Need help choosing my first Scope

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Tony3d, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Tony3d

    Thread Starter New Member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Hi all, I'm new here, and plan to order my first scope within the couple days and have narrowed it down to these two.... An Owon sds7102, and a Rigol 1102E. I only have $450 to spend, and want something new so I have a warranty. Any help would be great. Thanks.
  2. Tony3d

    Thread Starter New Member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Nobody has any input?
  3. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    Apparently not, at least not within the <12 hour period that you wanted it in.
  4. liquidair

    Active Member

    Oct 1, 2009
    There's a ton of info out there about the debate on at least these two brands. EEVBlog is just one such source. According to that, the Rigol is the way to go.
  5. bountyhunter

    Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Yes, but you won't like it: buying anew $450 scope is like buying a Yugo. You get what you pay for. In recent years, I have bought used Tek scopes off ebay from good sellers (guaranteed calibrated with warranty) for about $250 and gotten good results. These are wide bandwidth analog scopes, not digital.

    Rigol is not great for bandwidth:

    I am not a believer in cheap scopes because there is a world of things they can't do and you will outgrow them quickly. If you are sure the Rigol will do everything you need, it seems like a good cheap unit. This place sells it for $399 (free shipping too):
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2013
  6. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    A new digital scope is nice to have but if you are new to oscilloscopes it is not necessarily the best place to start.

    Personally, I would get a used analog scope for under $100.
    Learn to use the scope properly. With the experience gained (and money saved) you will be in a better position to decide for yourself which digital scope to buy.
  7. Metalmann

    Active Member

    Dec 8, 2012