Escort Passport Max 2 Radar Detector Best All Around Performer
Escort Passport Max 2 Radar Detector Best All Around Performer. The SEMA award winning Escort Passport Max 2 radar detector provides the best overall performance of any radar detector on the market available today.
The Passport Max 2 radar detector integrates Bluetooth into the device and allows you to pair with either iOS or Android smartphones without the need for a OS specific Escort Live cord which is a huge asset and convenience.
Escort Passport Max 2 Specifications
Measuring 1.3″ H x 3.2″ W x 5.3″ L the Passport Max 2 is small, compact and about the size you might be accustomed to seeing in an on dash/window detector and weighs 9.6 ounces. It comes with a 12 volt Smartcord, suction cup windshield mount and a Travel case. It is web ready allowing you to connect the Passport Max 2 to your PC via USB port to update your device firmware, locations and even allows you to back up your data.
Design wise the Passport Max 2 case now uses a matte black finish making glare and reflection less of an issue when mounted to your dash or windshield, although the buttons are silver so you’ll still potentially get some reflection of the buttons off your glass.
The Passport Max 2 uses a Superheterodyne Varactor-Tuned VCO receiver and SiRFstar III GPS to give you excellent overall performance in radar detection. It recognizes all current operating bands for detection; X-band 10.525 Ghz ± 25 MHz, K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz, Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz and Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth. Since the Passport Max 2 was designed for use in USA and Canada, the KU band is not offered or required with this version.
Multi-Color OLED Display
The Multi-Color OLED display can be changed to Red, Blue, Green, Amber and also allows for 5 different levels of brightness including a full-dark mode for a stealthier approach which is always nice for when a officer is hounding you from behind.
The OLED is clear and crisp for easily identifiable information including CruseAlert, Bar Graph, ExpertMeter and SpecDisplay. The Expert mode allows you to simultaneously display up to 8 radar signals and gain more in depth information like frequencies and signal strength with a 12 level (12 hash marks) metering display which helps you discern a bit better how close or far you might be to the radar gun or traffic camera locations.
Features of the Passport Max 2
The unique DSP or Digital Signal Processing technology to enables the Passport Max 2 to more quickly and accurately identify threats. Enhanced AI adds in another layer of Protection to reduce false positives triggered from remote door openers and other fixed position false alarms that also use radar, with Escort’s patented AutoLearn technology.
The AutoLearn technology uses Global Positioning System in tandem with the exact frequencies discovered to learn and automatically reject false signal locations within the database and those that you tell it to ignore. This certainly helps with false positives with regards to fixed location signals but you will still run into false K and KA alerts from moving radar emissions such as some of the collision avoidance systems that many newer cars are now equipped with. These types of false positive alerts from such dynamic radar emissions unfortunately is the nature of the beast and all Radar Detectors will exhibit this type of reaction.
Marking alert locations is as easy as hitting the MRK button on the unit, using the volume up/down button to select a category label for Red Light, Speed Camera, Speed Trap or Other and tapping the MRK button again to lock it in. If you want to ignore a false positive alert, simply hit the mute button 3 times. These can also be set from your Escort Live App.
The built-in Bluetooth now makes it super easy to pair your Max 2 with your iOS or Android smartphone for a more robust experience. Download the free Escort Live App which includes a free year of Escort Live Premium, pair with your smartphone and you’re in business.
Escort’s award winning Live App gives you full control of your Max 2 from your smartphone, also providing live gps map so you can visually see locations of alert threats within your proximity during your travels. The Escort Live Premium app also gives you real-time alerts that other Escort users share with the network, like Waze. You can even use the free version of the Escort Live app even if you do not own a Passport Max or Max 2. In my experience, drivers that purchase an Escort tend to be passionate about their cars and driving experience on the road and reports tend to be a bit more accurate.
Weekly Defender Database updates are available from the Escort website, so it’s best to keep up on those, they will only help your cause.
The GPS does tend to have a habit of losing signal when line of sight to the sky is interrupted by overpasses and garages etc, however will regain GPS signal lock fairly quickly each time it happens.
The SEMA award winning Escort Passport Max 2 Radar detector is an excellent all around performer with the added benefits of a live community via the Escort Live service. It also allows you the versatility to pair and use the Passport Max 2 interchangeably with either iOS or Android smartphones without having to purchase any additional hardware. The Free Escort Live app allows you to control your Passport Max 2 radar and displays corresponding map and alert info on your smartphone screen. A Live Escort Premium app is offered for real-time alerts from other users with subscription for $49.99 a year or $4.99 a month, 1 year of Premium Escort Live is included. A 1 year North American subscription for full database updates will run you $19.95/per year or $39.95 for 3 years.
Escort Passport Max 2 Radar Detector will run you $599 with a 1 year warranty.