I thought it'd be fun to check out what's available in DMMs. There are a lot of options out there, so to make this a little easier, I have a few criteria:
A couple other things to discuss first.
Here's my list:
None of the big traditional names made the list. (Keysight's U3401A missed the price cutoff by $7.) I do like the idea of getting a 5.5 digit DMM for $500. And I worked on a proposal recently that had a few coarse resistance measurements and that might have been one use case for using one of those Tenma units, though I've been somewhat conditioned under the philosophy of you get what you pay for.
One other consideration is the ease of getting a measurement up and running. For the big companies, I'm fairly confident I can get basic automation steps up and running in a day (maybe in an hour.) If it takes a couple days to create (or fix) drivers for these units, it might be better to just get a 6.5 digit DMM where you can get your software up and running immediately.
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