Motorola CLS1410 Review

Mariners first used two-way radios to communicate on their ships. Today, the technology remains useful for many professional capacities.

The Motorola CLS1410 two way radio is designed for commercial use in places such as restaurants, hotels, construction sites, stadiums and so on.

It is designed to be small and lightweight which makes it discreet and less bulky than many two-way communication devices on the market.

Read on for a full guide to see if this radio is right for your needs.

Motorola CLS1410 Overview

There are four channels and 56 business-exclusive frequencies for added privacy. The device gives you up to 200,000 square feet, 15 floors, or 5 miles or coverage.

CLS1410 offers channel scan, hands-free VOX mode (with optional accessories), and comes with a rechargeable battery, a belt clip, and a drop-in charging base.

Vibrating alerts help users realize they are getting a call in noisy environments.

This radio is part of CLS series, an easy-to-use, affordable wireless solution from Motorola. Read on for a detailed review of the many features.

Battery and Charger

The Motorola CLS1410 comes with a rechargeable 3.7 lithium-ion battery.

The battery on the Motorola CLS radio lasts longer than the average battery runtime which is 8-10 hours. Due to the CLS1410's small size, you get up to 18 hours of battery life.

This is good for 12+ hour shifts so employees can work their entire shift without having to charge the radio or change the battery.

The battery versatility is excellent on this Motorola two way radio. You can use AAA alkaline batteries as a backup if needed.

The charging port is the drop-in variety. You can slide your radio in to charge even with the belt clip attached. This is a great feature that helps prevent you from losing the belt clip.

Another plus is the charger allows you to charge your spare battery at the same time as it charges the radio. There is a second prong connector on the back of the drop-in charger for a second battery to get charged. This is an excellent time-saving feature.

Coverage

The Motorola CLS radio operates on Ultra High-Frequency waves at a range of 461-470MHz. UHF radio is also used for television broadcasting, cell phones, satellite communication including GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and more.

UHF radio waves propagate mainly by a line of sight; they are blocked by hills and large buildings. The transmission through building walls is strong enough for indoor reception.

The Motorola two way radio gives a frequency range of up to 200,000 square feet (15 floors). This is decent coverage for many commercial needs such as concerts and special events, schools, construction sites and restaurants.

Push to Talk

The Motorola CLS1410 has a push-to-talk (PTT) button that allows users to simply push the button to communicate with others on the same channel.

This button is located on the front of the unit. This is a non-standard placement. Most push-to-talk radios have the push to talk button on the side of the unit.

Some CLS1410 reviews said the button on the front was a con because of the hand placement required to use this feature.

The PTT button is large and soft and easy to use.

Sound Quality

Sound quality on the Motorola CLS1410 is decent at full volume. The volume knob is also the on/off button. Some reviewers have pointed out that the volume doesn't have a range -it's either full volume or super low.

If you are concerned about being able to hear the radio in a noisy environment, consider an earpiece you can attach to the radio through the accessory port.

Interference and Privacy

With Motorola CLS1410, interference from other radios in your area will be no problem! You can choose from 56 UHF frequencies (all reserved for businesses) over four channels.

121 interference eliminator codes maximize choices through 83 digital and 38 analog private lines. This gives you many choices of frequency and channel options.

LCD Screen

The LCD window on the Motorola CLS1410 is small and backlit with a red light.

On it you will see information such as a battery gauge, what channel your radio is on, and if the settings are locked to prevent accidentally changing them while the radio is in the holster.

Several Motorola CLS1410 reviews felt that the screen was a good size, while others felt it was too small.

Compatability

If you have existing Motorola radios you want to keep using, the CLS1410 should work just fine with the others.

The Motorola CLS1410 was designed to replace the Spirit GT series yet is compatible with all Motorola Spirit professional two-way radios, including Spirit M-Series, Spirit GT, Spirit HP, Spirit Pacer, and Spirit S-Series.

Simplified Cloning

One of the cool features of the Motorola CLS1410 is the simplified cloning feature. Instead of having to set up all your radios manually one-by-one, you can take advantage of the simplified cloning feature.

This allows you to quickly copy settings from radio to radio when used with the accessory. This is an excellent time-saver for busy professionals.

Voice-operated transmit

Sometimes you need to have your hands free to do your work. Motorola understands that and offers a hands-free operation.

This requires the use of a headset accessory which can be purchased separately.

The speaker on the unit is small and some reviewers recommend the headset for better volume control. So it may be worth considering depending on your specific uses.

VibraCall

Many two way radios have a vibration alert feature similar to a cell phone. Motorola calls this feature VibraCall. It allows you to be notified by a silent vibration mode.

When you receive a message on a specified channel and code, the unit vibrates once every 30 seconds.

It is easy to program this feature on and on through the menu feature on the front panel.

Though this feature is not unique to Motorola, it is worth mentioning as it can be useful in many scenarios and applications.

Holster Belt Clip

Belt clips have a bad rap for being flimsy and breaking easily.

The Motorola CLS1410 provides a holster-style belt clip. That means it doesn't hold the unit at the top two sides like most belt clips. The Motorola two way radio also cradles the unit at the bottom in a sturdy holster.

This makes the clip much more durable. We mentioned earlier you can charge the radio with the belt clip attached. This will prolong the life of the belt clip because you won't have to be constantly taking it off and on to charge the unit.

The belt clip has a handy swivel clip at the back which gives you the freedom to clip on the device anywhere you want and in any rotation you choose.

Final Thoughts on the Motorola CLS1410

We hope this post has given you a thorough understanding of the various features on the Motorola CLS1410.

The small size of this two-way radio makes it easy and comfortable to carry. It is a great choice for small businesses and retail environments that don't require or want a heavy duty industrial radio.

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