An oscilloscope is a great tool for debugging and better understand what is going on with your circuits. Unlike a multimeter that only shows the voltage at a specific moment, with an oscilloscope you can see what’s happening with the voltage over time.
In this review we’re going to take a look at the Hantek DSO5102P Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). This is an entry-level oscilloscope great for students, beginners and DIYers.
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This equipment was kindly sent to review from Banggood. At the time of this review, this oscilloscope costs approximately $300. Check the current price on the product card below.
Unboxing Hantek DSO5102P
Let’s take a look at the oscilloscope. The oscilloscope was badly packed.
It came inside a cardboard box with two thin pieces of foam packaging. Fortunately, the scope came in very good condition with all the accessories and nothing was broken.
The content includes the power supply, two probes, the instructions manual, USB cable, and a CD with software to control the scope using your computer.
I’m very impressed with this scope, because the material and the build quality are really good. It looks even better than the online photos.
I also like the fact that it features a wide 7.0 inch color display. This is great to better analyse your wave signals and navigate through the menus and adjust the settings.
Hantek DSO5102P Features and Specifications
When it comes to the scope specifications they are fairly good for an entry-level scope. It has a 100MHz bandwidth, a sample rate of 1G samples per second, record length up to 40K, and it is dual channel.
This scope comes with all the necessary functions that you would expect in an oscilloscope: vertical and horizontal alignment, scale adjustment, trigger and many useful buttons to use other functions. The scope is very easy to setup and the menus are intuitive to use, which is perfect for beginners.
Measuring your signals properties is also very easy. For example, press the MEASURE button to check the frequency, period, mean, peak to peak voltage, and much more. Additionally, you can also use cursors to measure specific time or voltage intervals.
As with most oscilloscopes, it comes with a 1 KHz square wave probe, so that you can quickly test and calibrate your scope.
You can read two different channels at the same time and perform math calculations with the signals and even apply the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm.
If you need to save the signals and corresponding measurements, you can easily take a print screen and save it on a USB drive by pressing the SAVE TO USB button.
In my opinion, this is a great bench oscilloscope for a very reasonable price with all the needed functions you would expect on an Digital Storage Oscilloscope within this price range. So, if you’re looking for a an entry-level bench oscilloscope this is definitely a good choice when it comes to price-quality ratio.
If you need more channels or a larger bandwidth you’ll have to look for a slightly more expensive solution. On the other hand, if a lower bandwidth fulfills your needs, you can find a cheaper one. For example, there’s a version of this scope with 70MHz bandwidth at a lower price.
However, if you can’t afford a bench oscilloscope or you’re not sure whether you’ll really need the scope, there are cheaper options to analyse your circuits. For example, you can use USB oscilloscopes, mini pocket oscilloscopes, or a DIY oscilloscope kit.
To wrap up, in my opinion, the DSO5102P oscilloscope comes with everything that you would expect in a scope with this price.
We hope you’ve found this review about the DSO5102P useful.
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