Review Of OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Handheld Digital Storage Oscilloscope

If you’re looking for a cheap oscilloscope option, this isn’t really it (but, in reality, it is pretty affordable), considering the full set of features it boasts, the OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Handheld Digital Storage Oscilloscopes are great handheld oscilloscope options for both the professional and the hobbyist.

The HDS Series features a 20 MHz bandwidth, which provides a sample rate of 100 MS/s. The results are detailed waveforms on both channels, especially compared to less expensive handheld units with lower sample rates. If detail and power are important to you in a handheld product, this is the oscilloscope for you.

Another huge feature of the HDS Series oscilloscopes working in its favor is the fact that it has 2 digital channels, something many other handheld units just don’t have.

The OWON HDS Series oscilloscopes feature many of the same built-in functions that the OWON benchtop units have, such as automated measurements like peak-to-peak, period and frequency, as well as math formulae like FFT, subtract, multiply, etc. You can manually adjust the range or you can opt to use the handy auto-range feature.

The screen is a 3.7 inch across color LCD version which provides an easy to view readout. It has a rechargeable battery and charger, and it has USB plugin functionality, which allows a user to connect it to your PC and download and print stored waveform data. It even includes a durable carrying case.

Drawbacks? Only a few. Overall, the ‘fit and finish’ could be a bit better on the unit, as it’s mostly plastic. The readout screen isn’t bad, but it could be brighter and if it is used in a darker situation, it may require an auxiliary light source. Basically, the features are all there, but the unit might not be the most durable. Considering it has the features of products that are 3 times more expensive, it is a justifiable trade-off in terms of durability.

OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Digital Portable / Handheld Oscilloscopes: Perceived Trade Offs:

After review of this blog, no doubt the reader has noticed a strong correlation between the price tag of the OWON HDS Series oscilloscopes and the features.

Primarily, there is a strong correlation between the bandwidth / sample rate and the price, as well as the number of channels available.

To a lesser degree, the user interface and ease of use also play a role in price.

A user should always consider trying to get the higher bandwidth wherever possible. The lower the bandwidth, the less powerful and useful your device will become.

With OWON HDS Series Handheld oscilloscopes, there’s an even greater jump in price with additional features. That is the cost associated with miniaturization.

To summarize, think of it like this: If a user is a hobbyist, the need is where no more than a couple hundred dollars on your scope should be spent. If the user is a professional, it should be expected to have a standard budget range of anywhere between $250.00 and $5000.00.

In other words, the pricing is directly correlated to the strength and features of handheld and benchtop oscilloscopes.

Established in 1990, OWON is based in China, specializing in the manufacture of oscilloscopes, waveform generators, multimeters, and programmable DC power supplies. These capable instruments are distributed to customers in the aerospace, automotive, communication, defense, electrical, and education industries in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor that provides unique electronic test & measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. Visit our online store to review and purchase OWON HDS Series Handheld Oscilloscopes – www.northtreeassociates.com

 

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