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Midland - X-TALKER 38-Mile, 36-Channel FRS/GMRS 2-Way Radios (Pair)-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh, Good for car walkie-talkies

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    JohnnyD
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    I was not super impressed with these. I realized before-hand that it would not really be 38 mile range regardless of obstructions. We mostly use them for having multiple cars on vacation and staying in contact with each other even without having cell phone range. I found that even one mile away it completely lost contact. We were in a canyon up in Logan and we couldn't hear each other at ALL until we were about 100 yards away from each other. Seriously.... not even longer than a football field away. I figured it might be the trees or something, because that was the only thing between us, not canyon walls or anything like that. Just trees..... When we drove home, we separated and tested this theory from a couple hundred yards away, and we lost signal from about the same distance on OPEN ROAD. These are not all what they are cracked out to be.... I mean, the 20 dollar set was just as good, but the battery life was garbage. So... if you are using them just for keeping in contact with cars within line-of-site, they work great. Don't expect much more from them. I expected a little better range with them being as pricey as they were.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MidlandUSA

      Hi Johnny D, you should definitely be getting better range than a few hundred yards on an open road. Perhaps you are not transmitting on high? Please give Midland customer service a call at 816-241-8500 M-F 8am-4:30pm CT and we can troubleshoot the issue for you. MidlandUSA

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great radios -- USB charging!!!

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    harrkev
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    These are great radios. However, that is not what makes them rather unique. They are chargeable via USB! There are micro-USB ports on the sides, and it also comes with a cradle featuring a micro-USB jack, and can hold and charge both radios at the same time. The only other company doing this is Cobra, but they have apparently discontinued all of their GMRS products... Take that for what it is worth. These radios feature all of the usual stuff that you would expect in a higher-end model: decent amount of power, the full 21 channels, coded squelch, and NOAA weather receive. One thing to note is that this model ONLY has 21 channels, as that is all that you can have by LAW. Channels 22 and up are just a repeat of the other channels and up, but with preset coded squelch: in other words, a useless marketing gimmick. Also keep in mind that the FRS-only frequencies are limited to 1/2 watt by law, and the manual does not go out of its way to tell you this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good for hiking, camping, and security comms

    Posted
    goaszw1997
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    I would recommend this product for almost anyone. the voice quality is HD and crystal clear. Another awesome feature is the privacy codes. I work as an IT specialist for the federal government and security/privacy is essential to our communications. Midland is all we use. I use it for stuff like airsoft battles with my friends to camping and hiking with family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality sound transmission

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    Aberg
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    Bought these to replace old set I had been using for communicating on 4000 acre deer lease. Quality of sound is great at any location on the ranch so far and the number of channels lets me find a channel others are not using locally. Battery power holds up all day and extra weather scan is a bonus with these radios

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great radios

    Posted
    dibs
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    Bought these radios while camping in the mountains in Colorado. Didnt expect a lot due to the terrain and altough it didnt come anywhere close the advertised ranges it worked good enough for the intended purpose. Bonus was that it acted as a weather radio, while we didnt have radio or cell connectivity and we could listen to the forecast and alerts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good small Handheld Radios

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    lonewolflvr
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    We bought these to use with ear pieces for while we were riding ATV's. The VOX didnt work at all as it picked up the sound of the ATV and was constantly transmitting from just one rider. Even though there is a sensitivity setting it didnt work as one radio was always transmitting. Would not buy again, will just try to find a bluetooth adapter for our helmets instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great except for vox

    Posted
    Poloump
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    Radios function great i have used them only over 200-700 yards. Very clear. Bought them to umpire polo on horseback. The vox function has very long lag time makes it hard to talk back and forth freely to my other ref. Earpieces I bought Are all but useless as the fall out. If you will not rely on vox i would recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Terrible range!!!

    Posted
    Rudy
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    Went to the local convenient store about a mile away and lost contact with my son after about two blocks...Would NOT recommend these at ALL...Terrible range for the price...I'll be returning this garbage right after the holidays.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range

    Posted
    mickeyzfan
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    We have had these walkie talkies for over one year now and use them on our road trips. Excellent range, for hiking and camping. Very sturdy and easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not suited for Cruise Ships

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    TexasHusker
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    I bought these to use on a cruise ship and they did not work well between various decks. These seemed to work okay off the ship and out in the open but would not recommend in areas of obstruction.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MidlandUSA

      If you have any questions or concerns about your Midland product please give our customer service a call at 816-241-8500 M-F 8am-4:30pm CT. We are glad to help! MidlandUSA

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got the jobs done

    Posted
    WalkerTexasRanger
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    Opened the package, charged the batteries. They were ready to use. Lasted many hours and easy to figure out. Would definitely buy these again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clear, Compact, & Precise

    Posted
    Java
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    Mine are incredibly clear, and the range is more than I need at just over a mile. I enjoy the idea of being able to charge them just like my phone, because they're very modern.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 2-way radios

    Posted
    mydac22
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    A very nice pair of 2-way radios , they have fantastic range, great sound clairity , perfect for camping or hiking..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Range was less than 1 mile!

    Posted
    emppreparer
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    VERY disapointed --range was less than 1 mile--certainly not the advertised 36 mile range!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MidlandUSA

      There are many factors that go into the range. Line of site, hills, interference from power lines other radio bands etc. If you have any issues Midland support is available at 816-241-8500 M-F 8am-4:30pm CT. MidlandUSA

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Midland 2 way radios

    Posted
    chrissy
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    Very good product. Ordered because we already had one in use and knew the quality was good. Customer service is great too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far no complaints from my guys

    Posted
    Surveyor
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    Radios are working great. We added the optional external mic which the guys find very useful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    Posted
    Mattress
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    Easy to use out of the box, dropped one in the mud and it still works great

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gift for brother

    Posted
    kdk1952
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    Brother to old to use new phones, so got these for him for safety reasons

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great hand radio

    Posted
    Chuck
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    Awesome radios to use for travel on the highway in the United States

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    range too short

    Posted
    alfredo
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    wanted this set to replace what we thought was a lower quality. It wasn't any better just a different color

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MidlandUSA

      There are many factors that go into the range. Line of site, hills, interference from power lines other radio bands etc. If you have any issues Midland support is available at 816-241-8500 M-F 8am-4:30pm CT. MidlandUSA