Motorola TALKABOUT MR350R Two Way Radios - Reviews

The Motorola MR350R two way radio value is a great package. It includes two high-powered, full featured MR350R two way radios, a two pocket desktop charger and rechargeable batteries. The Talkabout MR350R two way radio offers great power, providing up to 35 miles of range in ideal conditions … more

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By Joe

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Excellent Radios

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Good range in mountain environment

CONS

BEST USES

  • Mountains

Comments:

Excellent clarity and range on the ski slope. Experienced zero traffic/interference. I like the added features like the ability to charge via usb and flashlight. Durable, but not too heavy. Battery never dipped below "full" all day. Honestly my friends and I don't know what we did before we had these radios!


By walt

About Me Tech Savvy

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

lives up to Motorola brand

 
5.0

PROS

  • Clear Reception
  • Easy Controls
  • Durable

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

Much better quality than other brands. larger size fits hand nicely


By WCarp

About Me Tech Savvy

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Talkabout MR350R

 
2.0

PROS

  • Clear Reception

CONS

  • Limited Talk Time
  • Battery Charge Time

BEST USES

Comments:

I only used it at short range. Cannot talk longer than one minute. A fully depleted battery will take 14 hours to charge. Charging LED will not indicate if battery is fully charged. Should not leave radio on charger for more than 16 hours or will shorten battery life (has no smart charging capability)


By vermontvetreran

About Me Avid Adventurer

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Fantastic

 
5.0

PROS

  • Clear Signal
  • Rugged
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Emergencies
  • Families
  • Hunting

Comments:

We can stay in touch


By Bob

About Me Avid Adventurer

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Solid performance, durability

 
4.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Lightweight
  • Good Audio

CONS

BEST USES

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Families

Comments:

Reception falls off quickly out of line-of-sight Otherwise excellent value, performance


By Don L

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Godd radios but hands free difficult

 
4.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

  • Families
  • Camping
  • Emergencies

Comments:

The radios are well made and work as described with the exception of the hands free modes. They tend to stay activated (in the tranmit mode) once they sense a voice. You can lower the activation sensitivity (only 3 settings) but then they have difficulty in recognizing there is a voice (activating). There needs to be some design improvements for reliable operation in the hands free modes. Other than that range is usually 1 mile or less as with most 2 way radios but they work as well as any other radio in this class.


By Canootie

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

Stuck on vibrate

 
2.0

PROS

CONS

BEST USES

  • Families

Comments:

Half the time when turned on the unit is stuck on vibrate and does not function. The other times it goes onto vibrate about 5 minutes later.


By Dan G.

About Me Avid Adventurer

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

Best Available

 
4.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Clear Signal
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • Poor Belt Clip
  • Unreliable Ptt Button

BEST USES

  • Emergencies
  • Boating
  • Ski Slopes
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Comments:

I've been using Talkabouts since they first were introducted around 1998 with a two-mile advertized range and were well over a $100.00 per radio. Needless to say, they've come a long way since then. These current radios are reliable, have a good range, of course that's relative, and easy to use. The farest I have been able to reach is about 13 miles and that was a direct line of site with no obstructions from a mountain top at about 3100 feet to a valley floor at about 160 feet. They recently were invaluable during a backpacking trip where we got off trail and was able to make contact with our pick-up point about 2.5 miles away through a forest and over a 500 foot ridge. That contact saved an activation of the local Search and Rescue Team. We use them for car-to-car, car-to-motorcycle, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, and sking. The extension mics come in very handy especially when wearing gloves. The quality with this Motorola unit has improved greatly over the years but it still has a few drawbacks. Motorola REALLY needs to develop a better belt clip system. Once the plastic part that hooks to a belt or strap bends outward, the clip is useless. Also, same thing when the little plastic tab breaks off that holds the clip to the radio. The clips are then ready for the recycle bin. I've also had bad experiences with the PTT button with older models and once with this model. This happens when the PTT depressed. A tone sounds, the screen goes blank, and you're unable to transmit. If you're not looking at the screen when this happens you assume you're transmitting because you have pressed the PTT button. Pretty annoying. The little LED light at the bottom it nice but unecessary. Motorola should dump the light and invest more into a reliable PTT button, a better belt clip, and extended range capabilities. Even with the drawbacks, it's still the best on the market and we don't leave home without them.


By Bad Billy

About Me Environmentalist

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

Everything as expected.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use
  • Rugged
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

Will use for upcoming Baja trips with friends in a separate vehicle. No cell reception.


By bossman

About Me Professional/Guide

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

Motorola MR350R

 
4.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • Weak Belt Clips

BEST USES

Comments:

Units seem to work well inside our place of business which is a large metal building. The only concern we have is the belt clips break very easily. Bought a total of 12 of these and had 4 belt clips break in the first few days and then had one volume control knob fall off.


By RetailRachel

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

Not great for business use

 
1.0

PROS

  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Call ringtone too long
  • Hard to understand
  • Hard to hear speaker
  • Headsets difficult to use
  • Poor sound

BEST USES

  • Families
  • Camping

Comments:

We are a retail store, we have 5-10 employees using these radios during any shift. They are difficult to understand with any noise going on around you, the earpieces hurt to use, and the clips are poor quality. Any time we bump into a rack or a register counter, the "CALL" goes off like a phone ringing, lasting about 10 seconds and it's very disrupting. We have a freeway within 1 mile from our store. We constantly hear truckers' conversations as they are passing through the city, even on multiple channels.


By the lighting wizard

About Me Professional/Guide

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

Two way radio purchase meets expectation

 
5.0

PROS

  • Good Audio
  • Clear Signal
  • Rugged
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

We use the radios for staff communications during theatrical productions to coordinate sound, lighting, stage, wardrobe, makeup and director. It gives freedom of mobility and with the headsets isolation from the audience


By Soccer guy

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Thanks for the great radios!!! A+ seller

 
5.0

PROS

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

Great radios!! Product arrived as promised in record time. Thank you


By Mike

About Me Casual/ Recreational

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Work radio

 
3.0

PROS

  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • PTT button to far out

BEST USES

  • Camping

Comments:

Can't get the radio out of the clip holder without hitting the PTT button every time you remove it from the holder.


By Badboyz4life

About Me Military/Law Enforcement

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Great Product. Its a must have..

 
5.0

PROS

  • Good Audio
  • Clear Signal
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

  • Families
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Emergencies
  • Ski Slopes

Comments:

Wouldn't buy anything else. Great radios for a small price.