DCS 2 Way Radio: Editors best of radio hardware



1. Motorola DP3661e

Weight: 290g

The Motorola DP3661e is the latest addition to the Motorola Handheld range, providing a feature rich radio in a robust, compact design. The DP3661e enhances the DP3441e offering with a display and half keypad. These allow users to send and receive text messages, view a battery life status, and perform front panel programming. Offer a notification list and complete channel and radio settings alongside this the DP3661e also has integrated GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) and integrated Bluetooth as it is part of the Motorola “e- range”. The DP3661e is capable of operating on IP Site Connect and Capacity Plus systems which may be used to ensure radio coverage over alarger area. This radio has an IP68 Rating and is TIA Certified making this radio almost completely immune to both water and dust. With a standard Battery, this radio can achieve a minimum of 11 hours of usage before recharge.

2. Motorola SL4000e

Weight: 153g

The Motorola SL4000e is based on its predecessor the SL4000, however, the new “e-range” features include improved coverage capabilities, Bluetooth technology for wireless connectivity and intelligent audio that automatically adjusts the radio volume according to the environment’s noise level. The Motorola SL4000e includes a high definition, 5 line, colour display which allows users to navigate through menus and contacts with ease using the 4-way navigation disc built into the front of the radio. This radio can last up to 14 hours in digital mode making it an ideal radio for long shifts. This radio is suitable for larger radio communication systems as it is capable of operating on IP Site Connect (Multiple Site Trunking) and Capacity Plus (Single Site Trunking)

3. Hytera X1p

Weight: 240g

Available in both UHF and VHF the Hytera X1p is the top tier handheld in the Hytera range, with a similar body to the PD605 the X1p has a 1.8” LCD display that has good visibility even in direct sunlight. This radio also provides a wide range of features such as built-in GPS positioning, vibrating alerts and Bluetooth integrated for wireless connectivity, this radio also includes a full keypad allowing users to navigate contacts and alter setting with ease. With the Hytera X1p users can expect to receive up to 12.7 hours of battery life before the radio requires charging.

4. Motorola SL1600

Weight: 166g

The Motorola SL1600 is the most cost effective licensed digital radio in the Motorola handheld range. It includes an innovative shatterproof LED metric display which is built into a slim, lightweight design. This is an ideal option for consumers that require simple radio communications as it can hold up to 99 channels and is available on both VHF and UHF models. Paired with a lithium-ion battery users can expect around 11.8 hours of usage before the radio needs to be recharged. Other features on the Motorola SL1600 include easy to use group and individual call capability.

5. Hytera PD605

Weight: 290g

The Hytera PD605 is a small and sleek looking radio. Its solid build quality consists of a compact metal frame to make the radio more durable however still remains quite light, weighing only 290 grams enabling users to carry this radio around all day with ease. The PD605 has an IP67 Rating meaning it is protected from dust and can be submerged in water to a depth of 1m. This radio offers a simple to use interface with a minimalistic look that provides the user with precise audio enabling messages to be received and transmitted clearly. With the PD605, users can expect to receive up to 16 hours of usage in digital mode.

6. Hytera PD405

Weight: 270g

The Hytera PD405 is a slim-line licensed digital radio. It is able to operate in both analogue and digital mode as it automatically detects the signal type and transmits accordingly meaning this is an ideal radio for consumers that are currently using an analogue system and are looking to migrate over to digital. Hytera has made the PD405 for convenience. Its compact size makes it convenient to carry, and comfortable to hold, while many functions can be triggered using a single button. The PD405 has an IP55 meaning it is protected from small amounts of water and has limited protection from dust ingress. With a 1500 mAh Battery users can expect to get up to 12 hours of usage from the Hytera PD405

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