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With the Rigol DS2000 series now out, I'm trying to decide between the Rigol DS2102 and the Agilent DSOX2012A.  This is my third or fourth scope, second DSO.  I do mostly digital stuff, but it's time for me to replace my half-dead Owon with a real tool.  I'm ready for an "advanced hobbyist" level scope.   :)

Things that make me favor the Agilent:
- Agilent quality
- based on Dave's review, I've seen it in action (I've only seen product literature for the Rigol)
- slightly larger screen (though same resolution)
- might be nice to upgrade it to 200MHz in the future?

Things that make me favor the Rigol:
- advanced math features seem superior
- price is a bit better
- more soft keys = faster UI navigation?
- better triggers?
- better use of screen space?

I have a great Logic analyzer and don't plan to upgrade the Agilent.  (Besides: $$$!)
And I have a signal generator, so the current Agilent promotion to enable the DSOX2012A's built-in signal generator doesn't seem so useful to me.

So other than that... the stats on these models are pretty similar in terms of channels, bandwidth, waveforms/sec.
What should I get?  Or... what factors should I be thinking about?

The DSOX2000 has very little memory and the DS2000 has 4 times more than a DSOX3000 with memory upgrade.
This is a big plus for the DS2000. Then again, you can't search the memory on the DS2000 and it seems to have inherited several functional limitations from the DS4000.

Have you thought about an HAMEG on for example a HMO1522 or HMO2022 are around the same price point as the Agilent.
They are mixed signal scopes and can do serial decoding (optional of course about 200€ for i2c,spi,uart on analog chanells, 290€ on analog and digital channels).
More sample memory than the Agilents but not as fast 2000wfs against 50000wfs.
Review of the HMO2024

Agilent's DSO2000 X- and DSO3000 X-Series has got 4mV vertical sensitivity at maximum, 1mV and 2mV are scaled values only. According to the datasheet they recommend to calculate with 32mV accuracy. 

Rigol DS4000-Series has got real 1mV/DIV as well as Hameg HMO which contain low noise ADCs, Rigol DS2000-Series offers even 0.5mV/DIV.

Agilent DSO2000 X-Series does not offer search functionality, too and bus decoding is only available for 3000 X-Series. Bus decoding for all HMOs is applicable, there are special offers which include them for free at the moment.

HMOs and RIGOL DS2000-Series contain more mathematical functions than DSO2000 X-Series from Agilent.

So, there are good reasons to study the datasheets carefully first before degrading Rigols and Hamegs.


This is my first post, though I've been reading the forums for a little while.

I'm looking to get a good quality but not-too-expensive 100MHz scope. Trying to keep the budget below around £1k leads to a choice between
Agilent DSOX2012A, the Rigol DS2102 and the Lecroy Wavejet 312A (which is heavily discounted at present).

The Rigol has the better specs on paper. The Agilent is the most expensive but has the function generator so if I allow around £250 for that it is good value but has the least memory. The Lecroy is the cheapest but has the lowest spec.

What I really would like to know is the comparitive robustness, button quality, service etc. I read bad things on the LeCroy WaveAce on here but is the Wavejet better quality. The Agilent seems good quality but apart from a good refresh rate seems to be crippled in a lot of ways (no hardware counter, only 100k memory, the function generator is not AWF) and would be expensive to upgrade. The Rigol claims 50,000Wf/sec refresh (in dot mode) but is it really that high or is that just a peak value?

Can anyone comment on the comparitive solidity of these three scopes? (I refer to the firmware/software as well as the buttons etc).


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