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Uniden - R7 Radar Detector - Black

Model: UNIDEN R7SKU: 6331615

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 67 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only Gets Better From Here!

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    nkpstudios
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    First things, first… Know your local laws regarding radar detectors! If you get caught with one of these and you are in a place where it is illegal, they will confiscate it and ticket you. In short, VA and DC are the only states where radar detectors are completely illegal. If you are a commercial vehicle, it is always illegal. Know your laws as I would hate to have someone lose such a great device to a police officer. This doesn't tell you where police are… it tells you where police who are running radar are so you can be aware. This does not give you a license to drive like an idiot either. Combine this with Waze and you will be the ultimate road warrior. I own the Uniden R3 and many other radars out there in this same price range over the years, but we are here to talk about the R7. The legendary "R3 with arrows". I loved a LOT of things about the R3 and adding arrows to it is all I ever wanted. A larger screen with dual antennas and a future with auto GPS lockouts make this worth the upgrade FOR ME. Since Uniden is great with firmware updates and database refreshes, I expect this detector to only get better with time! My favorite improvements: -Arrows -Screen -BSM Filtering -Ambient Light Sensor -Future Auto GPS Lockout Update -Power Cord Relocated to Right Side and Micro USB -Suction Cup Mount This detector is built on the Uniden R3 platform, which is already a top performer in the space. Uniden was listening to us when we asked for upgrades under the hood and we got faster signal processing, better visuals, and dual antennas. I find BSM is better than the R3 and it runs quieter to me running them both side by side. I find the R7 to be a bit more rangy and first to alert vs the R3 in my testing. The redesign and relocation of the physical buttons will take me some getting used to but nothing I can't adjust to. Build quality is good but isn't that great. If you drop this thing you are probably screwed. It creaks and squeaks when you press on joints and the body itself is super susceptible to scratching and scuffing. This maybe why they included a neoprene sleeve along with the hard case. The front faceplate seems unfinished as it moves too easily when pressure is applied. Size is definitely on the larger side and more comparable to the V1. If you are looking for a discrete detector, this one isn't for you. The power cord has been moved to the right side now so you don't have to worry about it when mounted near a visor. The speaker seems lower than the R3 but it does sound better. The mount has been improved significantly. No more wobbling and bouncing while driving and the angles have been increased. Feels really solid and more secure. There is only play when you try to wiggle left and right which isn't a real problem. I am reaching here for something to nit-pick on the mount. It is almost too good to be true for something so big. Arrows are helpful but not necessary for most. The R3 is more than adequate for most. There are two camps… "if it beeps just slow down" and the "where is it coming from" teams. If you are looking at this… this was something you have always been waiting for… an R3 with arrows. It is a nice to have so you can be more aware of the road and surroundings. The screen isn't better than the R3 to me (brightness-wise). It can be difficult to see for some people and the colors are not accurate, just like the R3. I do love the size of the display which makes it easier to gather intel. R1 and R3 power cords are interchangeable and compatible with the R7. All function is there to mute/mark. BSM filtering seems to be slightly improved on Hondas/Acuras. 24.199 and 24.200 can be blocked in the options. Auto GPS lockouts will be added upon patent expiration via a software update. This will make the detector smarter around town and quiet known false alerts using GPS automatically. Basically teaching your radar to ignore things just by driving around town. My recommendations: -Create an app -Add Bluetooth to update wirelessly -Add Remote Screen for this price point .: The Verdict :. Why would I buy? A larger screen with dual antennas and a future with auto GPS lockouts make this worth the upgrade FOR ME. Since Uniden is great with firmware updates and database refreshes so I expect this detector to only get better with time! This isn't for everyone at this price point. This is for someone who wants the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great on radar detection , blind to laser.

    Posted
    Miamitennis
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    This unit is so good it will detect radar sources so far sometimes you will wonder where the cop is, I have actually measured detection ranged all the way to 3 miles in ideal conditions, this may be excessive but this extra sensitivity pays off because not all radar is emitted in ideal conditions such as constant on in a straight flat road, many times radar is around bends, hills, mountains and/or heavy foliage that can make your detection go from 3 miles to 2000 feet , which is just outside the range of their readings , 2000 feet on a cheap detector may be 300 feet , when it is too late, you turn around a bend on a mountain road and bammo! you are ready for the road side disco, this problem is worse if the LEO decides to run instant on radar where they selectively pick their targets to get a reading from, which if you are lucky with a unit like this they may hit someone before they hit you, every bit helps. With laser it may or may not go off, if I had to rate this detector based on laser detection it would get a 1 star, but really laser detection is not reliable on even the best detectors, once you detect it you are probably toast , Waze and laser blinders is the solution to this secondary threat. Detectors are not police detectors, they listen to and warn you of radar, many times that radar emits of other cars with blind car monitoring systems, somtimes automatic door openers at shopping centers, for the amount of range this unit has the filtering is excellent, if you set the K bank notch filter on and adjust some settings you can ride on the interstate in extreme calm with very few falses (maybe a couple of beeps per hour ) . Radar detectors are not fail proof, and even with all the counter measures in the world you can get ticketed ,they are tools that need some learning to get used to , also using them in combination of other tools such as waze , radio scanners and even laser blinders is needed to give yourself a fighting chance. Cops are aware these devices exists and are always finding ways to try to fool counter measures to continue to fill their city coffers with gold , it is a battlefield out there and these tools help you even the odds. These tools are not meant to make people start driving recklessly, they are meant to prevent road side tax collectors from speed traps such as when the speed limit drops from 60 to 30 by a small town and they sit right past the sign when you are just coasting down to the speed limit. Update the detector as soon as you buy it as it has some important updates needed to make the detector perform better and be quitter ,also find out if your car is a K Band radar singal emitter through their blind spot filtering, famous for this is the Chrysler Pacifica, some new hondas (although this was fixed with the newest firmware) and other cars, or else this detector won't work in your car. Read RDFFORUM.ORG to learn how to use detectors properly A couple of tickets saved and this unit will pay itself off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great detector,wish it had a rearview mirror mount

    Posted
    RandallFlagg
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    The unit comes in a nice zippered clamshell case. Upon opening it, you find the unit, power cigarette lighter cord with mute and usb jack, 2 suction cup bracket choices and a nice neoprene case for the detector. I've used it a couple of times already and it rarely goes off. That's different for me when I compare it to units I've used years ago. I didn't seem to get any or very few false detections. I live in a suburban area with close to 400k residents, so passing law enforcement is a regular occurrence for me. I have a local Cal. Highway Patrol office about 5 miles down the road as well as city and county sheriff patrols. I must say, I was surprised at how quiet it was. I did have it go off by my house on a main street that I can almost see the end of and I was unable to see the source for the detection. The directional arrow said ahead of me, but again I didn't see any law enforcement. We do have two schools at the end of that street and it was around time for the kids to head home, so maybe they were parked in the lot just off the street. I turned into my neighborhood and it immediately stopped. The directional arrows on the display are great. No longer am I looking forward, left and right and in each mirror trying to locate the source. I just have to slow down (if need be, lol) and look in the direction the detector is telling me to. I find myself likely the GPS/MPH display on the unit. For whatever reason, it tends to make me drive the speed limit better than my actual speedometer. Also the inset display works for me with the intense So. Cal. sun. I'm able to read the display just fine. If I have one gripe, it's the mounts. The single suction cup works great, but I have enough stuff attached to my windshield. I have a front camera glued behind the rear view mirror and a toll road monitor behind it. This month the toll road company is sending out stickers and doing away with the large monitor, so that may work out for me. If not, I'll be investing in a 3rd party mount that attaches to the mirror itself. I hate to have this expensive detector and a few hundred dollar camera at the top of the windshield. Anyone looking in that knows there value will most likely bust out some glass and run off with both. Having it solidly mounted would slow them down a bit and hopefully leave the car be. As for now, I mount it when driving and store it in the case and glove box when the car is unattended. Once the unit has been out on the market for a bit, I'm sure other mount options will become available. I'll check Uniden, Best Buy and other outlets for ideas. On a final note, radar detectors are legal in California, but not mounted on windshields. Just another reason I'l like a rear view mount. I would definitely recommend the unit to others, albeit the cost of entry is a bit on the high side. If it saves you one moving violation, it will most likely pay for itself...at least in California!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best radar on the market

    Posted
    MisterE
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    This is the best windshield mounted radar on the market as far as functionality and performance. If your on the fence about it, just get it. This radar has directional capabilities through the use of arrows. The arrows indicate the direction the radar signal is originating from. The benefit here is that one can quickly determine if the radar source is in front of, behind, or to the sides of their vehicle. This is something that, once experienced, is hard to live without. There are other detectors that offer similar range / sensitivity but they will leave you guessing as to where the radar truly is. For the benefit of the arrows alone it is worth the extra expense to get the R7. The range is outstanding and the display can show up to 4 independent sources of radar simultaneously. This is helpful in determining if there is more than one radar source in an area that may normally have a false alert. The built in GPS functionality allows you to mark known false alert areas so the radar will not go off when driving by the same source or radar. Think automatic doors that may set off a detector, those can be locked out and are location specific. I have not had any issues with blind spot detectors on passing cars setting off the detector. Uniden has exceptional filtering capability in their detectors for this. Some other brands of detector or lower piced / older models will give false alerts when a blind spot detection equipped vehicle is nearby. The R7 largely doesn't have this issue. Uniden also rolls out firmware updates that truly improve the function of the detector and provide exceptional support if needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Detection

    Posted
    jailoliv
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    I would like to start by mentioning that I have owned several radar detectors. I got rid of all of them because of false alerts. The Uniden R7 is the most sensitive detector you can find. Its range is incredible. That is great but can also provide more of those false alerts, and it does! I was very disappointed at first because it would go off all the time, due to automatic doors in nearby buildings and cars with sensors and radars. My own car is one of those. Fortunately, the R7 has a filter that you can turn on and the false alerts almost disappear. Its range is superb. It can detect radars at almost half a mile. I measured 0.4 miles in one instance. I am not so sure about laser detection but you can rely on it for everything else. In addition, it not only checks for front but also rear radars. My car has built-in warnings for above-limit speed but I quickly fell in love with the GPS in the R7. Not only because the speed display is easier to read but also because it can warn you about traps such as speed/red light cameras. A function you can find in Waze but it is nice for those that do not run that app all the time, especially if it is not already in your car navigation system. Just remember to update its firmware frequently. It looks nice although I wish it were discrete. Nobody needs to announce a radar detector in his or her car. Still, it looks much better than most out there. One nice touch is the power cord, which gives you an extra USB port for charging other devices. My only issue with that is that when I use it, I have to unplug my dash cam. Now I need to order a cigarette lighter splitter to be able to use both devices. Instead of an extra USB port, I’d rather have a lighter extension/splitter. Definitely, the best radar detector in the market right now. I just have one suggestion to Uniden: please add Bluetooth to premium models like this one so they pair to a smartphone and update on the fly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best option out there

    Posted
    Tweed
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    I have been thoroughly impressed with this radar detector since I opened the box. It comes with all necessary attachments and cables, you dont need to buy anything. It even has a well made travel case to keep it protected when not in use. The screen is larger than any detector I've seen, and they sure do make use of it. It has a laundry list of options but there were a few that stood out to me. - a "screen saver" mode. While the screen is large and easy to read, sometimes it can be a little distracting. DARK mode keeps the screen black accept for a flashing dot on the lower left corner, until it detects something. Then the screen comes back on full and you can see everything until the threat is out of signal, at which time it will go back to black. -options of the screen. like i said, they put the size of the screen to good use. it shows speed and direction of travel, sensitivity, time, band and frequency of radar(can even show multiple), and direction of detection. It can be busy but once you understand what it all means its great! - you can set it to mute if you are traveling under a certain speed. This detector can be chirpy, and if you're traveling at or below speed limits there's nothing to worry about. This detector truly does it all. If you have the money I highly recommend. The only con I could find it that the buttons on the detector are too plain and oddly placed. I would prefer them to be a little easier to see

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but is it worth it?

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    sanman202
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    The sensitivity for KA is pretty darn good. The directional arrows are very accurate also and that was a main feature I was looking for with the upgrade. I have to say with the right setting it's a quiet detector, which is good. I don't think it's a case of too quiet and missing alerts. Not many blind spot detection false alerts with K left on with filtering and 30% on. I have to say the firmware updating loses a star due to the need to reset to factory settings and the need to set it up again. Not a major issue but at this price point it should be update and ready to go. Also there there should be wifi to update the firmware. Again, at this price point as it being up there as the most expensive detectors. The build quality is fine but it's not one I'd drop if you can avoid it. Buttons also could have been placed on the face on the right side for easy access. Again, a nitpick but feedback is the best for improvement suggestions. Without customer they don't exist. I think there are still other lower priced options that will serve many well, especially if you're not in an area with lots of threats. You have to take that into consideration as well, Your commute and is spending $600 worth it. One ticket can make it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My first radar detector and I love it.

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    buckbabes
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    I've never been one to use a radar detector but the Uniden R7 has converted me. I thought radar detectors would just disappear into obsolescence because of phone apps but once you use this one you realize that phone apps don't give you the full picture. As I un-boxed the R7 I was immediately greeted with an awesome soft clam shell case. Within the case was the R7, Power cable, USB cable and two different style mounts. In my use, I chose to use the larger suction cup mount. Which was the best suction cup mount I ever used. It stuck to the windshield and was just about glued to it. The next thing I liked was the unit itself. It told me my current speed, let me know where all the red light cameras were and alerted me to any speed radar in my path regardless of the direction it was coming from. Another thing I loved was that the tones it makes were not as high pitched or startling as the radar detectors that came before it. I highly recommend this radar detector and may even get another one to give as a gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Performance, set a new bar!!!!

    Posted
    Davidz911
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    To keep it light the Uniden R7 did what it was born to do, I got my first KA alert immediately after pulling onto the HWY, the source was an unmarked car that had to be at least a mile away. The R7 also did great with BSM rejection and K-Falses. I maybe had one or two false alerts while driving through small towns. I Was initially having a few more false alerts, these went away with the latest update and selecting the recovery box option. The detector itself doesn’t feel so premium, it’s a very toned down look and feel. I like the large screen and the way it’s offset to the drivers line of sight. I’m not crazy about the button placement but you get use to it. I wish they had an app similar to escorts for setting up but this definitely isn’t a deal breaker. All in all I say Uniden knocked it out of the park!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Uniden R7 Radar Detector

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    Mistabritt
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    I've always wanted to get a radar detector and now I have one. I'm not that up on all the knowledge of the best radar detectors on the market as I've not really seen one since my younger days (my uncle used to always have one). So I took this R7 out for a spin this past weekend and I must say things have certainly advanced in the industry of radar detectors. In my 2 day run of testing out this unit, I was amazed with how accurate it reads and the long range at which it captures the signals. The display is big and bold numbers as well as the arrows. I also like that amongst the many different settings in the menu you can go in and change the colors on the display info. Anyone looking for a great device should consider the Uniden R7, unless the price is a bit much for you. Tons of customization at your finger tips. Side Note: Please know your state laws regarding radar detectors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool police radar or laser detection system

    Posted
    TechNerd
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    I got the chance to use the Uniden - R7 Radar Detector. Just want to say, you should always practice safe driving habits. That being said, I'm not going to lie I was a bit more confident when I needed to speed, you know for passing purposes ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡° ). Anyways, I only was able to use this for about 3 weeks so far and only heard it go off once but the time it did detect the radar I saw the cop after about a half mile out. I wouldn't have noticed him otherwise. So far I like this thing. It has GPS feature so it knows how fast your going and it also able to use speed camera information which I don't have in my city.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Huge leap in radar detector performance

    Posted
    Jennalynia
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    My family has used many radar detector models since the 80's, from the original boxy Escorts and Passports to the more recent 8500-9500 models, Redlines and Valentine V-1. The Redline had incredible range and the V-1 was very scienced out and intuitive. The quantum leap in performance and customization with this R-7 is real and can't be understated! This truly lives up to the hype and is one purchase I am 100% glad I made. One drive with this and my son and I were on the way back to Best Buy and he purchased one for himself....it is truly that good! Get off the fence because this is as close to a sure thing that you can get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Coverage!!

    Posted
    ExcellentEducator
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    As someone who speeds from time to time, I was anxious to put this radar through its paces. My route to work consists of lots of police patrolling. This radar detected their presence from afar. Thus far, it has not given me many false alerts, which is a problem I encountered with my last radar. A main concern that I had was cost. However, the performance of this radar has put my mind to great ease as it truly does what it’s supposed to do and that is provide detection of radars. This piece of equipment will pay for itself as it will save lots of money for possible tickets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Detector!

    Posted
    JoeyB
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    If youre looking for a radar to just throw up on your dash, this is not the one. Although this is a very capable radar detector. You just need to configure it to your preferences. Once you play around with it for a little bit, it’s easy to control. It is extremely accurate and has already helped me avoid multiple potential tickets. When used in conjunction with the Waze app, you are that much more invincible. Of course, nothing is guaranteed, so of course, continue to drive at safe speeds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lots of bells and whistles

    Posted
    pinkoos
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    I'm coming from an older, battery operated radar detector that doesn't really have many features, so getting the R7 was like a rocket blast into the future. I had no idea what things I was missing with the new tech available the last few years. Anyway, I find that the Uniden gives legitimate warnings far more often than false alarms as opposed to my older detector in which the false alarms far outnumbered the real warnings. So, in my book this detector is great already. All the extras, like the arrows, etc., are gravy to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    Posted
    HDMI
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    While this radar detector is the best currently available, it is nonetheless overpriced. I have owned several radar detectors since the very first Passport, which is still the standard upon which all subsequent detectors follow. That standard is small size and simplicity. The R7 fails the small-size criteria, but excels without relying on gimmicks requiring subscriptions with further expense (are you listening Escort?). A top line radar detector should be maximum $500, and the industry will price itself out of existence if it continues its upwards trend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Range!!

    Posted
    HotMommasCowboy
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    It's been over 20 years since I've had a radar detector! This one has amazing range!! My biggest complaints about radar detectors back in the day was that you had no idea where the signal was coming from! This alleviates that. My only complaint is that K band gets set off by BSM (Blind Spot Monitors) that a lot of cars has now a days! You can turn it off, but I'm in a state that uses K band regularly, so I keep it on. I just don't pay attention to it on the highway. Did I mention it has phenomenal range!!???!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Defective Units?

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    Freddie
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    From my 1-month experience with the R7, I would say that there's definitely an issue with the front horn sensitivity. Maybe I had a defective unit, or maybe it's a firmware issue, who knows. For a $600 detector I would expect these kinks to be worked out. While I had the R7, I drove past multiple LEO's using KA Band, and the front horn would not alert until the very last second. The rear horn on the other hand is extremely sensitive and works great. I have returned my R7 and I'm back to running my trusty R3.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome performance

    Posted
    JohnD
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    The range of this detector is amazing. Alerted me of Ka radar 90 seconds from LEO heading in opposite direction while doing speed limit 65 mph, so theoretically got the first blip about 3 miles away. It's quite a bit bigger than the R3 it replaced but I like the bigger display. The arrows are great - it's real nice knowing where the radar sources are! Pricey, yes, but I figure I'll be using this thing for years anyway and just one save makes it more than worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Returned it today

    Posted
    Rodizzle
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    Not worth the hype .. for the price I would expect a better craftsmanship and materials . The clip that releases it from the mount broken within 1 weeks . The front screen seemed a bit lose . But what really made me returned it was the poor detection . YES , I did updated it to latest firmware . My buddy and I went for a road trip , he has the V1 radar . He’s radar did a great job , my won’t detect the threats until the patrol was visible . I might give a 2nd try once they fix these issues .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend