PicoScope® 3000 Series
Power, portability and performance
PicoScope 3206D MSO
Got one of these at work based on reviews. The hardware is good. The UI not so good. It’s cumbersome and awkward. Compare to Saleae logic analyzers’ which get the UI right.
I have a somewhat older version than what’s shown here (mine is the 3206MSO) but it is still a great product. The update rate to your PC looks as fast as any benchtop instrument I have used even though mine is probably just USB2.0. You would think the serial interface would make it slow but it doesn’t.
The Picoscope is solid and small enough to just throw in your luggage, which I do with some regularity. One nit: the probes are just OK- the spring is weak, the tip likes to pop off and it melts at anything above room temperature. But I can’t knock the electronic performance.
The PC interface is highly intuitive and easy to use. In fact I like it better than some of the much more expensive DSOs I have used. I could quibble a bit about setting up the digital channels but you’ll figure it out with a little playing around. It has lots of useful features, like color coded horizontal and vertical cursors, automatic measurements (frequency, voltage, etc), notes you can put on the screen, digital filtering, and so on. Being able to export the scope image (or raw data) right to a file on your PC really makes documentation a snap.
All in all, highly recommended. In fact, I liked my first one (a 2204) so much, I bought this 3206MSO.
PicoScope 3206D MSO
I have just received the 3206 MSO as an upgrade to my 2000 series 25M bandwidth unit. So early days yet.
I very much appreciate that the tails of the digital inputs are clearly marked with the digital channel. That saves sorting spaghetti. So I’m going to ask for the lilly to be gilded. Instead of having the channel mark on one face could it be on two opposing faces - that way one mark is likely to be readily visible.
I’m using the 3406B and am extremely pleased with this scope. I love the fact that it can be powered from USB ports so that makes it perfect for us. We do a lot of data capture out in the field and the 3406B has performed flawlessly. What I love best though is the ability to save screens as animated gifs. That allows upper management to see exactly what we see and aids in design reviews tremendously.