Autel Maxisys Ultra came out in the middle of 2020, Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro came on in earlier year. Let’s compare the software, hardware, special functions etc. You will be able to clearly decide which one is better for your shop.
Look at the comparison table below clarifying the differences between Autel MaxiSys Ultra and Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro:
|Autel MaxiSys Ultra||Autel MaxiSys|
|Vehicle connection||MaxiFlash VCMI||MaxiFlash Elite|
|Color screen||12.9 inch touchscreen||9.7 inch touchscreen|
|Processor||2.3GHz + 1.7GHz
|1.3GHz + 1.7GHz Hex Core|
|Memory /RAM||256GB SSD/4GB RAM||64GB SSD /2GB RAM|
|Battery||18000 mAh||1100 mAh|
|Camera||16MP rear /5MP front||8MP|
|Operating system||Android 7.0||Android 4.4.2|
|Software updates||1 year free||1 year free|
|Automatic detection||Scan VIN /Auto-VIN/
|Split screen display||View multiple functions at once|
|Advanced VCMI 5-in-1 device||VCI, Oscilloscope, Multimeter, waveform
generator, can bus check
|Repair assist||Guided Procedures with
DTC analysis & Fault code solutions
|Topology module mapping||Color coded all system status screen|
|Relevant cases||DTC troubleshooting|
|Technical service bulletins||Available on select vehicles|
|Vehicle diagnostics||Passenger / Light Duty (Some medium duty)||More than 80 US Domestic, Asian and European vehicles, including supercar|
|Basic & Special Functions||US, Asian and European 1996 and newer||US, Asian and European 1996 and newer|
|OBDII Test Modes||All 10 test modes Live / freeze frame/ enhanced mode 6||All 10 test modes Live / freeze frame/ enhanced mode 6|
|Service resets||36 service features||30+ service features|
|Diesel PM||Reset diesel emissions (Light & medium duty vehicles)||Reset diesel emissions (Light & medium duty vehicles)|
|System Diagnostics||Access all modules in all systems||Access all modules in all systems|
|Component activations||Bi-directional control||Bi-directional control|
|Enhanced functions||Advanced coding +
|Advanced coding + adaptations|
Autel MaxiSys Ultra Pros and Cons:
√Pairs with powerful 5-1 VCI
√OE level topology mapping
√Advanced programming and coding
√Online ECU coding and programming
√12.9-inch touchscreen tablet
√Superfast Android 7.0 operating system
Only one-year free online updates
Updates are expensive
Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro Pros:
√Active Tests, 30+ Special Functions, All Systems Diagnostics
√Supports ECU Programming for Specific BMW & Benz
√Advanced ECU Coding Function
√Key Fob Programming Capability
Only one-year free online updates
Updates are expensive
In detail: Autel MaxiSys Ultra compare Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro
- Most advanced system diagnostic tool: Autel MaxiSys Ultra
Autel MaxiSys Ultra have more functionalities, so it is highly recommended for advanced system diagnostic tool.
Both MaxiSys Ultra and MaxiSys MS908S Pro scanners support OE-level system
diagnostics. You can read trouble codes from all modules for 90% of OBD2-compliant vehicles. We are talking more than engine, airbag, ABS and transmission. You can also look at all the systems in your vehicle, including the SRS, TMPS, EPB, etc.
Both scanners can produce freeze frame data, powertrain diagnostic data, emission diagnostic data, emission diagnostic trouble codes, oxygen sensor monitoring test results, and onboard monitoring tests.
Also, both scanners perform intelligent diagnostics. When you insert the scanner, they will automatically read the VIN information.
Autel MaxiSys Ultra supports topology mapping. This means they can check all systems communications and DTCs visually.
Meanwhile, with the MaxiSys Ultra, you can see two different functions since it supports split-screen multitasking. Furthermore, you can turn the MaxiSys Ultra into a 4-channel oscilloscope, waveform generator, CAN Bus Tester, and multimeter.
- Advanced service Reset functions
Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro can perform 30+ advanced service functions, Autel MaxiSys Ultra offers up to 36 advanced service functions.
Both scanner allow you to access standard reset features. These include oil lamp reset, injector coding, electronic parking brake reset, steering angle calibration, ABS bleeding, TPMS reset, etc.
However, if you’re looking for repair advice, MaxiSys Ultra gives you detailed repair
information and illustrations. It also includes an extensive waveform library, plus Oscilloscope preset guides.
- Bi-directional controls
Both Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro and Autel MaxiSys Ultra scanners have bidirectional functionality. It means you can perform active tests on various systems and modules. But the specific systems supported are dependent on the vehicle make and model.
ECU Coding function allows you to update the computer software on the vehicle to the latest version, recode adaptive data for certain components after making repairs or replacements to improve driving performance, fuel efficiency and reduce power loss. Available coding operations vary by the test vehicle, and only the available operations display in the menu.
Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro ECU Programming applies to BMW & Benz vehicles ONLY. ECU Coding is NOT universally compatible. Please check compatibility with us before purchase.
Autel MaxiSys Ultra can perform coding and programming for countless models including Online ECU programming on Benz and BMW models, online coding on VW/Audi, Seat, Porsche, Renault, and again, BMW and Benz models. For online ECU programming, MaxiSys Ultra can do so without special connectors on BMW F&G chassis. It can perform new chassis online programming and SCN on Benz.
First, both MaxiSys MS908S Pro and MaxiSys Ultra scanners are excellent all system diagnostics tools. Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro offers many similar functions to the MaxiSys Ultra. Only that, it cannot pair with the 5-1 VCMI.
Autel MaxiSys Ultra: you get a tool that comes bundled with a VCI that transforms it into a 4-channel oscilloscope, multimeter, CAN BUS tester, and waveform generator. If you need these functions, the MaxiSys Ultra model is the ideal choice for your needs.
- Vehicle coverage
In terms of full-system OBD2 diagnostics, Both Autel MaxiSys Ultra and MaxiSYS MS908S Pro scanners support 80+ car brands from domestic US car brands, to European and Asian vehicles. The difference comes in programming and coding, as discussed above.
Bothe are highly recommended for BMW and Mercedes beside tens of other brands.
- Compatible protocols
Autel MaxiSys Ultra compatible protocols: DoIP, PLC J2497, ISO-15765, SAE-J1939, ISO-14229 UDS, SAE-J2411 Single Wire Can (GMLAN), ISO-11898-2, ISO-11898-3, SAE-J2819 (TP20), TP16, ISO-9141, ISO-14230, SAE-J2610 (Chrysler SCI), UART Echo Byte, SAE-J2809 (Honda Diag-H), SAE-J2740 (GM ALDL), SAE-J1567 (CCD BUS), Ford UBP, Nissan DDL UART with Clock, BMW DS2, BMW DS1, SAE J2819 (VAG KW81), KW82, SAE J1708, SAE-J1850 PWM (Ford SCP), SAE-J1850 VPW (GM Class2)
Autel MaxiSYS MS908S Pro compatible protocols:
ISO 9142-2, ISO 14230-2, ISO 15765-4, K/L-Line, Flashing Code, SAE-J1850 VPW,
SAE-J1850 PWM, CAN ISO 11898, Highspeed, Middlespeed, Lowspeed and Singlewire CAN,
GM UART, UART Echo Byte Protocol, Honda Diag-H Protocol, TP 2.0, TP 1.6, SAE J1939,
SAE J1708, Fault-Tolerant CAN
In general, both are suitable for any professional mechanic or technician.
Autel Maxisys Ultra model has the highest number of advanced service functions, including online ECU programming, and coding. Get it if you want to pair with 5-1 VCMI or work with protocols DOIP, D-PDU, Mega CAN, & RP1210.
Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro supports J2534 ECU programming for BMW and Mercedes. If you love the advanced service functions of Autel Maxisys Ultra but have a limited budget, take Autel Maxisys MS908S Pro.
Alright, hope the above guide clarifies the differences between the Autel MaxiSys Ultra and Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro.
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