Uniden R7 Review Preview: Uniden goes 360 with a dual antenna version of the R3
Uniden R7 Review Preview
Uniden’s new radar detector has arrows!
Updated: 5-21-19 by Veil Guy
Uniden R7 Radar Detector Side View
Uniden R7 Radar Detector is Uniden’s answer to the Escort Max 360 & Valentine 1
The Uniden R7 radar detector is Uniden’s answer to the Valentine One and Escort Max 360 and will soon be available to those looking for a sensitive gps-enabled dual antenna high performance radar detector with arrows. Unlike the Uniden R3 and Uniden DFR9 radar detectors, at least for the moment, the GPS-enabled Uniden R7 will not be available in a non-gps variant.
Update: Read our full Uniden R7 Review.
The R7 is expected to retail at $599.95 which is $200 more than the Uniden R3.
Large Full Color OLED Display
Like other Uniden detectors, the R7 features a full-color OLED display which is quite large to account for the display of front, rear, and side facing arrows within the display itself. This screen should be the most easily readable of any detector as the font sizes can be much larger.
Like the Escort Max 360c, the R7 can display multiple arrow directions by band detection meaning that the detector can indicate one band in one direction and another band in another direction, up to four bands concurrently as well as signal strength for each one.
The R7 will have the new option of an auto dimming display that will vary in brightness based upon the actual lighting conditions.
Radar Detector Chassis
This Uniden detector itself appears fairly large, to account for the additional hardware required and its large OLED display (the largest found on any detector). It’s size is reminiscent of the original Escort Max 360 and looks similar to the V1. The display is angled to the left which makes it well suited to left-seat driving (sorry right-hand drivers). Uniden could easily make on for right hand drivers by simply flipping the unit and slightly reconfiguring the hardware (flipped buttons and screen) to do so.
This Uniden is solid black and will therefore not be reflective on the windshield, which is a good thing.
Uniden is claiming a slight increase in sensitivity (approximately 1dB) over the already super sensitive R3. This equates to up to a potential 12% increase in detection range. But honestly, sensitivity should not be a primary consideration at this point, because the Uniden R3 has more than enough sensitivity. In out actually testing of an early preview release we found the R7 basically on par with a Uniden R3.
Like the Radenso Pro M, the R7 has the ability to sweep slightly lower in the K-band frequency for so the Uniden R7 has improved detection of MultaRadar type systems. The real challenge however is going to be how well it does at detecting MultaRadar versus filtering out FMCW sources. We have found the Redline EX to be especially good at this–better than the Radenso Pro M. We will test this unit against some bonafide MultaRadar sources to see how will this detector handles these two opposing dynamics.
Filtering of K-band collision avoidance systems is expected to be identical to the R1 and R3, which is to say it’s going to be good. I expect the detector to false more given that its sensitivity is increased and the rear-facing horn will have a higher chance of detecting false sources from a greater distance. The Escort Max 360c is still the class-leader in this regard, so if filtering is a high priority, you would probably be better served with the Escort Max 360c.
The R7 is expected to offer (at some point) auto-lockouts of stationery false sources like door openers in a similar fashion to what Escort has done for years.
The R7 is not immune to SPECTRE RDDs. We will be testing it against our SPECTRE unit to determine how detectable it is and will publish those results in an upcoming full product review.
The power connector location will follow the convention of the DFR9 and be located on the right side. This arrangement is better suited for use in North America. The power cable is said to be improved in quality, which is a good thing because the cords of the previous models we substandard and prone to breakage. They will sport a USB connector for powering smartphones, an led, and have a push-button that can be used for muting and marking of locations.
While there is currently no non-gps version of this detector and no interest has been stated in such a model, I believe they are leaving themselves open to doing so by the fact that the model number is an R7. This conspicuously leaves a nice open slot for a future R5. If an R5 detector would ever see the light of day, I would expect the price point to be about $100 less, at $499. This is pure speculation on my part, but seems logical.
On the other hand, the GPS-enabled R3 is by far the more popular seller to the non-GPS R1, so who knows, maybe we won’t see an R5. Time will tell.
In any event, the R7 is slated for release in mid April of 2019. If past is prologue, the new R7 should prove to be a very capable radar detector. Whether it’s going to provide the all-around superior blend of performance and filtering of the Max 360c is to be seen. Even if it proves not to be quite at the same level of the Max 360c, the R7 should be a very capable detector that will have strong following.
We expect we’ll have some real-world performance experiences to share as we get closer to the R7’s release date.
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