Recently we celebrated the 40th celebration for the world’s 1st mobile phone call. Inevitable, it is a Motorola employee who completed the historic phone call and, even more predictably, the call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this instance, prototype phone). If you’re taking one thing from this introductory part, it ought to be this: Motorola are superior, at least when it pertains to two way radios.
With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Two Way Radio, the standard in a long line of superb Motorola radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it.
With up to eleven hours of battery, signal encryption and a selection of VHF or UHF bands, the Motorola gp340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, slightly forces-esque device gives the GP340 a professional look and allows for great sturdiness across many environments.
At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420g, the Motorola gp340 is also easily moveable, which adds to the general feel of this device as an ‘action’ device, maybe better suited than most 2 way radios to more working use.
What’s more, you get sixteen channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ function.
There isn’t a screen to be found here, that is perhaps a shame, but I query this will affect the radio in any key way, to be honest.
Anywhere among £230 and £280, based on wherever you shop. It pays to run a thorough web search at this point, since there appears to be many deals going on at the moment.
The Motorola gp340 is certainly more of a team radio, particularly if that team happens to be posted a considerable distance away. To quote directly from the Motorola site,
“Streamlining operations with radio comms increases productiveness and can structure part of an organisation’s health and safety structure which is particularly important for those who work on their own or remote from the team”.
This is exceptionally genuine, as the inclusion of a dazzling orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board competently demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to consumer protection. If you’re a company owner and shopping to outfit a group (especially one going into a potentially unsafe situation) with radio units, you could do a lot worse than a set of Motorola gp340s.
In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and typically unassuming. Yet, if you use the adjustable power level use, you can make the battery life endure that little bit longer and save yourself the noise.
The ‘Call Forward’ operation is also an conclusive treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.
This appears like another great two way radio from Motorola. The numerous, well-designed and considerate safety features on this one are a real plus point, as is the general durability and craftsmanship reputed to almost all Motorola 2 way radios.
The whole impression of this two way radio is one of care and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wants to keep them safe at all periods and employers can recognize 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’s roughly the only fault I can find with it. Even then, the signal is normally clear and unobstructed. This premium level of performance, along with a pail load of features to aid everything from user security to battery life, is what makes the GP340 a real winner.