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Our Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope Review

The 2-channel Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope is beloved by many as a really decent, cheap 'scope for the home electronics lab. While its features pale next to those hosted by more modern offerings, the 1052 packs the basics into a reliable little unit.

Key Specifications
Channels 2, probes included
Bandwidth 50 MHz
Sample Rate 1 GSa/s
Memory Depth 1 Mpts
Interfaces USB (host and device)
Ext. Trigger
Pass/Fail

Who should buy this scope?

The DS1052E had its heyday several years ago. More modern offerings like the DS1054Z offer more channels, bigger displays, greater math functionality and 12x deeper memory for a little over a hundred bucks difference. If you're absolutely stinging at the price difference, then the 1052 is still a capable unit for the home-hobbyist.

The 2-channel Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope is beloved by many as a really decent, cheap 'scope for the home electronics lab...