(b) Sampling rate (the real-time/single shot sampling rate is what counts)
(c) Memory buffer size
Thanks for the reponse!
I have considered these and the one I'm looking at does lack at least in two cases. I don't believe it has the buffer size (I don't remember exactly) but I'm sure the one I'm considering does not have the bandwidth of the 3206 (which I'm considering). It does, however, match up with the 3205. The sampling rates for continuous waves seems to be the same or better (not sure about one-shots). The other doesn't have an external trigger which I really do need and the Pico's function generator is a nice addition. But considering the other device came with probes I'm going to have to weigh an extra 50% to 100% more for the Pico depending on which I'd want (3205 or 3206).
It was just the software that really bothered me. This other device had something called "Softscope" that came with it. After about 10 seconds it was clear this software was far superior than Pico's. If the people who work for Pico are listening they should strive to get their program to a similar standard. I even had a hard time just getting an FFT of the sample waveforms in Picoscope's demo...the software needs a lot of work, IMHO.
Unfortunatly, my decision is not an easy one given all of the factors.
Thanks again for the help.