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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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»

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… more»
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