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New Oscilloscope – Siglent SDS 1202X-E

Since I’m going to be here a bit longer I decided to get a new oscilloscope. I pushed the “Buy It Now” button while receiving my third chemotherapy treatment this past week so some of this might have been drug induced.

I’d actually been hemming and hawing for a bit over a year about getting a new oscilloscope. It’s a Siglent SDS 1202X-E. Prior to reading the posts by John, AE5X I had been considering a Rigol DS1054Z but John’s posts persuaded me to choose the Siglent. It just arrived yesterday and thus far I’m pleased with it.

What’s in the box?

The scope comes well packed and is much smaller than I anticipated.

Siglent SDS 1202X-E

Included with the scope are the power cord, a USB cable, two 1X\10X probes, and a quick start manual.

Probe accessories

Each probe includes colored ID rings, a BNC adapter, tip shrouds and a compensation adjustment tool.

Siglent SDS 1202X-E

For years I’ve used a Tektronix 2215 and it has served me well. For whatever reason, on occasion I’ve wanted to capture a waveform but the only way to do it was to photograph the display. It reminded me of the days of using a Polaroid camera on the old Tektronix scopes that we had in the R&D lab in which I worked summers when I was going to school. Then we obtained some Nicolet Instruments storage scopes. Suddenly no one wanted to use the old Tektronix Polaroid option.

NIC storage scope

Now you could save a whole waveform on a 5.25 inch floppy. (And if I recall correctly it was one capture per disk.)

Things have progressed quite a bit since those days. This Siglent has an amazing amount of features for the price. I expect that it will serve me well for a number of years. Now off to capture some waveforms.