What is the difference between standard and handheld oscilloscopes?

Standard and handheld oscilloscopes are equipped with similar functions. Handheld version is often equipped with separate input ports intended for conducting measurements typical for multimeters.

Standard oscilloscopes are typically used in labs; they are put on the table.

Handheld oscilloscopes:

  • can be held or placed in an upright position;
  • weigh less and take less space; their parameters are often similar to those of the best standard oscilloscopes in the market;
  • are powered by primary or secondary batteries,
  • make it easier to monitor operation of large, stationary machines and hard to reach places.

Nowadays, it is possible to find 4-channel handheld oscilloscopes. Their price is usually higher than the price of standard oscilloscopes with similar parameters.