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Old 03-10-2018, 04:43 PM
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First let me start by saying i have had an Escort 9500 IX for several years. I love it, it has a learn capability so it does not give a lot of false alerts, and good radar distance sensitivity, red light camera locations, etc.....

I’m looking to update to a new detector that is mobile and I can move to my other vehicle so I’m not interested for now to have it wired in. I have seen reviews on the Escort Max 360, 360C, Redline EX, I am an Escort fan not interested in a Velentine 1. I have also been looking at the Unidentifiable R3 which seems to test very high.

Anyone here have a detector they like or any of the above you have any feedback on would be greatly appreciated. I prefer to stay with Escort but I am open.

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Old 03-10-2018, 04:58 PM
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R3 deals better with false alarms from driving aids. My 360 drives me a bit nuts in that sense, although you can learn which frequencies are most used by different car manufacturers.
It depends also if laser is predominant in your area, windshield detector won't do well for obvious reasons.

I have the 9500 in the wife's car, 360 in mine. I'm not sure if the difference is noticeable if you drive at the margin of limits. Again, depends if you have long stretches of highways for you, not the case in Chicagoland.
I think either uniden or 360(c) would be more than enough for the regular user wo constant laser presence.

The WiFi connection is interesting for the future, particularly with rumored waze alerts come to fruition. Right now I don't think they have enough users in all markets to have a sturdy on demand database.
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:05 PM
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Do you like the 360 better than the 9500? Did you look at the Redline too.?
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:07 PM
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If you're serious about this, definitely Uniden R3.
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:49 PM
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Does the R3 detect laser? And I assume you like the R3. Why would I not be serious if I asked?
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:54 PM
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I do not know much about radar detectors but I have the R3 and am happy with it. I had it hard wired and used a blend mount. Yes it does detect laser which from what I have read is not used in PA, also by the time it detects it you are already busted. (This is why they recommend a laser jammer as well)
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:03 PM
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I have an R1 and have found that it does the job. Have also ordered a Blendmount and am considering hardwiring the R1. I just upgraded from an Escort 8500/50 and find it much more sensitive. It is my understanding that by the time a laser aimed at you is being detected its usually too late. But, it may detect lasers hitting other vehicles in front/back of you when its too late for them.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:11 PM
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Uniden R3. Switched from a 9500ix which was good but the Uniden is much better. Range is much better, lots of custom settings, easy to use and is small. Also claims that it is invisible to radar detector detectors. I am very pleased with mine. Excellent Ka range. I use a filtered K setting to lock out blind spot monitoring systems in cars. Recommend watching some video reviews from Vortex Radar. No radar detector will protect against laser. If you are speeding solo on a straight highway, you are toast if you get clocked by a laser gun.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:23 PM
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I am a radar detector "virgin" but now considering one and starting to do the overwhelming research for my incoming GT3

Looking for something easy, reliable and simple without custom installation to dip my toes in the water just as an added layer of precaution to driving in SoCal, especially on weekends in the canyons or driving up to SF on I5

Uniden R3 seems to be scoring high and getting a lot of good reviews so I might go with that after the car lands
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:25 PM
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In my parts of NJ, it seems like most of the highway patrol use laser. Just a radar detector would be a waste.
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Likely a dumb question but is there a "2 in 1" radar/laser detector? lol
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:44 PM
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The Unidens are on sale:

Uniden R3 Radar Laser Detector - $360, R1 $270 AC


Uniden R3 for $360 and R1 for $270 after PLAYMAD coupon:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R...1346547122


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R...1346545594
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Originally Posted by sampelligrino View Post
Likely a dumb question but is there a "2 in 1" radar/laser detector? lol
Most detectors like the Uniden R3 will detect both radar and laser. You get advance warning with radar unless instant on. Even instant on can be deteced as long as you are not the first hapless chap who gets clocked. With laser, there is no advance warning. Again, if you are in traffic, if the laser is used to clock another car, your detector will go off and you will get a warning. If driving by yourself, a ticket is a guarantee.
Only way I know off guarding against laser are with laser jammers. They can warn the officer that you are interfering with speed enforcement so carries its own risks. They are not legal everywhere. If I knew that state troopers are using laser in my neck of the woods, i would not speed. Backroads, where I live locals usually don't use laser. Winters and in the dark, laser is less of a problem. Officer has to be stationary and focus the laser on a specific car. Harder to do.
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With the advent of laser I've given up on radar detection and have come to rely on cruise control combined with Waze.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Penn4S View Post
Does the R3 detect laser? And I assume you like the R3. Why would I not be serious if I asked?
R3 does "detect" laser technically but that's not very useful. I'd recommend ALP quint (installed by someone who knows what they're doing) for that.

Yes I'd strongly recommend the R3. The range is phenomenal. Filtering capability is phenomenal. And Uniden is super responsive the customer feedback so the frequent upgrades they release make it better and better.

There was a comment about R3's stealth capabilities - yes it has stealth against a radar detector detector ie it doesn't leak but I find that point moot since it's visibly attached to your windshield. I use the R3 when it's OK to have a windshield mounted unit, use Stinger when it's not OK for full stealth, and use ALP-quint setup for laser. But for the record I always drive at or below the posted speed limit.

I used the word "serious" in reference to the type of speeding you might be doing. I think the range difference between run of the mill Escort product vs an R3 isn't too relevant if you're slightly above the posted speed limit. It would make a massive difference well into the triple digits though, theoretically speaking.
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