- Jun 5, 2013
- Reaction score
By comparison and also observation, I was surprised that the Gen2 V1 didn't shellack the R7 (as most had suggested before testing). With many discounts currently on the R7, it still remains the value proposition of the 2nd decade so far. I am equally surprised that Mike's had some issues with early edition detectors . As I' ve stated before, I've always been an early adopter, BUT am also glad that I waited this one out. He'll get it right, I'm sure.
Mike's great but we are seriously re-writing history if we think his products are or have been immune from issues. Remember the original POP implementation and how often it would J-out legit 33.8 LEOs? Or those V1 revisions with the temp sensors that would throw the "E" errors? Things like that happen but VR eventually gets it right.
I definitely agree that the R7 remains a strong contender with a compelling set of features, and the V1G2 is not a clear winner over it. But that's how all new products have been in this market since like 2010. Nothing that's been released has been the total death of another direct competitor.
Range-wise, I think we still need more testing of the V1G2. It's drop-in replaced a Ka Narrow, K Off R7, and I've gotten two 34.7 saves that surprised me in terms of how far away and off axis it picked up the initial alert before losing it for a half mile and picking it up again. The V1G2 might be the best on the market for catching a faint whiff of a signal -- the winning formula that made the RL BS/RDR and to a lesser extent the swept V1G1 great performers. But short of a "stew" style test it's really hard to characterize that in the real world across just a few test runs.
In terms of behavior gripes, the R7's biggest problem for me is the same as the R1/R3: I still get occasional 34.699 and 34.700 falses that I cannot explain. Like literally in the middle of I-15 on the desert when there isn't even civilization to the side of the road, I'll get a single blip at those exact frequencies. And in California, 34.7 is all we really have, so false alerts at 34.7 are really unacceptable for me. Ironically I ignore 1-blip 34.699/34.700 alerts from my Unidens because they're too on tune and more likely to be a false.
So far I've had one false on the V1G2 and it was pretty far out of tune. That's fewer Ka falses than I'm personally seeing on the R7 and more easy to discern from a real threat. The arrows are much more responsive on the V1G2 and the ramp-up is better by far. Not saying the R7 is no good anymore because of these minor flaws of course.... just saying, even with perfect 20-20 hindsight, today if I were to buy a new detector for my use cases I would choose a V1G2 over an R7.