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Review by Goran
Posted on 12/10/2016
Hi,

I am a R/D engineer and system integrator in radio communication fields for many years. Spectrum analyzer is most useful tool in this fields. Without it I am practically 'blind'. Up to now SA was very expensive tool, and was very hard to decide what SA and what option to buy because of high prices. If I missed in configuration, later on I can have a SA without possibility to upgrade, or I prepaid an option that maybe never be used. In my workshop I already have a SA from Advantest and HP (frequency range if far away 9GHz and 22GHz, but cost is 10x more).If you do not have need to work with satellite communications even for professional is very smart and acceptable choice because today over 75 % land communications is equal er below 2.1GHz. Tracking generator is MUST option, and I suggest every professional or amateur to bundle this option with purchase of SA.
Common HW platform for all and SW upgrade options, are path that will be most highly valued at all future users. After initial testing I also found a minor bug in unit display when changing setting (when you switch from main screen to RBW through CPL menu unit stays in dBm and must be in K,M,G, Hz). This is not something that will put shade on very positive experience , and will be fixed in future FW upgrades. Also I must highlight
free unlocked 48 hours possibility to test all SW options and decide to buy maybe other option also.
But if you plan to use this possibility, be fast because clock count down even if you are performing some other measurement without using this options (so it must be tested in first 48h of use). I appreciate possibility to test SW options, but for best user experience, timer for 48h must be separate for each SW option to enable user to accommodate to it, and start be familiar with this measuring procedures and realize true value of each SW option before buying it. For example I am interesting to perform detailed test with advanced measurement SW option, but not in first 48 hours of instrument use because I want to tested in real field environment.
Summary, this is best price to value ratio and promising SW/HW platform on market today.
Keep this course in future !
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