Need to buy the Motorola cp040 2 way radio? read our review first

We at this site spend a lot of time reviewing the best and most well designed radios on offer today. Some of these products are specially made for specific functions and can fetch intimidating prices for smaller companies that nonetheless are eager to compete. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at one of Motorola’s cheaper models and see how it compares with the big boys.

THE SPECS

With a utilitarian, somewhat pedestrian design, the Motorola CP040 is a million miles removed from the sleek, sexy contours of the MotoTRBO SL4000, or even the rugged, hardwearing face of the Motorola DP3400. The design is perfunctory, modest and unambitious, but looks can be deceiving.

A sturdy, capable model, this is a great choice for warehousing and agriculture (as pointed out on the Motorola site).

It only makes use of four channels, but is incredibly easy to use as a result, very much a ‘press and play’ radio. It also keeps contact over a surprisingly large range.

19 hours of battery life shows good durability (when in battery saving ‘low’ mode, anyway), while the ability to switch between broadcasting to multiple users or a single one is a very welcome function indeed.

Although clearly designed as a budget model, the CP040 has a lot of functions that we have come to expect from far-more pricey radios.

THE PRICE

Believe it or not (and we even had to read it twice!), the CP040 is available at less than £100. OK, at £99 it’s not a lot less, but it still beats the better models by half (and then some). Indeed, there is a feeling that Motorola could actually charge a little bit more for this device and easily get away with it.

THE PERFORMANCE

cp040Making great use of Motorola’s much-vaunted ‘X-Pand’ technology, the CP040 provides excellent audio quality with every message, so there’s no real loss in sound quality (unless you obsessively compare the CP040 with the really high-end models and we aren’t going to do that here).

In terms of use, the CP040 is easy and efficient, operating with the usual dependability that we’ve come to expect from Motorola radios.

The belt clip (an optional extra) holds the radio in well and everything is generally sturdy and nicely made.

The CP040 may be lacking some of the more fancy features and extras that some of its peers can boast about, but as a standard, basic two-way radio, it is incredibly difficult to find fault with it.

THE VERDICT

The CP040 has been designed with mid level business use in mind, yes, it lacks the ‘boys own adventure’ ruggedness of Motorola’s outdoor models or the discreet, professional modernity of their urban, security orientated range, but it makes up for this in spades with a solid, reliable performance that won’t break the bank.

Perhaps it’s not the best product of its kind that the market can offer, but it is a very long way from being the worst and, in addition, it genuinely offers excellent value for money.

Customers may want something a little bit tougher and more overtly safety-conscious for use on building sites or battlegrounds. Perhaps they’ll also want something a little more slender and/or trendy for customer interaction, but otherwise, the CP040 suits its design-niche perfectly.

This is a great little device for basic business radio use and it’s hard to imagine it letting anybody down. Strong, reliable and high performance, the CP040 combines a thoroughly satisfying user experience with a pleasantly manageable price tag to create a wholly likeable (not to mention highly recommendable) product.

For more information on the Motorola Cp040 radio visit 2wayradionline.co.uk

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Peter Capaldi Starts on-set of Doctor Who

Series 8 of the hit British TV series ‘Doctor Who’ has officially started production in Cardiff, Wales. This series will feature the first adventures of the new lead actor, Peter Capaldi, a prospect that has fans of the series very excited.

The show, which debuted in 1963, has starred 12 actors as the titular Doctor. Capaldi, a lifelong fan of the series, is to be the 13th (although he will be recognized as the 12th within the show’s storyline). Said Capaldi of the show, I was five when the show started. I don’t remember Doctor Who not being part of my life, and it became a part of growing up, along with The Beatles, National Health spectacles, and fog. And it runs deep. It’s in my DNA…” Continue reading

PS4: Is The Latest Batch The Greatest?

Where do the latest PS4 games sit on the Pantheon of the PS4? Let’s have a look-see.

College mate Bob.

“Well, with a little trepidation I’ve finally done it” the update read “I’ve bought my own detached house. It has all appliances I could need and a beautiful thatched roof”

Not much older than me. I was shocked that he was enjoying so much success. How he’d gotten so wealthy. Bob and I were in the same class at college. I used to take long lunches.  He moved away and I only met him a few years later, whilst we were on the same train. Working as writers. I was about to post a long message congratulating Bob on his newfound success when I noticed the final two words to his status. Dork.

Bob is not alone, loads of people had great fun last year with PS4 games. Skyrim destroyed the social lives of half of my friends. Awesome graphics, Skyrim was quite rightly lauded as one of the best games of 2012. In fact, for a couple months, every. Saw him.

Fell victim to this little number, is FIFA12. probably won’t. F13, for example, might disappoint F1 fans expecting an upgrade. It is the sequel to…Don’t make me tell you!, with updated squad lists and slightly better graphics. It sold well, but I can’t say it’s hugely better than FIFA11.

Another one that did well towards the end of last year. Maybe that’s going too far). I can’t stand Dragon Ball Z. Get into that show? There’s like, three frames of animation per episode, most of which is either recapping the last. Madder. Extremely pissed off) hero gets really mad, glows yellow and kills him. The end. hours of my life I’m not getting back any time soon to get there. What’s that? Oh, the game? I have no idea, I got Distracted…Actually, I should issue an apology before DBZ’s legions of fans stand around getting angrier.