Consider a USB Oscilloscope

Picture above is the HANTEK DSO3064 Kit VII 60 MHz Automotive Oscilloscope System

You can turn your existing computer into an oscilloscope with a USB digital storage oscilloscope. Hantek makes powerful two-channel oscilloscopes with bandwidths ranging from twenty megahertz all the way up to two hundred megahertz which have sample rates as fast as two hundred fifty mega-samples per second.

The USB oscilloscopes have specifications and features that rival standalone desktop and handheld oscilloscopes.

First, they can even utilize your computer’s processing power to perform fast-Fourier transform math — yet they cost a fraction of the price of a standalone unit. Old computers are often faster and more powerful than many desktop oscilloscopes which cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, meaning you can dust off that old computer in storage and resurrect it as a USB oscilloscope.


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Second, unlike standalone units, USB oscilloscopes provide displays as large as your computer’s screen, making it easier to confidently observe every tiny detail of a waveform for improved error identification. In addition, you can save waveforms to your computer; you can quickly and easily store, share, and export data gathered with a USB oscilloscope thanks to your computer’s software, storage capacity, and networking capabilities.


Because USB oscilloscopes utilize the processing power of your computer, you can perform powerful mathematical operations on the input waveforms. Using the oscilloscope’s fast-Fourier transform math function on a time-domain signal provides you with frequency domain information and can also provide you with a different view of the signal quality, resulting in improved measurement productivity when troubleshooting a device-under-test.

Finally, these oscilloscopes draw their power from your computer’s USB port, so you don’t need an external power source. USB oscilloscopes are compact, lightweight, and extremely portable. Couple your oscilloscope with a laptop and enjoy the benefits of a standalone handheld oscilloscope at a significantly lower price.


Hantek 6000 series oscilloscopes feature extruded aluminum casing and rubber shock bumpers on each end for durability as well as a stress-free thirty-day return policy.

Every Hantek USB oscilloscope includes software, two probes, one USB cable, and a manual. With prices starting at sixty-nine dollars, USB oscilloscopes are a remarkable value. If you’re in the market for an oscilloscope that won’t break the bank, consider a Hantek USB oscilloscope.


George Leger has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, worked in private industry pioneering surface-mount technology and in government research labs for twenty years, published several papers on surface-mount technology, co-authored papers published in national symposiums on accelerator technology, was past president of SMTA and an adjunct professor at the community college level, holds a patent, and is a certified microchip design partner, serving as a consultant to many companies developing electronic circuits.

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