My New Toy!

December 11th, 2015 2 min read

While most of the world celebrate the holidays under the christmas tree on December 25th, the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas on December 5th. This year, Sinterklaas rewarded my “good behaviour” with an awesome long-awaited present …

Exactly one year ago, I wrote an article about The Smartscope I bought via Kickstarter. Unfortunately, this computer connected oscilloscope did not meet any expectations, and so my maker space still lacked a decent scope.


Luckily this changed last week when I received my Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope. As an enthusiastic Rigol customer Rigol once again was my brand of choice. After seeing EEVblog’s review I knew this was the right choice, and ordered asked Sinterklaas to order the Rigol DS1054Z.


The DS1054Z is 50Mhz 4 channel oscilloscope with an 7" color display (800x480). Its specifications are extremely impressive for the $399,- price tag. And even better is the fact that you can upgrade the scope to impressive specs like 100Mhz using software licenses. Of course, you need to pay for this, because sinterklaas doesn’t want you to do any illegal hacking.


Even more impressive is the number of buttons the DS1054Z. If you are in for a device looking like an Airbus A380’s cockpit, with over 40 buttons the DS1054Z is the right choice! It could also double as an CCU monitor, if that floats you boat.


Do I know how to use all of its impressive features? Not even close. Does it look impressive and does it make my maker space look more like Tony Stark’s man cave? ABSOLUTELY YES! And that alone is reason enough to buy one of these scopes.

Thanks Sinterklaas!

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