Buy an Autel maxiscope mp408 scope kit NEW for $150 off letgo. worth it?

Danny Technician Yorkville, Illinois Posted   Latest  

I have the chance to buy an autel maxiscope mp408 scope, with leads kit as well. 4 channel automotive scope New in the box still. i dont own an autel maxiscope to hook up to, so i'd be using their software on my win 10 laptop. i may purchase a autel maxiscope in the future- not sure at this point. But do you guys think its worth it? I believe this kit is going $600 on amazon prime. btw i'm new to the whole lab scope scene so i'm a total newbie here. any input would be much appreciated.

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Elias Owner/Technician
Poway, California
Elias
 

My opinion is any scope is better than NO scope. If you need to start at low price unit to get your feet(or hands wet) than do it. After you feel more comfortable and you desire something with better specs than get the pico or ats scope. Plain and simple. 

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Joe Owner
Columbus, Ohio
Joe
 

Danny 

Its not a bad scope. I have several scopes including the MP408. The software on a PC leaves something to be desired to say the least. Using the scope for quick and dirty testing seems to be ok but I use mine with an Autel MS908. It does the job but not crazy about the scope hooked to a PC. Hope that’s helps with your decision. 

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Richard Instructor
Palmetto, Florida
Richard
 

The latest software update for the pc is a significant improvement and I really think it is a very capable scope, especially for someone new to scoping. It doesn’t have all of Pico’s advanced functions but you aren’t going to use them until you get very familiar with scope use. For $150 it’s a steal!!

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Brian Owner
Parma, Ohio
Brian
 

I have not used the mp408. I would purchase it for that price! 

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Danny Technician
Yorkville, Illinois
Danny
 

Thanks guys for your opinions. I’ll be buying it tonight. Any tips for a rookie on scopes?

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Bartlett, Illinois
Matthew
 

Tons of good YouTube videos and info on here to get started. My biggest suggestion - never start on a broken car. Hook up to your car after work and practice first. 

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Brian Owner
Parma, Ohio
Brian
 

I agree with Matthews suggestion! looking at or expecting to fix a broken vehicle when you are not familiar with what a good vehicle looks like is going to be very frustrating. Working on a good vehicle will allow to see the normal spikes and noise in circuits so you dont think that is something bad ( I have done this )

I am interested in aviation, and one analogy is between scopes and aviation that I use is VFR / IFR (Visual Flight rules and Instrument flight rules). A new pilot starts out looking out the window for 90% of their spacial awareness and orientation, sure they scan the gauges , air speed , attitude and altitude, but there primary input is the window and can only fly on clear days. As they want to advance they pay more attention to the gauges in normal flight on GOOD clear days. They will have an instructor with them and they will put on a "hood" that blocks the view of the window, so they only use the gauges , but they are doing this on clear days and the instructor is making sure the plane is flying normally. It is when pilots enter a bad condition, low or no visibility, and have not learned to trust their instruments / gauges knowing what good looks like that bad things happen. There are plenty of scary recordings of this scenario. At least our feet are on terra firma.

Hook up to as many good running vehicles as you can, it will make all the difference when the bad ones come.

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