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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 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 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.
20% of all drivers will receive a Ticket this year: Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute. Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016.
- 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
|Escort Passport Max ll HD Radar Detector||Escort Escort X80 Radar Detector, Black||Escort RedLine EX Radar Detector, Black||Escort iX Long Range Radar Laser Detector, Black||Escort Max 360 Radar Detector Black||Escort Max 360c Radar Detector, Black|
|Radar and Laser Detection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Directional Alert Arrows||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Bluetooth-Equipped Escort Live Ready||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Autolearn Gps Technology||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Single Color LED Display||No||No||No||No||No||No|
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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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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.
Update: 09/17/2015 After calling Escort they told me they would replace the detector. I sent mine back in and they received in 09/15.I was told they would next day me the replacement unit and send me the tracking number. I had not received the tracking number so I called to check on it. I was told it was going to be repaired and the repair should have been setup by the original agent I spoke with. Since they had not done that it was just setup now and I will get the detector back in 7-10 business days.
After spending $600 I would expect better quality and better customer service. If you are going to repair the unit let me know and setup the repair at that time. Do not make me call in so you can "call back to repair" and then get it added to the queue. If you do make this simple mistake put me into the queue where I should have been, not at the end.
This is CS 101 people!
UPDATE: 09/23 Detector shipped back UPS ground. I get it, you are trying to save money. I am all for that. But don't promise to overnight something and then ship UPS ground. Escort really needs to work on their CS department.
I would like to open this review stating that this is my 6th Escort/Passport radar detector, and my 8th radar detector overall that I’ve owned.
I would like to further center my review from perspective of an individual who 'appreciates' signal interception and interpretation from a much deeper understanding - well beyond the mild annoyance of a simple speeding ticket.
To help you understand my perspective in this review, here’s a little background information about my experience (beyond being an experienced owner of radar detectors since the mid-80s): I served for over 20 years in the Navy, with my early years specializing in electronic warfare. Following that experience I became a Navy pilot. Both experiences gave me extensive experience in the operation, passive detection and avoidance of highly sophisticated radar systems.
My review of this detector specifically deals with Radar detection, not Laser detection. The Laser detection capabilities of this detector can only be classified as marginal at best. There are several tests that have shown the MAX/MAX2 are not good Laser detectors. In reality - this is not a huge issue because most windshield-mounted detectors are useless (essentially ticket detectors) against LIDAR. You really need a jammer/shifter if you need protection against LIDAR - and Escort makes an excellent one.
Overall, this is one of the most sensitive detectors that I have personally owned. This detector also does a good job rejecting false signal rejection originating from static (fixed) sources. Occasionally the detector will fail to recognize a stored emitter, many times due to the fact the emitter is low quality, is old, and/or the power supply is ‘dirty’. This can cause the frequency to shift slightly. Still, you would think the signal processing capabilities of this detector would be able to measure and determine that the source has some variability associated to it over time – and still be able to classify it as a false signal. This is a small issue and I’m sure as detectors evolve, the processing power will allow for more sophisticated rejection criteria. Where this detector is falling flat on its face though is in the detection and failure to reject false signals from moving sources – namely the array of safety sensors used in the latest generation of vehicles. In fact – I made a recent road trip from the Pensacola area to Atlanta – and this detector went off every time I passed or was passed by a late model GM/Chevrolet/Cadillac and/or Honda Acura vehicle. At one point while following a 2016 Escalade – I considered unplugging the detector because the detector would go off repeatedly. It would go off, I would mute it, the car’s sensors would momentarily turn off - and then turn on and the false signal detection cycle would repeat itself. It was beyond annoying and was a notable distraction. So much so that I eventually slowed down to allow the Escalade to pull ahead by a half mile to prevent the almost constant false alarms. Of course – the Suburban/Escalade is so popular that there was no shortage of other false alarms to follow. This is something Escort needs to address.
There are also a number of other issues with this detector design that downgrade its rating. Those issues involve user ergonomics and interface (to include the display and audio) and detector mounting issues (mainly detaching from the windshield mount).
While detection range is clearly the fundamental bedrock of radar detector performance – the effective and clear conveyance of detected signals is just as important. The MAX/MAX2’s shortfalls are in this critical area - user interface and ergonomics. False signal reduction is a key element in this endeavor, and the above noted issues with vehicle safety sensors is essentially trumping any advantage this detector had relating to rejection of static false signals.
Here are the basic criteria I used to rate the MAX2:
1) Sensitivity/range: 4
** 2) False positive/false signal rejection: 2
3) Display clarity/warning: 2.5
4) Audio clarity/warning: 2.5
5) Overall ergonomics: 2.5
6) Sticky Cup mount: 3.5
7) Ease of attaching/detaching detector to OEM mount: 2 (this rating is for the older, non-magnetic mount – I recently bought an Escort MAX with an improved mounting system that would bump this to a 3.5).
As I have already stated - the positive detection range of the MAX2 is very good. The last two detectors I owned before the MAX2 were the Passport IQ and the 9500IX. The detection range of the MAX2 is (in certain circumstances) easily 1.5 times greater than the 9500IX, and in some specific circumstances the MAX2 is even greater than 1.5 for the IQ (which I still own) – and the IQ is not a slouch either. This takes some time getting used to, due to the fact your previous expectations related to reaction time can cause you to overreact to warnings when using the MAX2. In other words – the MAX2 gives you (in certain circumstances) more warning time than afforded by most other detector available (with the exception of the Redline perhaps).
Now on to my other negative critiques:
- The display is sub-par and disappointingly small for an electronic device at this price point. The display is no larger and provides no more utility (in any effective measure) than my old 9500IX’s simple LED display. While the display is slightly nicer than the 9500’s display (adjustable color is the advantage), I would take a price break on the MAX (with its current detection performance) if it incorporated the 9500’s cheaper display.
- The Bluetooth interface of the MAX 2 with my iPhone (through the Escort Live app) is slow (delayed) and glitchy – and the Bluetooth bugs in the original firmware indicate a product that was not 100% ready for production (or Escort does not have a good handle on outsourced production). Furthermore, Escort has been pathetically slow in adopting Apple related software/interfaces – which is foolishly shortsighted from a marketing standpoint.
- The MAX’s audio is not as clear nor is it as loud as the 9500 or IQ – and is easily overridden by moderate nose levels – to include music, open window and/or top-down driving. My old 9500 had the loudest and clearest audio alert, and the IQ (while not as clear as the 9500) worked perfectly well in all conditions.
- The auto-mute function kicks in the mute more quickly than in older designs, meaning there is a chance you will miss an alert.
In short – there are a select few detectors with an equivalent or longer effective range. However, while the signal processing speed/capabilities help eliminate a large number of static false signals, unfortunately Escort is either unwilling, slow to develop or unable to upgrade the firmware to address the emergent issues related to moving false signals caused by late-model safety sensors. Unfortunately, where this detector also falters is in the critical areas of ergonomics and user interface. Given the choice of a Redline, Valentine One or one of the MAX line detectors – I would likely go with the Redline or Valentine One.
One last cautionary note with regard to purchasing this detector online: go to the Escort website to verify if the seller is an authorized dealer. There are several low-priced sellers ("marketplace" sellers) out there (including on this site) who are not authorized dealers - and in fact are specifically listed and excluded by Escort. Escort will not provide warranty or customer support for detectors purchased through an unauthorized dealer.