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What’s the World Look Like Under a USB Microscope?


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You know I’m addicted to USB gadgets. The last time I looked at a microscope, I mentioned that my ProScope was broken. Someone saw that video, and they sent me a new one! So now, I’m busy playing with my new ProScope HR.

The ProScope™ brings unprecedented flexibility and excitement to the learning process. Gone are the frustrations of conventional microscopes. Finally, the teacher and student can focus on what is important. Encased in high-impact plastic, The ProScope™’s rugged construction and high-quality components are sturdy enough for a crime scene or a K-12 classroom.

Interchangeable lenses provide The ProScope™ with tremendous versatility. With the 0-10X lens, The ProScope™ becomes a high-quality video camera. Magnification can be increased to a startling 200X power in a matter of seconds. The lens mount is an industry-standard C-Mount that will accept third-party lenses.

The coolest part is that I can take a still photo of anything I want with the touch of a button on the ProScope. I can also record video, or use the kit to mount the ProScope and take a time-lapse with the software. There are a variety of lenses you can pick up, which is excellent when you’re using this in an educational setting.

The LEDs are built into the lense itself, so you can always perfectly see. It’s never too light, or too dark. Once you start looking at things close up, you just can’t stop. You just keep wanting to see everything. This is definitely fun for kids and adults alike.

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Would you Buy a USB Microscope?


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ThinkGeek sent me the new 1.3 Megapixel USB microscope to review. I was really excited, because the old USB microscope that I had is now broken. I can’t stop playing with this thing, and keep looking for more items to view with it. If you’re into microscopes, you definitely want to check this one out. The 1.3 Megapixel USB Digital Microscope is just amazing.

This 1.3 Megapixel Digital Microscope allows you to capture some higher resolution images and video and display them on your PC using a simple USB connection. View specimens collected around the house, backyard, your desk, or the fridge. Look at the micro-printing on a dollar bill or examine the traces on your motherboard. This microscope provides you an easy way to zoom in on a wide variety of objects to satisfy your curiosity of the world around you. Ever wondered what lint looks like or the mold growing on your week-old bagels? Now you can find out.

Simple plug and play operation with included software that allows you to magnify objects and view them on your PC up to 200X and take snapshots and time-lapse movies. You can also manipulate images with drawing and painting tools. The microscope is detachable from the stand to allow you to get closer to large objects.

The quality of this little baby is simply astounding. If you watch the video closely, you’ll see how clear and precise it is. Ponzi is going to get very annoyed with me, I can tell you that already. It’s a good thing she’s on vacation right now!

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USB Microscope Review

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So can you tell what it is I’m looking at? Yes, it really is a hair from my nose. I wanted to show you what it looks like using this USB Microscope. I’m not doing a live screen capture because it doesn’t work on Vista, and keeps giving me a BSOD on Windows. I can’t run it on a Mac, because the maker wants you to pay for Mac software! That is just ludicrous.

The QX5 USB Microscope is pretty much designed for kids. The software leaves a lot to be desired, but the hardware is great. The image quality is actually excellent.

This computer microscope allows you to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary for hours of fun and learning. View specimens collected around the house, backyard, your desk, or the fridge. Look at the micro-printing on a dollar bill or examine the traces on your motherboard. This microscope provides you an easy way to zoom in on a wide variety of objects to satisfy your curiosity of the world around you. Ever wondered what lint looks like or the mold growing on your week-old bagels? Now you can find out.

Simple plug and play operation with included software that allows you to magnify objects and view them on your PC up to 200X and take snapshots and time-lapse movies. You can also manipulate images with drawing and painting tools. The QX5 microscope is detachable from the stand to allow you to get closer to large objects.

The USB Microscope QX5 has these great features:

  • Take snapshots, video, and time-lapse movies
  • 3 magnification levels – 10X, 60X, and 200X
  • Super-brite LED lighting for bright top and bottom illumination
  • Video playback at 15 frames/sec
  • Resolution of 640×480
  • Software works with Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP
  • Handheld mode allows for expanded viewing possibilities
  • Comes with: Microscope, USB cable, Stand, Specimen Jars, Sample Slide, Tweezers, Eye Dropper, Slide Clip, and Software CD-ROM

Thanks to the guys over at ThinkGeek for sending me this to review!

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