Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector
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- Max II has built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.
- All-new receiver incorporates advanced military technology called Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
- New Multi-Color OLED Display.
- The Passport Max II can be set up for your specific type of driving and personal preference.
- Intelligence is also packed into this ticket-protecting marvel. Please refer the User Manual & the Instructional Video before use.
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Escort Passport Max II HD Radar Detector
The new standard in ticket protection.
The new Passport Max ll delivers breakthrough radar performance like no other. It provides ultimate range and accuracy and enables you to drive worry-free.
Now with built in Bluetooth technology the Passport Max ll gives you access to Escort's award-winning app, 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. Max ll also comes pre-loaded with red light and speed camera locations throughout North America. Weekly updates are available to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes.
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. Please note that all displays using speed limit data are connected to Escort Live.
- Ultimate range and accuracy
- World's most sophisticated anti-falsing system
- Multi-color graphic display
- Intuitive design and crystal-clear voice alerts
- Spanish voice text and screen option
- Bluetooth-equipped for instant access to Escort Live app
- Free 1 year subscription to Escort Live Premium.
|Escort Passport X70 Radar Detector||Escort Passport 8500X50 Black Radar Detector||Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector||Escort RedLine Radar Detector||Escort Passport Max ll HD Radar Detector||Escort Max 360 Radar Detector|
|Radar and laser detection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Autolearn GPS technology||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Color LED display||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Multi-Color LED display||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
The new standard in ticket protection. The new PASSPORT Max II delivers breakthrough radar performance like no other. It provides ultimate range and accuracy and enables you to drive worry-free. Now with built in Bluetooth technology the PASSPORT Max II gives you access to ESCORT's award-winning app, 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. Max2 also comes pre-loaded with red light and speed camera locations throughout North America. Weekly updates are available to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in North America.
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Now honestly this detector kinda sucked when it came out. It was a big let down. However, Escort has had a chance to improve the detector pretty substantially over time and my opinion of it has changed. My review below covers things from the beginning to now, but at the end of the day, this is one of the best all around easy to use detectors out there. Again some other detectors may excel in one area or another, but if you want something easy to use that has all the core features (other than arrows, for that you'll want the Max360 Escort Max 360 Radar Detector (Black)), this is a solid pick, especially since the price has dropped considerably since its original release.
Review: I've had a chance to test out a prerelease pilot production Max2 for a little while. I've also owned a 9500ix, V1, STi-R Plus, and two Redlines, so I'm most interested in how it compares to other high end radar detectors.
You can think of the Max2 as a faster, longer range, more feature rich version of the 9500ix. It's identical to the original Max with the exception of having the bluetooth integrated in the detector itself so you don't need an external Live cable. Also the Live cables are Android or iOS only whereas the Max2's bluetooth chip is cross-platform so it works with both.
Let's do a breakdown of the different aspects of the Max's performance and featureset, as well as how it compares to other detectors on the market.
Range: This is one of the most important qualities of the detector, picking up signals far away and giving you enough time to slow down. The range is one of the best you can get. It will perform better than most other detectors on the market. Its range is on par with a custom swept Valentine 1. Escort's own M3-based radar detectors like the Redline, STi-R Plus, or 9500ci actually have a better antenna (M3 horn vs. M5 horn) that gives it longer detection range. The Max2 has a more sophisticated brain to analyze things in software which provides other benefits we'll get to in just a moment, but when it comes to detecting signals far far away, it's all about the horn. In this area, the Max2 is one of the best but not THE best.
Reactivity/Speed: Another important area is how fast the detector is at alerting to very brief signals. This is important both for catching really fast shots at closer range where a police officer is trying to clock cars without alerting radar detectors in the area, as well as for catching signals far away at the edge of your detection range where the signal may go in and out. The Max and Max2's software analysis allows it to scan all the radar frequencies really really quickly and alert to any very brief signals. This is one of the biggest improvements relative to the 9500ix which would miss many of the faster alerts. The Max2 will help solve this. Technically a segmented Redline and custom swept Valentine 1 are still faster in this area, but all of the detectors will still alert very well to any very brief alerts in the real world. The Max2 does a great job at alerting to brief alerts.
False alerts & GPS lockouts: One of the cool abilities of the Max2 is that it automatically learns the false alerts in the areas where you drive and learns to ignore them over time. This applies to stationary false alert sources like speed signs, gas stations, shopping centers, and grocery stores with those automatic door openers, for example. It learns the location and frequency of those signals and over time learns to ignore them so it becomes quieter as you use it with the goal of alerting only when it's a real threat. It does a good job with stationary false alerts. Because it's integrated into the detector, it happens automatically and doesn't require any additional hardware. The Redline can do this too, but it requires an Escort Live module and subscription, as well as a phone to do the lockouts, and all the lockouts have to be done manually. The V1 allows you to do GPS lockouts as well with the free Android only app YaV1, and it's also automatic like the Max2, but it requires an additional bluetooth module (V1C) and phone to achieve this just like the Redline. The Max2 is much more integrated and automatic in this respect.
False alerts from blind spot vehicles (updated): This is one of the toughest things for radar detectors to deal with and filter out. Many new cars have blind spot monitoring systems and collision avoidance systems that are radar based. Sometimes these systems use frequencies that are identical to that used by police radar and so filtering these out is very very tricky. Different companies like Escort, Whistler, Valentine, and so on all have various techniques for dealing with these. When the detector was first released it didn't have any special abilities to filter these signals out, despite the initial marketing claims about seeing the DNA of the signal, analyzing its digital fingerprint, and so on. This really upset a lot of enthusiasts. However, after a few firmware updates Escort finally improved their blind spot filter and they're now calling it an IVT filter, or the ability to filter out in vehicle technology. It's now a filter that you can't turn on or off so you have the filter running 100% of the time with no penalty to performance. Unlike before you no longer have to enable the performance penalty inducing TSR filter so you can get effective BSM filtering without impacting performance. It's a good filter but not great. Filters from other manufacturers like Uniden and Radenso are actually more effective with the same benefits, but Escort's updated BSM filter on the Max2 is better than it was originally.
Band Segmentation / Custom Sweeps: Some detectors like the Redline, Passport, V1, and STi-R Plus are able to achieve faster speeds by not scanning certain frequencies where police radar typically doesn't exist. You're making it have to cover less RF real estate and so it scans what you need faster. The downside is that if it's set up improperly, you could potentially turn off frequencies where legitimate police radar exists. Consider Band Segmentation and Custom Sweeps to be an expert setting that should be used with care, but when implemented properly come with great benefits. The Max2 with its digital back end is so fast that it doesn't need to turn off any frequencies to get fast enough. It can scan everything much much faster and so you can leave other frequencies on which gives you somewhat less risk in detecting frequencies that you have otherwise turned off.
Laser sensitivity: The Max2 also offers a laser sensor so that it can detect when you're being shot with laser. I had a chance to compare it to a whole smorgasboard of radar detectors and laser jammers and found that the Max2's laser performance was very very poor. It performed worse than every other radar detector and laser jammer we tested it against (V1, Redline, 9500ix, 9500ci). This is no surprise because the Max2 uses the same laser detector that the Max uses and it's been known to perform poorly. Sensitivity is really bad both from and rear and so it often doesn't alert when shot, the latch is really really long meaning that even once it loses the signal it continues alerting way too long so you don't have a good sense of when you stopped getting shot, and it shouldn't be relied on for laser defense. To be fair, no radar detector should be. A radar detector is not a substitute for a laser jammer and so really this isn't too big a deal, but when it comes to laser detection, the Max2 is at the bottom of the pack. It's kinda surprising considering that this is Escort's most expensive windshield mount detector. They could have easily used the same detector used in the previous generation 9500ix or even the current Redline. When upgrading from the Max to the Max2, all they did was add bluetooth and they missed the opportunity of making some very important upgrades like improving the laser sensitivity. Why it's so bad on the most expensive windshield mount RD they offer, I have no idea. Maybe the Max2 should be called the Max BT instead of the Max2, because it's not a huge change compared to the Max. All the performance abilities and limitations carry over from the original Max. There is little difference.
Those are some of the main highlights for the bread and butter parts of the radar detector. There are some additional other benefits too that are less critical but are also really handy.
For example, the screen can be changed to 4 different colors: Red, blue, green, or amber. I thought this was kinda cheesy until I used it in different vehicles and found it nice to switch the color to match the rest of my car. It would make it blend in more rather than stick out which is very nice.
You also get a speed limit display on the screen which is handy for knowing what the PSL is on the road you're driving on, especially when the RD goes off. It only works on the more major roads, and it's mostly accurate but not always, so while you shouldn't rely on it to always be there or always be accurate, it is really handy to see at a glance, to see your speed and the PSL side by side on the screen. This is something I miss when I switch over to another detector.
The GPS chip inside is handy for monitoring your speed (and also knowing where you are for GPS lockouts), but it's very prone to losing GPS sync. When you drive under an overpass, even a short one, you'll lose the GPS lock every time. In tunnels most everything will lose a GPS lock, but even on shorter things like overpasses, my other devices are able to maintain a GPS lock while the Max2 tends to lose it.
The Sticky cup windshield mount that it comes with doesn't work very well. It's different than a normal suction cup used by other detectors. It has a tendency of falling off the windshield despite the name, especially when it's not clean (though it's easy to clean with water and restore its stickiness), and it makes the detector shake like crazy. It's also tougher to hit the remove button to take the Max2 off the mount when desired because the button is so far back on the detector. The mount isn't that solid so the RD tends to vibrate like mad. Some people have resorted to different mods to fix the mount like sticking something between the RD and the windshield to keep it from vibrating, but it's not as clean as it could be if the mount was simply solid from the get-go. Curiously, the new Passport that was just released forgoes the sticky cup and returns to the normal suction cup mount. The Passport also has a matte black case like the Redline which is much better because it's not nearly as shiny and doesn't create such a bright silvery reflective glow on your windshield, particularly if mounted low on your windshield. Similarly, if you've got the detector mounted low, the buttons light up during an alert which reflect in the windshield. Unlike the shiny case which is reflective and visible in the daytime, the lights on top glow at night and can obstruct your view and there's no way to turn this off. For these reasons, plus keeping things out of sight from other people and potentially better radar detection performance, it's better to mount this unit up high.
The Max2 is also not stealth to radar detector detectors. Like the 9500ix, V1, it can be detected by the Spectre, so if you're in an area where radar detectors are illegal and RDD's are in use, you may want to consider a Redline which is totally stealth, or even an STi-R Plus which is also stealth to RDD's but is mounted in your grill somewhere so there's nothing hanging from your windshield. Only in a few places will this actually matter, but if you're in an area where it does, this is something to keep in mind.
So that's my take on the Max2. It's a very capable device, but it still feels a little rough around the edges. It's not as polished as other products that have been out for a longer period of time and have had time to iron out some of the bugs. The Max2 has some newer DSP software which, while it's really cool what it's able to do all at once under the hood from a technical standpoint, seems to bring less real world benefit to the table than was anticipated. There's certainly room to grow into the future, but the huge performance gains aren't there yet.
If you want a detector that you can mount in your vehicle and do a very good job at most everything, the Max2 is a great choice. It's not for everyone, but no detector is. It's a matter of what suits your preferences. For someone who wants the Max2 to automatically learn and ignore false alerts, to do everything with minimal effort and setup, to be a self-contained package that can do it all without any accessories needed like a bluetooth module and phone to get GPS lockouts, the Max2 is a fine choice. There's no other detector on the market that can do everything the Max2 can do all in one package.
There's more I could say, but this review is already getting pretty long. :) Here's a video review I did which covers much of this and goes into a little more detail if you're interested in learning more: [...]
The Max2 has been out for a little while now and I'd like to give an update based on my own experience and the experience of many others.
Performance is generally pretty good. It's close to V1 levels (when the V1 is custom swept) so it is a higher end detector but it is NOT the most sensitive detector out there. For that, there's the Redline. Its performance is also proving to be less consistent than other detectors. While it's had some standout detections, it's also had some really bad detections, and we're seeing more sample variation across different copies than we are seeing with other detectors.
Quality control is an issue. For example, many people are reporting cases splitting open. Send it back to Escort and it can still happen again. The issue doesn't get fixed. Not very reassuring for a $600 product.
The sticky cup mount has been updated and there's now a magnetic mount available. It makes it super easy to attach and detach the detector. No more needing to stick your finger way back to hit the button. It just slides off when needed for removal and slides on. It sounds little but it's pretty huge.
Escort seems to have pretty much stopped updating this detector (it's what they usually do... release a product, issue a few updates, and then that's it) which is unfortunate because there's still some outstanding bugs that have been known about for a while and aren't getting fixed.
For example, Chevy vehicles have blind spot monitoring systems that operate on K band, but the Max and Max2 will often report them as 33.676 on Ka band. Ka is much more likely to be a cop than K, plus those automatically get reported to Escort Live if you have it paired with your phone and thus generate false alerts for everyone else in the area running the app too. Unlike Waze, you can't remove alerts when the cop isn't there so you get even more falses than you otherwise would. Very strange for a detector designed to be sophisticated at preventing false alerts. So you wind up getting more false alerts than you should, they're misrepresented as an incorrect frequency, and they drop false alerts to the cloud so that it's a problem for others too. Not good... This was an issue with the original Max. It was a known issue before the Max2 came out and the issue got passed on to the Max2 and yet Escort still hasn't fixed it. If you see ~33.676 when driving, look just ahead for your nearest Chevy.
TSR, a filtering option that is used to help filter out false alerts, doesn't work as well as it does in other products. For example, that filter on the Redline and the V1 works better to prevent false alerts while also offering less of a performance penalty. Go figure.
Update 10/22/16: I just saw this review and am updating it because a number of things have changed. A while ago now Escort has solved the 33.676 falsing issues (thank goodness), the new BSM filter doesn't require TSR which is a big improvement though it's still not perfect, the build quality issues with the detector falling apart seem to have been resolved, and so on. Now it's a pretty solid detector. Escort Live is still a piece on Android but it's good on iOS. Now it's a solid pick for people who want an easy to use plug-and-play detector without having to be a radar detector expert. It's the type of detector I would give to my brother or my mom who doesn't know anything about radar and wants all the bells and whistles without the work. Because of the updates, I'm bumping up my rating from 3 stars to 5.
I own both detectors (Max, Max 2, Redline and X50) and will give you the information I have learned from both the Max and Max 2. This is a very long in depth review overall, so I have attempted to make a very short breakdown of the detector (if you are short on time) here at the top and a more in-depth review/breakdown further into this review (section titled "More in depth review of the Max 2").
Range: 3 (out of 5) stars - The Max on tests has shown to be inconsistent. It has shown to offer not as much range as a segmented Escort Redline (Escort's flagship range performance detector). It will sometimes best the Valentine One but then sometimes trail it. It has more range then the previous 9500ix.
Speed of the detector: 5 (out of 5) stars - Here is where the Max shines/excels. While you can not segment the Max, it is quicker then every single detector out there (regardless if they are segmented or not). This doesn't mean it will pick up the furthest signal, this just means that when it does detect a signal (or multiple signals) it will alert the fastest. It is great at picking up multiple signals at once.
Not alerting to false alerts (non law enforcement/non speed recording radar): - 3 (out of 5) stars - This is an area where the Max and Max 2 are good at. They have built in GPS to help learn signals that are constantly present at a particular location and lock them out. These signals are learned by making multiple passes past a particular location that has a constant radar source (like a door opener at your local retailer). Its firmware and settings really can make the unit a lot more quiet then other flagships. However, while the Max is good at locking out static/non stationary signals and is getting better a locking out moving signals, it still struggles with dynamic/moving radar emissions such as blind spot monitors from vehicles. More on this later (in the indepth review).
Stealth: - Unfortunately, this unit is not stealth and is not invisible to local law enforcement looking for your radar detector using "radar detector detector" equipment. Like most radar detectors (but not all) this radar detector emanates a small radar signature which can be detected by law enforcement equipment.
Features: - 5 (out of 5) stars - The Max is feature rich and could be considered the Cadillac of Escort radar detectors. You can adjust color of the font to multiple colors. It shows you your current speed. If connected to live, it shows you the posted speed limit, registered red light cameras and air patrols.
Ease of use: - 5 (out of 5) stars - The Max 2 is ready to use and provide you great protection right outside the box. This is in contrast to many detectors on the market today (even the flagships) that require you to segment them and program them to turn certain radar bands and radar frequency ranges off, disable or enable certain settings and otherwise do more to it then just take it out of the box, plug it in, attach it to your windshield and drive.
Construction quality: - 1 (out of 5) stars - The Max felt cheaply made and the Max 2 is no different. There were multiple issues with the Max out the gate regarding the unit breaking and doing weird things. More on this in the following section
Updates: - 2 (out of 5) stars: While Escort has touted this unit as highly upgradable and they did do multiple updates to fix bugs and add a small amount of requests to the Max, the Max still has a long way to go regarding updating its firmware/software to continue to quiet the unit down from false alerts and to get features added multiple people have been asking for (more on this later).
Conclusion: - 3 (out of 5) stars: While expensive (and possibly over priced), the Max is a good all in one detector. The Max is a "jack of all trades and master of none". If you can afford it, the Max 2 is a good radar detector if you are interested in good radar protection without having to mess with/program a unit, you want reasonable false alert suppression (especially if you live in a city/urban environment) and you like the features the Max has to offer. If you live (or regularly drive) in an area with a lot of falses and limiting these false alerts is the utmost concern to you (over price and detection range/performance) and do not already own the original Max, then I would recommend picking up the Max 2. If you already have an original Max, don't worry about getting a Max 2 as it is exactly the same detector (build, features etc.) as the original.
More in depth review of the Max 2
1. There have been a good amount of updates and response from Escort overall in getting the Max to quiet down from reasons unknown to the customer since the Max was first released. Since the Max2 is the exact same thing as an original Max (the only difference is internal Bluetooth) the Max2 wasn' as buggy out the gate as the original.
2. From my experience on my model, it appears Escort has fixed the low "voice audio" problem.
3. The Max performs well overall and still has a lot of potential.
a. Escort has promised further improvements with the firmware of the Max.
4. Escort is adding an "air patrol" icon and feature to the Max. This will be very helpful to those who experience this type of encounter in their drive.
5. It seems my Max 2 has a better time connecting and staying connected then my original Max and the Live smart cord.
6. The Max may very well be your best choice if you want an "all in one detector" (without having to buy additional hardware and download additional software to get your detector to behave and perform well).
1. Max 2 has not improved upon the original Max design/features/abilities/build etc like the name implies. The only change the Max 2 has over the original Max is an internal Bluetooth chip (you no longer need the Live cord) and a Bluetooth icon on the outer case. The name "Max 2" could be misleading to customers and have them actually believe the Max2 offers other improvements (other than the addition of internal blue tooth vs. external). Again, the Max2 is a Max1 (original Max) other then the addition of Blue tooth. Perhaps a more fitting name for this "Max2" would have been "MaxBT".
2. Escort appears to still be using the same screens despite others asking for a change
a. It appears no effort has been made to improve the contrast/brightness on the screens. While not an issue for everyone it has been an issue for multiple people.
b. People have asked for the "over speed icon" (blue tooth icon for the Max 2 if not connected) be removed to allow for bigger font and easier readability. Escort has said that this will most likely not change: http://escortradarforum.com/forums/s...erspeed&page=5
3. Escort still refuses to include a cheap USB cable. This cable is needed to connect the detector to a computer (and ultimately the internet) to update it.
4. Escort has removed the ridged "cop spotted" button on the cord (now it only has a single button - mute button). While this may not seem like a big deal, it potentially makes reporting "cop spotted" locations more dangerous with Live if trying to report a LEO while still detecting radar on your detector. Before you could reach for the cord and feel for the ridged button and press it to report an LEO, regardless if your detector is alerting or not, all while keeping your eyes on the road. Now the cop spotted button is no longer there and requires you to press and hold the mute button to report and LEO. The problem is, you can no longer report "cop spotted" through the cord while your detector is still detecting a signal. You must instead, now go through the app and report this. This requires you taking your eyes off the road, possibly unlock you phone, get Live active/the foreground app, search through the correct markers and press the appropriate marker. As you can imagine, this can be very dangerous. The other problem with having just one button is that I believe Escort is trying to do too much with just one button. Pressing the mute button once, mutes the signal. Pressing and holding the mute button marks "cop spotted" (unless your detector is alerting). Pressing the mute button twice locks out a signal. The problem is, I often forget if I have to press the button once, twice or hold for each scenario. Is holding the button for locking out a signal? Maybe pressing the button twice reports cop spotted. No wait a minute, it's the other way around, I think. What then is mute? I click? Click and hold? Two clicks? See what I mean? The length and amount of presses for the same button does different things. Multiple times I have accidently locked out legit radar sources by just trying to report an LEO when I visually confirm him (so others know the radar detection is legit and not a false). It was much easier (and safer) when each button was separate and their purposes straight forward.
5. Updates to the Max's firmware have slowed down tremendously now. We have not seen an update for a very long time now. While updates slowing down is to be expected as any product nears perfection, the Max is still currently far from perfect (please read #6 in this "the bad" section and #3 in "the ugly" section)
6. Escort still has not implemented many of the reasonable features its users have been asking for a while now (over a year now). Some question if they ever will:
7. The Max has poor laser detection (comparatively) as noticed by multiple people on multiple forums. Especially when compared to other flagships (the Redline and the V1). The reason why I did not put this in the ugly section is because unlike radar, laser has very little scatter and usually, once laser is used (and detected) the LEO was most likely targeting you and already has your speed. Slowing down at this point will do you no good. So just because you have a sensitive laser radar detector does not mean that you will regularly get laser detections where the LEO is not targeting you and you will have a chance to slow down. Most times you will not. However, there are multiple cases of people getting scatter from when an LEO was indeed targeting other cars and their unit detected the laser, which gave them enough time to slow down. Yes, this does happen. Yes, it has happened more then once. In these scenarios it is important to have a detector that is sensitive to laser. There has been many conversations on multiple forums on how people question the Max's ability to see and alert to laser. The best thing to do if you are concerned about laser in your area is to get alternative equipment/products (that Escort and others sell) to help lessen this threat.
1. The build quality - It appears the Max 2 is built exactly the same as the original Max regarding materials and possible construction. There were many issues raised (and returns made) with the regular Max. I personally had to send a unit back because of the case separating and the lens coming off. In my experience from reading through this and other forums over the years and with my own unit, the original Max had more issues then I have seen with a radar detector from Escort. Others have mentioned that they too have had multiple issues regarding the original Max: http://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=30040.
The Max 2 looks exactly like the original Max (short of the Blue tooth icon). Simply put, the Max feels cheap.
2. The price - people polled thought the original Max was overpriced/not reasonable at $550 and would be more reasonably priced at (or around $400) http://escortradarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10800.
The Max 2 is nothing different than the original Max other then the addition of an internal Bluetooth chip, which was offered externally (in the Live cord) in the original Max.
3. There is still no evidence of the detector understanding the "DNA" or difference/makeup of a signal like Escort has (and is) marketed this unit. This is arguably one of the single most important selling points of the Max (its ability to be intelligent and understand all the radar frequency and be able to receive, understand and sort out the signals, alerting the user to only legitimate threats and keeping quiet to the rest - false alerts). The Max 2 still has no real indication that it is using any form of intelligence/understanding of the signal other then locking out static false alerts (non threatening radar noise) through its onboard GPS and using other tricks (slowing the detector down or reducing its sensitivity in certain scenarios. The Max, like every other detector on the market, still struggles with the dynamic (moving) radar noise (such as the ever increasing blind spot monitors and collision avoidance systems on today's vehicles). These dynamic alerts are arguably more of a headache for many then static false alerts (such as from door openers from your local store/Wal-Mart etc.). This issue will become more and more of an issue as manufactures develop these and other safety technologies. This still could however, be corrected in future firmware updates. This has been the promise from Escort ever since the inception of the Max over a year ago but there still has been no real evidence of this.
4. The original Max was quite buggy. As you have seen the Max 2 is really no change from the original Max (other than the addition of an internal blue tooth chip).
Overview of Passport Max 2: 3 out of 5 stars
The Max2 is a (original) Max with the addition of internal Bluetooth this time. The Max 2 remains a solid detector but it still has a long way to go to be what Escort had originally (and currently claims it to be); "a quiet detector in a world of noise". The current price of the detector is very high and it would be understandable if one would question the value of it over other options. The problem that remains is that there is not really any other competition to offer an "apples to apples" comparison of what the Max is, what it does and what it costs. People will choose to buy the Max even thinking that it "still has a ways to go" and it is overpriced simply because there really is no other alternative offering the same apples to apples comparison.
The Max still does have a lot of potential being its digital design and ability to upgrade it more than any other detector currently on the market. While tests have shown that it is not a detector that can detect a radar signal at the longest range (this is held by the Escort Redline), it still offers solid performance and a great all in one detector for the majority (your average user).
If you live (or regularly drive) in an area with a lot of falses and limiting these false alerts is the utmost concern to you (over price and detection range/performance) and do not already own the original Max, then I would recommend picking up the Max 2. If you already have an original Max, don't worry about getting a Max 2 as it is exactly the same detector (build, features etc.) as the original.
I hope this helps some of you in your purchasing decision.
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