5.0 out of 5 stars
By F35 - Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
The best out there but not for newbies.
WARNING: The R7 is not for newbies who does not understand how a radar detector works, police radar works and how microwave signals are being bounced and reflected. This is not like a point and shoot camera that works wonders out of the box. Out of the box, it will be chatty due to the fact that it has a front and rear horns. Before installing the R7 in your vehicle, you MUST update the firmware. VortexRadar on youtube will guide you on a step by step procedure using MAC or PC. The next step is to adjust sensitivity of K band to your liking. Why? This will reduce false alerts from automatic door openers. BSM (blind spot monitor) alerts from cars specially Pacificas, Mazda's, Honda's/Acura's, Jeep and etc. Start from 50% down to 30%. Even at 30%, it still is matching some of the top radar detector like Escorts as far as detection range is concern. You can also use the Quiet Ride feature that mutes K band signals below a threshold speed you choose from 10 mph to 90 mph. I use 55 mph setting for my quiet ride settings. If you use the default K band tone alert, you will get 2 muted beeps when a K band source is detected and has a threshold time before it alerts again with 2 muted beeps. Meaning, that if a signal dies down and a new one is detected within the threshold time, you will not hear those 2 muted beeps. Understand that having two horns in one package will be chattier. One reviewer has made a comment that the R3 is quieter in a way but not much The R7 is basically 2 R3's in one. Meaning that if you have 2 R3's facing the opposite direction, your alerts will be the same as an R7 except the R7 has arrows. Bottom line, you " have to set the K band setting's right to your liking " to have a pleasant driving experience. The R7 was built with many features to address your needs to accommodate a wide range of radar detector users. Play with your K band sensitivity settings and quiet ride features. You will be amazed on how this unit works. To add better visual alerts, set your display mode to Dark Mode. This keeps the screen blank and displays all the information you need once a source is detected. It also helps prevent display burnout. The R7 has also a feature that will announce the direction where the source is coming from , the band(X,K and KA) and frequency(only when Ka band is detected). Also turn TSF on. Helps decrease some false alerts. Also make sure K block is turned on. This blocks BSM alerts from older models Honda's/Acura's 2018 and below. Newer Honda's/Acura's will still alert the R7 since they are not under the K band frequency block. The R7 is one of the best radar detectors out there and has very good range in K and Ka band. You cannot have increase range with too much filtering to minimize false alerts. You just need to find the sweet spot that works well for you. If you are a newbie and wanted to learn, this may work well for you. 1/1/20 update: Raised my quiet ride settings to 90 mph. It's one of the quietest radar detector out there. Please note that raising quiet ride settings to 90 mph is not for newbies. Explore quiet ride.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Myra C - Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2019
Can't wait for my preorder to arrive
M. Scott. You don't know what you're talking about. I've been using radar detectors since the 70s. That's 40 years. They have gotten better and better as the police have stepped up their equipment. I have upgraded my equipment many times and I can safely say that as a traveling sales professional I have clocked 40,000 miles a year consistently and have been saved by my detector too many times to put into numbers. The townships are making tons of money on unsuspecting motorists driving 35 in a 25 MPH trap. LIDAR is tricky and if you don't want to get a ticket make sure you have a scout up ahead so when they are hit with laser you get the alert and react. Now the idiots at the FCC have allowed car manufacturers to build cars in the past couple of years with Blind Spot Monitoring using low level radar signals spewing from the bumpers of their cars driving older detectors crazy. So now it's time for a new one with BSM filtering. Stay current and you won't pay a $350 a ticket and your insurance won't go up 20% for the next 39 months.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By robert gorman - Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2019
Better than Escort Max 360, maybe.
First off delete Scotts scam review as he doesn't know what he's talking about!! Mounted in 2017 Golf R, received the R7 April 18 and have used since then and replaced a Escort Max 360 which I loved. I-5 in Fife Washington is getting hammered by WSP too slow everyone down to 50 and so far have had 5-6 bogeys every morning at 4am for 2 weeks. Scott I have been hit every morning by KA band by 3-6 hits by half a mile easy and no laser is being used by WSP in cars but motorcycle cops use laser almost all the time so watch for them, usually on the way home. Through the Fife area 1 mile before or after set cruise control to 50 and do not speed through this area, EVER!! In two weeks I have been paced from behind going North in this area twice and one cop had his radar on and got him really early with the rear radar as he nailed the truck behind me doing 70 coming up on me doing 65----close but I new he was back there so I was slowing from 75 from just a minute before. One day hit by Laser with R7 but luckily had adaptive cruise set at 65 and had no hit on detector but saw cop point gun at me and switch to others behind me so be careful with laser detection. KA about the same so far as Max 360 but K band is far superior with R7 and people will tell you no K band really in WA but so far 3 hits from WSP and one in Kent Wa with all cops with radar on full time and picked them up so far I thought all were Hondas or GMC, nope. Falsing so far is about same as Max 360 new software update helped a little on Hondas but trip to Oregon this weekend still picking them up but they need to be really close. Trip to Oregon on Thursday mostly quiet especially in Oregon, creepy did 200 miles no cops and even drove all the way around Mount Hood but nothing! No cops, nothing? Hit 120 once or twice maybe not saying I did but had fun and hope no hidden cameras like they use in Oregon but the locals speed quite a bit. Now on the way back to WA going N at about 7am just past Vancouver WA got a K band from the rear in and out with nobody behind for about 1 mile just a small pack that was following a pack I was in doing 75. First thought was a false from a car or something but detector didn't quit alerting and it was getting stronger so my spidey sense didn't feel right so I set cruise again to 70. Finally saw a car come through the pack from behind with led lights wasn't sure what it was and I was losing the pack I was in because I cut 5 mph just to be safe. Guess what a WSP dark grey Dodge went full K band at a mile back once his pack cleared and he went into the slow lane and hit the beans and caught me in a couple of seconds with detector screaming K band all the way and it was only set at 60% K band!! Wife was impressed the detector had him about 5 minutes before and we agreed the detector just paid for itself because earlier we were going quite a bit faster!!! Had one more rear encounter going N at Chehalis WA and picked it up again early with full on K band going into a 70mph zone to 60mph zone so after last encounter set cruise to 60. Guess what another silver dodge WSP doing about 80 from behind hunting for in front speeders, f --- jerks!! Once again wife was watching detector like a Hawk and was amazed how early the R7 was alerting us on K band. Sorry for long review but Scott You Are Wrong!! In two weeks the R7 probably saved me from a couple of tickets at just a bit over. Max 360 is really good and I like some of its features but its K band range doesn't come close to the R7, I think its over filtered, K band is still out there guys! Arrows are a must as I have had several detectors without them but I will never go back to no Arrows. The R7 switches from front to side to rear faster than the Max 360 but not a deal breaker but so far very impressed with R7!!! Need more time with the R7 but Max 360 currently has saved me over the last year at least 10 times but one ticket on Lidar that was my fault because I didn't react fast enough as it actually gave me a enough time but I was too busy ignoring it. Thanks to Vortex but be careful of band segmentation as I had several readings outside of segmentation on both bands and I don't want to go to court to argue these readings. I run wide on all K and KA bands just to be safe and the R7 still has great range. Lots of K and KA over the last Year so don't believe Scott the lazy cops use RADAR not Lidar!!! Oh and the County Cops coming at you in the oncoming lanes almost always have their RADAR on! Good luck and if you don't have a RADAR detector don't go over 5mph over speed limit or you will get a Ticket!!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By dasackis - Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2019
Better then the R3?
I currently own an R3 and bought this R7 for my 2nd vehicle. What this has that the R3 doesn’t: - Directional arrows for where the signal is coming from. - Train the device to ignore false positives. - GPS Autolockouts. - Device tilted view towards the driver. - Farther range of detection. So for my needs it’s better than the R3 and worth the added cost. Just the directional arrows alone make it so much better because now I’m not looking around to see where the cop might be. The R3 is still an awesome device, this is just the next step in what’s out there. And it’s a good upgrade that’s worth it, not like when an iPhone comes out and you can barely tell the difference!