Uniden PRO401HH Review (Fully Tested)

As you dig in to decide which handheld CB radio is right for you, hopefully, Uniden is on the list as a possible brand to buy.

Let's dig into one of the more popular handheld CB radios - the Uniden PRO401HH Review

Right out of the gate, the Uniden PRO401HH is a smaller CB radio measuring about an inch smaller than other competitors and weighs around 1 pound without the battery.

With a great price point, ease of use, the unique features - it is a great value and one of the Best Handheld CB Radios available.

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.

Specs:

  • Automatic noise limiter the helps reduce pulse noise
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control) for a constant sound level control
  • Rechargeable (9 AA Ni-MH) or Alkaline (9 AA) batteries
  • Internal battery select switch (alkaline or rechargeable)
  • Excellent RF Noise Elimination

overall 

4.25/5

Quality

Size

Ease of Use

Cost

Uniden PRO401HH Review - The Features:

  • Like most handheld CB radios it has a detachable antenna (comes with a rubber ducky) - I will get to the range in just a moment.
  • The CB radio is stylish and sleek. It has a compact and lightweight design, weighing approximately 1 pound, making it simple to use with just one hand. The top, left, and right sides have strategically placed controls and jacks.
  • You can use rechargeable batteries (9 AA Ni-MH) or alkaline (9 AA) batteries. The included DC power cable will also charge your AA Ni-MH batteries. A switch inside the battery compartment allows you to choose between rechargeable or alkaline batteries.
  • The High/low power switch allows you to switch between 1 and 4 watts to save power.
  • The Dual Watch function allows you to communicate on one channel while still listening to another
  • Access to ALL 40 CB frequencies and the FCC approved 4 Watts of output
  • The Volume control buttons, squelch button are located at the top providing a larger space for the speaker
  • Car adapter
Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.
  • The Uniden PRO401HH delivers the convenience of a handheld CB radio with the security of knowing you have the longest range possible so you can always stay in touch.
  • Features a low-power setting to conserve battery life and a high-power setting so you can extend your range When needed.
  • Designed for use in the citizens band (CB) radio service, the PRO401HH mobile radio will operate on any of the 40 CB frequencies authorized by the (FCC).
  • Whether you're in your car, truck, Van or bike, over the road, camping out or just out hiking the trail, The high performance PRO401HH s you're never out of touch.
  • It’s compact and lightweight, weighing approximately 1 pound making it easy to operate with one hand. The design features strategically placed controls and jacks on the top, left, and right side.

What is the range of the Uniden PRO401HH ?

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.

The general rule is, 1 watt = 1 mile, for handheld CB radios they are 4 watts so the maximum is 4 miles.

The Uniden PRO401HH range is 150-250 yards with the stock antenna. I was able to get 350-400 yards in open field or about a half of a mile.

If you want to increase the range, a good idea is to buy a long-range antenna, I recommend the RoadPro 24" mount antenna.

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.

The LCD Display:

The display is the one area where I think Uniden could have done a better job. Just looking at the Cobra's, they have a display that is robust and eye-catching.

The Uniden Pro 401 HH only shows what channel you are on and two illuminated places for a low battery warning and if you are transmitting.

Nothing special but keep in mind, the price point matches the bells and whistles that come with this CB radio.

Battery Life & Power:

It requires 9 AA batteries which are not included. You can use either rechargeable batteries (9 AA Ni-MH) or alkaline batteries.

The traditional batteries tend to last 1-2 months of normal use (1-3 a week).

If you use it more frequently, I would recommend going the rechargeable battery route. I recommend the EBL 10 Count pack.

A good price and a quality battery. Just be sure to select the switch inside the battery compartment to which type of battery you are using - alkaline or rechargeable.

NOAA Weather/ Emergency Channel:

Unfortunately, it does not offer the NOAA weather monitoring or alert system. This is a major con for the Uniden Pro 401 HH. All of the other top CB radios offer this as a standard feature.

Dual watch:

Like some of the other high-featured handheld CBs, the Uniden Pro 401 HH offers a dual watch function allowing you to

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.

Who is the Uniden PRO401HH For?

If you’re a trucker or just a CB radios enthusiast who doesn’t want to spend too much money, the Uniden PRO401HH is a good option.

Mind you, this CB radio is great for close-range communication, but you won’t be able to use it for distances over 250-350 yards.

Uniden PRO401HH - The Pros:

What I like:

  • 40 AM channelsSends a powerful signal in a short-distance communication
  • Simple and easy to useBattery saver
  • Very affordable price

Uniden PRO401HH - The Cons:

What I don't like:

  • Range is ok, not great
  • 9 AA batteries not included
  • No NOAA weather alerts

Uniden PRO401HH Review - The Conclusion: 

Hopefully, our Uniden PRO401HH review has put some light on this radio and you’re now ready to make the right choice. If you’re asking us whether to buy it or not, we say go for it.

After all, it’s cheap, so even if you don’t get overly impressed with its performances, you won’t feel sorry about the money.

That said, we do believe that you will actually be stunned by the clearness of signal this CB radio sends/receives at relatively short distances.

So, if you’re looking for a cheap, yet super-reliable CB radio, that delivers a good bang for your buck my advice is to pick up the Uniden PRO401HH. 

Uniden PRO401HH Professional Series 40 Channel Handheld CB Radio, 4 Watts Power with Hi/Low Power Switch, Auto noise cancellation, Belt Clip And Strap Included, 2.75in. x 4.33in. x 8.66in.
  • The Uniden PRO401HH delivers the convenience of a handheld CB radio with the security of knowing you have the longest range possible so you can always stay in touch.
  • Features a low-power setting to conserve battery life and a high-power setting so you can extend your range When needed.