What’s the difference between the TRX-1 and the BCD436HP?

View the table below to see all the technical differences between handheld digital scanners. The main differences in these two scanners are:

  • TRX-1 can charge while powered on; BCD436HP must be powered off to charge.
  • Whistler regularly upgrades their scanners for free; Uniden charges $50+ for upgrades.
  • Whistler has knowledgeable staff you can call; Uniden is very hard to reach.
  • BCD436HP came out in 2013; TRX-1 in June 2016. Like all new technology, there have been several minor upgrades.
  • TRX-1 has a free case, BCD436HP does not.
  • The BCD436HP has been recalled a few times since it launched.

How is the BCD436HP different than the BCD536HP?

The BCD436HP and the BCD536HP were both released in the fall of 2013 and the main difference between them is that the BCD436HP is handheld and the BCD536HP is for home and vehicles.

Compare Handheld Digital Police Scanners

Model Number

SDS100 TRX-1 BCD436HP BCD325P2

Manufacturer

Uniden Whistler Uniden Uniden
Reception

Digital

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Analog

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade

NXDN

With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade No

DMR

With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Radio

No No No No

Channels

Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited 25,000

Simulcast

Yes No No No
Features

GPS Capable

Yes No Yes Yes

Alpha Tags

Yes Yes Yes Yes

NAC

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Fire Tone-Out

Yes No Yes Yes

Location Based

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Close Call/Stalker

Yes Yes No Yes

Record & Playback

Yes Yes Yes No
Programming

PC Program

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mac Program

No No No No

Software Included

Sentinel EZ Scan Sentinel No

USA & Canada Database

Yes Yes Yes No
More

Storage (GB)

8 GB 4 GB 4 GB Dynamic

SD Card

Yes Yes Yes No

Range (mi.)

50mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi.
Battery Type Proprietary AA AA AA

Battery Life

8 hours 8 hours 8 hours 6 hours
Size (inches) 5.75 x 1.5 x 2.5 1.25 x 2.25 x 5.25 2.5 x 6.5 x 1 2 x 6 x 1
Weight (oz.) 12 12 12 12

Warranty

1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched Summer 2018 Summer 2016 Fall 2013 Spring 2015
Key Feature Simulcast NXDN GPS Capable Software not included