It has been around for a generation, but the GP340 continues to be going strong

Recently we celebrated the 40th anniversary for the world’s first mobile phone communication. Predictably, it is a Motorola engineer who made the historic call and, even more inevitable, the phone call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this instance, prototype telephone). If you’re taking one thing from this introductory section, it ought to be this: Motorola are superior, and when it pertains to communications.

With that in mind, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Walkie talkie, the prevalent in a lingering string of excellent Motorola radio devices. The following is what I thought about it.

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery, signal encryption and a selection of VHF or UHF bands, the GP340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A sturdy, somewhat forces-esque device gives the Gp 340 a specialized appearance and permits for significant robustness across many environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420g, the Gp 340 is also naturally transportable, which adds to the complete feel of this device as an ‘action’ radio, possibly better capable than most two way radios to more active use.

What’s further, you get 16 channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ function.

There’s no screen to be found here, which is possibly a shame, but I query this will affect the radio in any major way, to be honest.

THE PRICE

Anywhere among £230 and £280, depending on where you search. It pays to work a thorough web search here, since there looks to be several deals going on.

THE PERFORMANCE

The GP340 is certainly more of a team 2 way radio, particularly if that team transpires to be posted a considerable distance away. To quote precisely from the Motorola site,

“Streamlining operations with radio comms increases productivity and can structure part of an companies health and safety system which is predominantly significant for individuals who work alone or remote from the group”.

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 pledge to consumer protection. If you’re a organisation proprietor and looking to outfit a company (particularly one going into a potentially dangerous situation) with 2 way radio models, you could do a lot worse than a group of Motorola gp340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are helpful and mostly discreet. However, if you use the modifiable power level function, you can make the battery keep going that 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.

THE VERDICT

This looks like an alternative 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 wide-ranging sturdiness and craftsmanship inherent to nearly all Motorola 2 way radios.

The whole feel of this 2 way radio is one of care and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely needs to keep them safe at all times and employers can recognize that their workforce are continuously contactable, especially in an crisis.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Motorola dp3400, but that is about the only weakness I can find with it. Even then, the sound is normally neat and unobstructed. This premium level of presentation, along with a bucket load of features to aid everything from user protection to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.