The Autel Maxisys Ultra, coming out in the middle of 2020, is the upgraded version of the MaxiSy Elite that came on 2016. Here is a comparison of MaxiSys Ultra and MaxiSys Elite to help you decide which to buy.
First, take a look at the comparison chart:
|MaxiSys Ultra||MaxiSys Elite|
|VCI||Maxiflash VCMI||Maxiflash elite (J2534)|
|Octa-core||2.3GHz + 1.7GHz||1.8GHz|
|System||Android 7.0||Android 4.4|
|Interface display||Column selection
|Function path guide||Guide menu||√|
|DTCs display||Right after scan||√|
|Vehicle selection||Scan VIN/license plate||√|
|Special functions||√||VAG online immo programming|
|√ (No BMW Programming cable for F/G chassis)||√|
|Modules scanning||Topology||limited functions and modules|
|Intelligent diagnosis||Repair assist
Technical service bulletin
|VCI functions||Communicate to the vehicle ECU via OBD, pass-thru device,Oscilloscope,Multimeter,Waveform Generator,CAN BUS Checker||Communicate to the vehicle ECU via OBD
J2534 pass-thru device
|Annual Update fee(Euros)||1000||687|
|ADAS calibration kit||√||√|
|MV108 digital inspection camera||√||√|
|MP408 basic MaxiScope||×||√|
|Non-OBDII adapters kit||√||√(Supplied in package)|
|BT608 Battery tester||√||×|
Highlights where you invest most of your money in MaxiSys Ultra:
1.Advanced 5-In-1 VCMI
(VCI/Oscilloscope/Multimeter/Waveform Generator/CAN BUS Checker)
2.Topology view on diagnosis
Detailed function description, Detailed fault data, Fault evaluation and elimination instructions, Detailed replacement instructions, Step-by-step guidance.
DTC description, Conditions, Fault influence, Possible cause, Possible solutions.
3)TSB(Technical Service Bulletin)
Manufacturer news, Unexpected faults, Step-by-step process.
Other features of MaxiSys Ultra:
- VCMI that supports Wi-Fi could give you an oscilloscope view.
- More newer J2534 protocols supported help diagnose newer vehicles
- Both support online programming on BMW/Mercedes, but the Ultra doesn’t need BMW Ethernet cable.
- Multiple displays in one screen allows multi-tasking.
- Select vehicles by Scanning VIN/license plate via the camera.
- The built-in battery cannot be removed, which requires users to buy from a dealer that could help you handle battery issues in case.
- Very high update service price.
Personal view on which to buy
If you work on a body shop and keep handling newer vehicle in all respects, it’s a great tool; if users cannot utilize the features of the Ultra, so I might recommend a different tool or tool pair, like IM508 with XP400Pro and MS909, or IM608 with XP400Pro and Maxiflash elite (J2534).
Part of materials from Curtis.