The Autel Maxisys Elite and Pro MK908P are two high-end advanced OBD2 scanners for auto technicians.
Apart from the price and hardware, both the scan tools offer similar functionalities diagnosing basic and complex car problems.
Let’s explore the differences to find out which device is best for you.
Table of Contents
- 1 Price
- 2 Elite v.s Pro MK908P – which one is faster?
- 3 They have the same functions!
- 4 Conclusion – Which one should I buy?
The Autel Maxisys Elite is relatively expensive and will cost you around $500 more than the Pro MK908P.
Both the devices come with a one-year warranty. However, these are robust scan tools that are made to last much longer. If you run a busy auto shop, investing in one of these is a good decision in the long run.
The OBD2 scanners also come with two years of free updates. It is a huge plus over the one-year free updates that come with basic code readers.
Elite v.s Pro MK908P – which one is faster?
Check the table below for hardware differences between the two scan tools.
|OS||Android 4.4.4||Android 4.4.2|
|Screen||9.7-inch retina capacitive touchscreen||10.1 inch LED touchscreen|
|Processor||Cortex-A15 processor (1.8 GHz)||Samsung Exynos Hexa-core Processor|
|Expandable SD memory||Up to 32GB||Up to 32GB|
|Camera||Front 2.0MP, Rear 8.0MP||Rear 8.0MP|
|Battery||15,200mAh lithium-polymer||15,000mAh lithium-polymer|
Since the Elite is almost $500 more than its counterpart, it is understandable that the device rocks better hardware. But is it any faster and is the hardware upgrade worth the price difference?
Let’s find out!
Screen and camera
The Elite features a 9.7-inch retina capacitive touch display screen with a resolution of 2048×1536. The large screen makes navigation easy and user-friendly.
On the other hand, the Pro MK908P comes with an even larger screen size of a 10.1-inch LED screen with a 1920×1200 resolution.
The Elite comes with a front 2.0-megapixel camera and a rear 8.0-megapixel while its competitor comes with a rear 8.0-megapixel camera only. Users can share pictures of components and parts with their friends or local auto professionals for troubleshooting guidance.
Processor and RAM
Catering to the extreme demands of professional mechanics, the Elite comes fitted with a quad-core 1.8GHz with ARM Cortex A-15 CPU. It is one of the powerful chipsets I have seen on a scan tool. Working round the clock and performing under immense stress use is a breeze for the Elite.
The Pro MK908P comes with a Samsung Exynos Hexa-core processor, part of Samsung’s mid-range chipsets. The Hexa-core processor combines two chipsets, the quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 and the dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15. However, it still doesn’t match the speed and performance of the Elite.
Both the devices come with 2GB RAM, more than enough for fast vehicle diagnosis. However, the RAM complements the Elite well making it slightly faster than the MK908P.
The Elite operates on Android 4.4.4 KitKat allowing for a great user experience unlike the low to mid-tiered code readers on the market. However, its counterpart operates on an outdated version of the Android operating system, KitKat 4.4.2. This does affect the user experience slightly, something to consider for buyers.
Storage and battery
Having the right amount of storage space and sufficient battery is a determining factor in choosing an OBD2 scanner that suits your needs.
The Elite offers 32GB of onboard storage space and comes with a large 15,200 mAH lithium-polymer battery. In a technology world that revolves around lithium-ion batteries (impact driver, impact wrench, and more), li-poly offers a lightweight and cheaper battery solution for many different devices.
Surprisingly, the cheaper device MK908P offers more internal storage space of 64GB and a large 15,000 mAH li-poly battery.
Many OBD2 scanner users complain about how fast they run out of storage space on their 16GB code readers. With the 64GB of internal storage on these two devices, it is just perfect to store vehicle reports and live data. However, if you find that you’re running out of space, both the scan tools provide additional 32GB of external storage support too.
Camera and Connectivity
The Elite comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and a fast 3Mbs Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. For those looking for more traditional options, the Elite offers an ethernet port, HDMI 1.4a, and a 3.0 USB port.
The Pro MK908P also offers similar connectivity options but has outdated hardware like the USB 2.0 port and HDMI 1.0. Although these will get the job done, the older components deliver slower speeds than the Elite.
They have the same functions!
The devices offer superb compatibility with more than 80 different car brands worldwide covering over 10,000 vehicle models. These devices are serious scan tools that can handle almost any vehicle coming to your garage.
Complete system diagnosis
Both OBD2 scanners can run complete system diagnosis on many different modules including airbags, transmission, engine, and many others.
These of course come with ten basic modes including reading and erase fault codes, onboard monitor testing, live data, freeze frame, VIN, and more.
36+ special functions
Apart from the basic modes, the devices can perform more than 36 special functions. Some of these functions include the following:
- Oil reset
- Injector coding
- TPMS reset
- ABS bleeding
- SAS reset
- And more
Users can use coding to remove or reprogram different features in a vehicle. They can even unlock some hidden features present in the car during the purchase but not yet activated.
Besides auto technicians, car enthusiasts can take full advantage of this feature by activating and customizing their vehicle features according to their liking.
Conclusion – Which one should I buy?
The Elite and Pro MK908P are both similar devices but differ in price and features. Although the former is more expensive, it is the better of the two devices. So, which one should you consider buying?
Autel Maxisys Pro MK908P – A decent affordable option
The Pro MK908P offers a fantastic solution for professional mechanics with its large screen and solid battery to go with it. The device won’t run out of juice even on the busiest of days at the garage.
The processing power from the CPU is decent and it offers more internal space than its rival, the Elite. The MK908P also has enough connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB port, and HDMI, however, the speeds on these are not up to par with what its counterpart has to offer.
For $500 less than the Elite, Pro MK908P will get the job done if you’re willing to compromise on speed.
Autel Maxisys Elite – More money, better performance
The Elite is definitely the better device. For almost $500 more, it provides a beautiful 9.7-inch retina display with a higher resolution than its counterpart. It has a powerful chipset capable of delivering 1.8Ghz of processing power, enough for all your daily mechanic needs.
The connectivity options are also a step above the MK908P as it comes with fast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and HDMI 1.4a. Although you might find that the 32GB internal storage is not enough, you have the option of expandable storage.
On a busy day at the garage, I find that the best devices are the ones that offer great speeds without any performance drops or crashes throughout the day. The Elite is a beast OBD2 scanner that has enough power to support your work activities all day long.