Tektronix Oscilloscopes Reviews

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Curtis Jones
Real User
Teacher (emeritus) at San Jose State University
Feb 26 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the features that I look for is five subdivisions per division, because I want students to count divisions on the scope. I don't want them to just read numbers off the screen, I want them to get a feeling for what the waveforms are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The waveform that was particularity badly rendered by some early digital oscilloscopes which we had in the laboratory was a one megahertz carrier, modulated at 500 hertz. To show the envelope requires a fairly substantial sampling rate and… more»

What needs improvement?

I wish we could turn off the automatic measurement feature of the oscilloscope, for teaching purposes. This probably sounds weird, but I think it important that students get familiar with the waveforms and actually count divisions. This… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They have academic pricing which is helpful. We were very fortunate to have a head of the department who recognized the importance of having high-quality equipment in the lab.

What other advice do I have?

I have been using Tektronix scopes since about 1962. I would recommend the product to a colleague. The user interface is fine. It has knobs. There was a phase where the oscilloscope designers - and this may have been Hewlett Packard… more»
Ron Olisar
Consultant
SI Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its ease of use, user interface, and PAM-4. The user interface is good and easy to use. Tektronix has the acquisition side done very well.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a real-time scope. Because it does a smart software trigger in the PAM-4 GUI, it's very easy to hook up. All I have to do is connect the signal, then I don't have to hook up any trigger source… more»

What needs improvement?

In the signal integrity business at these data rates, we are always looking for higher bandwidth and a lower noise floor. Because this product is an 8-bit real-time scope, I would like a lower noise… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In the 100 gigabit Ethernet and 400 gigabit Ethernet category, everything is in the multi-hundred thousand dollar range, so it was fair pricing because everything is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very capable instrument. It really does the job. It's in a fairly compact form factor at a reasonable power level. There's some other products right now that are huge and take an enormous… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time that we were considering, we considered all the big players: Teledyne LeCroy, Keysight, and Tektronix. Tektronix had the best bandwidth and sample rate. The field keeps changing regarding… more»
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Consultant
Designer/Consultant at a transportation company
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to have the serial protocol analysis is key. Isolated probes are good to have, as most of the scopes don't have it. It drives up the cost when you have to buy isolated probes.

How has it helped my organization?

Being able to monitor data from a CAN bus while the vehicle is running will cut down a lot of the feedback for the design mode. I can obtain things quicker because I can figure out exactly why things… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like more features for the CAN bus decoding, such as importing DDC files, which allows us to take the raw data and convert it into engineering units. So, if I wanted to look at speed from a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Tektronix Oscilloscopes are really expensive for small businesses. The low-end scopes don't really compare performance-wise to what the other companies provide, like RIGOL . Mostly that just has to do… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

When I first started using an oscilloscope, it was a Tektronix. That is what my university had. There was a learning curve, but it was mostly associated with the fact that I did not know how to use an… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is really solid hardware. The only room for improvement is the software. Make sure that you understand what you are going to use these oscilloscopes for and don't spend money on features which you… more»
Real User
Founder at a tech company
Feb 03 2019

What is most valuable?

It has digital scopes with a high bandwidth and digitized signal. It can do whatever you want with the signal. Since its user-friendly software allows you to work with the signal, which is pretty… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When you have a very high-level interface (test boxes), you can do extractions in any format. Then, externally, you have all these math labs solving for mathematical software. Afterwards, you can take… more»

What needs improvement?

Their hardware piece for their test engagement boxes builds on its own. The chips from some of the ICs technically build it themselves. Then, they look for a market for ICs from high end analog to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The prices are compatible with what they offer. Going forward, I would like them to become more competitive and dominant with their pricing in the market.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Their scopes are fancy to me, since I used to use tube scopes before, but I like them because I can do a lot of different things with them than in the past. I still use my 30-year-old scopes, but… more»

What other advice do I have?

They are closer to 4G in the applications space.
Real User
Electrical Design Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are everything they do. We primarily use the O-scopes and they help us figure out what's going wrong with our scope out signals. In term of the user interface, it's okay. Ours are older models and I know some of… more»

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement when it comes to the screen size. I don't really have a lot of complaints but screen size would be the biggest thing.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They're all pretty expensive. If everything costs that much, I suppose the pricing is fair.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I didn't switch. The products were there when I started with the company.

What other advice do I have?

It works really well for general lab stuff, general testing, prototype and measurement. I have been using Tektronix products since I started. I might have used them in college, too, so it's been about seven-and-a-half years. We're using a… more»
Real User
Electrical Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 21 2019

What is most valuable?

I haven't seen anything similar where it has a spectrum analyzer and regular scope together. They work simultaneously, so they call it "mixed domain."

How has it helped my organization?

Because it can detect both frequency and time domains simultaneously, if I want to check I send a command to the device and I can look at the frequency output. I can observe them and see the latencies… more»

What needs improvement?

Tektronix sells a lot of options. Those options are a bit of confusing at times. It would be nice if the package included everything so I wouldn't have to figure out what I need to buy. In terms of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The lower the better, that would be my suggestion.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Tektronix came to our company and demoed it and I saw that it was useful. We work with them frequently so when they have a new product it comes to us.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this scope to colleagues. There was a little bit of a learning curve regarding the menu, but I eventually figured out how to get multiple windows or single windows and how… more»
Real User
Hardware Design Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the automation component in setting up some of these measurements. There a lot of software packages, which are a part of the 33-gig scope in particular, that make it easy to do some really complex measurements. For the most part, it's point and go. With the lower-end… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For the high-end products, we do a lot of general analysis. We use it to verify reference plot jitter and that's very important, especially when problems come up with BER and particular types of designs.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It could always be cheaper, but I don't really get involved too much with the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Research well what you need because, with the capabilities of the instruments, you definitely pay up for getting a very high-end piece of gear, and that might not necessarily be exactly what you need, even though the sales guys tell you that it is. It doesn't take too long to get acclimated to the… more»
Chad Lee
Real User
Hardware Engineer at Northrop
Feb 21 2019

What is most valuable?

It has a good user interface. It's easy to use, easy to read. It's intuitive. The easier it is to use, the quicker you can get your job done, figure out what's wrong and move on. Ease of use is really the key.

What needs improvement?

If they could make the user interface even more intuitive that would help. If they could make it easier to read, to know where the buttons are, that's all I need.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's cost-effective. The company buys whatever we need to buy. It really isn't a matter of cost. It might cost a lot of money, but if we need it we buy it.

What other advice do I have?

There isn't so much of a learning curve. They'll come in and give you training for whatever kind of toy you want to use. The learning curve is fine. The solution is field-upgradable. We have upgraded several modules as we have needed to. We'll buy the baseline and if something comes up, we'll… more»
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