The Cobra MicroTalk CXR925 shines when it comes to real-world transmission range. It's also packed with useful features, including a unique 20-second rewind that lets you play back a fragment of the last transmission. However, issues with reception volume and battery performance, together with a high price tag, hold it back.
Beats several others for range. As with most two-way radios, the Cobra MicroTalkCXR925 falls far short of its 35-mile advertised range. Still, Lisa Densmore of CampingLife.com says her testers reached for the Cobra CXR925 any time reception seemed dubious. "It had the clearest sound and was more likely to get reception than the other radios, even when its battery was low," she writes. An Amazon.com user reports that the CXR925 could transmit 5 miles with no problem over "gently rolling terrain with some buildings." Another writes that the CXR925 "worked great for communicating in mountain regions ... with hills in between."
Full of common-sense features. One of the CXR925's most popular features is the "Rewind-Say-Again" setting, which records and plays back the last 20 seconds of each transmission. "Sometimes I don't know exactly what was said and it is nice to be able to listen again for clarity," writes one Amazon.com user. Other handy features include NOAA weather channels, a vibrating call alert, channel scanning, voice activation and an automatic power shut-off that kicks in if you've accidentally left the transmit button on. The only problem we saw is that a couple of users find the interface needlessly complicated.
Volume and battery problems. The Cobra MicroTalk CXR925 draws praise for its battery life from CampingLife.com, which notes that the CXR925's rechargeable battery lasted the longest of the four radios tested. Good thing, too, because you cannot substitute AA batteries for the CXR925's Lithium-ion battery. We found many complaints about battery issues for the CXR925, such as batteries that wouldn't charge or had faulty contacts. Another common flaw is that the reception volume on many units is too low to hear. However, this problem seldom pops up in more recent reviews, so it's possible Cobra has corrected it.
1. Camping Life Magazine
CampingLife.com recruits teens and pre-teens to test four two-way radio models, including the Cobra CXR925. Lisa Densmore calls this model the "unexpected favorite," saying it had the clearest sound, best reception and longest battery life of the four. Its only real downside is its relatively high price.
Review: FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Shootout, Lisa Densmore, Dec. 14, 2011
About 80 Amazon.com reviewers give the Cobra CXR925 an overall score of 3.7 stars out of 5. The overall consensus is that range and sound quality are both very good -- unless you get a radio that suffers from the volume problems that plague this model.
Review: Cobra Walkie-Talkie MicroTalk CXR925 35-Mile 22-Channel Two-Way Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014