The first thing you notice when you pull the Passport Max out is the size and weight. This thing is hefty and about the size of a smartphone (but about three times as thick).
One the front we see the OLED display, which is relatively small compared to the rest of the unit. On the right side is the power jack (a standard phone plug), a headphone jack, and a Mini USB jack (for updating on your PC).
Around back we see the business end where cop beams come in, some magic happens, and beeps come out, with an end result of no speeding tickets. Above the main “eye” you can see the small bump for the laser detector.
All controls are located on the top of the unit which might prove tricky if you mount it right under your rearview mirror.
Each buttons is large and easy to press, allowing for quick and precise changes so you keep your eyes on the road.
The MRK button is to mark a location, the BRT button adjusts the brightness (min, med, max, auto, or off), and SEN adjusts sensitivity (auto, auto no x, or highway).
The small opening you see above the “eye” is where your mounting clip snaps in. You then press the button above that to release.
The “sticky cup” portion of the mount is extremely strong and more than capable of holding the detector up, but the insanely small clip that actually slides in to the unit is a joke. When you have a device that weighs as much as this does bouncing up an down in a car, a thin sliver of plastic mounted to only one end just doesn’t cut it.
Going down anything but the smoothest of roads causes the detector to shake and bounce quite noticeably. Every time I hit a pothole I was afraid the mount would break and my expensive detector would smash to the floor.
The OLED display is crisp, bright, and actually fairly pleasant to look at compared to most other detectors.
When you are driving down the road the display will look like one of these three pictures depending on which sensitivity mode you are in.
The number on the far left is your overspeed limit which, when exceeded, will cause the detector to give a small alert. It can be adjusted/disabled easily. Next to that is your current speed as calculated by GPS.
In the auto modes the sensitivity of the unit is adjusted according to your speed. This is a great feature because if you are going 35 mph around town you don’t need to be alerted of the automatic door 2 blocks away. As speed increases, so does sensitivity. The NoX just means that X band is filtered out which helps to greatly reduce false alarms (since almost no cops use X band radar anymore). Highway mode gives max sensitivity, allowing you to detect those bogeys long before they can get to you.
Display color can be changed between red, green, blue, and amber so you can match it to your gauge lights for extra style points.
Meter mode allows you to adjust how advanced you want your display. I preferred “spec” mode as it gave a good balance between too simple to be of use and overly complicated. You get a bar graph showing signal strength, the band next to that, and the frequency above.
The AutoMute feature will alert you of a signal at full volume for the first few seconds and then turn down the volume some so that you can still hear it but it isn’t as obnoxious.
The AutoLearn feature automatically store and locks out false alarms. This feature helps to dramatically reduce false alerts on routes you take often.
The GPS Filter setting just enables or disables GPS.
Band Enables allows you to choose which bands you want to detect. Most people will want to leave this alone.