National Instruments (NI) Oscilloscopes vs. Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes

As of May 2019, National Instruments (NI) Oscilloscopes is ranked 4th in Oscilloscopes with 10 reviews vs Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes which is ranked 3rd in Oscilloscopes with 12 reviews. The top reviewer of National Instruments (NI) Oscilloscopes writes "With just a push of a button, I can test hundreds of different scenarios". The top reviewer of Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes writes "The ability to have both the time domain and frequency domain, where the frequency domain is a very broad spectral plot, is extremely valuable". National Instruments (NI) Oscilloscopes is most compared with Keysight Oscilloscopes. Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes is most compared with Tektronix Oscilloscopes and Keysight Oscilloscopes. See our National Instruments (NI) Oscilloscopes vs. Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes report.
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The learning curve was really fast, which was also the reason for saving a lot on the budget.The user interface is absolutely great. It creates an easy working environment because it has well-integrated hardware and software. So, it is easy to use.It makes programming simpler.The user interface is very good. Their boards are reliable. We buy boards from them, they are reliable, and we don't have problems with them.Because their view is a graphical user interface (GUI), it's very easy to program the tool.I can automate a lot of testing very quickly. With just a push of a button, I can test hundreds of different scenarios without having to do all that manual testing myself.It saves me a lot of time. You can click a button and walk away, basically doing a week's worth of work in 20 minutes, it's a pretty good time saver.It took us less than a week to get integrated into the solution, which is very fast.

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The most valuable features are its wide bandwidth and 8 ports.The ability to have both the time domain and frequency domain, where the frequency domain is a very broad spectral plot, is extremely valuable.The product is quite reliable and straightforward to use. Typically, there are no households that we have to set up.It has a very low noise floor.It is easy to connect with, accurate, reliable, and hardly fails.The characterization of RF channels was helpful... The user interface was very simple to operate and there were a lot of tutorials.The user interface is pretty good. Right now, it is more than what we expected. It's easy and fast to use.The most valuable features are the accuracy and repeatability.

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I would like to have more RF. They're going that way, but still there is some work that they have to do.The software has room for improvement.I would like more speed and a reduction in size.There is a learning curve. It takes one to two months to get acclimated to the tool.It took a good year until I felt proficient using the product, as It is a complex program. Their newest version has a less steep learning curve, but back closer to 15 years ago, it was a lot less user-friendly.National Instruments needs to be focusing on its 5G RF applications. They are aware of this, and that's where most of their R&D is going.I would like to see more of a tasking user base and documentation inside the instrument itself, rather than having to go online for it.I would like to see them increase the productivity and auxiliary functions.

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The depth the the user GUI could be improved. It is a bit deep for new users. During the first two weeks we spent a lot of time finding the tabs.The Rohde & Schwarz user interface is very oriented towards drop and drag functions on the screen. Some of those are just not obvious how to use. You have to have somebody get you over the hump.I'm against the Windows-based tools. Now everybody is running scopes, VNAs, and all their tools based on Windows. I don't want to see that in the future.Sometimes, it's difficult to find menus on the user interface.They could use an RDA interface.We would like to have autotracking and auto error tracking for regression testing. We would like to know what error happened, when it happened, and during what scenario (such as setup), because right now we have to manually look at when it happened.In the next release, I would like to see report generation. It would make it a lot easier to refer back to and, when doing final testing, seeing what went on during the pre-test would help.The size of the unit is too big, too heavy. It has to be made more portable and smaller.

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I have saved almost 50 percent of my total budget for a project by using their products.They have an initial investment cost, which is quite high. But, along the way, there is so much behind it that the product is really invaluable.It's a bit expensive. However, you get the entire package, not just the box. It's a box which supports older releases.The cost of the equipment has room for improvement. The pricing could improve.I would like more competitive pricing.It's reasonably priced for what we spend our money on in the lab. It's one of the lower-end purchases.These products are a very low-cost, effective alternative to traditional Big Iron ATE hardware.The price is a little steep. A lot of people, like our customers, use a different machine because of the price. The price has to come down a bit so we can do other tests without paying the equipment's high costs.

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When we chose this, the price was really reasonable, and it is a high-end product. It had a high price, but we understood that because it has 8 port, the same noise floor (as the competition) with double the measurement capabilities and a cheaper price.The pricing is expensive, but very fair when you look at the technology that you are getting. These are higher-end pieces which have a ton of engineering in them that is not evident on the package. However, you could imagine the amount of time that the vendor has spent on the firmware, optimizing the internal layout, developing custom ICs, etc. They're releasing a mass produced product, but these things are built to last.Buying Rohde & Schwarz gear is like buying a Mercedes. It raises eyebrows when you're asking for that level of performance.If we are looking to purchase a product, we ask for a loaner for a month or so to test it out. Then, we will make a decision.The pricing is very expensive.One of the things I liked less, not only me but also my company, was that Rohde & Schwarz are very expensive... There are solutions that are almost the same that sell at better prices.The pricing is too high.The pricing is way too expensive.

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Turning powerful possibilities into real solutions with our open, software-defined platform for automated test and automated measurement systems.

Oscilloscope innovation that delivers measurement confidence. Excellent signal fidelity, high acquisition rate, an innovative trigger system and a clever user interface - that’s what you get with Rohde & Schwarz, a leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes. Match your needs with the right oscilloscope platform, probing options and software applications. From general purpose test to solutions for specific industry standards, we have you covered.

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