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  • The best DX.com purchase so far!

    posted by pcmihnea on 05/15/2013
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    This is by far the best hobby oscilloscope DX.com has to offer! Although it is a $700 USBee AX Test Pod clone, it acomplishes any task a usual electronics hobbyist would ever need to do! Even if the hardware is not that ground-breaking in therms of performance, it compensates with it's extremely complex PC software: no unsigned drivers, Windows x64 support (even Win8!), a ton of functions (oscilloscope, logic analyzer, signal generator, etc.), as opposed to the other cheap USB oscilloscopes.

    Cons:

    As stated by almost all reviewers, because it is a clone, the original software designers took advantage of one of it's design flaw (EEPROM not write protected), leading to an erased memory => "Device not recognized" (see forums below). Thus I recommend that, before you even connect it for the first time to your PC, to cut the EEPROM's 7th pin and connect to it's 8th one, enabling it's hadware read-only operation, bypassing any erors with even the latest software version.

    OtherThoughts:

    Don't forget to cut the EEPROM's 7th pin and connect to it's 8th one, it is mandatory if you wish to use it with the latest official software.

    Bottomline:

    Best DX.com purchase so far! This unit, combined with a pair of decent oscilloscope probes (for ex. SKU101452) enables you to measure signals up to +/-100V (theoretically, but it's better than it's hardware-limited range of +/-10V).

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