We here at gadgetsspy.com have bought and tested the Midland GXT1000vp4 2-Way Radio, and we’ve come to some interesting conclusions. We found that these walkie talkies are great for everyday use, we even ran into some things we don’t like. In this review, we are going to cover the characteristics and features that this radio has to offer. You will also see:
- General Design
- Battery Life
- Other Interesting Features
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Item Weight: 3.78 pounds
Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 9.3 x 11.6 inches
Batteries: 1 AA batteries required. (included)
Range: 36-Mile range
The Midland GXT1000vp4 with a solid 4 out of 5 stars, being both strong and sturdy two-way radios, providing great communication with sound clarity.
GXT1000VP4 Main Features
When we started this review, we noticed that The GXT1000vp4’s casing is built from durable plastic, which gives out a strong and sturdy feel to the radio, although the glass cover of the screen will probably suffer small scratches in the future. The radio also features a plastic clip with a metal hinge and a spring, and it should prove durable. Midland has placed 5 rubber buttons on the front panel, below the screen of this walkie talkie, and their size will prove most useful when you’re trying to operate this radio with gloved hands. We also liked that the Volume/Power button this walkie talkie has is very easy to use, after all, you can’t argue with practicality.
This walkie talkie has a JIS4 weatherproofing rating, which means it is reasonably water-resistant, as well as dust or dirt resistant. For this, Midland has covered the microphone and headphone ports with a rubber cap that snaps into place and ensures no dust or water comes into these sensitive ports. Basically, this radio will not experience problems when splashed with water, so you’ll be able to perform all kinds of outdoor activities without experiencing communicational problems. (1)
While doing this review, we noticed that this two-way radio is a bit chunky, but it would come in perfect when your hands are gloved. On the other hand, you’ll be better off with buying another headset that’s compatible with the radio, since the sound quality of the included ones is not very good. Midland should be able to take care of this problem with relative ease, and that’s why this little detail is on the not-so-good side of the review for this walkie talkie.
Midland has also featured a “Whisper Mode” in its walkie talkies, so the radio will allow you to speak to it very quietly. We found that this feature works within reason for the price of these walkie talkies.
In the shipping pack, you’ll also receive an owner’s manual for the walkie talkie, the aforementioned belt clips, the radios themselves, and a set of rechargeable batteries for each of them. For charging, Midland will provide a dual desktop charger, an AC adapter for it, and a DC adapter as well. The DC adapter is especially useful since you can use it for charging in your car, using the cigarette dock power outlet.
While setting this radio up for the review, we noticed that Midland has made it fairly easy to access the battery compartment of the GXT1000vp4. It won’t take you too long to notice that you only need to release the locking mechanism at the base of the walkie talkie before you can lift up the battery cover. After this, it is pretty easy to install or replace the batteries on the GXT1000vp4 two-way radio.
You can charge both of the Midland walkie talkies simultaneously since they come with a dual charging dock. When the radios are secured in the charging dock, they feel pretty secure. A red LED light comes on while they are charging. While doing the review, we noticed that the LED light stays red regardless of the battery charge level, so you’ll have to rely on the battery indicator on the screen for that. The first charge will take you for almost a day but after the first charge, it will take the batteries half a day to reach full charge.
Like most manufacturers, Midland has gone for the Volume/Power button combination. Thus, it is pretty easy to turn on the radio just by turning the Volume/Power knob on.
Unfortunately, we tried very hard to get more familiar with the GXT1000vp4 menu options, and we weren’t great fans of the complicated way of operating the different items and sub-items that the menu offers. Most of the icons on the display will be meaningless to you, so it seems they will only be clear to the engineers at Midland. At most, we can say that it would take you a while to get familiar with the menu options on this two-way radio.
During our tests for this review, the Midland GXT1000vp4 did a great job overcoming obstacles, residential areas, small hills, etc. Unfortunately, the moment we went around a large rock or thick buildings, the signal was starting to weaken significantly. Overall, these two-way radios managed to cover a distance of around 3 miles, so the radios will prove most useful if you need quick and effortless communication, regardless of the activity. For these two-way radios, we would rate the range with 4 out of 5 stars.
As we mentioned, the GXT1000vp4 is a strong and sturdy radio. It is water-resistant, as well as dust or dirt resistant. Because of this, we think that you won’t encounter problems while using these two-way radios. For the sake of this review, we tried to work with them with gloved hands, as well as without wearing gloves.
While testing out the battery life of this Midland two-way radio, we noticed that you can not only use the rechargeable batteries for the radio, but you can use AA batteries for this purpose. Concerning battery life, we managed to get out around 6 hours of non-stop working time. Because of the relatively short battery life, be sure to get additional packs of AA batteries, before you go out on your adventure. (2)
The audio this walkie talkie gives out is really loud and clear. Unfortunately, Midland has not applied this to the headset included with this walkie talkie, so you’ll be better off with getting a higher-quality headset that is compatible with this walkie talkie. Aside from the headset, when the signal was good, we found no problems in the sound clarity with the GXT1000vp4 radio.
Other Interesting Features of the GXT1000VP4
Aside from the characteristics and features, below you’ll find another set of interesting features the Midland GXT1000vp4 has to offer:
- 142 Privacy codes, for enhanced privacy and channel options
- 50 channels with 22 primary channels and 28 privacy code channels
- JIS4 rating for water and dust-resistance.
- Auto channel scan (scans for active channels)
- Low and High power settings, for optimization between range and battery life
- Different call alerts and confirmation sounds
- SOS siren for emergencies
- NOAA weather channels
From this list and our review in general, we can deduce that these two-way radios will not only be useful for your basic outdoor activities, but they’d be useful for weather scanning as well. As we mentioned, this two-way radio features NOAA weather channels, or you can scan for your own weather channels so that the storm won’t take you bu surprise. Keep with us just a little while longer, as we get to the conclusion of this review. (3)
Finally, we can say that Midland has built good quality, relatively affordable two-way radios that will prove themselves most useful in your everyday activities. Of course, we found some things that we didn’t like, like the headset sound quality or the relatively short battery life of this walkie talkie. But, at this price range, we would rate the Midland GXT1000vp4 with a solid 4 out of 5 stars, being both strong and sturdy two-way radios, providing great communication with sound clarity.
(1) JIS – https://www.iso.org/member/1835.html
(2) AA Batteries – https://www.quora.com/What-does-a-AA-battery-mean
(3) NOAA – https://www.noaa.gov/