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Title: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 16, 2012, 12:25:18 pm
I introduce the Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter. A full review will be posted soon.

Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter Teaser! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0ZvujM9VyI#ws)

See this PDF for details: http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0a57/0900766b80a57a09.pdf (http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0a57/0900766b80a57a09.pdf)

Product Details - Chauvin Arnoux Metrix MTX3282-COM (RS232 & USB)

Easy to use, the MTX 3282 multimeter from the MTX Mobile product family provides direct single-handed access to its functions, thanks to an electronic measurement switch. Equipped with a large multidirectional LCD screen, it has four 100,000-count digital displays and English/French bilingual menus.

In order to optimise efficiency and safety during use, the "Ampere" and "Volt" measurement terminals allow automatic selection of the appropriate function, in AC+DC mode and default automatic range. The MTX 3282 communicates in all environments thanks to its optical RS232 and USB ports, and its Bluetooth technology.

    Large multidirectional LCD screen
    Four 100,000-count digital displays, bargraph, graphic measurement log
    Voltage: 100kHz specified bandwidth/0.03% basic accuracy
    Current: 50kHz specified bandwidth/0.08% basic accuracy
    3 measurement terminals with automatic selection, "full current autoranging"
    8-key electronic measurement switch with direct single-handed access
    Functions: SPEC, AUTOPEAK, HOLD, AUTOHOLD, REL, SURV, MATH, MEM
    Frequency measurements up to 2 MHz: duration, duty cycle, event metering
    "Favourite Measurement" key for physical quantity (conversion or unit)
    Memorization of 6,500 measurements
    Supplied with USB + RS232 Kit & Software
    Supply: LR6 batteries, AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, mains adapter
    Safety: IEC 61010, Cat. IV 600 V , Cat. III 1,000 V
    EMC: NF EN 61326-1
    Dimensions: 44 x 85 x 180 mm; Weight: 400 g
    IP51 casing

Dual channel multimeter to measure power
Will auto sense where the leads are plugged in and select the correct measurement.
Option of remote wireless data logging to PC via Bluetooth
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: nctnico on April 16, 2012, 05:32:47 pm
A clamshell DMM? Seriously? And probe connectors on the rear? As usual the French should stay away from technology  ;)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: BravoV on April 16, 2012, 06:18:20 pm
Interesting shape, really curious if the hinge of the clamp can survive a drop test, I mean the meter with the jaw opened facing the floor on impact.  ::)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mikeselectricstuff on April 16, 2012, 11:12:04 pm
If you look at  the PDF - the pic with it  on the guy's belt shows the case format could be really good for anyone who needs to walk around equipment doing measurements
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: Bored@Work on April 17, 2012, 09:48:15 am
If you look at  the PDF - the pic with it  on the guy's belt shows the case format could be really good for anyone who needs to walk around equipment doing measurements

They have that design for some time, and whenever I see it, I ask myself two questions

1) Do they do competitions? I draw my multimeter faster than Wyatt Earp?

2) What happens when things got horribly wrong? Do I prefer something exploding in my hands, or near my balls? Hypothetical, of course, because these meters are for sure absolutely safe, ...
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 17, 2012, 10:41:49 am
A clamshell DMM? Seriously? And probe connectors on the rear? As usual the French should stay away from technology  ;)

Indeed! I'll cover pro's and con's of the odd design in the full review.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 17, 2012, 10:44:33 am
Interesting shape, really curious if the hinge of the clamp can survive a drop test, I mean the meter with the jaw opened facing the floor on impact.  ::)
Good question...I'll do my best to cover that in the review.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: sotos on April 17, 2012, 01:10:34 pm
If you look at  the PDF - the pic with it  on the guy's belt shows the case format could be really good for anyone who needs to walk around equipment doing measurements

They have that design for some time, and whenever I see it, I ask myself two questions

1) Do they do competitions? I draw my multimeter faster than Wyatt Earp?

2) What happens when things got horribly wrong? Do I prefer something exploding in my hands, or near my balls? Hypothetical, of course, because these meters are for sure absolutely safe, ...

This meter is only for engineers with big balls, after explosion they will survive. :)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: T4P on April 17, 2012, 05:18:10 pm
If you look at  the PDF - the pic with it  on the guy's belt shows the case format could be really good for anyone who needs to walk around equipment doing measurements

They have that design for some time, and whenever I see it, I ask myself two questions

1) Do they do competitions? I draw my multimeter faster than Wyatt Earp?

2) What happens when things got horribly wrong? Do I prefer something exploding in my hands, or near my balls? Hypothetical, of course, because these meters are for sure absolutely safe, ...

This meter is only for engineers with big balls, after explosion they will survive. :)

Engineers who manufactured their own steel balls  ;)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: robrenz on April 17, 2012, 06:09:54 pm
Mine are grade 1 hot isostatic pressed Silicon Nitride 8)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: lavo-1 on April 17, 2012, 07:56:21 pm
The clam shell design works brilliantly in rough environments. I had a MetraHit DMM that was clam shell designed and it was bullet proof. It's screen stayed scratch free for years as it was always protected when it was flung into my tool case, also it powered off when I shut the lid so battery lasted ages.
I think more DMM's should employ this design, especially for Engineers/Techs moving from site to site.
Just wish you hadn't said it was French as I was really interested up to that point. :-\
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: Bored@Work on April 17, 2012, 09:01:50 pm
I had a MetraHit DMM that was clam shell designed and it was bullet proof.

Gossen still makes some, they call them METRAport.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: T4P on April 17, 2012, 10:13:50 pm
Mine are grade 1 hot isostatic pressed Silicon Nitride 8)

silicon carbide type  ::) coated with 63/37 of course
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 20, 2012, 08:39:09 pm
The full video review of the  Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter is now up on my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/mjlorton (https://www.youtube.com/mjlorton)
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: HLA-27b on April 20, 2012, 09:35:21 pm
The full video review of the  Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter is now up on my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/mjlorton (https://www.youtube.com/mjlorton)

Great review Martin
Very nice meter except the whimsical enclosure design.
Graphing features really sell this one, other guys have catching up to do.
Tilting display seems to work as a design element. Using buttons instead rotary selector is also good.
Input terminals at the back ... maybe.
But why oh why this totally irrelevant shape? Boss's daughter is a shampoo bottle designer perhaps.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mikeselectricstuff on April 21, 2012, 10:06:51 am
Take it apart!
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 23, 2012, 08:20:39 am
The full video review of the  Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter is now up on my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/mjlorton (https://www.youtube.com/mjlorton)

Great review Martin
Very nice meter except the whimsical enclosure design.
Graphing features really sell this one, other guys have catching up to do.
Tilting display seems to work as a design element. Using buttons instead rotary selector is also good.
Input terminals at the back ... maybe.
But why oh why this totally irrelevant shape? Boss's daughter is a shampoo bottle designer perhaps.

LOL...thanks for the feedback....yes...the shape and design are certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I think it's something you need to hold and use to see how well it works....or not.

I'll be posting another video on it soon to cover some of the Math functions and a power consumption test.

Cheers,
Martin.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: mjlorton on April 23, 2012, 08:22:44 am
Take it apart!
:) Ok...well I'm about to post another video on it....let's see if I'm brave enough to do a DJ on it!
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: rr100 on January 26, 2013, 09:35:58 pm
I've got a second hand one and I have a couple points to discuss/questions to ask.
It looks like a great meter and quite unique indeed (this is why I got it) and I'm overall pretty pleased with it. However I was at first shocked about how poor the contrast on the LCD is. Perfectly usable (and much better with the backlight) but that's the big disappointment. Is this typical?
Also I would be curious if there's any documentation/specs about isolation between probing terminals and the charging power supply (which by the way is positive on the outside of the connector, the french had to do something different!)?
I assume there aren't any firmware upgrades available....
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: rr100 on January 27, 2013, 07:18:10 am
And another "what were they thinking" moment: as far as I can tell the software (SX-DMM v2.4, went through quite a few hoops on their web page to download the "new" version) can record only 30 000 data points and it would only record one "channel". It would download all 4 if you recorded something with the meter but it would record live only one (so you can't do V and A at the same time as you do on the meter itself!!!).
It has 4 channels live capture as well but as far as I can tell you need multiple meters connected to your PC to use those!!!
Just unbelievable.
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: quarks on May 21, 2014, 03:05:24 pm
Does anyone have a Service-/Calibration-Manual or knows where to find details about how to calibrate these Metrix MTX3281/82/83 DMMs?
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: elebot on August 16, 2015, 02:23:57 pm
Seems like the only option is the calibration software from the manufacturer "Soft Calibration MTX 328X V1.0", part no HX0059.
But it costs more then the meter - see http://www.distrelec.de/de/kalibrier-software-kalibrier-software-metrix-hx0059/p/17609658 (http://www.distrelec.de/de/kalibrier-software-kalibrier-software-metrix-hx0059/p/17609658)   :(
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: Deathwish on August 16, 2015, 03:44:15 pm
Where does the Game cartridge plug in ?
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: lapikichant on March 25, 2019, 11:00:09 am
I dig up this subject, as I used this multimeter for some years. It was a great unit. The real time graphic was nice and is missing on my Fluke 289 (Nice unit too, but on the Fluke, you have to start a record, stop it and then you can see the graphic).
The clamshell design scared me at first, but by using it, I thought it was not so bad. When you put it in the bag, the screen remain protected. For sure it is not as robust as a monolithic body, but this implementation here is solid enouth not to be a problem, at least for my use.
The biggest drawback for me was the low contrast display, and the low screen resolution, sometime a bit frustrating.
The specific design of this device cannot please everyone, have pro and cons, but it is a good idea from Metrix to give a different product, instead of creating the same device already on the market. We have choice :)

A clamshell DMM? Seriously? And probe connectors on the rear? As usual the French should stay away from technology  ;)
(...)
Just wish you hadn't said it was French as I was really interested up to that point. :-\
trolls... Nothing to do here...  :-[ 
Title: Re: Review teaser: Metrix MTX3282 Graphical Digital Multimeter
Post by: joeqsmith on March 25, 2019, 11:35:07 am
Someone was asking me about running one of their newer color units.   Apparently this person owns one.  I asked about documentation for the BT interface and battery life.  Sadly the manual does not cover this.   I also am not sure if the meter would have to be returned to the factory for alignment if needed, or if they would provide this information to the cal houses.  I did ask this person if they would try a simple ESD test with it and make a video showing the results.  If it can't survive that, I really have no interest in looking at it.   They were going to do this but I never heard anything more from them about the meter.   

The cost is pretty steep and it's been my experience that this doesn't translate into a more robust design.  The Gossen Ultra and UT181A are good examples. 

Most of the meters that have some sort of communications interface, can do real time graphing with Labview.  This is really the way I would use the meter anyway if I wanted to log data.