It has been around for a generation, but the Motorola gp340 continues to be going strong

Recently we marked the 40th celebration of the world’s first mobile phone call. As expected, it is a Motorola employee who completed the historic telephone call and, much more predictably, the phone call was made on a Motorola telephone (or, in this case, prototype telephone). If you’re taking one thing away from this introductory part, it should be this: Motorola are chief, and when it comes to communications.

With that in mind, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Two Way Radio, the prevalent in a long string of very good Motorola 2 way radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it.

THE SPECS

With up to 11 hours of battery life, signal encryption and a choice of VHF or UHF radio bands, the Gp 340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, slightly forces-esque design gives the GP340 a professional appearance and allows for important toughness across multiple environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420 grams, the Motorola gp340 is also effortlessly moveable, which adds to the general feel of this two way radio as an ‘action’ device, perhaps better capable than most two way radios to more working use.

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

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

THE PRICE

Someplace between £230 and £280, based on where you search. It pays to work a thorough internet search at this point, since there seems to be quite a few deals going on at the moment.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Motorola gp340 is absolutely more of a team radio, especially if that team transpires to be posted a significant distance away. To quote precisely from the Motorola website,

“Reorganization operations with radio communication raises productivity and can shape part of an businesses health and safety system that is predominantly important for individuals who work alone or secluded from the squad”.

This is very true, as the inclusion of a bright orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board competently demonstrates Motorola’s commitment to consumer safety. If you’re a organisation owner and looking to setup a group (particularly one going into a probably risky situation) with 2 way radio models, you could do a lot worse than a set of Motorola gp340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are helpful and generally discreet. On the other hand, if you use the changeable power level operation, you can make the battery life endure that little longer and save yourself the sound.

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 looks like one more great radio from Motorola. The many, well-designed and considerate security 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 radio is one of care and awareness. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely desires to keep them safe at all times and employers can recognize that their employees are at all times contactable, especially in an emergency.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the DP3400, but that’s about the only fault I can discover with it. Even then, the signal is generally neat and passable. This high level of performance, along with a pail load of features to aid everything from user safety to battery life, is what makes the GP340 a real winner.