Welcome to http://www.pcoscilloscope.net. Let us tell you everything we know about pc oscilloscopes and help you find a great deal on your next purchase. We’ll help you figure out which type of oscilloscope is best for you and the best places on the internet to get a great deal. Let’s start with the basics – what is a pc oscilloscope.
What is a PC Oscilloscope?
Take a standard oscilloscope and strip out the screen, memory, power supply, and likely a couple of input channels, and what you have left is a pc oscilloscope. It is a small unit, about the size of your hand, that is directly connected to your laptop or desktop computer and displays signal information through the PC.
Benefits of PC Oscilloscopes
- Compact & Portable: Easily slip these into your laptop back or drawer.
- Low cost: Removing the monitor and memory reduces the cost significantly.
- Unlimited Memory: A PC scope is only limited by the memory on your PC.
- Added Functionality: Most PC o-scopes come with additional features like data logging.
Who needs a PC oscilloscope?
The pc oscilloscope is one of the cheapest o-scopes on the market for a few reasons. The first is no display is needed to display the signals. That’s all handled by your laptop or desktop pc. The other reasons for lower cost is reduced data capture capabilities. With that said you can get extremely high bandwidth oscilloscopes but you obviously are going to pay a premium for these models. If you have a PC handy, which most of us do these days, a PC oscilloscope may be a good choice.
For those of you who plan to conduct some serious signal analysis using specialized software like Matlab a PC oscilloscope is a great option. A PC oscilloscope makes it extremely simple to grab large amounts of data and dump it directly into software packages like Matlab.
Drawbacks to PC O-Scopes
Lastly, PC oscilloscopes may be somewhat limited in terms of inputs. These types of oscilloscopes are generally a small form factor and with that comes a limited number of inputs. A single or dual input o-scope is the most common however a four channel pc oscilloscope is not unheard of.
Different Types of PC Scopes
PC oscilloscopes are handy and affordable for the hobbyist, student, and field technicians. Generally speaking there are two types of pc oscilloscopes for buyers to choose from. The most popular type the USB Oscilloscope is an o-scope that connects to the PC via USB. The other type for extreme data transfer is the PCI PC oscilloscope. These o-scopes must be plugged into the computers motherboard. While not as flexible as the USB oscilloscope they do have their place in the industry.
With the tablets take a major share of the computing industry in the last few years, a new breed of PC oscilloscope has been developed. The “tablet oscilloscope”. Take an ipad and add a data capture module and you have a tablet oscilloscope. Pretty neat! Check out our review (coming soon).
PC Oscilloscope Brands
Let’s discuss for a second the different companies providing these pc scopes. The Picoscope brand is the industry standard when it comes to handheld low cost pc oscilloscopes. If you would like more information about this company and their products take a look at the Picoscope PC Oscilloscopes page.
The other big player is Hantec. These are definitely worth considering as they provide an even lower cost and pretty decent performance. We’ve done our best to provide objective reviews of these companies and their products.
|PicoScope 2100 Series||1||25 MHz||100 MS/s||8 bits||24 kS||$206|
|PicoScope 2204||2||10 MHz||100 MS/s||8 bits||8 kS||$262|
|PicoScope 2205||2||25 MHz||200 MS/s||8 bits||16 kS||$411|
|PicoScope 2205 MSO||2|
|25 MHz||200 MS/s||8 bits||16 kS||$574|
|PicoScope 2206||2||50 MHz||500 MS/s||8 bits||24 kS||$621|
|PicoScope 2207||2||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||32 kS||$738|
|PicoScope 2208||2||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||40 kS||$918|
|PicoScope 3204A||2||60 MHz||500 MS/s||8 bits||4 MS||$610|
|PicoScope 3205A MSO||2|
|100 MHz||500 MS/s||8 bits||16 MS||$1,302|
|PicoScope 3207A||2||250 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||256 MS||$1,554|
|PicoScope 3207B||2||250 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||512 MS||$1,554|
|PicoScope 3404A||4||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||4 MS||$995|
|PicoScope 3404B||4||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||8 MS||$1,148|
|PicoScope 3405A||4||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||16 MS||$1,378|
|PicoScope 3405B||4||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||32 MS||$1,608|
|PicoScope 3406B||4||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||64 MS||$1,695|
|PicoScope 3406B||4||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||128 MS||$1,907|
|PicoScope 4424||4||20 MHz||80 MS/s||12 bits||32 MS||$1,318|
|PicoScope 4262||2||5 MHz||10 MS/s||16 bits||16 MS||$1,236|
|PicoScope 5242A||2||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||16 MS||$1,072|
|PicoScope 5242B||2||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||32 MS||$1,225|
|PicoScope 5442A||4||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||16 MS||$1,455|
|PicoScope 5442B||4||60 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||32 MS||$1,554|
|PicoScope 5243B||2||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||64 MS||$1,532|
|PicoScope 5443A||4||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||64 MS||$1,776|
|PicoScope 5444A||4||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||256 MS||$2,190|
|PicoScope 5444B||4||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8-16 bits||512 MS||$2,402|
|PicoScope 6402B||4||250 MHz||1.25 GS/s||12 bits||256 MS||$4,115|
|PicoScope 6404B||4||500 MHz||1.25 GS/s||12 bits||1 GS||$7,414|
|Agilent U2701||2||100 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||32 MS||$1,452|
|Agilent U2702||2||200 MHz||1 GS/s||8 bits||32 MS||$1,789|
|Hantek 2090||2||40 MHz||100 MS/s||8 bits||10 kS||$180|
|Hantek 5200A||2||200 MHz||250 MS/s||9 bits||1 MS||$371|
|Hantek 6022E||2||20 MHz||48 MS/s||8 bits||64 kS||$75|
|Hantek 6052BE||2||50 MHz||150 MS/s||8 bits||64 kS||$200|
|Hantek 2150||2||60 MHz||150 MS/s||8 bits||32 kS||$235|
|Hantek 3062AL||2||60 MHz||200 MS/s||12 bits||16 MS||$479|
|Velleman PCS100AU||1||12 MHz||32 MS/s||8 bits||4 kS||$160|
|Velleman PCSU100||2||60 MHz||50 MS/s||8 bits||N/A||$290|
|USB Instr DS1M12||2||250 KHz||20 MS/s||12 bits||32 kS||$192|
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