What to make of the new Motorola dp3400

You remember that episode from series 2 of ‘Spaced’, the one where Tim and Mike had to enter the offices of Darkstar Comics in order to get back an unpleasant picture that Daisy slipped into Tim’s portfolio by mistake? Obviously you need to do (if you don’t – you ought to). Well, that caper could have been pulled off a lot more smoothly if the blokes had been using the popular Dp3400 Two-Way Radios. Obviously, they had walkie-talkies in that episode, but not like these…


There’s rather a lot that makes the Dp3400 greater than just another two way radio. For a start, the DP 3400 employs an individual-site trunking solution that can allow over a thousand users to share information, as well as data, with one another, without addition new frequencies.

The Dp3400 also comes with an emergency button, this button, when pushed, automatically alerts the supervisor (or sender) to any potential trouble devoid of the user having to speak even a single word. Such a security feature works in tandem with the Dp3400’s ‘Emergency Signalling’ capability, a function that will send an emergency signal to some pre-determined person or group.

The DP 3400 is effective at signal migration for both analogue and digital signals; it simply (and handily) combines traditional 2 way radio technology with leading edge digital methods.

The radio comes in both UHF and VHF.

This radio also comes with a cradle that charges your battery, it’s a great charger, representing an efficient design and total user-friendliness.


This is a neat little gizmo, but Motorola know that. The cost might seem somewhat steep at first, but when its specialized quality you’re after, then you should be prepared to pay a reliable price.


Despite working with a distinctly utilitarian feel overall, the external design in reality benefits from a softer, ‘sanded down’ surface. With smoother edges and a more contemporary feel, this walkie talkie does not seem as Spartan as a more military or security-centric model might. It provides all equivalent functions, but the outcome is a little bit more aesthetically pleasant and somehow more reassuring. In brief, this model will be better for business.

The brightly lit buttons are also very useful if you’re using the radio at night. It’s a Tricolour LED, therefore the lights appear present and nice.

It’s much incredibly difficult little radio, with a tough outer casing and what appears to be shock proofing much of the way around. The body of this 2 way radio is so well sealed that not even a particle of dust or grit can penetrate it. It could even be fully submerged in water for 30 minutes without succumbing to permanent damage.

The belt clip is sturdy and holds the walkie talkie to your belt so well, that you just never fear it’ll fall off. You furthermore mght get a dust cover, which protects the open accessory port in the event that you just are not using any accessories. This can be a welcome feature that is always nice to see. The addition of programmable side buttons can also be an extremely welcome feature of the Dp3400.

The Motorola dp3400 also benefits greatly from a very long battery life, which is good for outdoor work.


This is a marvellous radio. It is suitable for any number of events/functions. The sound comes through clearly, the big microphone/speaker setup allows for simple use and the entire package is exceptionally well made. The Dp3400 is sensible, user friendly and very high quality.

Really the only knock we’d give it is the battery, though excellently made, is somewhat heavy. That’s it.

However, I still believe the aforementioned episode of ‘Spaced’ would have gone much more smoothly as long as they’d invested in a few these little beauties.

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