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False Alarm City!
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020
We had high hopes for this radar based on the reviews. Having used Escort for years, we were looking for something that was not so insanely priced that delivered a comparable level of performance.
So, we received our Uniden R7 and promptly put it in our car to replace our Escort. From the moment we put it in till the moment we unplugged it, it was an annoying noise maker--not able to filter out real threats from bogus threats, like a 7-11 or Blind Spot Monitor.
Not wanting to give up easily, I watched many videos on it, including Vortex Radar's on YouTube. I then updated the detector on my computer. What an awful task with this radar! This was not user friendly in the least...the detector won't even power on via USB, which my Escort could do. So you are literally working in the dark.
And unlike Escort where you would download the software and go to their site to see what updates there are, it is a search and find mission with Uniden to see what was downloaded, find out what was extracted and where it is located, etc. And this was on a PC...apparently, it is much harder on a Mac. And when you download Uniden's software, the software is so tiny and hard to read that I had to bust out my reading glasses. For the life of me, I don't know why the software only takes up about an eighth of the screen when fully expanded or why the text is so small. It's as though Uniden wanted to make this as dreadful a process as humanly possible.
You would think the company would be smart enough to turn down all the false alarms and not have the radar detector go into Cardiac Arrest every time you pass a convenience store or bank. This has to result in a lot of returns and wastes time for customer service reps. And I am pretty tech savvy, but I must say this thing is made way overcomplicated. The settings should be dialed down so the False Alert Frenzy does not happen and if people want more sensitivity, they should be able to adjust settings to do so--not the other way around. Also, why the million settings? Most of these are bogus, like a self test? Who wants to hear this thing chirp even more. If it's not working people know how to find the company.
And good luck trying to call Uniden: the same rep who services radar also services CB's, scanner and phones. Chances are if you did about an hour of research on the detector, you know more than most of the reps.
We are going to give it another go with the settings updated, and we will update if it gets better. Otherwise, this is going back. It's unfortunate that a detector with so much potential is thought-out so poorly.
Update: I tried it last night again, this time with the settings dialed way down, K was set to 40 then 30% and we still got the noise. As a last resort, I set the detector to City Mode and even on City Mode it went off Every time we drove by a Home Depot, Starbucks, supermarket or shopping center. If you cannot filter out the most basic of noise the detector is worthless to us. See the photos above in city mode where this thing went crazy in front of a Starbucks. It is like a Ferrari that cannot go over a speed bump without incident.