Product Comparison: Agilent Technologies U1253B vs Fluke 87-V

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General Specifications
Agilent Technologies
About the Product
The Keysight U1253B incorporates the same functionality as the U1252B but is - additionally - the world's first OLED handheld DMM. The superior contrast from the Organic LED display ensures precise viewing whether the U1253B is being used in the laboratory, at home, in the field or even in dark environments and off-angle situations.
The Fluke 87V Industrial Multimeter provides the resolution and accuracy to efficiently troubleshoot motor drives, plant automation, power distribution, and electromechanical equipment even in loud, high energy, and high altitude locations. A low pass filter supports accurate frequency measurements on VFDs and captures intermittents as fast 250 µS.
What customers say about "General Specifications"
Key Specs
Max. AC Measurement
1000 V
1000 V
Measurement Type
Max. AC Current
10 A
10 A
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Agilent Technologies U1253B Multimeter
  • This is a rugged easy to use meter that should serve me for many years to come!
  • Display update fast, can see it from good distance, functions switches are simple to deal with.
  • The meter feels solid and robust in the hands and not easily damaged.
  • This is a great digital multimeter. I am a master mechanic and at home also use it for some home.
Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter
  • The meter can check AC and DC Volts and millivolts, low impedance AC voltage, temperature, continuity, resistance, capacitance, diodes, AC milliamps/amps, DC milliamps/amps, AC microamps, and DC microamps.
  • The auto ranging for AC was a little finicky at first. But it started working better for me after I learned to touch the ground lead first then the other. It would then go into auto ranging mode immediately.
  • I got this model to check frequency output of a variable frequency drive (VFD) that we use to control AC motor speed on one of my company's products. It works great, is easy to use, rugged, and accurate.
  • I have used this to test AC and DC and it worked as expected and surprisingly compared to my less expensive off brand meters, showed exactly the same readings (just to make sure I compared a number of meters and all gave the same readings).
  • The Fluke 87V is one indispensable tool if you are working in industry. I primarily use the AC/DC voltage ranges, mA and mV. The meter is very versatile for me because I can test different aspects of a control circuit without worrying about having a second meter.
Size & Weight
8 in.
7.9 in.
3.72 in.
3.86 in.
2.32 in.
2.05 in.
1.16 lbs.
0.78 lbs.
Number of Measurement
Max. DC Current
10 A
10 A
500 MΩ
50 MΩ
Max. Frequency
1 MHz
0.2 MHz
Max. Temperature
1372 °F
1994 °F
DC Volts: ±(0.03% +5), AC Volts: (0.4% +40), Resistance: ±(1% + 10), DC Current: ±(0.3% + 10), AC Current: ±(0.4% + 40), Temperature: ±1%, Capacitance: ±(3% + 10), Frequency: ±(0.02%+3), Duty cycle: ±(0.3% per kHz + 0.3%), Pulse Width: ±(0.2% + 3)
DC Volts: ±(0.05% + 1), AC Volts: ±(0.7% + 2) True RMS, DC Current: ±(0.2% + 2), AC Current: ±(1.0% + 2) True RMS, Resistance: ±(0.2% + 1), Capacitance: ±(1% + 2), Frequency: ±(0.005% + 1), Duty cycle: ±(0.2% per khz + 0.1%), Conductance: ±(1.0% + 10), Diode: ±(2% + 1)
What customers say about "Measurements"
Agilent Technologies U1253B Multimeter
  • This is the best one I can find for the price and I use it for multiple purposes. The null feature is excellent too!
  • The meter has very good specifications, and when it works , it works very well
  • Easy to use meter that should serve me for many years to come!
  • Big display makes reading it easier.
Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter
  • It surpasses Aviation accuracy requirements on every measurement it is capable of making. If you need reliable and accurate, you need this DMM.
  • I bought this meter after questioning the accuracy of my UEI and Marco meters. After I got my fluke immediately loved it feels way higher qaulity and is extremely fast
  • The main one that I needed was to be able to measure 4-20ma signals. As for me Fluke is the only meter to have.
  • I use my Fluke 87V every day. I know that every morning that I go to turn it on, that it will work properly. It is extremely accurate and fast. Due to the speed of the meter, I can check computer networks buy using the min/max feature.
  • I had my company buy this specific meter to conduct ground resistance measurements and following the directions I still can't get a 0.00 ohms reading shen I short the test leads.. Also The test leads supplied had very tiny points.
  • ac bandwidth is very low for smps and video related analog electronics servicing. Camper to price min 50khz required.
Type of Range Selection
AC millivolts, DC volts, AC volts, AC μA true-rms, AC Current, DC Current, Resistance, Frequency, Battery Test, Diode/Continuity Tests
DC Voltage, AC Voltage, DC Current, AC Current, Resistance, Capacitance, Frequency, Duty cycle, Temperature, Conductance, Diode Test
CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V
CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V
Get razor sharp readings on OLED display (160° wide viewing angle, 2000:1 high contrast ratio), 50,000 counts resolution on dual display, Keysight Remote Link Solution enabled (wireless data logging via Bluetooth)
1 Meter drop per IEC 61010–1:2001, Per MIL–PRF–28800 for a Class 2 instrument, Limited lifetime warranty, Provides peak capture and Min/Max/Avg recording to capture intermittents as short as 250 µS, Features—6000 counts, 3-3/4 digit resolution, or 20,000 counts, 4-1/2 digit—resolution, Fits into an optional magnetic hanger for easy set-up and viewing while freeing your hands for other tasks, Includes an analog bargraph for fast changing or unstable signals
What customers say about "Features"
Agilent Technologies U1253B Multimeter
  • I've been using this meter as a field service engineer for the last 4 months and have been very satisfied with it! It's accurate and the battery life is impressive. I'm spoiled by the fantastic display! It's an expensive tool, but you get what you pay for.
  • I already had one of these meters and needed another similar one for another project.
  • It is well sized, the leads are great, the case is pro, and you need to be good to yourself and get this.
  • The DMM's display is great, battery life not so good. User guide needs some work.
Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter
  • This Fluke 87V with its lifetime warranty will keep me from buying another meter (besides Fluke) ever again.
  • I bought this meter because i want a meter thats durable and dead on accurate. Also wanted min/max features that were accurate and fast. Don’t want to break the ossiliscope out everytime i need accuracy.
  • The 6000/20,000 count accuracy is great, but the response time, ruggedness, and true CAT ratings make this a "buy and forget" 4.5 digit meter. No regrets.
  • Performance is always what you expect and need daily at work. Don’t waste your time or money trying other brands.
  • I bought my 87V in 2006. It has never failed Calibration. It has kept calibration through international flights, extreme heat and extreme cold environments (160F to -30F) and minor drops.
  • No included printed manual! Whats with that?!? (If desired one can be ordered free of charge; and/or viewed/downloaded online.)
Warranty / Certifications
UL, CSA, TÜV listed and VDE Pending
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
Other Information
479 $

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