensitivity and adjust the filtering settings on the R3/R7 though, so it’s not like you’re going to want to toss it out the window. It all depends on what is most important to you in a detector and what your budget is. There is no perfect detector that is the best at everything over all the others. So while the R3 or R7 may appear to have better value to you, the Pro-M may have the better value to someone else.

The V1 is the only detector that has a chance of saving you from getting a ticket due to LIDAR detection, and it’s because of its laser sensitivity and ability to detect scatter well. While other detectors are capable of detecting LIDAR, 99.9% of the time if not 100%, they’re just ticket notifiers. So never rely on a radar detector to protect you from LIDAR.

There have been a few firmware updates released for the 360/360c that have claimed to address the issue of the detectors locking up. While the issue may have been improved, it hasn’t been resolved unfortunately. The 360s aren’t bad detectors, but when they fail sometimes at doing what they’re built to do, detect radar, and decide to take a nap when you need it the most, that’s just unsettling.
 

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Perfect. Thats my area of travels actually!

Go to college in Wayne, and work in Parsippany.

Only LIDAR I’ve ever seen in this stretch of immediate area is on 287 up by Route 23. Done by State Police and Pequannock township($$$)

All other locals, besides Wayne, as far as I see do not have LIDAR.

As for Route 46. A few towns there do.

I believe its Fairfield. They do have LIDAR.

Overwhelming majority of Radar.

Majority 34.7.

33.8, ok, a few towns on that.

Bergen County Sheriff are a big one.

And up by me. Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, they do.

I dont know for Bergen County towns really.

State Police 34.7

No 35.5 except for Mahwah(on Route 17), and they are starting to use 34.7.

Now for NYS.

K band!!! Over the border into Orange/Rockland, Ramapo PD have K band, and I think Orange County Sheriff are Ka band.

NYSP is LIDAR and 34.7.

If you do go LIDAR, keep it simple. I believe its all older guns at this point.

But the R3/7 would be a great choice.

I love my R1 for Ka duty.


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Small world right? I wasn't aware that Rockland was using K? I typically ignore K due to the numerous falses... With that said, I need to keep it simple with the wife so plug-n-play is key. Maybe I had a false sense of security but before V1 used apps and all that stuff, it was as easy as just listening to beeps and then looking at arrows.

I think R3/R7 will work fine but reading how they don't catch any LIDAR makes me just want to go back to V1...
 

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Small world right? I wasn't aware that Rockland was using K? I typically ignore K due to the numerous falses... With that said, I need to keep it simple with the wife so plug-n-play is key. Maybe I had a false sense of security but before V1 used apps and all that stuff, it was as easy as just listening to beeps and then looking at arrows.

I think R3/R7 will work fine but reading how they don't catch any LIDAR makes me just want to go back to V1...

It really is!

I’d experiment for a bit. If you have the funds, maybe try both?

But if you had to only choose 1, unless you like the smartphone integration, go with the R7.


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1) The major selling feature the R7 has over the R3 right now are the arrows. The other two features would be MRCD detection (if it were reliable, which in its current state, it’s not), and auto lockouts (currently MIA, and no ETA). There’s no guarantee that those last two things will be improved/implemented, but the R7 was built with MRCD in mind, so I doubt Uniden would just abandon trying to improve it, and auto lockouts were said to be a feature eventually (I won’t get into who said what when, that’s a discussion for another thread). To finish up the MRCD mention, the R7 is able to scan lower on K band than the R3, which if reliable, would make it a better defender against MRCD.

Other things to mention that the R7 has over the R3:

Slightly better sensitivity
Larger display
Better signal strength meter
Auto-dimming display
1,750 lockouts vs. 500

I would pick the R7 over the R3 just for arrows, as I don’t face MRCD or use lockouts. Years ago, I used the Max 360, then went to the R3 and really missed the arrows, so you being a V1 user for 20 years, it may not be easy for you to give up the arrows.

2) That’s understandable. Dongles & apps aren’t for everyone. That said, who knows what the new V1 will be (same thing, better performance, built in Bluetooth so no more dongles)??? It’s anyone’s guess at this point.

3) I just mentioned the Pro-M as another choice. Personally, I would go with the most sensitivity available, that being either the R3 or R7. Everyone is different with the chatter they can tolerate from their detector and the Pro-M has the better false alert filtering, which means it will be quieter out of the box. You can dial in the sensitivity and adjust the filtering settings on the R3/R7 though, so it’s not like you’re going to want to toss it out the window. It all depends on what is most important to you in a detector and what your budget is. There is no perfect detector that is the best at everything over all the others. So while the R3 or R7 may appear to have better value to you, the Pro-M may have the better value to someone else.

The V1 is the only detector that has a chance of saving you from getting a ticket due to LIDAR detection, and it’s because of its laser sensitivity and ability to detect scatter well. While other detectors are capable of detecting LIDAR, 99.9% of the time if not 100%, they’re just ticket notifiers. So never rely on a radar detector to protect you from LIDAR.

There have been a few firmware updates released for the 360/360c that have claimed to address the issue of the detectors locking up. While the issue may have been improved, it hasn’t been resolved unfortunately. The 360s aren’t bad detectors, but when they fail sometimes at doing what they’re built to do, detect radar, and decide to take a nap when you need it the most, that’s just unsettling.

This helps. It sounds like I need V1 for some sort of LIDAR support or just go with one of the other popular choices that we been discussing. I guess R3 or R7.
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It really is!

I’d experiment for a bit. If you have the funds, maybe try both?

But if you had to only choose 1, unless you like the smartphone integration, go with the R7.


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I was hoping to stay under $400 (R3). R7 has the arrows but is that worth the extra monies? Which one has the smart phone integration that you mentioned?
 

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I was hoping to stay under $400 (R3). Which one has the smart phone integration that you mentioned?

R3 is on sale right now too for $262:


V1 can be paired with a smartphone running apps like:

JBV1 (Android)
YaV1 (Android)
V1Driver (iOS)

Max 360/360c can be paired with with Escort Live (Android/iOS)
 

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R3 is on sale right now too for $262:


V1 can be paired with a smartphone running apps like:

JBV1 (Android)
YaV1 (Android)
V1Driver (iOS)

Max 360/360c can be paired with with Escort Live (Android/iOS)

V1 doesn't play nice with BMW equipped with gesture control -- non stop laser.

Yes, I've been eyeing slickdeals for that. Is R3 plug-n-play or do I need an app?
 

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V1 doesn't play nice with BMW equipped with gesture control -- non stop laser.

Yes, I've been eyeing slickdeals for that. Is R3 plug-n-play or do I need an app?

It’s not possible to use an app with any Uniden detector as they don’t have Bluetooth. Of course you can just use it out of the box, but I would go with Vortex’s recommended settings to start and adjust the settings if needed after driving with it for awhile.

 

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Time to flip a coin between R3 and Radenso!
 

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