I’m currently testing the Hytera X1p portable DMR-transceiver. The first thing you’ll notice is the size. The transceiver is small, just like an iPhone 5. With the standard battery the portable is only 21mm thick. Still, the set has a full keypad and nicely coloured display to show the status, channel, battery level, etc.
On the top you will find a rotary dial to change the 16 frequencies within one programmed zone and a volume control dial. The last one works great als is ‘fluid’, compared to my MD785G mobile transceiver which works with steps, where the first step is too loud for me and there are no options in between. This is a big plus for me, since I can adjust the volume level just the way I want.
PTT button right
The other thing you’ll notice when working with the Hytera X1p is the PTT button. All portable transceivers I owned had the button left-sided. The X1p has the PT button right sided, which is a bit strange the first time you work with this handheld. Hytera did this because the X1p is dual-sided. Say what? Yes, dual-sided. It has the speaker on the back and had a microphone on both the back and front. In the CPS software you can adjust which microphone to choose. In my opinion the microphone on the back is a bit more sensitive then the one in the front. When switching to the microphone on the back, the PTT button is back again on the left side.
No default earphone
The X1p has no 3,5mm connector to use your earphone but uses a special (waterproof!) connector for accessoires. From this point of view I can imagine Hytera can not use a regular jack connector for the microphone and speaker. The big disadvantage in here is that Hytera does not sell the connector by itself so there is no way to build your own adapter cable and use accessories you already own. You have to buy a speaker-microphone from Hytera and cut around to use that cable.
The good thing: The X1p had Bluetooth to connect accessoires but I haven’t test this yet. Let’s see if I have a bluetooth headset lying around to to see if that is a good replacement for an earphone. If this (and not the $150.- Hytera bluetooth adapter) works, I’ll update this review.
With a small transceiver comes a small battery. Though the capacity of the default battery is quite low it’s good enough to work for a full 8-hour day in a 90/5/5 usage pattern (5% of the time receive, 5% of the time transceive, 90% of the time doing nothing but have the portable turned on). I did not test the battery life with the X1p in scan-modes and assume it will consume more energy thus the battery will last less long. I personally have no problems with this. If you want a small transceiver, you have to accept a smaller battery.
To be continued…