Actually it's really a stupid review. The guy should have ordered the radio from a quality shop that does good tech work. When it arrived it would have been converted, tuned, and aligned and ready to talk. He spends the first half of the review griping that it's only a 10m radio and he does not know how to convert it. There are much better actual reviews of this radio out there. All that said I will stick with my Magnum Deltaforce, S45HP, and 257HP. I really don't care for the look of this radio.
imho the magnum 1 is the least menu driven radio. it has some knobs . and the features that are on the menu are types that u set it and forget it.if ya need a small radio i think its a good choice ,and i hate menu driven radios but this one isnt too bad.if ya got extra room and dont want a menu driven radio at all then id say the best option in that case is a 2950dxAll of these radio's have crappy menu driven systems that no one could work while driving down the road. The beauty of the RCI2950, HR2510, Uniden Grant XL and the like was that you could actualy use them with out taking your eye's off the road for the most part. Location mattered but they either had a single function button or at the worst twin control knobs. The amount of double function keys was kept to a minimum and they had almost no menu to speak of. Simple switches Dim/Bright Ch9/19 NB/ANL Hi/Lo No dancing through a menu 3 levels deep to dim the display.
All of them have cheap wide noisy crystal filters and the switches and channel selectors are usually cheap and flimsy and feel cheap and flimsy. For the price we pay for these radio at the very least the switches and pots channel selectors should all be very solid!