Advantages STRONG AND DURABLE
Disadvantages ONLY 3KM RANGE (BUT AS PER ANY PMR)
|Range of features|
|Ease of use|
|Look & Feel|
|Durability & Robustness|
|Battery standby time|
RANGE OF FEATURES
You have 8 channels which is plenty for most people. Just select one and start using it. If you find that someone else is already using another set of PMR’s nearby on the same frequency then just change channels. (That is the only problem with a PMR radio is that it’s un-licenced which means anyone can listen in, however I’ve never really had a problem with this). You have the lock feature so that you can put the radio in your pocket and not change the channel in error and you also have the headphone/microphone socket for using the headset for handsfree use (great for doormen (or door people I should say)). The headset functions will vary with headsets but you can have either PTT (push to talk) or VOX (voice activated) depending upon which you require. These radios use a single stereo jack rather than the two pin that some units use, so depending on the headset you get you may need an adapter, adding about £5-£10 to the cost on this, with headsets costing anything from £15-£30 each.
LOOK AND FEEL
At first glance they don’t look as pretty as some units I’ve seen. However the design is one that is very practical. All the buttons are designed so that you can hold it in one hand and change any functions with the other very easily. It feels very comfortable in your hand with the plastic centre area and the rubber surround.
Some radio’s I’ve used give a very scratchy reception but I find that these give a very good clear reception. When batteries are very low you may find a bit of drop off as your power goes down and the distance drops a bit but generally you will find the reception is excellent. As per most manufacturer’s Motorola claim around the 2 to 3 km mark for usable distance. In realistic terms you may get this if you have direct line of sight in the middle of nowhere, however for the general population who live in a town or city and that is where they will use them you will find the range is down to around half a mile to a mile. It’s still plenty for most people, either when you take the kids shopping or getting them home from a friends up the road for tea or if your in shop or club using them for security.
Constant talk time your looking around about four or five hours. That’s plenty for most people, especially one days use and you can recharge at the end of the day. Remember each message you speak may only be about say half a minute. Which at four hours would give you around 480 half minute messages.
VALUE FOR MONEY
The units are going to set you back around the £80 or so mark. But that’s not bad considering you won’t have to buy any batteries and chargers. Even if you get two £30 headsets you’re still only looking at £140. (If you bought 6 AAA batteries and a charger you’d be looking about £25 or so and you have to take the batteries out of the handsets – so these are great value for money).
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