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|Connection Type||USB 2.0|
|Effective Magnification (using a 17" monitor)||60x or 250x (selectable)|
|Effective Viewing Area||
60x: 5.6 x 4.2 mm
250x: 1.4 x 1.1 mm
|Maximum Snapshot Resolution||1600 x 1200 pixels (UXGA)|
|Maximum Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 pixels (VGA)|
|Dimensions||1.2" x 1.2" x 3.4" (30 x 30 x 86 mm)|
|Weight||3.5 oz. (99g)|
- User's Manual (Apr 15, 2014)
- Windows Digital Viewer Software (Oct 29, 2014)
- Mac OS X Digital Viewer Software (Oct 29, 2014)
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Questions and Answers
Devices and Printers->USB Microscope->Hardware Tab
I had something like 5 items under 'Device Functions'. I went in and disabled and uninstalled each of them. I then physically unplugged and replugged the USB Microscope. It worked after that. It was probably only one of the drivers that was causing me grief (I suspect the 'Rift Sensor Device' ), but that seemed to do it. Hope that helps
- In Settings > Device Setup > Resolution: Choose 1600 x 1200 from dropdown list
Yeah, if you want to complain about this microscope then you must be rich. I did a lot of research on this and several competitors in the same price range ($50-200). Not only did this one not meet the criteria for being expensive enough, but it also was the best display, functionality, and usability. If you want a better scope - your looking at $250+
The UI was super easy to install, and use, on Windows 8. The settings are not difficult to understand - there aren't a whole lot of them which is nice too.
The focus adjustment on the camera is a little tight, so when trying to find that perfect focus, you can sometimes push the camera away from what your trying to see.
The light is misleading - doesn't matter how bright I make it, the image always looks virtually the same. Obviously low/no light would be bad. I did notice that the brighter you make it, it seems to wash some of the contrast out - barely enough to tell from low to high.
The arm - complete trash. The suction cup looses suction, the bends in the wire are not radical enough, the wire does not stay bent and will "drift" when the bend is too radical. The clip points are too shallow and when trying to focus the camera, the camera has spun out of the clips and fell onto the specimen.
The board is appropriate, the squares provide a good reference for size
I would recommend to the MFG
*replace it with one of those flexible wire-ties, obviously stronger
*keep the suction cup but in addition, a solid mount, with double-sided tape, for users that prefer a less temporary solution.
*making a smaller thinner-lined squared area of the board for those closer views.
*make the focus adjustment looser but keep it smooth like it is, smooth kept it from becoming clunky and over/under-focusing repeatedly.
*if it saves money, make the light a button with off-low-high, if it doesn't save money - forget this bullet.
Ease of use
CONS: Board - Squares too large, lines too thick
Support Arm - Worthless
Not a stellar microscope, but definitely the best one money can buy at this price point and allows exploration of things not normally visible to the human eye. My 6 year old got to see that a 1/8" spider has a beating heart! How awesome is that!?
PROS: I own the egg microscope and now this one. Like that this one stays put (relatively - see below)
Super fun to look at all kinds of stuff. We took a video of a spider and saw that it's heart was still beating after being electrocuted with our battery operated fly swatter. Yes, this made us a bit sad, but jesus - there's billions and billions of spiders the world will carry on.
CONS: Bendy arm is a pain in the but. It's stiff and VERY hard to get it to be right where you want it. Any village idiot will know that under magnification the slightest of movement will completely take your specimen out of view and/or focus
Under highest magnification we could see spider eyes up nice and close also saw the square pattern in a fly's eyes. Super cool - but what's not is that under highest magnification things tend to look "foggy" Cleaning the lens wasn't the issue, as mine was brand new and even after doing so with a tightly twisted section of a q-tip it was the same.
PROS: Good picture quality on high resolution,
CONS: The suction cup stand is unstable. But I removed it and tapped a 1/4-20 hole in a old heavy piece of aluminum heat sink and screwed the metal bendable arm right in. This enables getting right on top of the subject. The heat sink can rotate or even be put on a shelf, as the focal distance will go way out (and reduce the magnification accordingly).
A lot of devices like this are either unlit, in which case arranging enough light for such closeups becomes a real chore, or they have super bright lights that wash out most images. The adjustable brightness of the LEDs means you can get pretty good color on very dark and very light colored subjects at both resolutions. This is great.
60x and 250x are two good choices for magnification. Since this is not really a microscope but a super-macro camera those aren't really the same ratings as you'd get with an optical microscope, but they're useful comparison. At 60x you can make your little fingernail fill the screen, great for big pictures of small objects. At 250x you can see the texture of paper or fabric and, lots of detail on skin, etc. You're not going to be able to observe microbes with this, but you can learn a lot and have a lot of fun.
The OS X software is a little odd, but only a little, and it gives you great choices. Time lapse photography was not mentioned in the product description, but I can't wait to try it out. You get a lot of control over the frequency of the shots.
A lot of microscopes have fussy focus mechanisms, but this one works really well. It's not hard to focus, and it holds its position. It does have a limited depth of field, that is, it focuses on a very specific distance from the lens. This means that if you are looking at an uneven surface such as a rock with an angled surface only part of the image will be in focus at one time. This is pretty typical with microscopes because you're gathering light from a very small space, and if you have a small aperture to give you more depth of field you need a lot more light. This generally isn't a problem, but it means you want to hold things so the camera is looking at a flat side, not angled.
The stand is neat. The suction cup and good neck work well, they aren't cheap, you can put them where you want them and they stay there. The grid and rulers printed on the base are very handy. The camera itself pops in and out of the arm easily for super closeups. The focus grip is nice and big, and the brightness control is labelled. I can't find fault with the physical production of this camera.
The 640x480 resolution is pretty small compared to today's monitors and phone cameras, but they're still plenty big to see what's going on. You're not going to win photography awards, but you're going to get your work done.
I would recommend this device as a great value for the price if the resolution is not a problem. If you need big images you're going to need to spend a lot more.
PROS: Adjustable LED brightness
Still, video, and time lapse modes
Neat base, but also works freehand
CONS: 640x480 image is not huge
Limited depth of field, but that's probably unavoidable
PROS: It does everything indicated by the specs and I got it at a sale price that was spectacular for what it is capable of doing.
CONS: None considering the price point.
PROS: Works great. Picture is pretty sharp. Just as advertised.
CONS: None I can think of.
PROS: Size, Simplicity, Quality
CONS: None so far
PROS: Out of the box and to work in about 15 minutes! Little more time to get all of the nuances but really is easy to follow once reading a little!.
PROS: The quality of the photomicrographs are outstanding.
Easy to set up
Easy to use
Lots of options
an amazing colour display.
Kudos to Monoprice, this is the third item i've ordered from you. Three times happy with purchases
PROS: I work in electronics, this microscope is excellent for checking cracked circuit traces,and solder bridges.
With a penlight i can even focus into a connector to inspect the condition of contacts.
This tool can also see individual pixels on high resolution displays and read writing on miniature components.
CONS: sorry ,can't think of any