Oscilloscope Market

USB oscilloscope OWON-VDS-SeriesUSB oscilloscopes are are becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless there is a wide range of instruments available starting from less than one hundred up to several thousands of dollars. The following comparison chart provides a list of products with some important selection criteria. The list covers products in the low-end price range from 100 to 500 USD and with a bandwidth of at least 50 MHz. Most of USB PC scopes are pure digital oscilloscopes (DSO) but some offer also mixed-signal functions (MSO) or even additional features such as arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), logic analyzer, protocol analyzer or spectrum analyzer.

Please do not compare only hardware features but also the software. The software plays an important role in the overall functionality and usability of an USB oscilloscopes. Unfortunately software is difficult to be expressed in hard figures and therefore difficult to compare.

 

Product Overview

 

Brand

Type Analog
Channels
Band-
width
(MHz)
Resolution
(bits)
Input
Sensitivity
(mV/div)
Sample
Rate
(MS/s)
Digital
Channels 
Memory
Depth
(kSample)
Additional
Functions
Acute TS2202F 2 200 8 2 1000 0 10 FG, DVM,
FC
Analog Arts SA925 2 200 8   200 0 1000 SA, DR
Analog Arts SA975 2 500 8   250 0 1000 SA, DR
Bitscope 10 2 100 8   40 8 12 AWG,
SA, LA 
Chauvin Arnoux Metrix (AEMC) MTX162 2 60 8 5 50 0 50 Ethernet
Chauvin Arnoux Metrix
(AEMC)
MTX1052
MTX1054
2
4
150/200 10 2.5 1000 0 50 FFT, Ethernet,
WLAN
Chauvin Arnoux Metrix
(AEMC)
MTX2022
MTX2024
2
4
200 10 2.5 1000 16 50 FFT, Ethernet,
WLAN
cleverscope CS328A 2   10..14   100 8 4000..8000 SG
ETC* M520 series 2 60..150 8 10 50..200 0 4..8 FFT
ETC* M595 2 350 8 10 1000 0 32 FFT
ETC* M774 2 150 8 10 100 0 1000 FFT, isolated from PC
Hantek 6082BE 2 80 8 10 250 0 10 -
Hantek DSO3062 2 60 8   200 0 16 option
Hantek DSO3064 4 60 8   200 0 16 option
Keysight U2700A 2 100..200 8   1000 0 32 FFT
Link
Instruments
MSO-19 1 60 8 50 200 8 1 SA, LA,
PG
Link
Instruments
MSO-28 2 60 8 5 200 8 1 SA, LA,
PA
National Instruments USB-5133 2 50 8   100 0 4000  
OWON VDS2062 2 60 8 5 500 0 10000 -
OWON VDS2064 4 60 8 5 500 0 5000 -
OWON VDS3102 2 100 8 5 1000 0 10000 -
OWON VDS3104 4 100 8 5 1000 0 5000 -
Pico
Technology
Series 2000A/B 2/4 10...100 8 4/10 50... 1000 0/16 8k...128M AWG, FG,
SA, PA, LA

 

Remarks

Links to the websites of the manufacturers are listed in our article: "Oscilloscopes - Overview Products and Suppliers"

* Products are also sold under other names and brands

Sample Rate: single shot; real time; might be lower if more than one analog channel is used

Memory depth: per channel, might be lower if more than one channel is used, might be higher in streaming mode

Built-in instrument functions:

AWG = Arbitrary Waveform Generator

DR = Data Recorder

DVM = Digital Voltmeter

FC = Frequency counter

FG = Function Generator

SA = Spectrum Analyzer

LA = Logic Analyzer

PA = Protocol Analyzer

PG = Pattern Generator

SG = Signal Generator


Attention

The above list is not does not represent any purchase recommendation. All data are taken from the datasheets of the manufacturers and may change without notice. All information is intended just for orientation. Prices are for the basic model without options and may vary significantly by country and supplier. Oscopes.info makes no warranties or representations regarding the accuracy, correctness, reliability or completeness of the information provided.

 

Further readings

Oscilloscopes - Overview Products and Suppliers

USB Oscilloscopes - Product Overview (High-end)

10 Tips for selecting an Oscilloscope

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Last updated in June 2015.

 

 

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