TOY BOX: Audiovox's radios are clearly too big

Audiovox claims that its GMRS7000CH model two-way radios have a seven-mile range. Living in Manhattan, it's hard to judge distance (seven miles is more than half the length of the entire island), so I can't testify with certainty to how accurate that range is.

Audiovox claims that its GMRS7000CH model two-way radios have a seven-mile range. Living in Manhattan, it's hard to judge distance (seven miles is more than half the length of the entire island), so I can't testify with certainty to how accurate that range is.

I can say, however, that I could hear everyone I talked to on the radios with total clarity. Admittedly, given the fact that my apartment, office, gym, and friends' apartments are all within walking distance of each other, it's unlikely that I was ever more than one mile away from the other radio. Nevertheless, for city living, these things work. They are big though. Eight inches high by two inches wide, to be exact. Sure, being able to talk to pals or coworkers without worrying about cell-phone minutes and roaming charges is nice, but do we really need one more thing to carry around? The verdict: Grab your cell (probably equipped with it's own two-way radio function), PDA, and Blackberry, and leave Audiovox's two-way radios at home for the kids to play with. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $99.99 (a pair) Available at amazon.com and audiovox.com (but good luck - buying something on the company's website requires filling out more fields than opening a new bank account) Specs The radios have a seven-mile range, 15 x 3 8 channels, and are rechargeable

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