Motorola is a reputable brand that produces durable and feature-packed two-way radios for all consumer types. One of their popular and affordable ones is the Motorola Talkabout T460 22-channel Handheld Two-Way Radio, which we’re going to discuss in this review.
Now, what makes the Motorola Talkabout T460 worth talking about? Aside from the myriad of features in this lightweight device, the Motorola T460 is also weather-proof. Not all two-way radios in the market have the same characteristic, placing the T460 a step above the ladder. The device also has 22 channels, a 35-mile range, weather alerts, emergency call, and versatile charging options. Although it may not be the most advanced model out there, the rugged design and functionality of the Motorola Talkabout T460 are perfect for campers, mountaineers, skiers, fishermen, and anyone fond of the outdoors.
This Motorola Talkabout T460 review serves as a guide to the package inclusions, features, and the pros and cons of purchasing the said two-way radio model.
What’s in the Box:
When you buy a pair of these radios, here’s what you’ll get in the box:
- 2 Motorola T460 two-way radios
- 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries
- 2 Micro-USB wall charging cables
- 2 Belt clip
- Accessory brochure
The rugged design of the Motorola Talkabout T460 instantly gives off the impression that it’s made for tough use. Even though it’s lightweight at 0.43 lbs. (with the battery), it has a durable casing that has a nice grip on it. The antenna on the Motorola Talkabout T460 is fixed, mostly because this device is weather-proof.
A backlit LCD screen makes it easy to read in low-light conditions, extremely useful for your evening trips. However, it’s worth noting that the display screen has icons on it that refer to particular functions. You may want to take some time to familiarize yourself with the manual to fully understand what the icons stand for.
Buttons on the device can be easily pressed even when you’re wearing gloves. Some outdoor activities may require you to wear gloves, and Motorola did not miss that detail. They made sure that the T460 can still be effortlessly operated in such situations.
Range and Channels
Advertised to have a 35-mile range, this is only true if the two-way radio is used in optimum conditions with an unobstructed line of sight. In fact, all two-way radios are like this, but it can’t be helped if you’re in unpredictable terrain with hills, thick forests, or highly urbanized areas. Nevertheless, the Motorola Talkabout T460 transmits clear audio at about 3-4 miles on a hike or in town.
The Motorola Talkabout T460 has 22 channels with 121 privacy codes for each, totaling to 2662 channels. It has 7 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, and 7 shared FRS/GMRS.
There are two ways to power this device: with the included NiMH rechargeable battery packs, or with 3 AA batteries. Pretty much like other two-way radios such as the Midland GXT1050VP4, this dual power option comes in handy when you need extra battery life in the wild. The NiMH batteries can last for 10 hours of use, which may or may not be enough for some users. Bringing along extra AA batteries will help when you run out, as the Motorola Talkabout T460 can run for a good 26 hours with AA batteries.
Charging options for the T460 is also versatile. Instead of the usual dock chargers that come with other models such as the Motorola Talkabout MR350R, the T460 comes with micro-USB cables. As such, these two-way radios can be charged from your PC or laptop so, eliminating the need to find a separate outlet.
Quiet Talk Filter
To make the audio crisp and clear, Motorola has a Quiet Talk filter that essentially filters out interference that may come from non-Motorola units. As such, you won’t be troubled by static and interference that hinders clear communication.
Weather Channels and Weather Alerts
With the Motorola Talkabout T460, you can listen to 11 different weather channels including 7 NOAA frequencies. Weather channels and alerts are important as they can prepare you for any hazards coming your way. Especially if you’re in mountains or forests where you won’t be able to watch the news, weather alerts would immediately notify you if there’s danger in the weather.
Indeed, having a source of light during evening camps or nighttime excursions is especially helpful. Although the flashlight in the T460 is not as bright as a regular flashlight, it’s still enough to give you some sort of illumination in the dark. Plus, you can free up your other hand from carrying a separate flashlight.
Hands-free functionality has become a staple with decent two-way radios. The Motorola Talkabout T460 is equipped with VOX so you can still operate the device even without pressing buttons. Bikers, motorcycle riders, off-roaders, and other outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from the hands-free operation. The downside is, you have to buy a separate earpiece because it’s not included in the box.
When you’re outdoors in unpredictable conditions, having a two-way radio in hand is essential for emergency communication. Use the T460’s emergency call feature to easily send a distress signal in case of emergencies.
As mentioned earlier, the said device is weatherproof. It has an IP-54 rating, which means you can use it in moderate rainfall and snow, but not water submersion. If you’re looking for something waterproof, the Cobra CXT 1035R FLT is a great choice.
- Rugged design
- Versatile charging options
- Built-in flashlight
- Weather channels and alerts
- Hands-free operation
- Some users say it’s quiet for a two-way radio
- Lacks some accessories in the package like an earpiece
Rugged, reliable, and durable, the Motorola Talkabout T460 is an amazing choice for a two-way radio. It provides a practical feature set with 22 channels, 35-mile range, weather alerts, flashlight, hands-free operation, and more. Overall, a great beginner-friendly choice for outdoors enthusiasts.
Read our review on the Midland LXT500VP3 for another family-friendly and easy-to-use option.