X-TALKER T290VP4 Two-Way Radio

The X-Talker T290 GMRS two-way radio is the perfect solution for reliable communication on your next adventure. Whether you are hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing or enjoying any other activity where communication is vital, rest assured these powerful GMRS radios will provide you excellent range and clarity. The sleek yet durable design fits perfect in the palm of your hand and the multiple power levels will ensure that the radio’s battery lasts all day. The T290 features Midland’s signature Weather Scan + Alert Technology, which automatically scans through 10 available weather (WX) band channels and locks onto the strongest weather channel, alerting you of severe weather in the area. Communicate with confidence with the X-Talker T290 GMRS two-way radios.

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Three Year Warranty

22 Channels

14 extra privacy code channels

Clear, crisp communication with easy button access

Xtreme Range* - Up to 40 miles

121 Privacy Codes

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What's in the box

  • Pair of Radios
  • Belt Clips
  • Rechargeable Battery Packs
  • Desktop Charger
  • AC Wall Adapter
  • Pair of Headsets
  • Owner's Manual

Product Support


X-Talker T290VP4 Two-Way Radio is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still new and testing them out This pair of T290's is just over a month old; here is what I have found so far: The good, first. Noticeable increase in range over my T51A's. Voice is clear. Improved belt/snap clip design. Priced nicely with included headsets - bought from Midland directly. The bad, next. Dedicated 9v charger is not USB capable. 700 mAh battery that cannot be replaced with AA or AAA's. Supplied headsets do not work in VOX mode. No duplex channel/repeater capability. The ugly, lastly. Bulky design with one solid day of use battery cannot be charged in the field.
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for what they’re intended. This are my first set of handhelds from Midland but my fourth product overall. I purchased the handhelds based on the satisfactory experience I had with my other Midland products (MXT400, MXT275, XT511). Things I didn’t like: The base charger has no LED indication when charging or when charging is complete, which I found kind of odd. The screen is nicely backlit and has good contrast, but the hard buttons are not illuminated. I own cheaper radios from other brands that have backlit hard buttons. These radios are supposed to be the top of the X-Talker line, so I was expecting a bit more. But they perform very well, have decent range and surprisingly good clarity.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Radio comparisons I own too many radios now! At first, I bought the Midland T71VP3 for my wife and I. After going through the process of getting my GMRS license, I was disappointed that the T71s were not full power. We sometimes have range issues, so I bought the GXT1000s, but they are so much bigger that the T71s, and feel awkward in some places. Plus the T71 is louder and clearer. I often have to alternate which radios we are using based on the situation, but I wanted a set of radios that combined the power of the GXT1000 and size of the T71; the best of both worlds. I was very excited when Midland released the T290. I purchased them in a hurry and here's what I missed: The T290 is a size between the T71 and the GXT1000. I was expecting them to be small and compact; they are a bit bigger than expected, but they do fit more comfortably on the belt than the GXT1000. Since the T290 is in the X-Talker series, I was expecting more advanced features like MicroUSB charging, however, the T290 does not have the USB connection like the T71. The T290 does charge quickly, and battery life hasn't been an issue. The GXT1000s do offer two features I really use a lot: vibration alert and dual channel scan. I use these features on a weekly basis at church on Sundays. I was reading the manual and found that the T295 radios offer the vibration feature, but not dual watch. Plus, you have to live with camo, and I wasn't about to make that sacrifice. I still use the GXT1000 on Sunday, but the T290 fits better in my wife's purse, so it works out fine with two different radios. Overall, I do like the T290. There are things that I wish I would have known or realized before ordering, but I like the radios a lot. We have repurposed the T71s and I like the fact that I can just grab the T290s instead of weighing size vs. power each time we leave the house. The audio quality is great, and they look sharp. I like the big LCD display and the backlight is impressive. Good quality product.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazed by this product I bought this set about a month ago and was able to test them out almost immediately. I have no official number, but on our Offroad trip we estimated being nearly 8 miles away from each other and hearing the transmissions crystal clear! These badboys are worth their weight in gold!
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 to give out on trails runs! I love these things. Its so easy to hand them out to someone that needs a unit while on the trail. They're also super easy to run with on hiking trails. The range is great and couldn't be any happier with my purchase. I still havent even charged them sincei got them!
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every radio has a compromise. These are good. I like this radio a lot. I have the following radios: t290, gxt1000, and the micro mobile 15watt. All connect to each other flawlessly. Exceptional clarity. I use these for property management operations in a small town. The gxt1000 have noticeably better performance. I can get good radio signal through urban environment and trees for about ~2 miles. With the T290’s I can only get good clarity for about 1 mile in urban setting with trees. Ive switch my entire crew to gxt1000 handhelds and installed the 15watt micromobile stations in the vehicles and loaders. I would recommend the t290 for off-roading, camping, recreational activities, short range communication. I would recommend the gxt1000 for more serious operations, 2 mile range in high obstruction, and maybe 5 miles unobstructed.
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All that I expected I purchased this set in advance of buying a mobile unit for my Jeep. The Jeep club I am in is interested in moving everyone towards GMRS and we wanted to compare the features and range to our traditional CB's. Many of our members are new to off-road and finding something simple that everyone could use was a priority. Our first outing was a simple trail ride (actually more of a spring color tour) that consisted of 60 Jeeps. We positioned the hand helds at the front and rear of the caravan. As you can imagine 60 jeeps gets spread out quite a bit. The T290's far out performed the CB's in both range and clarity. It was a very good example that helped us sell the idea to club members and many have already committed or made purchases from Midland. The only real drawback I experienced is that you are not supposed to leave the radios on the charging base. It would be nice to be able to leave them on a 'maintain' setting. PROS: compact design, pretty easy to use, very good clarity of signal, good 'feel' (doesn't feel cheap), nice range for a hand held device CONS: charger does not maintain the battery, can't use any other battery source (AA's) other than the rechargeable that comes with it, menu and displays can be hard to understand if you are not familiar with terminology Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. I have ordered the MXT275 to mount in my JL Wrangler and I think these T290's will make a great addition on the trail for spotting or just to loan out to those without a GMRS.
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good All-Around Handhelds Purchased a few months ago to use when off-roading and camping. Much longer range than expected, about 1.5 miles even in tree-filled areas. So far good battery life. I bought an extra set of batteries but only need them when I forget to charge the originals. Volume is good even over loud side-by-side engines. Good quality, only a few scrapes after a couple of heavy drops.
Date published: 2020-07-19
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Is there a way to charge these from a 12v car charger outlet?

Asked by: Stewie
No, unfortunately there is not.
Answered by: Midland Radio Corporation
Date published: 2021-06-04

Do these have repeater frequencies built in?

Asked by: Stevie A
Hello! The T290s do not have repeater frequencies built in.
Answered by: Midland Radio Corporation
Date published: 2021-01-12

Can these run on FRS channels, and can you use them on said channels w/out fcc license 

Asked by: Geoff78
Hello! The T290s can operate on FRS channel, however, users are still required to obtain an FCC license if operating a GMRS device regardless of what frequencies are being utilized.
Answered by: Midland Radio Corporation
Date published: 2021-01-12

Do you have vehicle chargers for these

Asked by: Dede
Hello! We recommend the 18-216 TWO-WAY DC CHARGER that can be found on https://midlandusa.com/product/18-216/
Answered by: Midland Radio Corporation
Date published: 2020-10-14

do you need a license for them? and if my husb working in an area w/ no cell signal about 38 miles away from me - would I be able to talk to him just for an emergency use?

Asked by: Elpocho
Yes, you need a GMRS license which is $70 and covers you and your extended family for 10 years. You more than likely will not get 38 miles of range. That type of range can only be achieved over open water or mountain top to mountain top. Any obstructions will greatly decrease your range.
Answered by: Midland Radio Corporation
Date published: 2020-12-14

What's the wattage output on these?

Asked by: bwest
They are in the 2.8W category
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2021-06-24

Is there a car charger available?

Asked by: NickoP

Someone tried to charge these from a 110V vehicle converter? Did it work?

Asked by: NickoP
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