This is a purely non-technical review as I don’t any test equipment to do an objective review.
I got the TSX3002VP(Color: Charcoal, Black and Silver) from Amazon because the price was within my price point. Paid $79 for the two radio plus charger set, with two headset boom mics. They work well enough, but I won’t use them, too flimsy.
The contoured radio fit nice and comfortable in my average sized hand, with ribbing on both sides to provide a sure grip. The buttons can be operated with the thumb, so one handed operating is possible. When batteries are installed, the radio feels substantial without being too heavy or bulky.
The Lighted buttons themselves, while being a bit “floaty,” have very smooth action, with a defeatable “beep.” The keyboard lock is handy. The only buttons that function with the lock engaged are volume up and down, power(which also serves as the light on/off) and the call button.
The supplied belt holder seems like an afterthought. It doesn’t “hold” the belt and the detachment is dodgy at best. I don’t use it. I just superglued a cell phone swivel button to the rear.
The supplied battery charges in the cradle either in the radio or out. If in, the radio doesn’t sit securely enough in the cradle.
The menu system is fairly intuitive.
The NOAA weather function is handy, but if you don’t live in a metropolitan area, the antenna’s length gives marginal performance at that frequency band. I was able to get good enough performance to use it in Redlands, Ca. That’s near San Bernardino.
Setting up the radio was easy, as I had already downloaded and studied the owner’s manual online.
As a test, I took one TSX300 and a Motorola FRS radio with me.
In a neighborhood filled with trees and one story homes, I was able to get about 1/2 mile away before the FRS was out of range. The TSX went about a mile before comms were lost.
One thing I found odd was the quality of sound. I could hear what I can only describe as a wavering that is most likely the result of the FHSS. It wasn’t objectionable. The voice quality sounded slightly digitized, but fully intelligible and readable. At the highest volume level, the radio audio was loud enough to hear over heavy traffic without distortion.
The 10 Billion channels ensures no interference, while the FHSS ensures no one can intercept your comms without some very sophisticated equipment.
All in all, this radio is very usable and worth the money.
Some features I’d like to see:
A “Go Ahead” tone that alerts the user that it is okay to talk. This ensures that the transmitting user knows that at least one other radio is synched up.
Better belt clip.
Extendable antenna to get the best range. The present antenna is most likely wound so as to make it physically short.
Although the radio is pretty rugged, I’d like to see it a little more so.
Waterproofing and floatable would be nice.
A bit more “Business” radio look. This one looks a bit like a toy.
Bottom line: I would wholeheartedly recommend this radio.
Hope this helps.