Sometimes, the best diagnostic tool isn’t the most complex one. Middle ground tools as we like to call them are advanced enough to get the job done but simple enough for users other than professionals to utilize. We are going to compare two simple yet functional tools and determine which the better middle ground diagnostic tool is for all users.
|Autel DS708 MaxiDAS||Snap on Solus Edge|
|Display||7 inch 800×480 pixel TFT color display||8 inch IPS touch screen with 1200X800 resolution|
|Vehicle coverage||40+ Vehicle brands||Up to 93 Vehicle brands|
|Best Feature||Extraordinarily powerful processor makes this device extremely fast||Powerful special test functions, exceptionally fast live data and graphing|
|Internal capacity||32GB||16GB expandable to 32 GB|
|Size||282 X 164 X 60mm||235 X 165 X 30mm
|Operating system and CPU||Windows CE operating system with ARM9 + ARM7 dual processor||Android 5.1 – 6.0 OS and
ARM Coretex-A7 quad-core , 1.3GHZ processors
Autel DS708 MaxiDAS
This model by Autel is part of the delicately engineered MaxiDAS series. It is designed to recreate functionality of OEM tools used by manufacturers’ dealers and other professionals. Some of the specs on this tool include unparalleled OBD 2 functionalities. It supports all OBD 2 protocols and includes all 10 test modes. With coverage of over 40 vehicle makes and deep system coverage for all your electronic systems, the reliability of this device is on another level.
Apart from the innovative technology that goes to develop the software components on this model, the hardware elements on the tool are likewise admirable. In terms of display; the Autel MaxiDAS DS708 boasts a reasonable 7 inch screen with 800X480 pixel TFT color.
The unique ergonomic design allows you to operate this tool with maximum comfort and convenience. Navigating through the tool is quite easy given the easy to use interface enabled with touch screen operation and intelligent memory for quick and easy diagnosis.
In summary, Autel MaxiDAS DS708 Scanner is a high performing tool with a wide range of functional features. you not only have access to the efficiency that this decide have to offer, but also a live support team that ensures you have up to date comprehensive data to work with.
- The tool is enabled with a genuine Windows CE OS for stable performance
- With both ARM9 AND AMR7 processors, you can expect quick diagnostics and boot ups
- You can connect to the internet and use the browser for all resources available online
- A built in overvoltage tech ensures your instrument and vehicle are protected from unwarranted damage
What we like
- The MaxiDAS DS708 supports all OBD 5 protocols and all 10 test modes
- Intelligent memory for quicker diagnosis and boot up
- Enables remote diagnosis for convenient training or demonstration
- Allows the user to print out recorded data at anytime using the Wi-Fi printing capability
What we don’t like
- If you decide to purchase this device for personal use, then you might not appreciate the heavy technical jargon. This will especially impact users who do not have the technical knowhow to maneuver through the manual.
As we mentioned, the Autel MaxiDAS DS708 is made to suit professionals who wish to deliver topnotch services comparable to manufacturers’ dealers. Sure it might be abit much for beginners but this tool will properly serve anyone from car enthusiasts DIYers and even pros and technicians.
Types of OBD protocols
As we mentioned above, the DS708 supports all 5 OBD protocols. Well, what are they and is that a good thing? First off, any OBD2 compliant automobile can use either of these communication protocols. Contrary to what some people may believe, there are only 5 protocols. The rest are usually protocol variants. The protocols include:
- SAE J1850 VPW
- SAE J1850 PWM
- ISO14230-4 (KWP2000)
- ISO 15765-4/SAE J2480 since 2003
Usually, you can determine the protocol your vehicle uses by checking the pinout of your OBD connector.
A note on OBD test modes
There are 10 types of OBD test modes, ranging from mode $01 to $0A. These modes help the user to view raw data without interference/interpretation from the interface.
Snap on Solus Edge scan tool
The Snap on Edge, also known as EESC320 is not only fast and efficient but also easy to use. Let’s take a look at the some of the specifications that confer such capabilities to this scanning tool. The platform itself is fairly large, an 8 inch screen that is daylight readable with considerable resolution (800X480).
It is powered by a removable lithium ion battery pack and steady charge battery technology that charges when connected to a vehicle via cable. With a high capacity micro SD card, the Snap on Edge will safely store your data files and simultaneously accommodate the diagnostic software.
The software itself is well equipped to access the web based information system with all the data a car owner or professional may need including vehicle specific fixes and even tips. Snap on Solus edge provides a considerable OEM specific coverage.
This tool is truly exceptional in its troubleshooting, connectivity, diagnostics and graphing among many other functions. If that isn’t enough, you may make use of the custom controls to zoom, freeze frame, create a custom data list and much more.
In summary, you can expect sophisticated functionality, advanced graphing features, user customizable configuration and intuitive user interface.
- Sure Track Expert Information and record of verified parts replacement
- Super fast boost up on account
- Embedded SMX OS that is dedicated to fast and reliable function of the tool
What we like
- Reliable device for your diagnostic needs
- Provides comprehensive information for different vehicle types
- It is easy and convenient to handle, it doesn’t hurt that this is the thinnest device by Snap on
What we don’t like
- Most people might find this tool somewhat costly, especially if they do not plan on using it to earn a living
The Snap on Edge has integrated consistent hardware and software upgrades for effective, accurate and expedited diagnostics with the professional in mind. However, this tool is suitable for use for anyone from DIYers, car enthusiasts and even pros and technicians.
Importance of ergonomic designs on handheld scanning tools
While not the flashiest addition to diagnostic tools, and ergonomic design is a major pro in our books. This is among the reasons both the Autel MaxiDAS DS708 and Snap on Solus Edge made our lists. Because ergonomics influences productivity, engagement, safety culture and cost, we encourage users to invest in tools that will help them put forth their best effort.
Dos and Don’ts of selecting a scanning tool
Many people would consider a scanning tool a major purchase. In the event that you decide to purchase either one of these or another scanning tool, there are many things that you should keep in mind. Here is a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for getting a good diagnostic scanning device.
Do go through all the features
These tools functionality and performance is primarily dependent on the features. Ensure you review what each tool you’re considering has to offer. You should then proceed to analyze how the features will benefit you or how you can utilize each tool to maximum capacity. If you’re stuck between two difficult choices, say the Autel DS708 MaxiDAS vs. Snap on Solus Edge we find it helpful to analyze each tools best feature and how it will impact your work.
For example, while both these tools are capable devices, the DS708 empathizes the innovative nature of its features while the Solus EDGE highlights its intuitive and efficient functioning. Understanding what sets each device apart will help guide you through the selection.
Do check out other options
Don’t get us wrong, both the Autel DS708 MaxiDAS and Snap on Solus Edge are smart diagnostics tools to be reckoned with. However, one of the best practices while purchasing such an item is to research and see what other brands have to offers. The other models may not be as popular as Autel or Snap on models but you shouldn’t dismiss them just yet.
Do plan ahead
This applies both in terms of what you intend to do with the device and how you intend to purchase it.. Relatively advanced diagnostic tools aren’t exactly top cheap. Plan ahead and figure out how you can utilize each device to draw out its maximum potential. Still on the matter of planning, it is advisable that you set aside a reasonable budget to cover the cost of a good tool.
Do not ignore the OS and processor capabilities on scanning tools.
Both the Autel MaxiDAS DS708 and Snap on Solus Edge are designed with capable operating systems and processors. These are important for high functionality devices to help the tool cope with tall the advanced features.
Do not panic
When finding the best fit diagnostic device, it is easy to get overwhelmed and even flustered. All the options and different features dint exactly make things easier. If you feel overwhelmed, you can come back to these steps for a refresher on what and what not to do.
Comparing the Autel DS708 MaxiDAS to the Snap on Solus Edge
Display wise, both tools are basically the same in terms of display features. While they share a 800X480 resolution, the screen on the Edge is an inch larger than the DS708 MaxiDAS. Both are MircoSD enabled for safe data storage and use. The easy to navigate intuitive interface on both of these tools makes each of these ideal for use by professionals and even DIYers.
In terms of performance, there are several elemental designs on each of these tools that may influence their performance. The difference in their OS systems for example may create a difference in speed and reliability of their functioning.
Their acute difference in features is perhaps what makes them so different yet reliable. The DS708 MaxiDAS has features generally for reliability. Conversely, the edge has featured that enhance functionality. This is not to say that either of the tools is ill equipped, in fact both devices are well build with differing primary goals.
Features every Middle tier DIYer scanner should have
Because DIY scanning tools are often in the middle of things, it’s difficult to say which features are mandatory. However, there are some standard support features like reasonable operating speeds, customizable dashboards, Good connectivity, Data export and a reasonable display that should be the minimum for every mid tier diagnostics device.
This doesn’t mean that DIYer scanning tools shouldn’t have advanced features. In fact, you should seek out tools with SRS, clear and check ABS, oil service reset and similar advanced features.
TIP: ABS is involved in reading and clearing antilock braking system issues while SRS alerts you whether the air bag system is functional or not.
mAh and performance
Milliamp Hour is the unit used to measure power over time. You’ve most likely come across this acronym as we were discussing battery capacity on these scanning devices. A higher number preceding the unit usually indicates the battery can hold more energy. The rate at which the battery lasts is not only dependent on the capacity but also the rate at which the device draws power. Depending on how efficiently the tool utilizes energy, this could mean devices with higher mAh will last longer.
Choosing a middle tier diagnostics device is a matter of balance. However, finding devices that present this balance isn’t as easy as it sounds. This guide should come in handy when you need to find a good DIYer diagnostic device but do not know where to start.