Low–Cost PC Oscilloscope and Data Acquisition Products
My USB DrDAQ Data Logger is truly a versatile device, yet at some point you may want to sample faster signals or need a two channel oscilloscope. I recommend the PicoScope 2000 Series. These entry–level USB Oscilloscopes have bandwidths of up to 200 MHz, and sampling rates of up to 1 GS/s (10 GS/s for repetitive signals).
PicoScope 2105 Handheld Oscilloscope
The PicoScope 2000 series of low–cost PC oscilloscopes are ideally suited for use by hobbyists and students, yet are powerful enough to be used by electronics technicians for scientific, and general analogue and digital circuitry.
Like your USB DrDAQ, the PicoScope 2000 Series require no external power supply as they are powered directly from a USB port on your PC, making them suitable for use as portable oscilloscopes when used with a laptop.
The PicoScope 2104 and 2105 are handheld oscilloscopes — eliminating the need for carrying a separate oscilloscope probe, and making them the perfect choice when you need an oscilloscope that you really can take anywhere.
Of course, one of the best things about the PicoScope 2000 Series is that they use the same PicoScope and PicoLog software that my USB DrDAQ uses. So there’s nothing new to learn or install. Just unplug your DrDAQ and plug in your PicoScope Oscilloscope (or keep them both plugged in if you’re using PicoLog). And, of course, in the future if you decide you want to upgrade to (say) a PicoScope 6402 you can still continue to use the same PicoScope software.
PicoScope 2205 Ultra–Compact Oscilloscope
The PicoScope 2200 dual–channel USB Oscilloscopes are capable of real–time sampling rates of up to one gigasamples per second. For repetitive signals the sampling rate can be increased to as much as ten gigasamples per second using equivalent–time sampling. These high sampling rates combined with a 40,000 sample buffer memory and 200 MHz analogue bandwidth make the PicoScope 2200 range suitable for use in a wide variety of applications.
Like your USB DrDAQ Data Logger the PicoScope 2000 Series can function as an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer or as a data logger. Oscilloscopes in the PicoScope 2200 range also include an intergrated arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) allowing you to make and use your own custom waveforms.
If you’re looking for a low–cost, entry–level oscilloscope that can also be used for data acquistion and is small enough enough to carry with you, you need a PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscope.