Escort Passport Max: Ticket Prevention Review
Do you want to avoid speeding tickets? If so then the new Escort Passport Max is the device you need. The Passport Max is the first radar detector with high definition radar performance. It is also capable of detecting all radars, lasers, cameras and speed traps employed by law enforcements. This device will noticeably assist all of us in avoiding being issued speeding tickets. With this new detector, driving down highways and cities will be relaxing when you can see the radars coming.
For those that are familiar with Escort’s products, the Passport Max is like the combination of the Escort 9500ix and the Escort Redline. It basically means that the Passport Max has the range of the Redline and the GPS capabilities of the 9500ix and more. The new detector also has digital signal processing to accurately detect real threats in the vicinity and report back. The Escort Passport Max is made for both city drivers and highway drivers.
Escort is one of the top radar detector providers for those that are not familiar with the company. They have superb engineers and top of the line facility to produce some of the best detectors available. To this point, Escort has already sold over millions of radar detectors to protect drivers from being a victim.
Packaging and Accessories
Escort Passport Max comes in a neatly wrapped package. In the package, you will receive the instruction manual, carrying case, smart cord adapter, windshield mount and the device. Everything provided by Escort are extremely useful.
Instruction Manual: The instruction manual offers a heap of information including the installation instructions, controls, features, settings and preferences.
Carrying Case: It is a soft carrying case made to store the detector and accessories when traveling. The texture of the case is very solid and seems like it is made to last.
Smart Cord Adapter: The smart cord adapter does more than just provide power to the device. The adapter will light up when there is an alert from the detector. The adapter also has an easy to reach mute button.
Sticky Cup Windshield Mount: The one good thing about the windshield mount is that it is highly adjustable. I easily adjust it to where I can easily read the detector without disturbing my driving.
Passport Max Device: The device is the source that provides all the nearby radar’s location and warnings.
Escort Passport Max Design
The Escort Passport Max has a similar design compared to the Escort 9500ix. The only difference between the two designs is the newly added silver strip on the side of the Passport Max. The button layout is also somewhat different. The mute button is now located towards the back end of the device. This causes a problem when trying to reach for the mute button. Although, the problem isn’t a big deal since the smart cord adapter has a mute button as well.
The Passport Max also has a new multi color graphics display which gives it a more modern feel to it. The new display shows a lot more information than the older models. The new display also automatically adjusts the lights according to daytime and nighttime conditions. Also, one of the better new features of the graphic display is the choice of selecting a color scheme. The choices range from green, blue, amber and red.
Other features of the new graphics display include calculated speed and speed limit of current road. The display will also show upcoming speed cameras and red-light cameras. I really like the extra information the Passport Max displays compared to their older models.
Performance of Escort Passport Max
The performance of the Escort Passport Max performed really well during my short test run. The furthest I witness the Passport Max detect a threat was over 1000 ft. That was an amazing feat. I saw the officer coming before they saw me coming. The detection range of this detector device is far greater than the older 9500ix model.
Although I was not able to test against all types of radar detection, it has been reported that it is able to detect X band, K band, Ka band and Laser 904nm. Those are all the ones you will need to be aware of to avoid getting a speeding penalty.
While testing, I found that there are 2 main features and 2 option features that help the Passport Max excels over other detectors. They are the digital signal processing, integrated GPS receiver, Defender Database and the Escort Live.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The digital signal processing is the powerhouse that filters the false alerts from real threats. This new feature increases the range, accuracy and speed of the new detector. The digital signal processing basically identifies the correct radio bands law enforcement uses from other similar signals such as random security systems and auto-door openers.
Integrated GPS Receiver: The integrated GPS receiver is a feature that automatically filters false alerts that is missed by the DSP regularly. This usually happens when driving by a source producing frequencies very similar to radars. This is a nice feature to prevent annoying false alerts.
As for the 2 optional features like the Defender Database and the Escort Live, they are explained more thoroughly below. For a better and more customized configuration that matches your unique driving style, changing the settings is an option as well.
The Defender Database will reveal the locations of all speed traps and cameras everywhere in the U.S. and Canada. The information will be preloaded onto the Passport Max. With this valuable information, the detector will alert you whenever it arrives at one of the predetermined hotspots. You are even allowed to add your very own hotspots.
To get access to the Defender Database, you will need a subscription. Everyone will get a free 90 day trial and after that it will cost $20 per year. This is a very valuable feature to prevent cameras from taking advantage of drivers, but it is not a must have.
The Escort Live is another great feature to have. When the detector is connected to the live system, it will be able to learn threats from nearby Escort users and spot police officer before it is within the detector’s range. If you want Escort Live, you will need a Smartphone such as an iPhone or Android.
Escort Live is an awesome feature, but it isn’t needed. The Passport Max is already a powerful radar detector by itself. For me basically, the Escort Live just provides more alerts. If you are an extremely cautious person then get Escort Live, but for the rest of us, it is a luxury that is not needed. And to make matters worse, Escort Live cost $5 per month or $50 per year.
- Graphics Display
- Great detection
- Easy to use
- Have a lot of options
- Voice Alerts
- Too many alerts
- Price is high
The Escort Passport Max offers a lot of features to prevent getting speeding ticket but at an expensive price of $550. If you want the optional features such as the Defender Database and Escort Live, then the cost is going to go up even more. If you calculate in all the speeding fines that are going to be prevented, then this radar detector is a great investments.
Overall, I am very impressed with the Passport Max. This is a great radar detector to have for highway and city use. Unless you already have a capable detector like the 9500ix, I definitely recommend getting the Escort Passport Max as deterrence against speeding tickets.