But it gets better.
As you can see on this video on Dave Jone's excellent video blog, this scope can be hacked in software to bump its analog bandwidth to 100 MHz. Since then, there has been a cat and mouse game between Rigol and the hackers to shut this hack down. The release of Rigol's 2.05 firmware held up for a while, but hackers got the best of it again yesterday. That, combined with a price of $349 and free EMS shipping, made this an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
I did go back and forth between DealExcel and DealExtreme.What swayed me to DealExcel was:
- they are an authorized Rigol dealer. Whether this means anything or not if the unit should fail, I don't know. But it can't hurt.
- they actually have stock. With DX, you never know whether something is in stock or not, and delays can be very lengthy.
It is about time.