The Gp 340, a basic evaluation of this colossal two way radio

Last week marked the 40th celebration of the world’s first mobile phone communication. As expected, it was a Motorola employee who created the historic call and, much more predictably, the call was made on the Motorola telephone (or, in this case, prototype phone). If you take one thing from this introductory part, it should be this: Motorola are superior, and when it comes to communications.

With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable 2 way radio, the standard in a extensive line of superb Motorola two way radio devices. The following is what I thought about it.

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery life, signal encryption and a choice of VHF or UHF radio bands, the GP340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, slightly military-esque design gives the Gp 340 a professional look and facilitates for great robustness across many environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420g, the GP340 is also easily transportable, which provides to the complete feel of this radio as an ‘action’ radio, possibly better matched than most walkie talkies to more working use.

What’s further, you get sixteen audio channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There is no screen to be found here, that is perhaps a shame, but I question this will affect the radio in any key way, to be frank.

THE PRICE

Somewhere among £230 and £280, based on wherever you search. It pays to run a thorough internet search at this point, since there appears to be several offers going on at the moment.

THE PERFORMANCE

The GP340 is absolutely more of a team two way radio, especially if that company transpires to be posted a sizeable distance away. To quote frankly from the Motorola website,

“Reorganization operations with 2 way radio communication raises productiveness and can form part of an organisation’s health and safety system that is principally significant for those who work on their own or secluded from the squad”.

This is exceptionally true, as the inclusion of a bright orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board capably demonstrates Motorola’s commitment to consumer protection. If you’re a business proprietor and shopping to outfit a team (particularly one going into a probably risky situation) with radio models, you might do a lot worse than a group of GP340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and generally discreet. Yet, if you use the modifiable power level function, you can make the battery life last that little bit longer and save yourself the sound.

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 another great 2 way radio from Motorola. The numerous, well-designed and considerate protection features on this one are a real plus point, as is the universal sturdiness and craftsmanship inherent to almost all Motorola 2 way radios.

The whole impression of this 2 way radio is one of care and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wishes to keep them secure at all periods and employers can know that their workforce are continuously contactable, especially in an tragedy.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the DP3400, but that is roughly the only weakness I can find with it. Even then, the sound is normally clear and unhindered. This premium level of presentation, along with a bucket load of features to aid everything from user security to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.