In a nutshell, Hantek offers their 5000 series oscilloscopes in two versions. For emerging markets and within China where price is often the absolute determining factor, they offer the 5000 series with a “less expensive” power supply and “less expensive” LCD. For more advanced markets, they fabricate these oscilloscopes with higher quality power supplies and LCD’s. The fundamental performance of both models is the same but the overall failure rate for the less expensive builds is significantly higher than the models built for the USA, Europe and other more advanced consumers.
All of the Hantek oscilloscopes stocked by Circuit Specialists are built using the upgraded power supplies and LCD’s. Unfortunately, Hantek does not distinguish between their products by using different part numbers. However, when we order Hantek oscilloscopes, we always specify that they are to supply us with the upgraded versions.
Wayne Thorpe Circuit Specialists www.circuitspecialists.com