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Uniden - R3 DSP Long Range Radar/Laser Detector - Matte Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 271 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding radar detector!

    Posted
    VortexRadar

    This detector is fantastic! It's got the longest range out of any detector on the market at any price. It has excellent false alert filtering, lots of useful features, and is more capable than detectors that cost hundreds of dollars more. I've got a whole bunch of detectors and this is the one I run day to day because it offers me the highest level of protection. The range is outstanding so if you're looking at giving yourself the very best shot at detecting radar before the cop ahead can pick you up, this is the one to get. The K band filter can filter out most blind spot monitoring false alerts (Honda/Acura/GM are the main exceptions.. no detector can filter out those yet), it has a GPS chip (unlike the Uniden R1) which lets you quiet the detector down when driving through town at low speeds, you can double press the mute button when you encounter a false alert from a speed sign or nearby automatic door opener and it'll learn and remember that signal so it mutes it for you in the future, and it can alert you to nearby redlight cameras and speed cameras. Finally, unlike most other detectors on the market, it is also undetectable by radar detector detectors. This detector has proved extremely popular among radar detector enthusiasts and is generally the one I recommend. What about other detectors to consider? You've got the V1 and Max360 if you want arrows (yes the R3 can pick up signals from all directions too.. it just can't tell you if the signal is ahead or behind). The Max360 or Redline EX can also learn where stationary false alerts are around town like the R3, but unlike the R3 which requires you to manually teach it what's a false alert in the beginning, the Escorts can learn and filter those out automatically, hands-free, after you pass by them several times. There's also remote detectors available like the Net Radar and Stinger VIP if you don't want something mounted on your windshield. There's lots of excellent detectors available on the market. However, for the highest level of protection and an all-around excellent radar detector, the Uniden R3 is the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The range is crazy good

    Posted
    Elkhunterguy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is my first detector since the 90's I have owned a Whistler and paid big bucks for an escort. I got rid of my hot rod and managed to stay clean for years. Fast forward I now have a job that takes me in a four state region. Most speed limits are 75 up to 85 and as low as 65mph. With that said I found that when your cruising at 85mph one may still push the limits a bit. So I invested in this Uniden R3 Long Range Radar/Laser Detector. I read the reviews and can confirm with out a doubt the range on this is beyond crazy. I have tried to figure out how many miles and the longest Range I have seen has been 4 miles in Colby Kansas. Arrows who needs them. I got an alert KA Band, turn off cruise control and get to posted speed limit. I keep getting hit over and over. I knew the KA was the real thing so I keep the speed and finally saw him in my rear view mirror, he had been running behind me and gunning traffic on opposing lanes. I like the fact you can mark known false alarms and store up to 200 usermarks. The power cord had a nice USB on the plug along with a mute button you can hit for those times you need the very loud beeps and voice to go away. It has built in GPS, with a MPH reading on the unit. It also has speed cameras detection but have not seen it an action yet. I sat at best buy doing research between the Escort max 360 and this Uniden R3 and with out a doubt the long range on this unit puts it in a class all buy itself. I spent two hours watching videos and reading forums and the 360 had high marks but the range is what sold me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's not a Escort

    Posted
    Jones

    I am shocked by the BSM filters on K band (the good kind of shocked) I am running v1.31 with TSR on with K band at 40% in Adv. Mode..... Working beautiful... Quiet.... Quiet ride is currently off but not many speed cameras around here... My biggest point is I expected the range. I have a BEL STI Driver and also a Magnum..... The last Escort product was a Max360... That will go to the wife..... For all the tricks the Max360 had to stay quiet, the R3 is quieter and almost double the range on KA which is biggest threat here anyway besides laser.... I'm not gonna lie...i like arrows... Owned 3 or 4 Valentine back in the day too...I can't justify giving up 1.5 extra mi of warning, or over a extra min of warning just to have arrows especially when that unit (R3) falses less, a lot less... It's really up to you how much less false you want with the Adv settings and filters on the R3 I can't really afford it right now but Best Buy had one and I'm keeping it!..... Might look for my Max 360 on eBay LOL

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great detector amazing range.

    Posted
    CFLip2X

    I have had this radar detector for a few weeks now, and I love it. I have read a lot of reviews and watched numerous videos (Vortex Radar on YouTube) and this has some of the best reviews beating out some other higher priced detectors. This has some great BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) Filtering the only cars that seem to give false alerts are Accura/Honda and GM cars. You just have to be aware when driving. The GPS features are worth the extra $100 over the R1. They help to keep the detector more quiet when driving around town With the current firmware 1.30 and taking some time to learn more about radar you can have an amazing setup. For the next model I would love for Uniden to include arrows but its not need as long as you pay attention to the alerts the detector is giving you. Do yourself a favor and search this detector on YouTube and you'll see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only missing the arrows

    Posted
    CLPHILLIPS72
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have a V1 and an Escort Redline, two of the top radar detectors. I decided to buy the Uniden R3 because of all the talk about how it has supplanted the Redline as the range King. I can confirm on 34.7 KA that the R3 picks up the signal double the distance of my V1. I haven't tried the Redline recently because of all of the falses. I run my V1 with Savvy, my iPhone and the V1Driver app, so I use the full functionality available. What I really like about the R3 is the range, and the fact that I don't need to use or even connect my phone and still get all of the same features (minus the arrows) of the V1. If Uniden came out with a R4 or something else that was EXACTLY like the R3 but with Arrows, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I really like the arrows, but I also really like all of the R3 functionality without the use of my phone. I'll keep both and run them at different times, depending on my mood.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Crushes the Escort 360 Max

    Posted
    Robert
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have owned top of the line radar detectors since the early 80's (the original Escort, Whistler Spectrum, even a Uniden in the late 80's. I currently own a V1, two Escort 360 Max's, one Escort Max and now this Uniden R3. But for missing arrows pointing to the direction of the radar and Escort's app notifying you of police locations, the R3 absolutely crushes every other radar detector I have owned. For the money, this is it. If you are a person who appreciates knowing when they are under surveillance prior to a possible encounter, you will not regret this purchase!!!! Truly the best on the market! Footnote: Escort will need to re-evaluate it's product offerings, the R3 makes Escort's current offerings obsolete.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wish i had before i lost my license!

    Posted
    Gamehead
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I decided to go the cheap route and bought a radar detector that only made noise when the cop was in my rear view mirror, this mistake cost me my license for 6 months and i lost my job. This uniden is amazing! Any time this thing picked up ka rader sure enough there was a sneaky cop miles down the road usually writing some poor fool a ticket. I am not a reckless speeder but i cannot for the life of me do 55mph on a open road highway on a sunny day. Theses cops are out here for one reason only and thats to collect money for the state please dont think going 70 in a 55 is unsafe. I dont care if im going to the corner store i keep this on my windshield. Its a real deal what you pay for this compared to lawyer fees and other things that goes along with lost of license.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great when it worked

    Posted
    PaulC
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Great range, easy to use, nice features. (Except for the marking of false alarms, it never would silence those) But after using it for about a month, it simply stopped working. It won’t turn on or anything. I have done plenty of troubleshooting, bought new cords, etc, to no avail. I paid $400 for something that worked about a month and then quit. (I will say it did save me from probably 4 tickets in that month though.) All it did was sit on my windshield, I got in my car one day, started the car, and nothing from the Uniden. My guess is I got a lemon, but Best Buy probably won’t do anything because I didn’t buy a protection plan. I got the short straw apparently. Lucky me

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent radar dector

    Posted
    Firebird69
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have been researching which radar detector to buy for weeks and 90% of all websites rated this #1. I received it and the first thing I did was verify it had the latest firmware and red light database. I then checked the settings against Vortex Radar site https://www.vortexradar.com/2017/06/how-to-program-and-set-up-your-uniden-r1-and-r3/ to configure it. You can fine tune for your own liking. I have to say that this radar detector has phenomenal range compared to my older Bel GX65. The only con that I have with the Uniden R3 is the max sound level setting. I like it to be very loud as I usually have my stereo up and this radar detector only goes to level 6 in volume compared to my older Bel detector that went to level 10. Read the reviews yourself but you will not be disappointed with the Uniden R3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not really sure yet

    Posted
    Snappy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been using it every day. Drive approximately 600 miles a day. Yes very sensitive, but not sure if it works in Ohio. Main gripe I have is, I cannot mount it on the window nor the visor. So I used the two puny pieces of velcro they give you. The unit gets warm melts the glue the heavy springy power cord hooks on the left of the unit and it pulls the unit left. So I'm constantly repositioning it. Need a big piece of velcro for the dash so I can hold onto it so I can get it off. And get rid of the heavy springy power cord and give me a wire power cord. So far I trust the Waze app way more than the unit. Not sure if I like it or trust it yet. I might try the escort unit, or I might just stay with the Waze app.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent protection.

    Posted
    kascinoh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Last detector I owned was from the late 80s. Let me tell you this is a completely different beast. In the configuration menu there is enough settings that you can get this pretty well mixed up-I would strongly recommend taking some time in reviewing some YouTube videos on how to set up your notification alerts, and which bands are in use in your state/area. Once I did this the false alerts were significantly reduced yet I still feel I’m getting very adequate notification. The detector runs warm-although this hasn’t been a detractor to how it performs which is at a very high level. This detector isn’t cheap, but then well-made, well functioning things never are!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Detector for Your Money

    Posted
    Charlie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love everything about this detector. I get red light camera warnings 1000 ft down the road, a very sensitive detection system (I've had it pick up signals easily 3/4 of a mile down the road if not more) and it picks up a huge variety of signals. False alerts were troublesome at first due to the sensitivity, but after properly adjusting the settings it has been much better. Nearly everything on the software is customizable from the color of the display to the sensitivity of individual band detection, and even the minimum speed you must be traveling for the detector to issue a loud alert. You won't have even a hint of buyers remorse if you purchase this. Well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hidden Costs.....

    Posted
    Disappointed
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The possible "hidden cost". The fact that is is a Microsoft Windows only device if you want to keep the firm ware up to date. If you have a Mac, you must invest in Parallels for Mac at a cost of $70 and Windows 10 for a cost of $120. Then you must have some knowledge of how to Partition your Mac and install the software. If you are someone technical, your are ok, maybe. I have Parallels and Windows 10. I spent 2 to 3 hours and 3 calls to Uniden and still could not, with their help, get the new firmware installed. No update, bad device...... It goes back to BB today. I will accept the responsibility of failing to get the firmware installed, but there is still the miss information on Uniden's part about this being a Microsoft Windows only device.......... It doesn't even tell you that you need to purchase a USB cable not included.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best for the money

    Posted
    kHine
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Best radar detector for the money. Very long range. Easy mounting options. Check out Vortex Radar, he is a pro when it comes to radar detectors. He will show you how to set it up properly. Only downfall is the false alerts from Hondas, Acuras, and some Chryslers. These alerts come from their Blind Spot Monitoring Systems. You will quickly learn the false alert and it becomes second nature to ignore them. I do not drive excessively fast, but it has certainly already paid for itself. The range is so good that I have plenty of time to slow to the speed limit before getting close enough for LEO to identify my speed. Buy now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Radar detector

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this to replace my $600 Escort Max who's case started falling apart after a year and quit working after 4 years. I've only had it a few weeks and so far so good. The long range detecting does work. I wish it had auto false reporting because if you're too close to a manual false report and try to manually report another one, it deletes the old one. Also the first time I used it, it smelt like burning electrical wires. It doesn't get any warmer than any other detectors that I've owned. Hopefully the smell goes away over time because I hope to keep this one as long as the first radar detector I ever bought which was a Uniden. I kept it for 18 years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great false filtering... Range is ok.

    Posted
    crabjoe

    I've had the R3 for almost 2 months now. I can say it's quiet. So quiet, I sometimes thing it's not working. As for range, I haven't seen any of these mile + detections I saw in the youtube videos. My best has been about a 1/2 mile, which I've seen other high cost detectors do. Still because the false filtering is so good, when it goes off, I'm pretty sure that's a cop around. I don't always see them but I know they're around... maybe on a side street or behind me... Would I recommend this detector, sure I would.. Do I think it's worth $400? That I'm not sure of, but my feeling is most detectors are over priced for what you get. If this detectors had arrows, at $400, I'd feel pretty good about it. But without the arrows, I feel it should sell for under $300.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best in Class

    Posted
    SpeedStar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The Uniden R3 is the gold standard of radar detectors for a reason. It is full featured and fully customizable. It dependably detects all the frequencies currently in use and can be customized to turn off the annoying false alarms for your area. It's easy to set up and use. You can literally just take from the box, put it on your windshield, plug it in and go. The range is good and the sounds are distinct. It will detect traffic light cameras and speed signs. It will pick up signals that come from behind. I could not be happier with this unit. For a full set up guide, look up Vortex Radar on YouTube.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    The Uniden R3 detects rader. Every bodies rader.

    Posted
    Crowebate

    I purchased the Uniden R3 because the advertising led me to believe that the new circuitry design would eliminate false signals coming from newer cars with crash avoidance systems. The R3 does not eliminate these false warnings. I called Uniden thinking that I must be in the wrong mode or set-up. I was told that I was not in the wrong mode. The R3 only eliminates false warnings that you pass every day and it will remember them. If you want a detector that will detect a signal ( any signal ) from a mile or more away this is the detector for you but if you want one that will also eliminate the non speed trap signals the R3 is worthless and Uniden's attitude is Sorry

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    Posted
    AbrahamCops
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I manage periods of time per day of 12 daily hours per Miami and Broward. the radar works well detects the police cars at a good distance. But some police officers use speed guns and people may think it's a laser and it's really a K-band. Be careful if your radar detects a K-band. Not only Walgreens Walmart Cvs doors and other businesses use the K. also the pistols of the motorized policemen use it. I hope this helps you. Maybe when the laser detects the band K of these motorized either late as it is a very fast diaparo and the signal decreases when the officer stops firing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best money can buy right now

    Posted
    Mason

    The range on the Uniden R3's are as good or betteer than ANY other radar detector out there. The price is beyond reasonable and its filtering system is great. The GPS lock outs for stationary false alerts is a big plus. Honestly, there's no reason you should consider buying another detector unless you need arrows (like the Valentine one) or your spending less money (which i would not recommend) This Detector makes the Escort Redline EX look like a joke.

    I would recommend this to a friend