Review of the DP 3400

We are grateful to be able to review the Motorola DP3400 2 way radio, this has been on the market for a while, but over the last few years you would have seen this radio used in many shopping centres, office buildings and venues across the UK.


There’s quite a lot that makes the DP 3400 more than just another two-way radio. For a start, the DP3400 employs a single-site trunking solution that can allow over a thousand users to share information, and even data, with each other, without adding new frequencies.

The DP 3400 also comes complete with an emergency button, this button, when pushed, automatically alerts the supervisor (or dispatcher) to any possible trouble without the user having to speak even a single word. Such a safety feature works in tandem with the DP 3400’s ‘Emergency Signalling’ capability, a function that will send an emergency signal to a pre-determined person or group.

The DP 3400 is capable of signal migration for both analogue and digital signals; it easily (and handily) combines traditional radio technology with cutting edge digital methods.

The radio comes in both UHF (4w) and VHF (5w).

This model also comes with a cradle that charges your battery for you, it is an excellent charger, representing an efficient design and complete user-friendliness.


This is a neat little gizmo, but Motorola know that. The price of £350 might seem a little steep at first, but if its professional quality you’re after, then you should be prepared to pay a professional price.


Despite having a decidedly utilitarian feel overall, the outer design actually benefits from a softer, ‘sanded down’ finish. With smoother edges and a more contemporary feel, this two-way radio doesn’t seem as Spartan as a more military or security-centric model might. It provides all the same functions, but the end result is a little bit more aesthetically pleasing and somehow more reassuring. In short, this model will be better for business.

The brightly lit buttons are also very useful if you’re using the radio at night. It’s a Tricolour LED, so the lights appear modern and pleasing.

This is a very tough little device, with a sturdy outer casing and what appears to be shock proofing all the way around. The body of this radio is so well sealed that not even a particle of dust or grit can penetrate it. It can even be fully submerged in water for 30 minutes without succumbing to permanent damage.

The belt clip is sturdy and holds the radio to your belt so well, that you never fear it will fall off. You also get a dust cover, which protects the open accessory port in the event that you aren’t using any accessories. This is a welcome feature that is always nice to see. The addition of programmable side buttons is also a very welcome feature of the DP 3400.

The DP 3400 also benefits greatly from a very long battery life, which is ideal for outdoor work.


This is a marvellous radio. It is suitable for any number of events/functions. The sound comes through clearly, the large microphone/speaker setup allows for ease of use and the entire package is exceptionally well made. The DP 3400 is smart, user friendly and very high quality.

The only knock I’d give it is that the battery, although excellently designed, is somewhat heavy. That’s it.

However, I still think that the aforementioned episode of ‘Spaced’ would have gone a lot more smoothly if they’d invested in a couple of these little beauties.

The impressive Motorola DP3400 radio can be found on this website


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Aided by the iPad Mini being announced to (inevitable) victory late 2012, it seems a little odd that Apple didn’t do it sooner. So, why switch to a seven-inch design…And why now?

I haven’t read all of the ‘details’ of Apple’s decision (and I ain’t about to, either), but it seems obvious enough to me that Apple is simply out to take control of that 7″ tablet world the way in which it both created and subsequently conquered the world of the 10-inch tablet pc. I would be genuinely surprised if ever the tech guys at Apple abandoned a project that has been so successful over the past few years, regardless of how many R&D guys shouted the word ‘portability’ at them. So it looks, for now at least, like the 10 inch tablet pc iPad is not going anywhere. At least not yet. Continue reading

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The noise gets louder as you approach the window. You pull the curtains back and there, right in the middle of the road is a team of blokes in hardhats who have clearly been living on cold coffee and greasy food since about 4AM. They’ve kindly put up a yellow barrier, as you needed any more signs that the road was being demolished by a pneumatic drill. Continue reading

Why didn’t you buy HP’s WebOS TouchPad?


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Of course, pc tablet’s are all the fashion now and, as a result, the HP touchpad is winning accolades for its size and usefulness. What these technological tastemakers are not considering is of the fact that touchpad from hp can also be a stunning small computer, effective at just about the whole thing. Continue reading

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For many people of my age group, Mario and Luigi games have been around for our entire lives. We don’t know very well what we’d do without Mario and Luigi games. Those would see it as the top of the world. However, most of us are merely happy having the small guys around, fixing the plumbing.


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Buying a radio structure is a sizable expenditure for any company, large or small and, as a result, it is crucial that the customer makes the right choice.

Claire Davies, of eZine says,

“Purchasing two-way radios for commercial or personal use can prove to be a wise investment for anyone wanting a reliable cost-effective communication system. BUT, the decision as to which radio is right for you requires careful consideration”. Continue reading