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Uniden SDS200 Police Scanner

Best base scanner of 2020

Simulcast digital capable

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The Uniden SDS200 is the best base police scanner on the market & the one you should buy.

The handheld version of the SDS200, the SDS100, is the best & top selling overall scanner. If you're buying a base model—look no further.

Since the SDS200 launched in Jan 2019, the SDS100 has been clinging to its top spot in the Scanner Standings and the SDS200 has been clawing its way up the ranks. They're's a heated family rivalry.

See what your kindred-scanner-faithful have to add—scroll down to the ‘Resources’ tab to find reviews from SDS200 owners.

Information & Learning: We’ll keep updating this page with videos/images/guides so subscribe & we’ll drop you a line as new content becomes available. We expect the SDS200 to be our top-selling base scanner for the next few years, so we’ll work to create a variety of content to help you get the most out of your SDS200.

Questions? Awesome! We’re here to help.

Specifics & Compare

Base & Mobile Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner Comparison

Model Number




Scanner Type

Base & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & Mobile

Monitor Digital Phase 2


Monitor Digital Phase 1


Monitor Trunking


Monitor Analog


Monitor Weather & NOAA


Monitor P25, TDMA, APCO-25, EDACS, LTR, Analog Motorola, Digital Motorola


ProVoice EDACS

NoNoYesNoWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes


NoNoNoNoWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes


NoNoWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Reception


Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000Virtually UnlimitedTBDVirtually Unlimited

GPS Capable


Alpha Tag


NAC Decoding


Fire Tone-Out


Location Based Scanning


Close Call/Stalker


Record & Playback


Lit Keypad

YesNot ApplicableYesYesYesTBDYes

Color Touchscreen

Not ApplicableYesNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Headset & External Speaker Compatible


PC Programmable


Mac Programmable


Easy Programming


Software Included

NoSentinelSentinelNoSentinelTBDEZ Scan

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

4 GB4 GB4 GBDynamic8 GBTBD4 GB

SD Card


Range (mi.)*


Battery Type

Not ApplicableAANot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Battery Life**

Not Applicable8 hoursNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable
Size (inches)TBD6 x 3.25 x 1.257.25 x 2.25 x 6.55.75 x 10.75 x 3.757 x 5 x 3TBD1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.)TBD32969696TBD33.5


1 year1 year1 year1 year1 yearTBD1 year
LaunchedSummer 2017Fall 2014Fall 2013Spring 2015Winter 2019TBDSummer 2016
Key FeatureScanner & CB ComboColor TouchscreenWiFi & Siren AppNo Software IncludedEthernet connectivity for remote streaming & controlTBDNXDN & Removable Face


8 GB SD Card
USB Interface Cable
AC Adapter
DC Adapter
Wiring Harness
Quick Start Guide
Sentinel Software
Mounting Bracket and Hardware (fits most vehicles)
Telescoping Antenna


Priced $699.99?

All vendors have a floor price of $699.99, so you will not find the SDS200 cheaper elsewhere—this is the lowest possible price. In addition to getting rock-bottom-pricing, we charge $0 taxes, offer free shipping, and provide lifetime tech support.

SDS200 Tech Specs?

The SDS200 is the base version of the extremely popular SDS100 and they will operate almost exactly the same so if you're looking for a bit more info, the SDS100 product page is a great place to start. Below is the press release from Uniden regarding the SDS200. Most of the tech specs are included in the "Specifics & Compare" tab. When additional information rolls in we’ll post it to this page.


The Uniden GPS & Cable for the SDS200 is currently on back order until the end of the month.

Software Upgrades?

Chat with a scanner expert to see if you need these any or all software upgrades in your area - this is confusing and we can look it up in a few minutes. If you purchase any software upgrades with your SDS200, our experts will install the upgrades so your SDS200 will be all set up when it arrives. You can do it on your own for less by buying upgrades directly from Uniden once you receive your scanner.

Buyers Say

› Does not have WiFi, but it does have Ethernet—which is more reliable than WiFi.
› Looks great installed in the dash of vehicles and comes with mounting gear.
› No built in GPS (must buy GPS device).
› Ethernet connectivity for remote streaming and control.
› Uniden Siren App is hit or miss with the LAN cable. Poor audio and delayed feed.
› There is a hum or buzz in the internal speaker and sometimes the audio cuts out mid-transmission.


› If you do nothing else - save this page. This guide is hyper detailed & explains how to do everything on this scanner. When you get your scanner go ahead & burn the paper owner’s manual & use this bad boy.

Download Sentinel software for the SDS200 free. Not sure if you want to program on your own? Download the software that comes with the SDS200 (Sentinel) for free and test drive.

› User generated Simulcast report from around the US. This is a google doc that provides an apples-to-apples comparison for all the different scanner models and how they handle simulcast in specific areas and different networks. While not the prettiest, this the best, most up to date, unbiased information.

See reactions from SDS200 owners. This is an SDS200 forum. Read what other scanner fans are saying about Uniden's newest scanner.

Watch our SDS200 YouTube Playlist. Need more details and visuals? We'll be uploading new SDS200 content every week.

› Have something you think we should add here? Awesome! Send it on over and we'll add: zip @


The new Uniden SDS200 comes with Sentinel software like other Uniden scanners including the SDS100, 436, 536 & HP2. While there is a version of the Sentinel Software for each scanner, they operate the same. The SDS200 includes Sentinel Software (download free SDS200 software here). Watch our Uniden Sentinel software programming video here or above in video gallery.

Police Scanner Programming FAQ

What is 'One Touch Start Up'?

Adding this with programming allows our technicians to make hardware, software & frequency updates prior to shipping your scanner. You can buy only the programming which will give you everything needed to listen in your area but 'one touch start up' ensures a smooth experience right from the start with zero technical know-how. 'One touch start up' is popular with gifts as this allows the scanner to simply 'work' by powering on.


How long does this take?

Programming adds 1-2 additional business days to delivery.


What if this does not work?

We have a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your programming.


How are you so much cheaper than other scanner programming places?

We’re awesome.


Can you program X, Y, Z?

We can program anything that is in Radio Reference. If you have frequencies that are not in Radio Reference, as long as you can put them in a CSV file, we can program them.


What if I need help?

We’re always here to help.


Can I programming this scanner myself?

We created a programming decision tree as well as programming videos (above) to help you decided on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming.


Can't I just punch in my zip code for programming?

When you type in your zip code, it scans EVERYTHING in your area, which is kinda like getting the phone book thrown at you. This is why over 95% of orders include programming & why we highly recommend. Our professional programming filters the junk out so you don't have to listen to things such as the dog catcher, repo guy, power company & such.


How long does programming take?

It takes our scanner tech over an hour to program each scanner & this is ALL he does. For new & moderate scanner users we estimate 3-12 hours of programming. Setup time varies wildly based on scanner, area as well as scanner & general tech familiarity.


Why should I buy programming?

Programming is the #1 reason police scanners are returned. While scanner programming is much easier than the days of crystal scanners, there is a learning curve like any other electronics purchase. While some scanner enthusiasts are highly technical and want to learn the ins and outs of programming, others want their scanner to just ‘work’ right out of the box. 95% of all scanner sales include programming, so unless you’re familiar with scanners, scanner terminology, own a PC (Mac’s do not work), and want to learn the nuances of programming, we highly recommend having your scanner professionally programmed. Scanner technology is fairly user friendly, but scanners are not smartphones or iPads. If you're spending hundreds on a scanner; we recommend springing a few extra bucks so it works right out of the box.


Can't you teach me programming with your lifetime technical support?

No. Lifetime technical support is not unlimited technical support. We are always here to help, love to do so. We made how to videos and can help point you in the right direction, but we will not teach programming.


Can't you teach me programming with your lifetime technical support?

No. Lifetime technical support is not unlimited technical support. We are always here to help, love to do so. We made how to videos and can help point you in the right direction, but we will not teach programming.


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Customer Reviews (12)

Awesome scannerReview by Dennis
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Worked perfect right out of the box and I had the county I live in and surrounding counties preprogrammed and couldn't be happier. (Posted on 12/4/2019)
happy customerReview by Joel Reiss
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Once again got the perfect scanner from Zip Scanners. Great product just un boxed and working fine. Great people to work with answers all question I had and explained my options on up grades and programming without pressure to make a sale. I got to make what I wanted and glad with the one I did with help from Garrett! Another happy customer!!! (Posted on 11/27/2019)
AmazingReview by Linus
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Amazing customer service, can't imagine how life was like before becoming a customer at zip. Even from Germany no problem to stay intcouch and receive great advice (Posted on 11/27/2019)
Good stuff all aroundReview by Richard
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I have always liked the Uniden products and so far the SDS200 works GREAT!!
I would also like to point out how easy the SDS200 was to order from the ZipScanners website, their website works well and I like that you can CHAT live with one of the guys and ask the questions you may have. I have visited other Scanner websites, and I like ZipScanners the best. They have fast shipping and pack things real nice for safe transit.
Five (5) STARS for ZipScanners as well. (Posted on 10/1/2019)
Fast delivery of an amazing scanner. What's not to like?Review by Bill Simpson
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Fast delivery of an amazing scanner. What's not to like? It is sitting next to me right now, scanning away after I just updated the data base and firmware, even though I didn't know what I was doing. Whoever wrote the Sentinel program for Uniden did an amazing job, as did the designers of the scanner. (Posted on 7/13/2019)
came quickly and was setup correctlyReview by Thomas Andrea
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My Uniden sds200 scanner came quickly and was setup correctly. They couldn't do anything on price but free features on setup were excellent. Thank you zipscanners!!! (Posted on 7/13/2019)
Barry BrandtReview by Barry Brandt
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AWESOME - THE BEST !!! (Posted on 5/9/2019)
Uniden SDS200Review by shannon
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Shopping with ZipScanners could not have been easier and Jessie was there not only online to talk about my scanner choices but also by phone. I have so glad I chose the SDS200. I know there has been a lot of talk about the 100 and 200 but I have 0 issues with mine. I listen to it everyday and just amazed how awesome it really is. I am in a simulcast area so this was the best choice for me by far. Wanted to say thank you to the ZipScanners staff for everything about my order from the questions I had ordering and the commutation, after ordering and even the follow up after I received my scanner just to make sure that it was all working. It was very well packaged. I recommend to anyone who is interested in a scanner to use ZipScanners. (Posted on 4/1/2019)
AWESOME - THE BEST !!!Review by Barry Brandt
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AWESOME - THE BEST !!! (Posted on 2/25/2019)
Scanner shipped fast and the staff was very helpful with my questions.Review by Neal Campbell
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Scanner shipped fast and the staff was very helpful with my questions.
(Posted on 2/24/2019)
Nice upgrade to my 536hpReview by john
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I am a full time nerd, I need the latest in nerdy things.
Bingo this is a 536hp with a much better screen and a redesigned button layout, the function knob is better than the 536hp and makes entering keys less frustrating. Close call was moved from the one button press of the SQ button on the 536hp to the function knob then left function button on the sds200 no big deal. ethernet much better than the 536hp wifi dongle that was a mess and entering wifi was just a pain.
I do not know yet if it has the same file limitation that the 536hp has in regards to the number of file directories it can make before it crashes as I have not had it recording for any amount of time
Over all I like it, nothing on it is not an improvement over the 536.
I wish so much the direct competition would make something with the nice interface this has, but at this point in time its the best sub 2k scanner you can get, imho.
(Posted on 2/5/2019)
It sound like you guys knows what your doing.i am a retired volunteer firefighter from huerfano county Colorado.resided into Spokane county Washington.Review by Shane
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I am a retired volunteer firefighter from huerfano county Colorado.resided into Spokane county Washington.and I am also still in public safety through the national weather service in eastern Washington Spokane Washington.and I am looking into getting back into working for Spokane county fire district 4. As a part time officer. And I do stormspoting for the national weather service here in Spokane Washington. And I would love to have all city and county's nearby Spokane Washington.including Idaho county's nearby Spokane Washington. Thanks sincerely Shane Palacio. (Posted on 1/21/2019)

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