A well-built and compact CB that offers a few more features than you’d expect at this price-point.
The Midland 1001LWX CB radio is a compact, easy-to-use radio that is perfect for those who are looking for a reliable and affordable option. Let’s take a closer look in my Midland 1001LWX review.
- 40 Channel CB Radio
- 4 Watts Output
- NOAA Weather Scan
- RF Gain Control
- ANL (Automatic Noise Limiter)
- PA Function
- Backlit LCD Display
Also in the box
Easy removal mounting bracket system, microphone and mounting, power cable and user manual.
Apart from its small size and solid build, one of the first things you notice about the 1001LWX is the wide orange LCD display. It is super clear and I particularly like the S-meter. Unusually for a digital display there are plenty of bars to display the strength right up to +30. So often you get just 4 bars or LEDs which is why I usually much prefer the older style analog meters that use a needle. Not only is the display very clear but the viewing angle is quite wide too meaning you haven’t got to be so picky with your mounting location.
Sound is often a concern with smaller CB radios but no such fears here. The speaker seems quite decent with plenty of audio volume produced.
Another surprise is that it is rare to find both RF Gain and NOAA weather on smaller budget CBs.
Transmit sound quality is good too with perfectly acceptable modulation reports and would sound even better with the addition of a power microphone.
What’s Not So Great
Considering this is just a fairly basic model there isn’t much to complain about. However one thing that might be an issue for some is that it reverts back to channel 19 as the default channel each time the power is disconnected. So, if it is wired the other side of the ignition then it’s going to happen every time you switch off your vehicle. For many this will not be an issue but if you like to keep your CB on a specific channel other than 19 it will cause a minor irritation.
The only other point the display is nice and bright but a dimmer would be handy as this can mean it is a little too bright when using it at night as this may bother some people.
Verdict / Bottom Line
Midland have been making CB radios for many year and are one of the leading brands so a lot of experience will have gone into these radios.
For its size and price this is a lovely little radio that performs well. If you want an inexpensive unit and are tight on space then the Midland 1001LWX is a strong contender. For low use, a second CB or a starter radio then it’s well worth considering.