The DFR7 is a radar detector with GPS from Uniden. In my opinion, Uniden is synonymous with quality radar detectors, so I was itching to get my hands on this one. While not the top of the line model, the DFR7 has some of the latest and greatest tech that you would expect in a higher-end model. Since I’ve loved all the Uniden models I’ve ever owned, I dove into this Uniden DFR7 review without any hesitation.
Uniden DFR7 Radar Detection Review
Weighing in at one pound, the DRF7 is 8.2 inches by 2.7 inches by 7 inches. About the size of an alarm clock, it is light, small, and easy to mount. It doesn’t take up a lot of room on the windshield. But it still gets the job done. It has an OLED screen that’s bright and readable. The built-in GPS adds a lot of features that the lower numbered models (like the DRF6 and DRF5) just cannot offer. We’ll cover all those in the Pros section because they are definitely a positive for purchasing this model. Overall the quality and feel are equal to any other Unisen model; they are known for making great products. And it comes with an easy-to-install mounting base, carrying case, and cord.
Pros of the Uniden DFR7 Super Long Range
- First and foremost, the GPS makes all the difference with this model. Compared to non-GPS models, the DFR7 is in a whole different ballpark. With GPS, you get red light and speed camera alerts. You also get an accurate speedometer, right on the screen. This makes for quick and easy threat assessment.
- The range on this thing is amazing. I know I say this about every Uniden product, but it blows me away every time. I can’t believe how much further this detector can find cops and cameras than other models. Don’t believe me? Take your favorite model and put them side-by-side in your car. You won’t believe the difference.
- The screens on the Uniden models are awesome. Easy-to-read and super bright, they display everything you need to see. It has the radar detection display, speed, battery voltage, time, and even your altitude.
- Awesome customer service. I’ve never had to call Uniden before, but this time around, I didn’t have a choice. They were quick and helpful in getting back to me with what I needed.
Cons of the Uniden DFR7 Super Long Range
- The only thing that I think Uniden does poorly is mounting bases. I’m not a huge fan of their suction cup bases. I was hoping this model would have another option, but it seems to be the same mounting base that came with their other DFR models.
- It needed a software update right out of the box. I’d read reviews before purchasing the Uniden DFR7, so I knew this going into it. It would be nice if it came ready to go out of the box.
I love this radar detector. It was moderately priced, easy to install, small, lightweight, long-ranged, and everything I want in a radar detector. I’ve always wanted a moderately-priced model with GPS, and it looks like the tech has finally caught up with my needs. While there are better models out there, you won’t find anything with the range or the quality in this price range. If I’d wanted to drop another $100, sure, I could get a hand-tuned piece of high-tech machinery that wouldn’t have the occasional false alarm from driving too close to an Acura. But the DRF7 is the best in its class (and better than some of the models in classes above it too). If you are shopping for value that works, take a look at the 7; I don’t think you’ll regret it.