I was at a trade show yesterday and got to play with expensive looking digital oscilloscopes from teledyne lecroy. I think these were something that started at like 8000 and worked their way up with options.
For the life of me, I wasn't able to even display the square wave from the calibration point. The interface was a combination of truly cheap looking and feeling knobs, buttons and a touch screen.
Even the teledyne sales guy had a hard time just displaying 1 waveform from 1 channel. he was easily able to get some weird 3d looking chart to appear, but I have no idea what the point of that was.
Setting AC or DC coupling required dicking around with a touch screen for a while. WTF.
It's possible I'm old fashioned, but these devices were just shitty computers with crappy software in the form factor of a scope, but not even usable as a scope unless you have 30 minutes to try to set the thing up.
When did scopes start to get designed by completed idiots?