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Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope Unboxing & Review

Posted by Nathan House, in Electronics 08 February 2012 · 4,269 views

My Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope arrived today! I know patience is a virtue, but I have a really hard time waiting for packages, so I was very excited when it finally arrived! Here it is, just waiting to be unboxed:

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I excitedly cut open to find... another box! A box within a box -- brilliant!

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The second box contains the oscilloscope and accessories. As shown in the picture below, the oscilloscope came very well packaged, being nested comfortably in those foam padding thingies:

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Here is the unboxed DS1052E, power cord, and accessories:

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A close up of the accessories:

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By default the probes have, well, a probe on the end:

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But it can easily be swapped out for the normal clip you usually see on oscilloscope probes.

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The power cord that comes with the DS1052E is rather short, so after finding an extension cord I hooked everything up and gave it a go:

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Nice! Next step: hack it to 100MHz!

Here are a couple of really good videos about the Rigol DS1052E:


I later noticed that two of the small knobs on the oscilloscope had large cracks in them.

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I emailed Rigol about this, not really expecting them to be helpful, but surprisingly received the following reply:

Hi Nathan,

My name is Jason [removed last name] and I am an Applications Engineer at Rigol Technologies USA.

Thanks for writing in.

Sorry about the broken knobs. That is a known issue with some units. We would be more than happy to send you some replacements.

Can you provide the following:


Product Serial Number:

We'll ship them out ASAP.

If you ever have any questions, please drop us a line.


I received not two, but four new knobs a few days later! Go Rigol!

Here are some useful links for the Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope:


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