Design - 8.2/10
Features - 9.2/10
Range and Sound Clarity - 8.6/10
Price - 9.4/10
Cobra CXR925 High Powered Walkie Talkie Review
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The Cobra CXR925 walkie talkie, Cobra’s new release, is a high powered walkie talkie and part of the recent “greener range” of walkie talkies. It is packaged in a smaller, more environment friendly box, and is a lot more economical than the older models that have been released. And it does that without compromising the additional features Cobra is so well-known for. The Cobra CXR925 has an illuminated LCD screen, which makes it easy to read the information in dim light or dark condition. You can view the battery indicator on the LCD screen and you will get a low battery alert when the walkie talkie is low on power.
The Cobra CXR925 is slender and compact, weighing in at about 0.15 lbs., which for a walkie talkie of its range is very competitive and lightweight. The sizes of this compact walkie talkie are 7 inches by 1.9 inches wide and 1.3 inches thick.
The walkie talkie comes with all features you would expect and more including the very handy VibrAlert function, which enables you to get a silent vibration alert for incoming calls. The feature is especially useful when you are in a noisy environment that has a lot of disturbances like music festivals, or when you’re for example in an engine room. You can also switch the function on when you’re in a situation that requires silence, like hunting or night fishing.
The Cobra CXR925 Walkie talkie has a slight range improvement compared to it’s predecessor, the CXR825. The maximum achievable range in perfect conditions went from 30 miles to 35 miles. Ofcourse, like with all comparable models this range falls off depending on the conditions of the area. In crowded urban areas you can expect a range of around 3-4 miles though, which is very good compared to similar models.
You can choose from a low power or high power output settings. When you choose low power, you will be able to increase the lifespan of your battery provided you are using GMRS mode. The adjustable power output level can help you to save power when you are using the radio to talk to someone in a very close proximity range. The maximum range extender on the Cobra CXR925 can increase the transmission reception range. When you’re not using the walkie talkie for 10 seconds and no transmission is detected, it will automatically switch itself to it’s idle mode, saving even more power.
The sound and speech quality on the CXR925 is very good. We found that we were able to hear other people on our test channel loud and clear, and got confirmation from others that they could hear us very well too. To improve the sound and speech quality even more the Cobra CXR925 has an auto squelch feature, which allows you to shut down weak transmissions that are generating unwanted noises in the background.
The Cobra CXR925 offers 22 channels including 7 FRS channels and 8 GMRS channels. Additionally, there are 7 shared FRS/GMRS channels. With 142 privacy codes being available, this means that the walkie talkie has a total of 3124 channel combinations to prevent interference from other radios. You can program up to 10 channels with your party as well, so you’ll be able to switch channels quickly and without a hitch when you’re trying to find each other.
Like many other walkie talkies of this price range, the walkie talkie also features a built-in NOAA radio receiver to provide coverage for government-operated weather channels. The CXR925 has access to 10 NOAA weather channels at all times to prepare you for storms and sudden weather changes.
Cobra’s Rewind-Say-Again features can play back messages you received in the last minutes. It functions as a digital voice recorder that can record radio messages for times where you might not understand someone properly, or for moments where your high powered walkie talkie is just out of reach.
You can differentiate the incoming calls with up to 10 call tones. This way you can easily figure out who is talking, and also if a message coming through is of importance for you. The CXR925 also It offers a roger beep tone. The roger beep tone is a confirmation tone which will beep to signal that the previous message has ended and the channel should be clear to talk on again. There is also a keystroke tone signal which is an optional feature that provides confirmation on the key activation.
The VOX feature allows you to transmit a message without using any button. It keeps your hands free for other important tasks, especially handy when you’re in the great outdoors. There are 5 VOX sensitivity levels to choose from.
The Cobra CXR925 is equipped with a speaker, microphone and charger jack. You can use the charger jack to charge your radio. The speaker/microphone feature lets you communicate with others in the group hands-free.
The Cobra CXR925 comes with 2 lithium ion batteries, two-port desktop charger, and belt clip included. The lithium ion batteries are ultra compact batteries that can be recharged again and again, but with that being said, the battery life on the Cobra CXR925 is really good. The two port desktop charger is a cradle can charge up to 2 radios. The only thing we would have liked to see is a cable to charge this high powered walkie talkie from your car as well. This cable is available, but unfortunately not included.
Walkie talkies are a great option for communication where cell phones may not always have reception. Since they are compact, lightweight and relatively inexpensive, walkie talkies are essential to have around when you head out into the great outdoors.
Cobra CXR925 walkie talkie is great for staying in touch with friends and family on just about every outdoor trip we can think of. Overall, the clarity of the transmission is much better compared to most other walkie talkies in this price range. The CXR925 is a high quality radio for the right price.