So we have reached the time of the year where new game releases grind to a halt. A time where we abuse all of our steam sale purchases (Fallout 3 and New Vegas for hyping myself up) or we crack out the retro games to finally complete in nostalgia (could this be the summer I finally complete Dark Chronicle?)
So in this slowdown you are looking at a review for a microscope. Why? How would I know; yet it’s probably the same reason I picked it up: Curiosity.
So the DBPOWER microscope is a USB microscope with a host of features. The Amazon page (which is linked at the bottom of the article) states the following features.
- Image Sensor: 5 Mega Pixels
- Lens: Micro-Scope Lens
- Snap Shot: Software and Hardware
- Light Source: 8 LED Light
- Magnification Ratio: 20X ~ 300X (Manual)
- Power Supply: USB Port
- Image Format: JPEG
- Video formats: AVI
- Software functions: Taking photos, Recording videos, Measurement
- Measurement: arc length, point-point length, angle
- Operating systems: win XP/Vista/Win7, Mac OS X 10. 6 or above
The install for the product is simple: Throw in the disc and two seconds later the software is installed. The microscope uses as simple recording program. You can take photos or video; change the zoom and change the picture quality. This isn’t overly special and the interface doesn’t feel clunky, though I do find the magnification option does not work.
The actual microscope is a small part of the whole unit. The frame with it is robust. It has holders on the plate and the body has a lock to keep the microscope in place once the adjuster has been set. A cable tidy keeps the USB cable out of the way. This is your bog standard microscope, but with high quality components all through it.
It’s hard to really review a microscope, and it would be easier to provide some example images. So to make this easier I am going to show some simple quick images:
So there we go. It definitely does what a microscope is required to do. And there isn’t much more you can say about it. I do find myself using it for some non-scientific purposes; it has found a place on my guitar workbench to see down some of the harder guitar routing to pull cables through due to the small body size.
Other than curiosity and its small use in my guitar maintenance I see no real reason to have a microscope. With a £57.00 price tag you won’t look at this and think ‘wow, value.’ However a 5 megapixel camera is around £100. I also find it some parts of the interface confusing to use. While it boasts having LED lights there is nowhere in the interface to turn them on and you adjust them on the USB cable rather than anywhere on the microscope. The lack of product instructions is also not helpful. You get a single side of A5 paper telling you how to plug in a USB and insert a disc, but other than that you are thrown in blind and I have no idea what the box saying magnification actually does when a number is typed in because for all my testing it does nothing.
The DBPOWER USB Microscope sits in a weird position. Too expensive as a child’s interest toy, yet not powerful enough to be a piece of laboratory equipment. It sits in a weird hole in the middle. This may be more for the budding botanist than the researcher. If you need a little microscope for whatever reason; then give this a try as it comes with my 3.0 rating.
The DBPOWER USB Microscope can be bought here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RYF65IA?psc=1
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.