Evaluation of that transportable Motorola gp340 two way radio

The other week marked the 40th celebration of the world’s 1st mobile phone call. Predictably, it’s a Motorola employee who designed the historic telephone call and, more predictably, the call was made on a Motorola telephone (or, in this instance, prototype phone). If you take one thing away from this introductory section, it should be this: Motorola are chief, at least when it pertains to 2 way radios.

With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Walkie talkie, the admired in a extensive line of superb Motorola 2 way radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it.

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery, signal encryption and a option of VHF or UHF radio bands, the Gp 340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, somewhat forces-esque design gives the Gp 340 a specialized appearance and allows for great robustness across numerous environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420 grams, the Gp 340 is also effortlessly portable, which provides to the overall feel of this two way radio as an ‘action’ radio, maybe better suited than most 2 way radios to more involved use.

What is further, you get 16 channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There isn’t a display to be found here, which is possibly a shame, but I disbelief this will influence the device in any key way, to be frank.

THE PRICE

Someplace among £230 and £280, based on wherever you search. It pays to work a thorough web search here, because there seems to be quite a few offers going on.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Motorola gp340 is definitely more of a team-friendly walkie talkie, particularly if that team happens to be posted a considerable distance away. To quote frankly from the Motorola site,

“Reorganization operations with 2 way radio comms increases productiveness and can form part of an organisation’s health and safety structure which is principally important for individuals who work on their own or remote from the team”.

This is exceptionally genuine, as the inclusion of a intense orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board capably demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to consumer safety. If you’re a company owner and looking to outfit a team (especially one going into a potentially risky circumstances) with two way radio units, you might do a lot worse than a set of Gp 340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are helpful and generally discreet. Yet, if you use the variable power level operation, you can make the battery last that little longer and save yourself the noise.

The ‘Call Forward’ operation is also an absolute treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.

THE VERDICT

This appears like another great two way radio from Motorola. The abundant, well-designed and considerate security features on this one are a real plus point, as is the general sturdiness and craftsmanship reputed to almost all Motorola 2 way radios.

The general feel of this 2 way radio is one of carefulness and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely needs to keep them secure at all periods and employers can identify that their workforce are always contactable, especially in an urgent situation.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Dp 3400, but that is roughly the only fault I can find with it. Even then, the sound is commonly clear and unobstructed. This high level of functioning, along with a pail load of features to aid all from user protection to battery life, is what makes the GP340 a real winner.