So I know my last post was about oscilloscopes and I never like to post about the same thing twice, BUT I received an oscilloscope today, messed with it, and may as well blog about it since that's kinda what I do aside from Tweet and Post. I should put "compulsive tech/music/electronics blogger" on my resume...
So I decided to show my dad Gabotronics' line of oscilloscopes. Given its price and incredible functionality, he not only got me their Xminilab but also all its accessories: programming header, jumper leads, USB cable, and carrying case. Dare I say, it's one of the best oscilloscopes I've seen.
Another good thing about this oscilloscope is how the controls are laid out. If you've ever used an 80's button-job synth, or just know how to push buttons in various sequences for a final output, then you will be familiar with using this oscilloscope. Would I prefer per-function knobs? Of course. But, Gabotronics was very smart in their menu layout, and everything is easy to access and figure out. They even have various diagrams of how menus work in the manual!
I didn't go through everything it can do, mainly because Gabotronics laid that out better than I could:
So, for around $80 for the Xminilab, including all accessories, you can have all this amazing functionality in a rather small footprint (as you saw, I'm just using a small breadboard, but you could easily have it hanging off the side of a breadboard, or even make a little case for it).
In my opinion, it couldn't have been better.