Escort Max 360 Radar Detector (Black)
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- Escort raises the bar once again by adding directional indication to its award-winning Max detector line. The all-new Escort Max 360 provides drivers with extreme range, state of the art response time, pinpoint precision and directional alert display
- Unmatched detection - Escort Max 360's front and rear antennas scan rapidly in all directions harnessing the lightening-fast focus of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to find threats faster and more accurately than any other detector.
- Unmatched precision - Escort's Max 360's five levels of filtering ensure the quietest ride. Escort combines three driving modes plus speed-based sensitivity, Cruise Alert and seamless connectivity via Bluetooth to its Escort Live app.
- Rich data plus the power of community - Escort Max 360 protects drivers beyond conventional radar and laser threats by preloading our Defender Database of thousands of red light and speed camera locations in North America.
- Simple communication - Escort Max 360 makes locating and identifying threats easy. Directional arrows display the location of threats while a high-resolution graphic display shows the type, strength and quantity of signals plus real-time speed limit data
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- Standard Filtering
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- Crowd Sourced Alerts
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- Voice Alerts
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Escort Max 360
The only High-Definition Radar-Laser Detector with Directional Alerts
Escort raises the bar once again by adding directional indication to its award-winning Max detector line. The all-new Escort Max 360 provides drivers with extreme range, state of the art response time, pinpoint precision and directional alert display.
Unmatched detection - Escort Max 360’s front and rear antennas scan rapidly in all directions harnessing the lightening-fast focus of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to find threats faster and more accurately than any other detector.
Unmatched precision - Escort’s Max 360’s five levels of filtering ensure the quietest ride. Escort combines three driving modes plus speed-based sensitivity, Cruise Alert and seamless connectivity via Bluetooth to its EscortLive app to silent the prime offenders. Patented AutoLearn employs GPS technology to actually learn your route and automatically eliminate false alerts unique to your daily drive.
Rich data plus the power of community - Escort Max 360 protects drivers beyond conventional radar and laser threats by preloading our Defender Database of thousands of redlight and speed camera locations in North America. And because Escort Max 360 comes Bluetooth-equipped, it connects seamlessly to our award-winning EscortLive speed trap app, providing additional protection against laser traps and patrol locations reported by other drivers in the area.
Simple communication - Escort Max 360 makes locating and identifying threats easy. Directional arrows display the location of threats while a high-resolution graphic display shows the type, strength and quantity of signals plus real-time speed limit data (when connected to EscortLive) that shows your speed relative to the speed limit. Clear voice alerts in English or Spanish keep you focused on the road.
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|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|
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Escort raises the bar once again by adding directional indication to its award-winning Max detector line. The all-new Escort Max 360 provides drivers with extreme range, state of the art response time, pinpoint precision and directional alert display. Unmatched detection Escort Max 360's front and rear antennas scan rapidly in all directions harnessing the lightening-fast focus of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to find threats faster and more accurately than any other detector. Unmatched precision Escort's Max 360's five levels of filtering ensure the quietest ride. Escort combines three driving modes plus speed-based sensitivity, Cruise Alert and seamless connectivity via Bluetooth to its Escort Live app to silent the prime offenders. Patented Auto Learn employs GPS technology to actually learn your route and automatically eliminate false alerts unique to your daily drive. Rich data plus the power of community Escort Max 360 protects drivers beyond conventional radar and laser threats by preloading our Defender Database of thousands of red light and speed camera locations in North America. And because Escort Max 360 comes Bluetooth-equipped, it connects seamlessly to our award-winning Escort Live speed trap app, providing additional protection against laser traps and patrol locations reported by other drivers in the area. Simple communication Escort Max 360 makes locating and identifying threats easy. Directional arrows display the location of threats while a high-resolution graphic display shows the type, strength and quantity of signals plus real-time speed limit data (when connected to Escort Live) that shows your speed relative to the speed limit. Clear voice alerts in English or Spanish keep you focused on the road.
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So I like the 360 more than I thought I would. I've had two so far, compared them to a variety of other detectors, there's been a bunch of tests conducted so far, and it looks like a pretty good overall package with some issues and quirks. There's been some firmware updates since the detector was released which improved some things, but there's still some work to be done. It's not as refined as the V1, but it does do some things better than the V1 as well as the Max2.
In terms of performance, you have a detector with very good range and, thanks to the DSP scanning the entire range very quickly, very fast reaction times without having to rely on band segmentation or custom sweeps like you do on other detectors. Performance will be equivalent to a Max2 which means it's comparable to a custom swept V1 but still lags behind other detectors like the Redline, Magnum, or Radenso Pro SE. It is *NOT* the most sensitive and best performing detector on the market, despite what some have said.
False Alert Filtering:
This is an area where the Max detectors can do a lot for you without you having to customize and tweak things, rely on a cell phone, etc. There's also been some improvements relative to the previous Max/Max2 detectors. You have GPS lockouts which are automatic and so as you drive around, the detector will learn where many false alerts are located and being locking them out for you so the detector gets quieter over time. Other detectors can do this too, but they may require you to manually press a button to lock signals out (Uniden, Radenso), or they may depend on a cell phone so they're not as integrated (Redline, V1) as what you'll get with the Max detectors.
Blind spot falses are some of the most annoying source of falses and not detector can filter them out entirely. Not a single one. With the 360 there have been some improvements to the blind spot filtering, aka collision avoidance system filtering. It now has the ability to filter out many falses without resorting to TSR which will kneecap your K band performance. It's not perfect and you still will get falses, but it's nice that we're getting a more sophisticated ability to filter out blind spot falses now with the 360. This is an improvement over the Max/Max2 detectors which kinda sucked at this.
This detector also has the ability to quiet down signals when you're traveling at low speeds. You enable Cruise Alert and tell it to mute signals when you're traveling under a certain speed. You get two attention-getting beeps then silence. Very nice to keep the detector quiet around town. A quick note.. if you pair your detector with your phone and run Escort Live, it will ignore your cruise alert speed and instead use the speed limit that it gets from Live and mute signals when you're traveling under the speed limit. There's no way to disable this if you're running both cruise alert and Escort Live simultaneously. The reason this is an issue is that the speed limit doesn't take into account things like construction zones and quite frankly, it's often just plain wrong. Because of this, you can run into a situation where your detector is actually muting itself while you're traveling above the speed limit. Not good!! Be aware of this if you run the two features together in tandem.
The detector is huge. It's the biggest windshield mount detector on the market. It's also the heaviest. Fortunately this isn't too big of a deal in practice, but it's something to be aware of. The design of the mount is more of an issue than the size of the detector.
Sticky cup mount:
There's been some improvements as well as some new problems introduced with the mount. The sticky cup mount has been updated from what was used with the Max/Max2 to make the detector bounce less. Finally we have a solid and stable sticky cup Max! Finally! Without a button to press and with a magnetic mount, it makes it super easy to attach and remove. This part makes it one of my favorite mounts on the market. I love this aspect.
However, there are some issues with the sticky cup. If the mount isn't very clean, it will fall off your windshield! Clean the sticky cup with water and shake dry it and it will become sticky again. The redesigned mounts are also now falling apart. It's happened to me twice now and it's been reported by others where the latch pops off and the spring inside the mount makes the entire mount basically explode off your windshield. Not good! Fortunately it's easy to fix and put the mount back together again, but I'd expect more from what is now the most expensive windshield mount radar detector on the market, you know?
The Max360 has a bunch of different ways of customizing the display which is awesome. You get a TON of useful information including not only signal strength and your speed (thanks to GPS), but also the speed limit (when you pair the detector with Escort Live), signal strength now for the front and rear antennas, as well as arrows! There's a bunch of ways of customizing the display to give you just the information you want in the way you want it. See this video for more information on those different options: [...]
You get more information than you get with other detectors like the Max2, Redline, or V1, but not as much as you get with the V1 if you pair it with YaV1.
Yes it's got arrows. This is one of the detector's biggest selling points. Valentine's patent on arrows expired in 2012 so Escort has had a few years to begin developing their arrows. They've done some similar stuff, they're doing some things better, and they've still got some refinement to do (Valentine has had nearly 3 decades now to refine their arrows) so it's a bit of a mixed bag to say which one is "better," so let's go into a little more detail here.
The Max360's arrows can show up in different colors and you can customize the arrows to tell you what you want. You can have the arrows work for one signal or multiple, you can have different colors to match your car's interior, have different colors for front or rear, have different colors for K vs. Ka band, etc. Lots more customizability. Again see this video for more information: [...]
The V1's arrows work better though. When you pass a source, the V1's arrows flip front to back almost instantly. The 360's arrows take about 4 seconds on average. I've seen some situation where they can take about 8-9 seconds as you can see here:[...] Arrows are very helpful to locate the threat, know if you've passed it, locate a blind spot falsing car, figure out if that unmarked crown vic was the source, and so on, and if the arrows are pointing in the wrong direction, they really start to lose their value. See this video to see a Max360/V1 arrow comparison in action: [...] Escort claims this lag time is there to give the 360 enough time to process the change. I don't totally buy it. The other explanation is to avoid the bounciness that we sometimes see with the V1 where the arrow sort of bounce front/rear as you get close to a signal source. The 360 gets confused less in this regard, but it's more laggy. I prefer a little bounciness (which doesn't always happen) because that tells me that I'm passing the source versus an arrow that takes a while to flip around.
Compared to the V1:
We might as well talk about how it compares to the V1 since that's an obvious direct competitor.
Basically the idea is that the Max360 has copied a lot of the V1's features, improved on some things, but is still a bit unrefined compared to the V1 as I mentioned previously. However, the idea is that you get more information from the detector's screen (signal frequency, for example) and you aren't reliant upon a cell phone for many of its most useful features (ie. GPS lockouts). The Max360 has more to offer than a standalone V1. If you pair your V1 with an Android phone and run the free app YaV1, you'll get more useful information (ie. Seeing every single signal plus the direction, strength, and frequency of every signal instead of just the main one or two, the GPS lockouts are less likely to lock out a police officer, and you have far more control and customization available. See these videos for info about the app, setup guides, explanations of the features, etc.: [...]
The V1/YaV1 is a better overall package if you pair it with a phone and take the time to set it up. The Max360 is an easier to use package if you want something simple, plug and play, and self-contained in one integrated package.
I like both for different reasons.
Improvements over the Max2:
We might as well talk about how it compares to the Max2 as well, the detector that it evolves from and effectively replaces. For an extra $50 (retail pricing), you get a rear antenna as well as the arrows. Performance is the same, it's physically larger, you get a less bouncy mount, an improved false alert filter without needing TSR, and there's been some small little improvements as well. For example, the high pitched annoying beeps that you get on startup and when going into the settings menu have been changed. It's a lower pitched beep now which is much less ear-piercing. Hooray! The build quality of the detector is better and there shouldn't be any more issues with the condenser lens falling out or the detector splitting in half thank to the redesigned detector.
There are some new bugs that have been introduced into the 360 that we didn't have before. For example, the buttons are kinda cheapy and there's a textured paint on the plastic buttons that's kind of see-through so the buttons actually glow when backlit at night. They shouldn't do this and it looks like a poor design. Both of my 360's do this and other people are reporting this issue as well. There's also been a few reports of the text fading off the buttons. Like the sticky cup mount separation issues, this seems to be symptomatic of Escort's cost cutting we're seeing lately across the board. Quality is going down, they're switching over to cheaper components (using a new cheapy plastic shell for their Redlines for example), while simultaneously raising their prices. It's not a good combination and doesn't bode well for the future of Escort. Seems to be a common trend when a company is bought out by an investment company that's looking to milk as much money as they can out of a company...
There were 33.6xx falses with the Max/Max2 that usually happened in the presence of K band falses. It's really annoying because the detector is now producing high priority Ka band alerts when there's actually just low priority blind spot K band falses. No other detector has this issue and it's really annoying. So you get these new falses, plus if you have your detector paired with Escort Live, it drops Ka alerts on the map and now everyone else running the app has to deal with your false alerts too. Awesome... Not. On a positive note, while Escort has acknowledged the issue with the Max/Max2 but has done nothing to fix the issue, it looks like they have done something with the 360. The 33.6xx falses seem to be mostly gone, but instead now we get 33.4xx falses, so they've made some changes but they haven't truly fixed the issue. The word is that they're looking into fixing this with a future firmware update, but Escort's history of firmware updates and fixes over time is pretty lackluster at best. They'd rather you spend $$$ buying a new detector a year or two down the road rather than fully support their old products. I don't like that... To be fair they have fixed some issues like speeding up the initial alert time from when the detector goes off to when the frequency and arrows pop up so there are improvements being made, but there's a lot to be desired nonetheless.
Update: 5/17/16: Escort has since resolved this issue as of firmware 1.4. Upgrade to the latest software using Escort Detector Tools https://www.escortradar.com/productregistration/ and this will no longer be an issue. :)
Is the Max360 worth it?
Maybe, depending on what you want. If you want arrows, you want the detector to do just about everything for you without you having to set things up and muck around with pairing it with a phone every time or manually locking a signal out every time, this is a great plug-and-play option jack packed with features and is very easy to use. If you do wind up getting one, here's a walkthrough I put together going through the settings and menu options and helping you fine tune the detector to exactly how you want it: [...]
What are some other options you should consider? Well if you like the idea of arrows and want a better all around package for less money and you don't mind pairing your detector with an Android phone and setting things up, take a look at the V1 with YaV1. It's what the Max360 is designed to target.
If you want maximum performance, look at a detector like the Escort RedLine,Beltronics Magnum, or Radenso Pro SE.
If you want an easy to use, plug-and-play windshield mount radar detector with all the bells and whistles, the Max360 is a great choice.
1. Directional arrows on the right side that show where the radar is originating in relation to your car. I actually found this feature to be quite useful while driving and making braking/acceleration decisions.
2. You can turn off the "over speed" alarm and can now set it all the up to 160 (limit of 99 on the Beltronics and you could not turn it off).
3. The enclosure is aesthetically different, it's darker and more pleasing to the eye.
Ok, here's the kick in the pants that brought my Beltronics review to 3 stars... Escort is taking a value-subtraction business model by removing core functionality of the device. This is an attempt to get you to subscribe to the Escort Live service for a monthly fee and to also collect a database on you that can be sold to third. This includes your name, you email address, your driving record, the physical locations, and how much you like to speed. Hmmm, what third parties would be interested in such information?
Ok, so I'll be the guinea pig this time around and sign up for the service. I drive a 2009 Corvette and have an Escort Redline (5 stars, by the way) installed. Now I have the Max 360 beside it and I'm ready to attach this thing to my smart phone. Here we go.
I download the app from the Google store. It wants a series of privileges including in-app purchases and my personal identification. I grant it, install it, and open it.
First screen is the terms of service with some really small text that quickly scrolls down the screen and a giant red button that says "I ACCEPT". Not so fast, I'll read it all. Here's the highlights directly quoted from what I am about to agree to:
* “You agree and warrant that all information you provide to Escort as part of the registration process... is truthful and accurate.”
* “From time to time, we may use your information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Policy.”
* “We collect both personal information and location based data in connection with your use of the Escort App and the Services.”
* “We collect personally-identifiable information”
* “We collect certain information (“Data”) from you… Data includes GPS location information, unique device identifiers, user account identifiers, as well as location and time information (heading, street name, time stamp) related to any alerts generated automatically”
* “We may share the information we collect… with third parties, who may use the information for their own marketing purposes.”
* “We use the information collected from you to compile a database”
* “We may retain Personal Information you provide to us indefinitely. In addition, any Data we collect is retained in our database indefinitely”
Sounds like a great deal right? You pay Escort a monthly fee of $4.99 in order to unlock the speed limit display on your device (a feature that GPS units have enjoyed without a smart phone for over a decade) and in return they collect an unbelievable amount of personal information and sell it whoever the please. Man, if I was an insurance company or law enforcement agent I would enjoy sifting through that database... in fact, I would probably pay for the privilege.
The app also drains the battery on my Sony Xperia smart phone faster than any app I've seen. It's constantly "scanning for alerts" even when you leave your vehicle. You will have to use some other method to kill the process also because there is no manual exit button in the app itself.
I just don't want to have to use my smartphone with my radar detector. Let's face it... I'm speeding and don't want a ticket. My eyes are on the road, I'm scanning the horizon for dangers, my hands are on the steering wheel. I need a device that will let me know when to brake and I need it to give me accurate and fast information without me having to take my eyes off the road. The Max 360 is not that device... it's an "Internet of Things", it's a data collector, it's a social media interface... but it's not the best radar detector for a driver of a fast car.
Want my advice?... Escort RedLine Radar Detector
Not as sensitive as my old Redline but still sensitive enough. Redline became too sensitive once the city started putting in redlights with K band. Local police still use K band so I could not disable K band. I also like the way it works with the Escort Live and I use Waze along with it. If they could make it compatible with Waze it would be awesome. Works reliably arrows are nice to have. Overall it's the complete package for my use.
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