Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner with HPDB and Wi-Fi

Very similar to the BCD436HP, but with a desktop design, this is a digital scanner suitable for home or car use. The makers tried to innovate a lot on this product, but we should let you know, the modern Wi-fi and app functionality work poorly. The Uniden BCD536HP promises a lot of features. The ones […]

Last updateJune 19, 2018
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Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner with HPDB and Wi-Fi

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Very similar to the BCD436HP, but with a desktop design, this is a digital scanner suitable for home or car use. The makers tried to innovate a lot on this product, but we should let you know, the modern Wi-fi and app functionality work poorly.

The Uniden BCD536HP promises a lot of features. The ones we’re sure of, S.A.M.E. weather alert, a complex software with a multitude of options, narrowband and location-based scanning, and picking up anything in between 23 MHz - 1300 MHz. These all work perfectly, surely passing the standard of the market.

The problems arise when we’re talking about innovative promises Uniden makes: wi-fi, an app, using your phone to hear what’s being transmitted by the scanner. These would be wonderful additions, but in some cases (the wi-fi functionality) rarely works, and the app we’re promised is buggy and hard to use.

We have to praise the multitude of functional and helpful features. Especially the large frequency coverage, weather alert system, and the fact you hear what’s being transmitted closest to you.

On the downside, we’re left unhappy with the innovative features Uniden promised, but never fully delivered on. Who knows, maybe they’ll solve this problem in the future.

Regardless of the problems, the experts we asked really praised this product. For a radio amateur, it’s a really good deal, even if they don’t get a greatly innovative product.

Novices in the field were also happy with this police scanner. Most of them loved the product. We even ran a funny experiment in our focus group. We didn’t tell them about the promised, heavily marketed wi-fi and app features, and just from using the product, all the feedback was positive. The complaints only started appearing once we let the people we’ve interviewed know about the marketed options (or when they figured it out themselves from the design of the scanner). So for police scanning activities, it’s surely a choice to consider.

Oh, and a few of them also complained about the software, and how it is sometimes hard to understand, but we chalked that up to misuse.

Features:

  • Picks up anything in between 23 MHz - 1300 MHz
  • Trunked & Digital.
  • A.M.E. Weather Alert System
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