Rigol’s DS1052E is well known among electronics hobbyists and engineers as an affordable oscilloscope, or at it looks it seems that way. This week I went web-shopping for an oscilloscope, and everywhere I turned the Rigol scope was mentioned favorably. The consensus seems to be that you can’t do any better than the DS1052E in the sub-$500 range or so.
It seems that the DS1052E gained popularity after Dave from the EEVblog shared a way to upgrade the scope from 50MHz to 100MHz. What this means is that users were able to easily boost the maximum bandwidth of the scope to that of a higher-priced model, for free. (Word is that Rigol has since updated their firmware to break the hack.)
I placed my order last night – not for the Rigol, but for a slightly higher priced Instek model. Even so, from what I’ve gathered, the Rigol is DS1052E is one of the best choices for beginners.
In case you’re wondering, I went with the Instek GDS-1072A-U for $50 more than the Rigol. Not because it offers 70MHz bandwidth vs. 50MHz, but because I’ve read great reviews of its predecessor – the 1062A.