Tektronix TBS1202B-EDU Oscilloscope - Review

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RoadTest: Tektronix TBS1202B-EDU Oscilloscope

Author: alexev

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Evaluation Type: Independent Products

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: Couldn't find a similar price range oscilloscope that can outperform this one. It's a real bang for the buck hardware.

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Finding a driver for it on win7 x64

Detailed Review:

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The world’s first dedicated teaching oscilloscope.


   Meet the only scope designed to tackle today’s test challenges while preparing tomorrow’s engineers for the future. With the exclusive integrated courseware capability, a PC based courseware editor and the web based Courseware Resource Center, the full featured TBS1000B-EDU oscilloscopes provide an efficient way for instructors to teach and students to learn fundamental electronic concepts.

     Just to brag about, the Tektronix oscilloscope looks good on my shiny new research lab. desk. image As can be seen, i've used it for start with the previous interesting roadtest, the The HapTouch BoosterPack. One probe (yellow) was connected to the "probe comp" port of the oscilloscope and the other probe (blue) to the HapTouch BoosterPack output to one of the actuators (http://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/1723).


UNBOXING:     The package arrived with all the bells and whistles to begin working.

  • Eng. certification certificate
  • Plastic screwdriver for adjusting probes
  • Marker band set for probes
  • Reminder of firmware updt.
  • Software and documentation cd
  • Manual
  • 2x passive probes TPP0201-200MHz/10MΩ-10x
  • Pwr. cable


SPECS and FEATURES:     The TBS1202B-EDU Digital Storage Oscilloscope Series is designed specifically to meet the needs of today's schools and universities. It's the first oscilloscope to use an innovative new Courseware system that enables educators to seamlessly integrate teaching materials onto the TBS1000B-EDU oscilloscopes. The Courseware information is presented directly on the oscilloscope display and can be used to provide; step by step instructions, background theory, hints and tips or an efficient way for students to document their lab work. The instrument includes a 7-inch WVGA TFT colour display, up to 2 GS/s sampling rate, bandwidths from 50 MHz to 200 MHz, dual channel frequency counters and a 5 year standard warranty, just a few of the features that make the TBS1202B-EDU the industry's best-value entry level oscilloscope for educational activities.

  • 7 inch WVGA (800X480) Active TFT Color Display
  • 34 automated measurements
  • Dual window FFT, simultaneously monitors both the time and frequency domains
  • Integrated Courseware feature
  • Dual channel frequency counter
  • Zoom Function
  • Autoset and signal auto-ranging
  • Multiple-language user interface
  • Small footprint and lightweight - Only 4.9 in. (124 mm) deep and 4.4 lb. (2 kg)
  • USB 2.0 host port on the front panel for quick and easy data storage
  • USB 2.0 device port on rear panel for easy connection to a PC
  • 5 year manufacturer warranty

Oscilloscope, Passive probes, one per channel, Power cord, Traceable certificate of calibration, Installation and safety manual , CD with customer documentation and Education CD

  • Test & Measurement
  • System Monitoring
  • Sensing & Instrumentation
  • Signal Processing

SOFTWARE: For start i looked up for an updated firmware update, giving the fact that this oscilloscope had delays, bugs or hangs while browsing through it's menu, especially while writing files on a flash disk or browsing through folders but that wasn't really an issue for an educational osc.


The default version of firmware was FV:1.11 as the picture sugests.


     So without any further due i've made an account on Tektronix website and searched for documentation, software and firmare updates.

I've found two updates on their website: FV 2.00 and FV 2.02 , just downloaded them and installed one by one on the oscilloscope. The final firmware version installed was 2.02 which proved to be most stable and satisfying.

     Here's the result: