Rainbow Price: $49.95
One of the best things I get to do around here, is play with all of the microscopes and science gadgets that come in. The eFlex LED Lighted Digital microscope is no exception, and is the quality I would expect from Carson Optical.
This easy-to-use digital microscope hooks right up to the USB port (2.0 or 3.0) on your computer; and works with Windows XP SP2+, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Mac OS X 10.4.9 – 10.11. However, this product will not work with tablets of any kind. The user guide isn't included in the kit, but an included instruction sheet explains access to the user guide on Carson Optical's website or you may have it sent to you.
The 3 ½" long microscope can be held in your hand for viewing, or pop it into the holder that is mounted at the end of a flexible neck. A heavy duty suction cup with a clip to ensure stability allows you to attach the flexible neck and scope to the mat or to any smooth surface. I was pleasantly surprised at how firm the suction holds. The magnification can be adjusted from 75X to 300X. With the scope mounted, I could simply adjust the focus with just one hand – so easy to do. You can also adjust the brightness (lighting) on the scope. You can click photos with just a touch on the top of the scope and capture videos of live specimens. The view is clear and crisp enough to reveal a microscopic world. A 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inch mat is included, which has centimeters marked down one edge, inches on the other edge and a grid in the viewing area. This feature allows you to have a record of specimen size when photographing.
If you're looking for a quality starter scope, this scope is great! You can use it with the whole family or with a group, since you can see the picture on the computer screen – so no squinting through the eyehole for a better view. ~ Donna