Motorola Solutions have long been market leaders in the radio communications market. Producing devices such as the GP340, which has been described as the most trusted radio device for the past 2 decades. Moving into more modern times, Hytera is hot on the trail of the communications giant. With popular models such as the PD705, and a technological first in the radio communications market with the PDC760, a radio which can act as both a two-way communications device and a smart phone.

In this blog post we will be comparing two devices from Motorola and Hytera, the DP1400 and the PD405 respectively. Starting with price, there isn’t much between the two with the PD405 coming in marginally cheaper at £119.99* and the DP1400 being £125*. Not only similar in price, a lot of the features are identical. With both radios working to both analogue and digital modes, broadcasting over UHF and VHF frequencies, and the two having a capacity of 16 channels.

*Price accurate of the date 22/01/2018

The DP1400 and the PD405 signalling types are similar also, with the two devices making use of CTCSS, DCS and DMR. Voice activation capabilities are present on both devices, meaning that should hands free contact need to be made by the user this is a possibility with the two radios. Alongside the radio body, a battery and antenna are included when purchasing each radio, with a charger being the only additional cost incurred when purchasing these devices. Although upgrades can be purchased for each radio, with a larger battery being an additional cost available should you need it.

Further safety features include lone worker. When purchasing the PD405 from Hytera, this is something which is built into the radio, but is classed as an optional extra with Motorolas DP1400. An important feature of every radio to be used for a working purpose is its safety rating, Motorolas device has a protection rating of IP54, this means that it has a limited ingress of dust and is also protected against splashes of water. The PD405 on the other hand is IP55, yet again being protective of dust but can also be protected against low pressure water jets.

Although not produced by Motorola, available from Radiotronics for the DP1400 are a variety of coloured shells for these radios. These can help to identify different divisions within your operation, or even if just a plane black radio isn’t quite what you’re after when purchasing a new fleet for your company.

All in all, both devices are market leaders at this price range, and are great options should you be looking to fit out your company with its first radio communications equipment. With both pricing and the features included on the device being extremely similar, it would be hard to pick a favourite from the two. All depending on what purchase you decide to make, these devices are definitely on option worth looking at for a variety of different working environments

Hytera PD405 Dimensions                               Motorola DP1400 Dimensions
Weight: 270g                                                     Weight: 240g
Height: 112mm                                                  Height: 128mm
Width: 54mm                                                     Width: 61.5mm
Depth: 28mm                                                     Depth: 42mm