Looking for digital oscilloscope? – Try DSO138 from Gearbest

We all agree that hobbyist or engineer should have proper bench oscilloscope for everyday use. They have all standard features including built in screen, interchangeable probes and convenient knob controls. Anyway if you are looking for temporary cheap solution, you can try building your own oscilloscope. Luckily you don’t have to make it from scratch because there are many projects and kits available that are cheap but powerful enough to fit most of basic needs.


Gearbest.com were so kind to provide DSO138 kit to give it a try. First of all it’s a kit which gives you ability to refresh your soldering skills. Most of the parts are through hole and few passives are SMT. Main processor ARM Cortex-M3 processor (STM32F103C8) is already soldered, so no possible mistakes with that. Silkscreen on PCB is very informative, you can easy follow it and solder parts out of the bag.


Since it is featuring ARM cortex microcontroller we can expect slightly better performance than any average DIY DSO. Here is the list of features:

  • Maximum real-time sampling rate: 1Msps.
  • Accuracy: 12Bit.
  • Sampling buffer depth: 1024Bytes.
  • Analog bandwidth: 0 – 200KHz.
  • Vertical Sensitivity: 10mV / Div – 5V / Div (1-2-5 progressive manner).
  • Adjustable vertical displacement, and with instructions.
  • Input impedance: 1M.
  • Maximum input voltage: 50Vpp (1: 1 probe), 400Vpp (10: 1 probe).
  • Coupling modes: DC / AC / GND.
  • The horizontal time base range: 10s / Div – 50s / Div (1-2-5 progressive manner).
  • With automatic, regular and one-shot mode, easy to capture the -moment waveform.
  • Available rising or falling edge trigger.
  • Adjustable trigger level position, and with instructions.
  • Observable previous trigger waveform (negative delay).
  • Can freeze at any time waveform display (HOLD function).
  • Comes 1Hz /3.3V square wave test signal source.


Neat thing of this kit that it comes with 2.4” TFT display which along with control push-buttons is intuitive to use. If you like you can put in to nice enclosure and make it to secondary measuring unit. It can be used for various non intensive tasks like for audio, video synchronization, low-frequency switching power supply, infrared receiver transmitter signal waveform, multimeter, data logging and other purposes. Oscilloscope is open source so you can access all circuit details and firmware updates here.

Next time we will focus more on assembly and testing on actual signals.

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  1. Do you have any personal shopping experience with this “Gear Best” site?

    Based on your post, I went to buy one of these kits, but doubt I’ll ever do business with them.

    They lie about offering a $50 coupon, seemed to be good to be true, to join their mailing list.

    I wasn’t surprised they didn’t actually honor that promise. I was surprised they failed to provide an “unsubscribe link” in their newsletter email. The very same one that says “If you do not wish to receive further emails, simply click on unsubscribe.”

    So before I even became a customer, I was lied to, twice.

  2. Hi! Great question…um, normally, yes! The only thing is, you’ have shared great info before grinding them. Kind of a process, but it’s a good idea! Nice Device

  3. hmm, Admin doing nice with reasonable demanding workRather than arguing back, fogging aims to give a minimal, calm response using terms that are placating but not defensive, while at the same time not agreeing to meet demands.

  4. I had no problems with Gearbest so far.

  5. I had no problems with Gearbest so far. you’ have shared great info before grinding them.awesome device.thanks

  6. Thank You Great information

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