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Test equipment manufacturers don't want you to know this: Sometimes we already have better tools than we thought! All we have to do is unlock those features that are hiding inside.
Turning a Rigol DS1052E into a DS1102E
First, let me start off by introducing you to Dave Jones. He runs the EEVblog. If you're not already a fan, you should devote a little bit of time to exploring the site. Dave is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic person, and the forums are crawling with people who really know what they're doing. This quick upgrade is a perfect example of what the community can come up with.
The Rigol DS1052E is a 50 MHZ scope. As it turns out, all it takes is a quick firmware update to bump that up to 100 MHZ, essentially turning this scope into a DS1102E.
It is worth pointing out that these two scopes are currently roughly the same cost. While, at the time of discovery (2010) this might have saved you some money, at this point it is more of a useful tool if you happen to already have the 50 MHZ model, or if you just happen to get your hands on one.