The Motorola TLKR T40 Twin is a license-free set of two-way radios for under £25. Boasting a stylish bright red design, LCD display for ease-of-use, and maximum range of up to 4km; these are an ideal set for occasional use or as a toy for children. We put them through their paces to see how they measured up:

Design & build

Motorola have won numerous design awards for their TLKR range of Two-Way radios, and its easy to see why with the TLKR T40. The handsets are stylishly compact compared to others, measuring only 134 x 50 x 29 mm making them ideal for smaller hands, slipping into a pocket, or attaching to your person with the included belt-clips. There is a convenient LCD display, which (although small) indicates various features and settings effectively.

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The antenna protrudes from the top of the right-hand side and there are four keys beneath the display for adjusting the volume accessing the menu, and activating keypad lock. The PTT button is located conventionally at the side of the handset. Having reviewed the Cobra MT645 a couple of weeks ago, I was impressed with the overall build quality of the TLKR T40, which is more than £10 cheaper; it feels just as robust and well-made if not better.

Sound quality

We were satisfied with the sound quality of the TLK T40 during testing. The clarity is very good -  perhaps not as much so asmore expensive Two-Way Radios such as TLKR T80 but excellent considering the price.

The clarity is very good

The volume when set to max is blaringly loud and enough to cause heads to turn on a busy pedestrian street in Glasgow. Thankfully, the settings are easily adjusted using the arrow keys on the front of the handset.

Range

The maximum range Motorola advise the TLKR T40 is capable of is up to 4km. We tested the handsets in open countryside in less than ideal weather conditions and were able to achieve close to this. In the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, the range fared less well reaching a distance of just short of 1km. For a budget set of walkie talkies this is actually pretty good, and far superior to the capabilities of most toy two-way radios.

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Features

Each handset requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included) but widely available. I would say it’s definitely worthwhile investing in a decent set of rechargeable batteries as not having to buy replacements will pay dividends in the long run. We tested the TLKR T40 with 750mAh Ni-Mh batteries, and were able to get 12 hours use out of them with a fair amount of battery life leftover. There is an automatic power save feature, which will conserve battery life whenever there has been no transmission for 3 seconds (the handsets still receive transmissions in this mode).

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The LCD display indicates volume level, battery status, keypad lock, scan, channel, and transmit/receive; and also helps you to navigate through the menu. It’s perhaps not the most user-friendly menu but the included instructions are clear and as the features (as you might expect for a budget model) are rather basic it doesn’t take long to get to grips with.

Verdict

The Motorola TLKR T40 is a reliable and affordable set of two-way radios, which offer great value for money. They would make an ideal gift for children thanks to their compact and durable design, and well worth the extra money over toy walkie talkies thanks to better sound quality and range.


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