Comparing the Passport Max & Passport Max 2 against the Escort Redline radar detector.
While doing any research for radar detectors you will always see these common detectors listed as the worlds best radar detector. The problem is while they are all great radar detectors the best radar detector for your needs could be different for another persons needs.
Let start with the Passport Max & Max 2 both have an internal GPS antenna and the Redline does not.
The GPS antenna in the Escort Max Series is used to give you advance
notification of red light cameras and fixed speed cameras. It can also
be used for the detector to mark and ignore false alerts by memorizing
your GPS location and the frequency of known false alert.
those functions are available on the Redline but what the Redline does
offer is different antenna which is a dual antenna and it offers the best overall performance. When we say better performance it means you will have more
time to react when an alert goes off.
The Escort Redline also
is invisible to RDD's (Radar Detector Detectors) and if you travel
through areas where radar detectors are banned (Virginia or Washington
DC and certain provinces in Canada) they can not detect the presence of
your radar detector if you forget to turn it off.
So normally we
would say if you mostly drive on the highway or travel through banned
areas then the Redline would give you better performance and would be
the better choice. If you drive mostly in the city you will definitely
benefit more from having the GPS functions of the Passport Max or Max 2 making them much
more quiet in the city.
Until recently there was not a way to get
the best of both worlds but if you have a smartphone (Android or Apple)
there is now a way to get the best of both worlds but it requires two separate devices. You could go with
the Escort Redline and add Escort's new Escort Live product.
live is a special Smart-cord with a built in Bluetooth adapter which
connects your Escort Redline to your Smartphone. The Escort Live app
which is available on both the Android or Apple platform will give you
the fixed speed camera and red light camera alerts using the GPS from
your Smartphone. You can also using the Escort Live app mark and ignore
false alerts on your Escort Redline.
So this essentially would give you GPS function of the Max & Max 2 on your Redline but it would require you always have your smartphone connected to your radar detector using Escort Live for any false lock outs to work which might be an inconvenience to many.
There are also many other
benefits to Escort Live but this comparison is only to discuss the
difference of the Passport Max & Max 2 verse the Escort Redline. View the Escort
Live product page if you want more information on all the features of
Also important to note is that the Passport Max & Max 2 are
identical in performance. The main difference is the Max 2 includes a
built in Bluetooth chip which enables the Max 2 to connect to Escort's
Escort Live product without needing a separate Escort Live Smartcord
like the original Max.