I start this article by confessing some prejudice in relation to the Hantek brand, I’ve never had them in very good terms as oscilloscope manufacturers, the interfaces are outdated, many “less good” reviews, in short, preconceived ideas, which I agree they may not have corresponded to reality and that made me not always buy their equipments to review.
In addition to this, unlike other manufacturers, Hantek has never responded to any email from TechCorner.TV, not even to say that it is not interested, which I honestly think is a lack of professionalism, but anyway… but all this to say the what? That basically Hantek was off my radar and it was only your suggestions and requests for review that led me to purchase a unit of the DSO2000 line, more preciselly the DSO2D10 to make this review and what I can tell you ibefore going any further on the review is, THANK YOU A LOT for your recommendations. That said, let’s get down to business.
The DSO2000 line/series is a line created by Hantek in the image of the Owon SDS1102 and more recently the SDS1104 and the FNIRSI 1014D, which are a new generation of lower cost oscilloscopes, which are perfect for who want to get started in electronics or even professionals who are not interested in investing a lot of money in such equipment.
The problem with these devices is always the same, you buy cheap and they provide you with cheap equipment, there are always functions that are half full or simply not implemented, I’ll give you the example of the Single button (trigger) that doesn’t even exist on the FNIRSI 1014D neither on the OWON SDS1102/SDS1104 or for example the fact that the 1014D’s function generator has a fixed voltage of 2.5V not modifiable, a major fail from FNIRSI.
This is where the DSO2000 series shines, Hantek has managed to create equipment with a similar value to its competitors but without cutting into specs. The device I tested is the 2D10 which has already included a function generator and a 100Mhz band with 1Gsa/s.
In addition to the basics, it has mathematical functions with FFT, it has a digital signal decoder with various protocols such as UART, LIN, CAN, SPI and IIC, something as simple as the Single button, that is missing in the competition models and even has a help key that gives access to a system that explains the purpose/functionality of each button/key, nothing new, but that usually doesn’t exist in oscilloscopes in this range.
In terms of performance it also seems to be above its competitors, having a good graphic execution both in XY mode and in FFT mode.
Since I bought this unit at the beginning of July 2021 until the time I wrote this article at the end of the month, there has been a significant change in prices, I think temporary, and that must be happening for two reasons; 1) stocks seem to be shorter 2) good reviews have increased sales, so the law of supply and demand comes into play.
But it is my conviction that within a few weeks they will return to normal and all this to tell you that, you can find the simplest model (2C10) in a European warehouse with a free delivery from €150, certainly for USA or Brazil there will be a similar value. The model I bought 2D10 that brings the functions generator, was 193€ with free delivery and I can tell you that, I paid 20€ more than when I started to analyze whether I would buy or not this equipment for review. I leave below a list of indicative prices:
|AFG (Arbitrary Function Generator)||–||–||✔||✔|
|~ 160€||~ 175€||~ 200€||~ 225€|
|~ $190||~ $207||~ $237||~ $266|
|~ £137||~ £150||~ £170||~ £191|
|~ $R980||~ $R1070||~ $R1221||~ $R1375|
In terms of features, we have an oscilloscope equipped to the teeth (for the price) of which I give you a summary:
- 7″ TFT screen
- 2 analogue channels with independent controls
- 100Mhz of bandwidth, 1GSa/s and 8M of memory depth
- Protocol decoder (UART, LIN, CAN, SPI and IIC)
- Cursor functions
- Measurement functions
- Acquire Functions
- Math functions with FFT mode
- XY Mode and Zoom Mode
- AFG – farbitrary function generator in 2Dxx models
By now you should have realized that I really liked the Hantek 2D10 (the model I tested) and I highly recommend it.
Certainly well-squeezed 100Mhz bandwidth might not be real, I plan to take a closer look at this issue in my next video/article following this first one, however this is a common situation for all these entry level oscilloscopes.
Another point that I liked was the software that was provided. You have two separate software, which work relatively well:
- The first is the remote oscilloscope client for PC named DSO2000 that allows you to use the oscilloscope on the PC in its entirety, there are even situations where the configuration, for example in the trigger menus, is simpler using the software’s dialog window. It even allows you to have all modes at the same time, with FFT and XY mode running while you have your waves/signals on screen;
- The second software is an arbitrary wave editor that allows you to draw any wave and then send it to the oscilloscope to be used in one of the 4 arbitrary wave positions available;
In the video (which is at the top of the page) you can see the two running.
Although you can use these oscilloscopes without any problem in a professional environment, if you use this tool intensively, you will certainly need a more robust equipment in the medium term.
My poing o view is that, these equipments are for a very specific group of users like hobbyists and makers. People who already take their electronics projects more seriously, want to learn even more and use this type of equipment to help them in their projects, and my friend, for that, this equipment is perfect.
I just have to leave you the affiliate link here so if you’re interested in purchasing it, don’t forget the price for you is the same, but allow me to receive a symbolic commission that allows me to keep this project, here is the link: Hantek DSO2000 (2C10 / 2C15 / 2D10 / 2D15)
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