The 5 Best Rigol Oscilloscopes
Rigol oscilloscopes are well-known for producing quality, yet inexpensive, oscilloscopes for hobbyists and electrical engineers on a budget.
Rigol Technologies Inc. was founded in 1998 and they produce technology products primarily focusing on electronic measurement and chemical analysis.
They are headquartered in Beijing, China and their primary mission is to produce low-cost, quality research and technology products for engineers, educators and researchers to help them solve measurement challenges in an affordable way.
How Do They Work
Indeed, oscilloscopes are essential devices for any professional engineer.
They enable electrical engineers to detect electric signals that are varying over time.
This is essential for troubleshooting circuits, detecting information related to amplitude, noise, frequency or any other type of characteristic that could be changing over time.
Our Top Pick: The Rigol DS1102E
Our top pick is the 5.29 lb., 11.9" x 5.2" x 6.1" benchtop, Rigol DS1102E Digital Oscilloscope- it is a 100MHz option that features:
- 12 analog channels,
- automatic measurement of 20 types of wave parameters (10 voltage and 10 time parameters),
- a million point deep memory,
- a max sample rate of 1 GSa/second,
- and a usb interface.
It is an AC powered option that also ships with the PC software UltraScope and 2 probes- 1x or 10x selectable, and includes 2 probe hook tips.
Users provide highly favorable feedback- saying that it is a great value purchase, with a solid plastic build-quality, functional buttons, and a cost of about a 10th of what a professional-quality oscilloscope would.
Some say the software is junk, while others say that with some ingenuity, a fresh download of Windows drivers, and a read-through of the Rigol FAQ, that it became a useful if somewhat remedial software resource.
On the downside, the fan is a little bit noisy.
And some users say that if you are looking for highly subtle measurement capacities, that it would be better to purchase professional engineering equipment.
But these Rigol oscilloscopes are great value for experimenting hobbyists or electrical engineering students.