Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RadarBusters getting limited allocation of the Uniden R3 and Uniden R1

RadarBusters getting limited allocation of the Uniden R3 and Uniden R1

I've just been informed that RadarBusters will be receiving their first allocation of both the Uniden R3 and Uniden R1 radar detectors and so they are now accepting orders on them.

Both the R3 and R1 radar detectors are considered by the early beta testers as being some of the hottest yet and in some cases, exceeding the detection performance of the mighty Escort Redline but cost for $150 to $250 less.

For those interested in being early adopters see the following link.

Uniden R3 Radar/Laser Detector
Extreme Range GPS Radar/Laser Detector

Uniden R1 Radar/Laser Detector
Extreme Range Radar/Laser Detector

Uniden is in the process of sending me a couple of units so that I can perform a real-world test of some actual production units.

In the meantime, a big shout out to Uniden for really stepping up their game and those in the online community that have helped in their efforts!

Veil Guy

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Preview/Review: Uniden R3 & Uniden R1 Radar Detectors

Preview/Review: Uniden R1 and Uniden R3 Radar Detectors

Hold on to your hats, boys and girls, the storm has arrived!
Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 Radar Detector
Uniden R3/Uniden R1 Radar Detectors

The last several years have been a momentous time for competition in the radar detector industry.

Just like our past Presidential election and BREXIT, 2017 seems to be the year of the anti-establishment making its presence felt.

Beyond the ostensibly tectonic-shifting merging of the establishment players of Escort, Beltronics, and Cobra into one organization (which runs counter to competition), there have been some new and (one long-standing) manufacturers establishing or re-establishing a presence in the U.S. market.  I'm going to refer to these two companies as the "outsiders" or "anti-establishment" manufacturers.

Radenso, one of these new comers, has released three radar detectors in particular that are noteworthy for their performance, feature-sets, and reasonable pricing--with their Radenso XP, Radenso SP, and Radenso Pro SE radar detectors.

And now Uniden America (is looking to really shake things up) with two new extreme performance and "RDD-immune" radar detectors, called the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3.  Both of these detectors represent the third evolution of the well-regarded Uniden LRD-950 (and LRD-850) that were introduced a few years ago (which were updated to the Uniden DFR7 and Uniden DFR6, respectively).

In my view, it is really remarkable that both of these companies (Radenso & Uniden) have evolved their products so well in such short periods.  The pace of these improvements and refinements makes the more established manufactures look like they're going in slow motion, dare I say, resting on their laurels and past accomplishments.

Innovation drives competition and vice-versa.

But more than just innovation is at play here.  It's the engagement.  Engagement with the consumer.

It's the "connectivity."  It includes the staffing and the partnering with those who understand and have historical knowledge and interest in the health of the industry. It's the relationships. It's the knowing your customer-base; listening to your customer-base; and delivering on what they're asking for.

Given the rapidly changing (deteriorating) RF landscape and the appearance of new more-difficult-to-detect police radar and police laser, the most established radar detector manufacturers who are slow to improve their product offerings in substantive ways are going to find themselves less relevant.  The rapid pace of change that has been routinely effecting other industries, is now upon the shores of the radar detector industry.

Iconic products, like the Escort Redline can no longer afford to remain little changed for an extended period of time. I specifically mention the Redline because these Unidens are clearly taking aim at the Redline/Magnum. (Note: Escort is not standing still, either).

Uniden appears to be positioning itself in the market for the long-term.  To that end, it's also encouraging to hear from them that they intend to strenuously enforce tight pricing controls and consistency of these two fine detectors across the entire sales and distribution channel.

As a result, the entire sales channel and specialty dealer base that will do the heavy lifting in product education and customer front-line support will be protected, which directly enhances brand value, something that is essential for growing market share. To be sure, Uniden hasn't historically taken this approach, but they are sending the right signals now with these detectors.

When manufacturers do not; allow online entities (like Amazon) and big-box retailers to race to the bottom on price, and/or end up competing themselves (and undermining) their own sales channel, the only differentiator ultimately becomes price in the consumer's mind.  The products produced become mere commodities and long-term brand value suffers as a consequence.

These matters can be further complicated when other more nimble manufacturers increasingly offer products at lower price points (and better values), beating them at their own game since price became the driving factor, not brand distinction.

At least for now, Uniden (as well as Radenso) appear to understand this with the introduction of their latest Uniden radar detectors and are providing the critical end-to-end support from the manufacturer to ensure collective channel viability.  Let's hope they don't lose sight of this once their products (and brand names) become more mainstream.

So, without question, the game is on.

Despite some unprecedented consolidation of the marketplace, these two "new outside" players are going to ensure that innovation will continue to ultimately separate the winners from the losers.

These "new innovators" are the Tesla to the GM; the David to the Goliath.

The best part is the consumer (ie; we drivers) are going to be the ultimate beneficiaries.

And this my friends, is the real tectonic-shift in this small and specialized industry.

You can read more about these new detectors with our brief overview.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Radenso SP Review: Radenso XP sans GPS for $150 Less

Radenso SP Review: Radenso XP sans GPS for $150 less

Radenso SP
Radenso SP Radar Detector Review

Radenso, the innovative new radar detector manufacturer, has recently released their new Radenso SP.

The Radenso SP, is essentially a Radenso XP without built-in GPS capabilities.  The SP retails for $249, which is $150 less than the GPS enabled XP, which retails for $399.

Even though the SP is now their entry level radar detector, it by no means offers entry-level performance.

Like the Radenso XP, expect the SP to offer best-in-class K-band blind-spot-monitor filtering as well as traffic sensor rejection, Ka band segmentation, K narrow, frequency display and POP mode.

Key features of the Radenso SP:
  •     LNA equipped antenna board for highest possible sensitivity on all bands
  •     Ka band segmentation (10 segments)
  •     K narrow band
  •     Low power / low frequency K band detection down to 23.950 GHz
  •     BSM / CAS filter to eliminate falsing from newer cars
  •     Separate TSR filter to eliminate falsing from Traffic sensors
  •     Spectre IV and Spectre Elite detection below 20 ft
At $249, this new Radenso represents one of the great values in the industry.

We'll follow-up with a more thorough review shortly.

You can purchase this Radenso radar detector from RadarBusters

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Our industry loses another luminary

It brings me great sadness to write that yet another luminary, of the radar detector industry, recently passed away.

R. Gregory Blair, joined the Escort team late in 1984 and was largely responsible for the turn around of the company in the wake of Cincinnati Microwave's reorganization.  Mr. Blair acquired Escort in 1997 as part of their asset sale.

During this time, Mr. Blair made a purchasing play for Whistler, but eventually was successful at acquiring Beltronics--who themselves were experiencing financial difficulties--in an interesting twist of events.

He managed to put together a highly successful team which took both brands of Escort and Beltronics to new heights through his years at Escort until his retirement in 2013.

One of his colleagues recently told me that Greg was one of the very best CEO's that he has ever worked with.  Greg's approach to management was to assemble the best talent possible, then get out of the way, and let his team succeed without having to resort to micro-management.

His successes with Escort culminated into his recognition by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year" in late 2002. Under his guidance of Escort and Beltronics, Greg was responsible for what has been the only (major) North American manufacturer of consumer electronics.

Craig Peterson (of RadarTest) summed up Mr. Blair's talents, succinctly, as being "smart, savvy and the guiding force behind the resurrection of Escort."

His influence continues well beyond his time here and he will be missed by many.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Escort Max 360ci Beats ALP, Stinger Laser Jamming in Early Testing

Escort Max 360ci Beats All Comers in Early Testing

Escort's new shifters dominate the ALP and Stinger VIP jammers

BREAKING: 03/31/17

Escort Max Ci 360
Escort Max Ci 360

Hold on to your hats boy and girls!

Escort's new Escort Max Ci 360 and Escort Max Ci are going to shake things up in a big way.

Early testing has shown that their new laser shifters (which will be available as a separate stand-alone system) dominated a recent "closed" test.

DragonEye Compact
DragonEye Compact (VPR)
When pitted against a late model Dragon Eye Compact (VPR) laser gun the results of jamming performance were:

  • AntiLaser Priority (Triple): 70% effective
  • Escort "Shifters" (Dual): 100% effective
  • Stinger VIP (Triple, non fiber): 0% effective (including no detection)
More testing is, of course, in order, but initial tests are demonstrating that Escort will be establishing themselves as a provider of class-leading laser jamming systems.

Expect some more test results (along with videos) when our install is formally completed, the test mule will remain a Silver E39 BMW and I'll be retiring all the previous remotes: the Beltronics STiR, Beltronics STiR Plus, and the Escort Passport 9500ci.

ALP, K40, and Stinger...there's a new sheriff in town.

Veil Guy

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Escort Max Ci and Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detectors Take Extreme to the Next Level

Escort Max Ci and Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detectors Take Extreme to Next Level

Escort to release two new custom-installed remote-mounted radar detectors to update the aging Escort Passport 9500ci.

Escort Max Ci & Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detectors
Escort Max Ci & Escort Max Ci 360 Customer Installed Radar Detector

Key features of the new Escort Max Ci & Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detectors:

  • Updated Platform
  • All-Digital Back-end Processing
  • More Advanced IVT Filtering
  • Stealth Undetectable Design
  • Front & Rear Facing Antennas
  • Front & Rear Laser Jamming
  • Improved Laser Jamming
  • Built-In GPS
  • Built-In Bluetooth
  • New Four Color OLED Graphic Display
  • More Steamlined Install Modules & Connectivity
  • Easier & More Flexible Install
  • Easily Updated
  • Available in Front-Only (Escort Max Ci) and Front/Rear (Escort Max Ci 360) Configurations

To learn more visit: Escort Max Ci 360 and Escort Max Ci Review/Preview