Oscilloscopes are great tools for debugging and gaining a better understanding of what’s going on with your circuits as they show what’s going on with voltage over time. They are an essential piece of equipment. Two excellent models, the OWON SDS1102 and the Hantek DS05102P, are available and we will base our recommendation on the needs of the job.
The OWON SDS1102 is a 2-channel oscilloscope. It’s super economical and features digital storage. In addition to being used as an oscilloscope, it can function as a frequency meter and FFT spectrum analysis.
Its bandwidth is 100 MHz while its highest real-time sampling rate goes up to 1 GS/s. The 8-bit high-resolution ADC fully recovers the waveform details. It has very little background noise. It also features vertical sensitivity of 2 mV/div to 10 V/div.
The device features a large 7-inch LCD screen with an 8 x 12 grid color display that has 800 x 480 pixels. It offers a clear and realistic waveform display.
The OWON SDS1102 has an ultra-thin body with a handle design that makes it lightweight and portable, weighing only 1.1 kg. It features a pop-up menu with a user-friendly UI. All knobs are clear and easy to understand. There are cooling holes on the back that ensure the machine does not overheat during extended use.
It can support multiple SCPI remote commands as well as LabVIEW. Additionally, U disk storage and firmware upgrades are supported. It has a USB interface and power cord socket. If you are interested, it supports an optional RS232 port, WiFi communication, HDMI port, USB port for LAN, SD card storage, USB, and more.
This oscilloscope also has multiple trigger functions. It features more than 20 types of automatic measurement functions.
Everything is located on the front panel except the power connection, so you won’t have to worry about getting around the back for anything except hooking it up. This will help out a lot on workbenches where there isn’t a lot of space to work with. However, the power cord is located on the left side, which takes up a good deal of space.
Its scale ranges from 2 ns/div to 1000 s/div. The latter will be great for battery testing. The unit comes with its own calibration software.
The Hantek DSO5102P is a full-size oscilloscope that features remote control and U disk storage. It can store more than 1000 waveform information. The system can be upgraded through a USB port. It supports plug-and-play for USB storage devices and communicates with a computer and remote control through the USB port.
Like the OWON SDS1102, this oscilloscope features a sample rate of 1 GS/s and bandwidth of 100 MHz. The Hantek DSO5102P does feature more options when it comes to waveform parameters for automatic measurements.
With its automatic measurement function, it features 32 different kinds of waveform parameters for automatic measurements. It also has FFT standards that provide manual/tracking and automatic/cursor test functions. It features more accurate measurements.
The Hantek DSO5102P features a 7-inch large 64K color TFT LCD display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 pixels. It clearly shows your measurements of alternating current, including sine, sawtooth, triangular, and square waves.
Its record length is up to 40 K. It is a dual-channel oscilloscope and both channels can be read at the same time.
The oscilloscope is both easy to use and portable. It has a USB design and a multi-function design that has a clear division between buttons to improve work efficiency. The handle conveniently folds, and it offers convenient storage and portability that makes work more convenient.
It does weigh 3.2 kg, making it slightly bulky and harder to deal with than other options. This model takes up a good chunk of space on a benchtop.
On a more positive note, it does feature every essential function you could expect in an oscilloscope, including making horizontal or vertical alignment, adjusting the scale, and trigger, among others.
Clearly,both oscilloscopes offer excellent features. The OWON SDS1102 is very lightweight, has exceptional organization when it comes to the buttons, and offers extremely efficient specifications.
On the other hand, the Hantek DSO5102P offers a better user experience due to its setup and organization of buttons and display quality, provides excellent data, and offers extremely efficient specifications.
We highly recommend both oscilloscopes for hobbyists and beginners. Both have their shortcomings when it comes to design flaws; however, they are both equally good when it comes to the specifications they have to offer you. You can’t go wrong choosing either one of these models.