What are the Differences between the MOTOTRBO XPR 7550e Enabled, Capable, and the Legacy XPR 7550?

This article has been edited since the original post date of 3/2016 to reflect the current lineup of radios. (9/2016)

With so many different configurations of the XPR7000 series MOTOTRBO radio available, end users are bound to be confused.  Here, we try to break down the differences of just 3 of the models.  The top of the line XPR 7550e Enabled, XPR 7550e Capable, and XPR 7550.

The new XPR7550e will come in two versions, CAPABLE and ENABLED.

Both models will have the higher Ingress Protection Rating of IP68, optional UL (intrinsically safe) battery, Wi-Fi option, and improved receiver which boosts range by up to 8%.

XPR7550e CAPABLE models include:

  • 2100mAh battery
  • Optional Now Included– IP Site Connect
  • Optional Now Included– Capacity Plus
  • Optional Now Included– Linked Capacity Plus
  • Optional – Connect Plus, Capacity Max
  • Optional – Wi-Fi License
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

XPR7550e ENABLED models include:

  • 3000mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus or Capacity Max
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • Included – Wi-Fi license
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

The legacy XPR 7550 radio includes:

  • 2150mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • IP67 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

Which Radio Is Best for Me?

For users who are not needing the advanced feature sets of  MOTOTRBO, the CAPABLE radio option may be the radio for you.  The CAPABLE XPR 7550e radio comes in at a slightly reduced price point than the legacy XPR 7550.   The CAPABLE model also allows you to order the advanced options a la carte should you need them in the future.

Users who are operating on a MOTOTRBO trunked or multi-site system should consider migrating to the ENABLED version of the XPR 7550e. The price point is approximately 10% higher (MSRP) over the legacy XPR7550, however, the enhancements should justify the price increase.  Specific feature upgrades include Wi-Fi programming functionality, more ruggedness, better range, better batteries, and Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for indoor location.

Users who have a substantial fleet of legacy XPR 7550’s and do not want to mix their fleet can purchase the legacy version for the time being. Motorola will probably announce its cancellation this summer.  Motorola has temporarily increased the price of the legacy version XPR 7550 in anticipation of a cancellation in the near future.  After cancellation, the radios will be supported with service parts for a minimum of 5 years.  All audio and energy (batteries, chargers) accessories will be compatible with the “e” series models.

Top 3 Reasons Why Motorola’s New MOTOTRBO Radios are a Game Changer for Radio Fleet Managers

Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables
Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables

On February 29th, Motorola introduced the Next Generation of MOTOTRBO radios, the “e” series.

Professional Portable Radios: XPR7350e, XPR7550e

Compact and Capable: XPR3300e, XPR3500e

Slim line portable: SL7550e

Professional Mobiles: XPR5350e, XPR5550e

All of the new radios have the same form factor and basic features of their similarly named predecessors – with the addition of some major enhancements that will greatly benefit radio fleet managers.

1. All new e series radios have an integrated Wi-Fi option

Managing your radio fleet has been becoming more and more complex with the explosion of digital technology. Adding an alias, changing a setting, or adding a frequency could mean reprogramming and “touching” every single radio.  This could mean pulling radios out of the field, or having our technicians go from jobsite to jobsite in order to reprogram your radios, costing you time and money.

Over the air programming while sounding great in theory has had its problems due to the very low data throughput these radios are able to receive in traditional two-way spectrum.

Wi-Fi capability in conjunction with Motorola’s radio management software allows the radio manager to make changes to a codeplug or update firmware from a central location. When users are in (company) Wi-Fi range the radio will notify the user of the new codeplug and they can simply update it.  What once took weeks, days, or hours now takes days, hours, or minutes depending on the size of your operation.

2. Better battery life

A new high capacity battery option will allow for up to 28 hours of battery life. This is huge for multi-shift operations where battery management is a huge hassle.  The hi-cap batteries will just about double the battery life of the standard batteries in the XPR3000 and 7000 series.

3. New Intrinsically Safe Option

There is now another option in the MOTOTRBO line for intrinsically safe (formerly FM, now UL) customers. The intrinsically safe option on the XPR3000e series has been coveted for some time by fleet managers looking to provide a cost effective, compact, digital solution for hazardous location communication.