Is the Escort Max 360C just the Max 360 in a different case with more accessible control buttons? You may be wondering if the upgrade is worth the extra money. If so, we have tested and compared both products to help you make a decision.
Table of Contents
- Max 360 or Max 360C?
- In Depth Features for the Escort Max 360 VS Max 360C
- Our Winner: Escort Max 360C
Max 360 or Max 360C?
In Depth Features for the Escort Max 360
VS Max 360C
Let’s take a look at the features offered by both radar detectors and make an in-depth comparison.
Design of the Escort Max 360 VS Escort Max 360C
The Max 360C VS Max 360 may look similar at first glance, but you can tell them apart through the glossy black exterior of the Max 360 and the matte grey of the 360C.
Both radar detectors have the exact same measurements at 13.8×9.1×3.5cm. However, the Max 360C utilizes more surface space and features a larger control panel on top of the radar detector. The buttons are also larger, which makes it easier to input your settings.
The Max 360 has a more efficiently placed display screen that isn’t indented into the radar detector. This gives drivers a clear view of the information such as band frequency, signal strength and speed at any angle.
Meanwhile, the Max 360C’s display screen may be obstructed if the radar isn’t mounted directly in front of the driver. However, the directional arrows featured on both radar detectors are in a much more obvious location on the Max 360C, to give users a clear indication on where the threat is.
Both radar detectors feature the same buttons and display on the interface but in different sizes and locations. In this category, the winner of the Max 360 VS Max 360C review is the former, as it has a more user-friendly and ergonomic design.
The wireless feature is one of the main differences between the Max 360 VS Max 360C. The Escort Max 360 only features Bluetooth connection, which means it is able to access the Defender’s Database, but you will need to find a Wi-Fi source for upgrades and updates.
The addition of Wi-Fi to the Escort Max 360C adds a level of convenience to drivers. It serves as a direct method to get all the latest information in an instant.
Through Wi-Fi, the Escort Max 360C can also connect directly to your car or phone. This makes it easy for users to directly download firmware updates and connect to Escort Live in order to get crowd-sourced alerts.
False Alerts and Filtering in the Escort Max 360 and Max 360C
Both radar detectors are exceptional and filtering out false alerts. Standard filtering will learn all the locations of potential threats. Intelligent filtering will help discern a real threat from a false one.
The Escort Max 360C has four different layers of filtering including Highway, Auto, Auto No X, and Auto Lo K. It also has IVT filtering, which is a more advanced filter capability in higher-end radar detectors.
It can further identify false alerts and app-based filtering will take into account all of the information gathered by fellow drivers to weed out any other lingering false threat and is found in the Max 360C.
The Max 360C is also equipped with Escort’s superior AutoLearn technology that memorizes false alerts in your frequented areas. It can also determine false alerts and eventually filter them out to give you a smooth and quiet ride.
The Escort Max 360 uses GPS lockouts to learn and remember where false alerts, red light and speed camera alerts are located and shares the information to eliminate false alerts.
Our experts find that the Escort Max 360C offers superior filtering technology with multiple layer protection versus the Escort Max, which mainly focuses on GPS lockouts.
Although the display screens on both radar detectors are strategically placed to give you all the information at a glance, it’s not recommended to take your eyes off the road while driving.
Thankfully, both the Escort Max 360 and the Escort Max 360C have voice alert functions that can keep you apprised of what is going on around you without you having to keep an eye on the radar detector.
However, if you do miss what the voice alert says, the Escort Max 360 has a more readable interface.
To guarantee protection from all sides, both the Escort Max 360 and Escort Max 360C have 360-degree detection to make sure no threat is missed. The front and rear antennas on both radar detectors have rapid scanning.
Our team has found that paired with the DSP technology  that will detect and pinpoint the location of threats faster than ever, the Escort radar detectors are your best defense on the road.
Along with the protection, the Max 360C’s quick access to the Defender’s Database will give you real-time updates for further protection of potential threats. This gives the 360C an edge over the Max 360.
Performance of the Escort Max 360 VS Escort Max 360C
Both radar detectors have very similar functions under the hood with one major difference – built-in Wi-Fi. The Escort Max 360C has been upgraded to feature Wi-Fi functions that make updates instantaneous. There is no need to disconnect the radar detector from your car to perform periodic updates.
IVT (in-vehicle technology) filtering adds more accuracy to the Escort Max 360s filtering abilities. It is also able to decipher false alerts from collision avoidance systems and take into account the adaptive cruise control.
Detection capabilities in the Escort Max 360 VS Max 360C are exceptional with front and rear antennas offering 360-degree protection, which has earned the Max 360 and 360C their names.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has made locating and pinpointing potential threats more accurate than any other Escort model on the market. With lightning quick detection and on-point voice alerts, the radar detector enables drivers to react quickly with plenty of time to spare to avoid potential tickets.
Our Winner: Escort Max 360C
The Escort Max 360C is the top pick from our experts as it offers all of what the Escort Max 360 offers but it also has Wi-Fi built-in. You can take advantage of the same 360-degree protection, false alert filtering and voice alerts without having to disconnect the radar detector for updates.
The included Wi-Fi will allow you to connect to the Defender’s Database to offer or receive real-time alerts and updates from the Escort community.