Compared to the older scanners, it IS easier to set up.
No longer searching for the frequencies and manually entering them.
Having the batteries go dead and entering them all in by hand..... again.
ANY scanner will be difficult to use if you don't have any experience with them.
You need to set them up before use. The HP-1 reduces the set-up time significantly.
There is a learning curve with everything. That's why there is a community here.
If you ask questions real users, not some dork on a phone, will help.
Any problems you are having someone else already went thru it and asked about it here.