USB Oscilloscope

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  1. Dritech

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  2. blueroomelectronics

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    What kind of signals are you working with? RF, Audio, Digital?
     
  3. Dritech

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    Mainly for digital signals.
     
  4. blueroomelectronics

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    Not to mention zero software / firmware updates.
     
  5. Dritech

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    So its not worth it for basic use?
     
  6. blueroomelectronics

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    Again define your intended use.
     
  7. Dritech

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    Mainly for digital signals. (#4)
     
  8. blueroomelectronics

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    For digital I'd use a logic analyzer not a scope.

    On the cheap a Bus Pirate is pretty handy
    If PICs are your thing a PICkit2 (although discontinued) had a very handy logic tool & UART tool, plus it could program and debug PICs.
    If you want something with nice screens the Saleae Logic looks pretty nice.
     
  9. bug13

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    Someone told me this before: "Get the best one you can afford", and I should have listened.

    edit: I would stick to a real scope, rigol is good brand for low cost scope
     
  10. THE_RB

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    Hantek make real scopes too;

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    An important feature these days is to get a large screen, a 7" screen with 800x480 pixels is much better than some 'scopes that still have 5" screens with only 320x240 pixels!
     
  11. bluebrakes

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    buy the best you can afford. there are literally hundreds of knock off usb oscilloscopes that aren't really fit for purpose or aren't sufficiently protected from the computer.

    If I was you, I'd buy a nice 2nd hand scope off ebay. I bought myself a nice fluke 99b handheld scope for £270, which if new, would cost a few thousand pounds.

    It has an optical PC interface, which I made my own for a few quid and works brilliantly with metratek.
     
  12. Brownout

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    Looks like a decent scope for a student's use. Shouldn't hurt your computer.
     
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