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Escort Passport Max

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Base Model
  • Take Ticket Protection to the Max
  • Fastest Response & Remarkable Accuracy
  • New Multi-Color OLED Display
  • Intuitive Controls
  • DEFENDER Database
  • Take Ticket Protection to the Max^Fastest Response & Remarkable Accuracy^New Multi-Color OLED Display^Intuitive Controls^DEFENDER Database
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Product Features

Style: Base Model
  • Size (LWH): 1.3 inches, 5.3 inches, 3.2 inches
  • Weight: 8 ounces
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Product Description

Style: Base Model

Take Ticket Protection to the Max

The all-new PASSPORT Max, the first and only detector with High-Definition Radar Performance, delivers breakthrough radar performance like no other. It covers all radar and laser bands and enables you to drive worry-free. The PASSPORT Max is like no other detector. Its refined styling is subtle, yet strong. Its performance is stunning, yet smart and intelligent. The PASSPORT Max raises the bar once again.

Fastest Response & Remarkable Accuracy

Our all-new receiver incorporates advanced military technology called Digital Signal Processing (DSP). This unique method of scanning enables the PASSPORT Max to identify real threats faster and more accurately than any other detector. Quicker response time means more advanced warning against instant on radar threats.

In addition to providing lightning-fast response, the PASSPORT Max also looks for a signature or the DNA of the signal and sorts out the real threats from a myriad of other signals with precision. The result is a quiet experience in a world of noise.

Multi-color OLED display allows you to customize the PASSPORT Max's appearance and identify threats at a glance
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New Multi-Color OLED Display

The new multi-color graphic display is stunning. Brilliant new graphics illuminate intuitive icons that identify the type of threat at a glance. In addition, user-selectable backlit colors allow you to choose a color that works best with your vehicle's interior gauges.

Intuitive Controls

The PASSPORT Max can be set up for your specific type of driving and personal preference. Our Preferences option allows you to change several options, including which radar bands you'd like to monitor and which meter you would like to see when a signal is detected. Regardless of how you drive, we've got you covered.

AutoLearn: Artificial Intelligence Protection

Intelligence is also packed into this ticket-protecting marvel. Our patented AutoLearn technology uses the power of GPS and the exact frequency to learn and automatically reject unwanted door openers and other fixed position false alarms. The result is the most accurate long-range protection in the industry and a permanent solution to false alarms.

"Sticky Cup" windshield mount
12-volt Combo SmartCord
Soft-sided travel case

Speed traps and camera locations are everywhere! We've addressed the increasing number of "safety" cameras installed throughout the U.S. and Canada by pre-loading the PASSPORT Max with our exclusive DEFENDER Database of active red light and speed camera locations throughout North America. As you approach these locations, the MAX will alert you in advance; you can even add your own "hot spots" using our exclusive Mark Location feature.

Web Ready

Weekly updates are available via the ESCORT website to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in North America. Simply download our Detector Tools program, connect the MAX to either a PC or Mac with an active internet connection and then download the most up-to-date locations. You can even back up your data or update the detector's operating software (firmware) if needed.

DEFENDER Database Subscriptions

DEFENDER Database Subscriptions are available to keep you up to date on future Speed Traps, Red Light Cameras and Speed Cameras.

High-Performance Laser Protection

PASSPORT Max's multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning, with superior off-axis protection. For the ultimate in laser protection add the optional ZR4 Laser Shifter.

Variable Speed Sensitivity - On Demand Performance

Our patented GPS technology allows the detector to provide alerts based on what the vehicle is actually doing. At highway speeds, you need the best long-range sensitivity you can get. At slower speeds, the sensitivity can be adjusted to further reduce unneeded alerts, especially when you're not at risk. We've even changed the actual alert to a short double-tone when your vehicle is moving less than 20 mph.

Crystal-Clear Voice Alerts

PASSPORT's unique voice alerts provide clear communications for alerts and menu options. Now you can keep your eyes on the road without unnecessary distractions.

Traffic Sensor Rejection

The PASSPORT Max includes our proprietary Traffic Sensor Rejection (TSR) software to eliminate false alerts.

Compatible with ESCORT Live

PASSPORT Max is compatible with ESCORT Live, our exclusive real-time ticket-protection network, which warns you of upcoming alerts received and reported by other users in the area, and gives you access to local speed limit data for over-speed alerts. (Requires optional SmartCord Live and app subscription.)

What's in the Box

Soft-sided travel case, new "Sticky Cup" windshield mount, 12-volt Combo SmartCord, and quick reference guide.


Operating Bands
  • X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
  • Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
  • Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Laser Detection
  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes
GPS Receiver
  • SiRFstar III
Display Type
  • Graphic OLED
  • CruiseAlert
  • Bar Graph
  • ExpertMeter
  • SpecDisplay
  • Five levels of brightness with Full Dark mode
User Features
  • Display color
  • Speed display (On / Off)
  • Cruise alert
  • Over speed
  • Meter
  • Tones
  • AutoMute (On / Off)
  • AutoLearn (On / Off)
  • Units (English / Metric)
  • Voice (On / Off)
  • GPS (On / Off)
  • AutoPower
  • Bands (Selectable)
  • Markers (Selectable)
  • Clear locations
Auto Calibration Circuitry
Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute
Power Requirement
  • 12VDC, negative ground
  • Escort SmartCord included
Sensitivity Control
  • Highway, Auto and Auto No X
  • 1.3" H x 3.2" W x 5.3" L

Product Information

Style:Base Model
Product Dimensions 1.3 x 5.3 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number 0100016-1
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By Winter VINE VOICE on September 6, 2013
Style Name: Base Model
There are a lot of great reviews of the Passport Max right now, and they seem to be fairly divided, loving or hating it with all kinds of testing and research and other detailed information thrown in on either side of the fence. Having owned radar detectors for about 25 years now, and having had Escort products for a while, I think I've figured out why the Passport Max both is and isn't the greatest detector on the market today.

The short answer:

I am extremely happy with my Passport Max, having stepped up from a Passport 8500. People with newer hardware might not see as much of a difference, and where you live definitely *will* make a difference as to how well it performs, especially if you're adding the Escort Live service and/or database updates. If you live in an area with a lot of speed traps and cameras, and/or you do a lot of aggressive way-over-the-limit driving, you're going to want to at least sign up for the Defender Database and you might consider the Live service; otherwise, most people in smaller towns will do fine with just the unit.

The Pros

The Passport Max is bulkier than my 8500, but a bit lighter. While the suction cup mounts of the earlier models were okay, the single cup mount in the Max is still a decent idea: it's a large circle of gooey rubbery material that stays sticky no matter what, but it's also pretty big, like the mount of a GPS dashboard unit. It can be released with the flip of a plastic latch that breaks the suction with the windshield. The release button to detach the detector from the mount is under the bracket on top of the Max, and so slipping a finger or thumb in the gap to release is tricky and requires a little bit of dexterity.
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October 1, 2013
Thank you for your very detailed review of the Passport Max. We are pleased that you are enjoying Passport Max. Allow me make some suggestions and clarifications to your review:
- You should see noticeably better radar detection performance with Passport Max than your Passport 8500. To reduce false alerts, the Auto detection modes will reduce radar detection sensitivity when traveling below 50 MPH. When comparing maximum performance please use the unfiltered Highway mode.
- When using the Escort Live smartphone app along with Passport Max (requires separate SmartCord Live power cord), the speed limit display on Max should display your set OverSpeed limit (user adjustable) and the background should be black, not white as when you have speed limit data. Your OverSpeed limit is set to 70 MPH. We recently released a firmware update for Passport Max (v1.4) which changes this to show two dashes "- -" when no speed limit data is available. You can install this update by connecting your Passport Max to a PC via USB and running our Detector Tools software.
- While we strive to have the most current speed limit data available, you should not use the Passport Max as your sole means of knowing the speed limit for the road you are traveling. The speed limit data feature on Passport Max is primarily to reduce alerts when traveling below the speed limit.
- The GPS based features of Max is working in real time. Your current speed should be within a second of real time and the location alerts (eg red light cameras) show your distance to the location in real time. Speed limit changes may be slightly delayed as they are coming from the Escort Live smartphone app.
Style Name: Base Model
I have had the Passport Max for about three weeks and I am pretty sure that I can give it a fair evaluation at this point.

First, I purchased it directly from Escort rather than from Amazon. There wasn't an appreciable difference in price and I wanted to make absolutely sure that Escort had a record of my purchase for warranty purposes. The delivery took a few days longer than I expected (about a week) but I was in no particular hurry for it so that was mostly acceptable. Along with the detector was a separately purchased "Smart Cord Live" for the iPhone so that I could take advantage of the iPhone app...more about that later.

When I received the detector the first thing I noticed was how heavy it was. I haven't had a radar detector in quite a few years and I admit that I have never gotten a high end one before...I have pretty much always gone for the lower end and those were always lightweight. This detector is moderately big, perhaps about 50% larger in volume than a package of cigarettes and, as I mentioned, pretty heavy...solid. That's not a problem, just something that is noticeable.

The Passport Max comes with a "Smart Cord" which I left in the box (because I would be using the "Smart Cord Live"), a well-padded carrying case and a windshield mount which Escort calls a "sticky cup." The windshield mount does indeed have a suction cup with a sticky surface which is kind of nice because unlike other suction cups, once installed, it is not prone to coming loose...it stays put. That's the good part about the mount. The bad part is that the mount is only bi-directional rather that uni-directional. What that means is that it can only be adjusted up and down rather than in all directions.
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Style Name: Base Model
This is an excellent radar detector that is unfortunately ruined by a design flaw in its GPS receiver. More on that later.

When the detector is working correctly, it is fantastic. It has a database of speed cameras and other traps, and will warn you about these when you approach. It sometimes erroneously warns you about traps when you're on the highway and passing by a trap that's on a nearby street, but this isn't really a big deal.

The radar reception is decent. It is not as good as some competing products, and it is not the significant improvement that they promised over the 9500ix (I owned a 9500ix, and I can't tell any difference in that area). However, it is good enough to give you enough time to slow down if you are paying attention. The best feature is how it tracks radar signals over multiple days; when you drive past the same area, for example on a daily commute, it realizes that you are passing the same radar sources at the exact same location, and it marks these as false alarms. Then when you pass these sources in the future, it will display the alert but not make any sound. This is a fantastic feature, and it's why I say the GPS problems below are so critical.

Because unfortunately, this unit uses a very low sensitivity GPS receiver/antenna. Even worse, the GPS on many units just one day stops working altogether, or drops in sensitivity so much that it is completely unusable. Search on the Escort support forums and you will find all kinds of complaints about this. Escort even has an FAQ up there about the problem. The workarounds they recommend there significantly compromise the convenience and effectiveness of other aspects of the product, and they arent' ones I'm willing to live with.
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