Midland MXT400 Review

by Martin C | Last Updated: November 30, 2020

There’s no other way to say it – the Midland MXT is utterly and simply impressive and astounding in its power and range. Our Midland MXT400 review dives features and capabilities of this high-powered GMRS radio. Overall, the Midland MXT400 40 Watt GMRS MicroMobile Two-Way radio performs well, giving you the benefits of a powerful walkie talkie as well as the convenience and utility of 8 repeater channels. It is the strongest GMRS radio made by Midland and one of the most powerful in the entire market. If you’re looking for a powerful and versatile GMRS in-car unit, it’s hard to go wrong with the MXT400. We highly recommend the Midland MXT400 Bundle for its strength, value, and immense range.

Midland MXT400 Overview

The Midland MXT400 is no ordinary GMRS radio. With 40-watt power, 15 GMRS channels, and 8 repeater channels, you get very strong transmission options and range, with up to 65 mile range unobstructed and more regularly about 15-20 miles in most environments. Because it comes with a detachable mount and microphone, you can use this from a vehicle or set-it up as its own base station, allowing you to create communication channels wherever life takes you. Midland recommends buying a Midland brand cable, mount, and antenna to pair with this device, so we’ve recommended some options at the end of this review.  With a clear LCD interface, setting up and using the MXT400 is a breeze. At just under four pounds, it’s also easy to carry and pack for your travels. Here are some of the best features of the MXT400:

  • 15 GMRS Channels
  • 8 Repeater Channels
  • PTT Microphone
  • 142 Privacy Codes
  • Easy to use keypad
  • Mounting hardware
  • 15-20 miles, up to 65 mile range
Midland MXT400

Midland MXT400 Range

Midland designed the MXT400 to be its most powerful GMRS device, and to that end it meets the bill. Midland generally suggests that the range of the device varies from:

  • Obstructed: 5-15 miles
  • Mild Obstruction: 15-20 miles
  • No Obstruction: 20-65 miles

Your range is obviously going to vary depending on the power setting you choose. If you go with the full 40 watt power, we found that when using repeaters you could get dozens of miles even in a populated/dense area. If you choose the lower or medium power option, you’ll still get a solid range in more open areas and shouldn’t have an issue on open roads on fields. If you’re going off-roading or are going to be in a hilly area, we recommend you pair this with an antenna to maximize your total power and reach when you use the repeater. 

Midland MXT400 Charge and Power

The MXT400 requires 1 AA battery and is an up to 40-watt GMRS radio. We’d recommend bringing a few extra batteries if you plan for extended use, though the MXT400 does usually have decent battery life. A high quality battery pack for a great price is the Duracell AA 8-Pack. You can also wire it directly to your car battery, which we recommend if you’re going to be operating on high-power consistently. 

Midland MXt400 Warranty and User Manual

Any Midland MicroMobile / MXT device comes with a 1 Year Warranty after purchase date. The accessories which come with this bundle only have a 90 day warranty. For full warranty info you can check out the official Midland Warranty. If you’re interested in learning more about the Midland MXT400, you can find the full Owner’s Manual here. 

Midland MXT Antenna and Mag Mount / Connector

As mentioned earlier in our Midland MXT400 review, Midland recommends a couple accessories for you to pair with the MXT400 for maximum results. We wanted to find the best antenna for Midland MXT400 and the best mount and connector for Midland MXt400. We recommend the Midland Antenna Mag Mount with NMO Connector and 12 Foot Cable and the Midland 6DB Antenna with NMO Connection.

Midland MXT400 Conclusion

For users who want a dash-mounted GMRS radio unit, the Midland MXT400 certainly stands out as one of the high-end options in the space. The MXT400 is not only the most powerful GMRS device offered by Midland, it is also one of the most powerful on the market. For off-roaders, hikers, campers, and others who expect and demand strong power and range at all times and even in mountainous areas, the the MXT400 is an excellent choice. The Midland MXT400 has a variety of channels which offer different power options. You can operate on low, medium, or high power depending on your needs. This will vary the range from a few miles to several dozen miles.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our Midland MXT400 review! We recommend it as one of the most powerful models on the market which will meet the rigorous needs of all types of customers. If you’re interested in checking out other Midland devices, you can find our full buyer’s guide for Midland Walkie Talkies here.

I've been passionate about radio communication for as long as I can remember. From walkie-talkies to CB and ham radio I've tried them all and still use the radio on a day-to-day basis to communicate with family and friends. If you have any questions or need any advice, please feel free to email me at martin@walkietalkiecentral.com