Very easy to plug in and use with any basic computer or laptop. The micro has a manual focus and a bright/dimmer light dial on the bottom. The software is downloadable from their website. Comes with a small pad and a stand. Really did a great job magnifying and has some online controls using the software for resolution and tweaking the image.
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Fun and educational device
This is one fun device for sharing with my grandkids. It is simple and inexpensive but has enough capability to entertain and educate young ones. It is also quite capable as a tool for hobbyist or business user but for me, it's an educational tool. Assembly is simple. Set the suction cup on the ruled tablet, attach the flex arm, attach the microscope to the arm and you are done. Next install their software application for maximum benefit. I use a laptop and can carry the setup out for field examination. Simply plug the device into an available USB port and its good to go. Now, that being said, using any magnifying device takes some practice and skill. The magnification is set by the distance of the lens to the object and the size of your monitor screen. Sitting on the tablet stand and working with a laptop, I get about 5x. The device has its own light, which is adjustable, and a very smooth focus ring. The challenge is to set the lighting and focus while also positioning the object of examination in a good viewing position. This unfortunately, may take adult help. The built-in light provides more than enough illumination but it also casts reflections of some objects. For greater magnification, remove the microscope from the stand and put the object directly within the light ring. You can achieve some amazingly interesting views but as with all microscopes, 3-D objects present a challenge since not all of the object will be in focus. You can adjust the focus wheel to optimize for different parts of the object but that's hard to do without disturbing the object under view. That's why a slide and cover glass is ideal. Even at its highest magnification (250x), don��t expect to see bacterial. In fact, it won't even resolve the spiral groove of a compact disk. Still, there's a world of interesting viewing to be had with a user friendly and inexpensive device. See their web site (link below) for details and a description of their fine computer application.
Fun toy for the whole family to play with
This is a fun little toy. That is just what it is, a toy. If you have a little one, or if you are the one, that is a bit curious about the things around us I would recommend this to you for fun. It only magnifies up to 250 times, but that is enough to play with. Install was as easy as one two three. You do have to get online and download the software for the microscope, but once it is downloaded and installed, you just plug this into the computer and you are up and running. I used several different items, from a rock to money, to magnify and it works to an extent. The picture is not the clearest and you do have to focus it by hand. Around the lens is a set of LED lights that help light up the subject you are looking at. It is a nice feature to have. The white platform this attaches to is marked out with measurements which are another nice feature. The software allows you to record or take pictures of the subject you are looking at for later viewing. Like I said if you want a nice little microscope you or the kids can play with this is for you.
When WalMart offered this Plugable brand USB Digital Microscope with 250X Magnification and Flexible Stand up for review through their Spark Review Program I was a bit skeptical about how well it would work. This, however, is a great little tool/device. It was super easy to put it together, install and set it up on my laptop via the 2.0 USB port. The download of the most current driver from the PLUGABLE site was straightforward a ridiculously simple, even a child could handle the setup. For anyone with hobbies like stamp collecting and coin collecting, it is a Godsend to have. It also has the ability to take either a single snapshot or a series of pics of whatever you are examining for your records or to email to other people. It has multiple magnification levels, the 4 illuminating LED lights in the head are dimmable and a focusing ring to get clear images of whatever you are looking at. The box states that this device is compatible with Windows XP, 7,8 and 10, (no mention of Vista) and also Mac OS-X and Android. What a great way to keep a photo file of insured jewelry, showing absolutely the finest details of the piece. It is absolutely fun to use for young and old alike.
Great little plug and play microscope
Download the software from the Plugable website, plug in the microscope, and...BOOM...you can see microscopic stuff on your device screen. It is very easy to use and I will be using this for projects that require me to do brain surgery, electron mapping, DNA decoding...you name it...anything small is now BIG with this microscope.
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