RoadTest: Tektronix TBS1202B-EDU Oscilloscope
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
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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. 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.
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.
Oscilloscope, Passive probes, one per channel, Power cord, Traceable certificate of calibration, Installation and safety manual , CD with customer documentation and Education CD
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:
It's a preety good one, it has features for learning students to use an oscilloscope through internal uploadable courses. It's also better than any entry level one out there as it has plenty of measuring options, zoom, save to disk, functions, cursor selection, autoset and single shot signal aquire and lots and lots of features. After firm. update the thing just rolled like a beast . Review not yet completed as time is so short and filled up with activities.
That scope looks exceptional!