Uniden R3 & Uniden R1 Review/Preview by VeilGuy

Uniden R Series of Radar Detectors

Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 Review/Preview:

The Uniden R3, a radar detector with greatness in the making.



Uniden R1 & Uniden R3

Uniden R3 & Uniden R1 Radar Detectors

Updated: 03-25-2025, by Veil Guy

Introduction to the Uniden R3 & Uniden R1 Radar Detectors

For those of us who have been using radar detectors since the late 70s, the name Uniden may ring a bell and you may be asking yourself, “didn’t they used to make radar detectors”?  But perhaps you may not be aware that Uniden has been producing capable windshield-mount models over the course of the last several years, under the proverbial radar.

I think it’s safe to say, that with these two new radar detectors, the R1 and the GPS-enabled R3, Uniden will no longer be a “sleeper” manufacturer in the radar detector industry.

One one hand, you can think of the R1 and R3 models as being “digital” (ie; DSP) versions of last year’s models the Uniden DFR6 and Uniden DFR7 models, models that themselves succeeded the Uniden LRD950 and Uniden LRD850 of previous years.  On the other hand, both the R1 and R3 appear to be much more than that as both models come with a host of significant improvements over their predecessors.

What makes these two new radar detectors so special is that the radar detection performance and filtering are exceeding the very best that this industry currently has to offer, which in itself, is a remarkable feat.

Uniden is clearly working on producing no-holds-barred performing products which is sure to (re)establish themselves as a most serious player in this industry.

When you consider that the MAP pricing of these models are $299.95 and $399.95 for the R1 and R3, respectively.  These are indeed, exciting times.

Notable Features:

  • Digital signal processor
  • Both the R1 and R3 provide extreme radar sensitivity
  • GPS with red light camera alerts (R3 vs R1)
  • Free GPS database updates
  • Quiet Ride – User set speed auto mute
  • Updatable via USB connection to PC
  • Extremely  bright  full-color OLED display
  • K false filter
  • KA false filter
  • Ka Narrow/Wide
  • Nearly Spectre RDD immune
  • Single suction cup bracket included
  • Double suction cup bracket included
  • Cigarette adapter with MUTE KEY and USB JACK
  • Carrying case


Further Reading

Visit RadarBusters to purchase the Uniden R3.