They make some of the low end oscilloscopes for Agilent see here for the proof and I can understand why that is so. With the ongoing march of technology hopefully we will find that 8 inch screens with full VGA resolution will become the standard in the future and that would be just about perfect. The build quality is good, the buttons and knobs are slick and, for the most part, everything works perfectly. It is a dumb design decision in an otherwise excellently engineered product. The screen grabs below show the two functions in action.

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Rigol Oscilloscope DS1000E

This video will show you what I mean. Useability The Ub series is certainly easy to use, the knobs and buttons do what you would expect and you can quickly focus on the detail that you are looking for.

The Display The display is a 5. They make some of the low end oscilloscopes for Agilent see here for the proof and I can understand why that is so. This is not intended as a criticism of ds100e Rigol but a larger screen with a higher resolution would be much easier to work with. The Rigol DS series is a hi-tech digital oscilloscope with an exceptional set of features at a price that a hobbyist can afford. Theoretically you can see rs1000e channel is currently associated to the knobs by checking the icons on the bottom of the screen but it would have been much better if the appropriate channel select button was illuminated with a different colour.

Mostly the menus and the options are easy to understand but some selections invoke a second menu layer and that can get confusing. There is also a jitter in the least significant bit of the ADCs that is present at all sensitivities and sweep speeds but again it is small and not a great concern. This is amazing value for a digital storage oscilloscope with these specifications, it is encroaching onto the territory owned by Tektronix and Agilent In the past analogue MHz oscilloscopes needed a floor mounted trolley to carry them and here is something that would actually fit inside a shoebox.


The screen grabs below show the two functions in action.

Computer Control You can plug the USB socket on the back of the oscilloscope into your computer and either take remote control of the instrument or download data and screen shots. Then someone, who es1000e no attention to the user experience, selected a particularly noisy fan. The only issue is that when Rigol dx1000e that this information is public knowledge they will almost certainly change their firmware to prevent this exploit this information became public in March The options selected by the menu system are endless.

This causes another usability issue in that these same channel select buttons are also used to display dx1000e menu for the channel or cause the channel to be tuned off.

About the only issue in the usability department is the fact that only one set of vertical adjustment knobs sensitivity and position are available usbb both channels 1 and 2. The Fan While on the subject of annoyances I must mention the fan.

The instrument itself is quite small, about the size of a small shoebox. As it is, rather than figure out what channel is currently under control, I just push the button for the channel that I want and then adjust the knobs.

This is quite an achievement for an instrument with a lot of capabilities and a limited set of front panel controls. All these settings are saved and recalled when you turn the instrument on usn. The options in this department are extensive to say the least – you can trigger on the normal rising and falling edge of a signal but also on various rise times, pulse widths, video characteristics and more.


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But, if you get in quick, you could get a very cheap MHz digital oscilloscope. Inside the DSE it is mostly empty space with the switched mode power supply taking up more space than everything else. A video clip http: This means that you must select the channel ds1000e you can adjust its sensitivity ds1000w position on the screen. There is a version of the DS series which includes a 16 channel logic analyser. Perhaps I have been spoilt by high resolution computer screens but I would have preferred something with more detail.

Rigol is a Chinese electronics instrument manufacturer who has been around for only a few years.

Rigol DS1000E Digital Oscilloscopes

I found the ussb control just as difficult to use as other USB oscilloscopes but the ability uusb download data and, more particularly, screen shots is very useful.

I haven’t quite figured out the sequence yet so when I press a button to select a channel for adjustment I sometimes find that the menu has popped up or worse, the channel has disappeared altogether. It seems that Rigol can switch between them by simply changing a configuration switch in the firmware – and you can do so also, with nothing more than a serial cable and your computer. And, how does it fare?