Uniden BC75XLT Review (Affordable Police Scanner)

There are many police scanners in the market, but when it comes to affordability and ease of use, none matches the Uniden BC75XLT police scanner. Ease of use means that newbies or beginners can use this handheld radio effortlessly without prior knowledge on how to use it.

Simply put, the Uniden BC75XLT’s simplicity and pocket-friendly price are the selling points of this device.

So in this Uniden BC75XL review, we are going to be learning a lot more about this radio.

While this radio may be cheap, it doesn’t have all the extra features that you would generally find in expensive or costlier police scanners. So you would need to tread carefully and determine what you are actually looking for in a police scanner. If you want simplicity and affordability, with mild features, the Uniden BC75XLT might just be what you are looking for.

Design

The Uniden scanner BC75XLT looks simple and is not complicated in any way. The keys are assembled in such a way that it promotes simplicity and ease of use. This makes it ideal for beginners. The buttons and the screen are located on the face, antenna at the top. It usually comes in black color design.

However, we consider the downside of this police scanner as the material used in making the device. The device is made of plastic, which means you have to be careful with how you handle it. You wouldn’t want it to fall off your hands every time, though it’s expected as one cannot always be too careful. The plastic design means that the police scanner might not be durable unless you handle it with the utmost care and hold it snuggly.

The screen is large enough for you to see the commands. The graphics are clear, but you won’t be able to see what’s on the screen if it’s positioned at an angle. For clarity, the screen on the police scanner requires that you look at it straight and not from a bent position. The LCD screen is so clear and bright that you won’t struggle to use it in darkness.

The weight is not that heavy. Without the batteries mounted, the device might weigh around 10 oz. With the batteries installed, it would weigh approximately 14 oz, a natural weight for an adult.

Programming and Set-up

Programming and setting up this handheld radio seems to be the easiest thing to do. The Uniden BC75XLT manual is handy, and you can browse through it to fully set-up your Uniden scanner BC75XLT. Even for beginners, the initial set-up is straightforward. No other police scanner comes close.

To set-up the radio, you have to mount the battery. You have to open the back cover to access the housing of the battery before installing it. It’s effortless to do that. The radio comes with a dual power source – you can power the device via two AA batteries or two rechargeable batteries. However, there are no batteries in the pack, so you would have to purchase any of them separately.

Simplicity and ease of use are the two things that distinguish the Uniden BC75XLT from other police scanners. To use this scanner radio, you have to program it so that all your favorite channels can be added. There are approximately 300 channels in this scanner radio, 30 channels in each memory bank.

You can select from the list of available channels and program it via a laptop or do it manually. We recommend that you program the radio via a computer as it’s easier for a beginner than programming manually. All you have to do is install the Uniden BC75XLT programming software included in the pack, and that’s it. Use it to scan all the available frequencies in the area.

However, if you are tech-savvy and have plenty of time, you can manually program the scanner radio. This should act as a backup if you find it complicated programming it via PC. The good thing though about programming frequencies is that you get to do it only once since the scanner has a large capacity store all the channels. Remember, there is always the Uniden BC75XLT manual to guide you.

Features

The Uniden BC75XLT has some fantastic features, though typical, uniquely defined to provide ease of use. It has a belt clip, Uniden BC75XLT programming software, USB cable for charging the batteries, and an antenna.

The BNC antenna is used to scan available signals, events, and a third eye in the neighborhood for vandalism, burglary, stealing, and other crimes. This means that no information escapes the scanner radio, and if you want to get more coverage, you should get an advanced antenna. You can easily find one since the BNC antenna is compatible with most antenna out there.

There are also the regular NOAA channels for real-time weather updates, significant storage capacity, close call function to aid you to tune to your favorite channel amidst the thousands of available frequencies, etc.

Uniden BC75XLT Review: Based on testing and experience

If you are looking for a reasonably priced, lightweight scanner radio to monitor nearby transmissions, the Uniden BC75XLT should be what you are looking for.

The device might not have the nicest of all features, but when you consider the price, you would agree with me that this is an excellent device for a great value.

This scanner radio is programmable and has many channels to keep you updated with what’s happening in the neighborhood. Want to start listening to your favorite frequency? This radio features ten pre-programmed bands that enable you to engage in a rapid search for your neighborhood services. Amazing, isn’t it?

Uniden BC75XLT is easy to set-up and use. For a beginner, this is an ideal scanner you need to get started with. It comes with clearly defined buttons, user guides, and a bright screen, promoting ease of use. Setting the radio up won’t take you so much time and programming s straightforward, especially if you are using a laptop.

Not seeing well in the dark? The scanner has a backlight function that turns the screen and the buttons on. All you need is a push of the button in the lower-left of the scanner, and you would be able to see in darkness. Reading is also not bad on the screen. However, you need to avoid reading it from an angle because you will barely see what’s on the screen.

When it comes to battery life, this scanner isn’t doing badly either. When fully charged, it can power you throughout the day, and even til the next day. With the AA batteries, you get lower than a day. It can power you for 12 hours maximum. Some people did complain that with the AA batteries, they hardly got up to 6 hours of use. You should expect because disposable batteries never seem to last long. However, they can be a good backup if you are in a situation where charging is impossible.

You can charge the battery from a laptop or an AC adapter. The USB is compatible with all power sources with USB ports, which is terrific.

This scanner features the close call RF capture. As the name suggests, it’s used to capture signals or transmissions closest to where you live or are, instead of scanning all the frequencies simultaneously. It makes it possible to intercept signals for emergency purposes. It’s impossible to scan frequencies in the 800 MHz bands anyway.

The speaker and the audio are great. However, the volume knob is difficult to use because it doubles up as a squeak and SEL knob. It means that the same knob controls the volume, the squeak, and SEL functions. So it’s possible to accidentally adjust the volume when all you wanted was to use the SEL function.

Features

Programmable Channels – You can get up to 300 channels on this scanner fully programmed.
NOAA Weather Reports – Get real-time weather updates within your locale with this scanner. It features close frequencies that will keep you updated on weather and happenings in your neighborhood.
Backlight Function – With this function, your screen and keys all light up, enabling you to use it in the dark.
Compatible BNC Antenna – You can scan signals and get frequencies within the range of this antenna.

Pros

It’s easy to set-up and use. Its simplicity is unbelievable and second to none.
The scanner comes with programmable 300 channels for racing, etc.
It comes with a dual power source. You can use rechargeable batteries or AA batteries.
Comes with a clear and readable LCD.
The scanner comes with programming software to further ease the set-up process.
Comes with ten pre-programmed bands.
The scanner is affordable.

Cons

Despite having a groovy appearance, the scanner can fall off your hands.
Not scanning beyond 800 MHz is disappointing.

Conclusion on the Uniden BC75XLT Police Scanner Review

The Uniden BC75XLT, no doubt, has fairly impressed us with its simplicity and affordability. It does not lack the basic features, and it will give you an excellent performance that justifies the price tag.

Being lightweight is a plus, and you can use the scanner to monitor close range transmissions. Overall, this is a device that you should lay your hands on if you want basic features from a police scanner and are not looking for extra features. This Uniden BC75XLT review has proven that this scanner is more than capable of handling your needs.

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