Summary: This is very difficult to program without software you can download. It does not decode P25 digital signals (analog only like description says). Got a great deal on it, but since I didn't do my homework on it, it's just a bookshelf placeholder now. Useless to me so far. Manual is terrible, a 'supposedly' easy to read manual didn't help any at all.
Summary: I have been around shortwaves and scanners for 20+ years. Without doubt, this is the most difficult, complicated radio I have ever owned. Documentation is horrible, interface is strictly for aliens. May be a great radio, but it's absolutely inpeneterable. Do not even think about buying one.
Cons: Hopelessly Complicated, Terrible Disk Only Manual, Worst User Interface Ever
Summary: As others have said, the unit comes nicely packaged; the included computer cable is obsolete; the owner's manual is on a CD and arranged in an HTML format which defies printing. No hard copy is available and the Uniden Rep I spoke to couldn't have cared less. If you don't know anything about scanners you had better enjoy puzzles or browsing for information on your computer. I've never seen anything so poorly thought out - No glossary or Index. Mobile?
Summary: No hard copy manual. CD-ROM manual did not work on my Win 7 computer nor my spouse's win 7 laptop. Online is an HTML manual on Uniden Web site which is poorly written and spacing between written lines makes printing very impractical. The unit is not at all intuitive even for simple entering a known frequency.
Summary: Great little scanner. I have 2 of the popular scanner software's which makes it easier and almost fun to program. If you would like a nice informative manual do a search for Marksscanners, he wrote a great manual. You can print it out if you like, just have a fresh reem of paper handy. This scanner replaces my BCT780xlt. Great price here at Amazon.com I use all my scanners remotely in house with software and PC. I also have a BCT396t which works great.
Summary: This IS the New BCT15X with 9000 Channels as the other reviewer, H. French's "Amazon Surfer" said, not an older model. By the ways thanks for the review, I too, almost didn't purchase this scanner from Amazon for fear that this was an older stock model but now I'm glad that I did. Thanks again H. French for the info. It was shipped quickly and well packaged by Amazon, although Uniden also packages the unit in its own box pretty good too. No damage! This thing is a brick!
The listed BCT15X by Amazon for $219.00 is indeed a 15X
H. French "Amazon Surfer", Amazon
3 May 2011
Summary: Just to clear things up i wanted to say that i just recieved my scanner the uniden BCT15x for $219.00 as shown from amazon and it is indeed a 15x model with the 9000 channels etc... i know some sellers are selling the 15's as a 15x but Amazon is definately selling and sending the BCT15x !! i just got mine the other day and although im still learning how to use it , it is definately an awesome scanner and the price can not be beat ! even free shipping !!