It may be around for a generation, but the Gp 340 is still going strong

Recently we marked the 40th celebration of the world’s first cell phone communication. Predictably, it was a Motorola engineer who created the historic call and, more unsurprisingly, the phone call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this instance, prototype phone). If you are taking one thing from this introductory piece, it needs to be this: Motorola are boss, and when it pertains to communications.

With that in mind, I reviewed the GP340 Portable 2 way radio, the prevalent in a lingering string of very good Motorola radio devices. The following is what I deliberated 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 running and goes from there. A strong, somewhat forces-esque device gives the Motorola gp340 a specialized appearance and facilitates for great toughness across multiple environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420 grams, the GP340 is also easily transportable, which provides to the overall feel of this device as an ‘action’ device, possibly better matched than most two way radios to more working use.

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

There is no display to be found here, which is maybe a shame, but I disbelief this will affect the radio in any major way, to be frank.

THE PRICE

Somewhere between £230 and £280, depending on where you shop. It pays to work a thorough internet search at this juncture, as there looks to be several offers going on.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Motorola gp340 is definitely more of a team radio, especially if that company transpires to be posted a sizeable distance away. To quote frankly from the Motorola website,

“Streamlining operations with radio comms increases productiveness and can form part of an businesses health and safety structure which is particularly vital for individuals who work on their own or remote from the group”.

This is incredibly true, as the inclusion of a bright orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board ably demonstrates Motorola’s pledge to user security. If you’re a organisation proprietor and seeking to outfit a company (especially one going into a probably dangerous situation) with radio models, you might do a lot worse than a set of Motorola gp340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are helpful and generally self-effacing. On the other hand, if you use the adjustable power level function, you can make the battery endure that little longer and save yourself the noise.

The ‘Call Forward’ function is also an conclusive treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.

THE VERDICT

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 wide-ranging sturdiness and craftsmanship inherent to nearly all Motorola 2 way radios.

The general feel of this radio is one of carefulness and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wants to keep them safe at all times and employers can identify that their labor force are always contactable, especially in an tragedy.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Dp 3400, but that is about the only weakness I can discover with it. Even then, the signal is normally clear and unobstructed. This premium level of presentation, along with a bucket load of features to aid all from user security to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.