5 Best USB Microscope Reviews – [Ultimate Buying Guide 2017]

The way of looking at this world got completely changed with the invention of the microscope, today we even have ones that can easily plug in to your computer and are much smaller.

No one would have ever thought that this innovation could’ve made it so simpler that one day, common people will be using it and use it for all kinds of stuff to zoom in on.Logo Red

The microscope that can used by the common people (people with no technical knowledge) is this easy to use gadget. 😉 

I’ve listed my favorite ones so you can find the ultimate one for your needs! 😉

Expecting to have a very high resolution and precision like a regular high tech scope will not be the same, but it’s still a ton of fun! 👍🙂

Spoiler these are my picks!

Best Digital USB Microscope Reviews

PictureNameBrandPrice
Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 10x-250x Magnification) reviewPlugable USB 2.0 Digital MicroscopePlugable$
Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope ProCelestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope ProCelestron$
Celestron 5 MP InfiniView LCD Digital Microscope reviewCelestron 5 MP InfiniView LCD Digital MicroscopeCelestron$
Wireless Endoscope, Depstech WiFi Borescope Inspection Camera 2.0 Megapixels HD Snake Camera for Andorid and IOS Smartphone, iPhone, Samsung, Tablet - Black(3.5 Meter) reviewDepstech WiFi Borescope Inspection Camera Depstech$
Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x Power LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-300) reviewCarson MicroBrite Plus LED LightedCarson$

Here’s a video testing the product from the brand Plugable 😇

 

Digital USB microscope is very easily connected to a PC or iPhone through USB port. And below I will go through wich one are the good ones. The things about these compared to a regular bigger one is that it has wide scope, bit smaller camera, is very easy to use and affordable.

Choosing the best one is very much difficult. Moreover, best is kinda relative here, it can vary from person to person and according to their needs.

 

The few criteria that shaped this article are-

  • THE QUALITY OF IMAGE- No one can think of getting an image as good as electron lens, but expecting a sharp image won’t be wrong. The image should have adequate resolution so that on focusing the image closely it doesn’t get distorted.
  • USAGE- These are great to play around with and the thought is such that everyone can easily use it. The sole purpose of making this type was to make the common people see the how the things really look like. But since everyone doesn’t possess technical knowledge, so if the usage is difficult, the sole purpose cannot be achieved. Using it is ton of fun and fairly cheap.
  • CONSTRUCTION-  No one is going to play cricket with this little baby, but it must be constructed sturdily, it shouldn’t easily break.
  • SOFTWARE- To view all the images taken with the camera objective on the computer screen, an excellent software is required. The software must be good enough so that no one faces any problem in using it.

 

The best usb microscopes reviews!

PLUGABLE USB 2.0 

This one from Plugable is for those who want to work effectively, easily and quickly at the microscopic level.  Little things like coin analysis and identification of parasites on the leaves of garden ‘s plant is easily done with great accuracy. With the installation of the proper software available on different websites, one can easily zoom into the images and observe the subject effectively. For the bottom plate it has LED’s placed at right positions so that the subject could be illuminated properly.

With the installation of the proper software available on different websites, one can easily zoom into the images and observe the subject effectively. It also has LED’s placed at rightpositions so that the subject could be illuminated properly.

This 2.0 megapixels camera can magnify up to 250x. The magnification is controlled by using the silver focus wheel, but the position where the object is placed also matters. To get a clear,
crisp and sharp view of the object, the object must be placed at an appropriate distance from the camera lens. It proved to be extremely useful for students and other interested ones who want to explore this world. It could be adjusted on arm stand that is flexible enough to give views from different positions.

The LED fitted is such that its brightness could be easily adjusted. Moreover, one can also change the color settings and get a decent image. One can also record short videos using this product. For the price this is available, it’s definitely a good choice. 👍

It proved to be extremely useful for students and other interested ones who want to explore this world. It could be adjusted on arm stand that is flexible enough to give views from different positions.

Adjustment options available on the head sometimes cause the vibration issue while adjusting. One should not have very high expectations because this is created for simple jobs only. It can be used at basic level only. Sometimes there is problem in connecting the device with the PCs. Generally, it takes less than 30 seconds to connect, but sometimes it’s very difficult to connect with other devices.

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CELESTRON 5 MP Handheld

This device sets up a new level of usability and does completely whatever the makers boasted about it. It could be handheld or used on an adjustable metal stand. But maintaining accurate focus while holding in hand is very difficult. The camera works great and shows good pictures.  This camera has a fixed magnification and cannot be varied, but it’s adjustable on the software.

But on placing closer to the subject effective magnification can be achieved. One might have some trouble regarding the usage of software, if downloaded from any random sites. But the official software works excellently.                                                                           

This product constitutes of 3 parts- first one is the chore where height of the arm is adjusted to obtain approximate zoom. Secondly, there is an adjustment knob which is used to focus sharply
and again on adjusting the focus ring, subject could be properly zoomed. The components are neither too easily breakable nor too sturdy. The vertical tube stand is short and restricts the full range of the camera. On setting up the camera to higher resolution, the image produced may disappoint many users.

The components are neither too easily breakable nor too sturdy. The vertical tube stand is short and restricts the full range of the camera. On setting up the camera to higher resolution, the image produced may disappoint many users.

Although this product being the most versatile one but the user may be dis-satisfied with the price of this technical toy. The stand is not very good and sometimes the software freezes.  Moreover, the design after being light weight is not tough enough as it needs to be. Since this is portable and is carried away to different places, the casing needs to be sturdy. Durability is the biggest issue that this device is currently facing. The software that is installed for using this device on the PC isn’t Mac supported.  While using it on high power, it is very difficult to adjust the focus ring.

Since this is portable and is carried away to different places, the casing needs to be sturdy. Durability is the biggest issue that this device is currently facing. The software that is installed for using this device on the PC isn’t Mac supported.  While using it on high power, it is very difficult to adjust the focus ring.

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CELESTRON 5 MP INFINIVIEW LCD 

 

This is a kind of instrument that is used both at indoor and on fields. It has lithium-Ion battery which is rechargeable and lasts around 2-3 hours. It has 5 MP digital camera and has a magnification up to 160x on camera and can be magnified up to 200x through the monitor. By using Celestron portable capture pro software, one can see the object on any screen. It becomes very easy to use this after reading the manual provided. The 5-element IR cut glass lens plays a very vital role in giving a sharp crisp image.  

This product also allows one to record short videos.

It has few drawbacks like the platform is not stable, the object has to placed very close to the lens. Although coins and other small specimen could be easily observed, but it is difficult to observe a bulky specimen. Moreover, the manual doesn’t cover up all the info about this gadget.

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WIRELESS ENDOSCOPE

The real advancement in the technology of USB microscope is felt after using this one. As it can be connected to the smartphones over wifi, it can be connected to Android and iPhones. In fact, forthe iPhone users this is the best option.   

It also has a lithium battery that is rechargable and lasts for about an hour.  Its image quality is also good with its 2MP camera and the LED’s present allows it to take pictures in different conditions. It is really flexible and handles great. Though the users have claimed to have a magnification of about 200x, but it gives somewhat less. It has wifi control range about 28meters.

Its image quality is also good with its 2MP camera and the LED’s present allows it to take pictures in different conditions. It is really flexible and easy to use. Though the users have claimed to have a magnification of about 200x, but it gives somewhat less. It has wifi control range about 28meters.

There are also few issues regarding this.  The wifi-box is not of very good quality and its durability can’t be trusted. The resolution can be changed and sometimes this becomes an issue. Sometimes, the images must be viewed with different resolution, which is not possible with this.

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CARSON MICROBITE

It is extremely light weight and compact one. Among all the pocket products this one is the simplest to use. It has a range of 60 to 120 power which is really huge. This pocket device allows one to see something that naked eyes can’t. This is probably best pocket microscope

The knob present at the top is used to change magnification, below that it has nice wide focus adjustment wheel that wraps around the body and gives extra control focusing. This portable gadget has aspheric lens which gives image with less distortion and a much better image to the user.

The built in LED’s position is such that one can look 3-dimensional objects and flat surfaces with the same accuracy.  This instrument is very much cost effective and offers a lot, according to its price. The most amazing part of this instrument is that it can be used even by a 3 year old child. It has been made up of tough, sturdy material and it is easily carried during any journey. The eyepiece is rubberized so that the user does not get hurt while seeing the objects. The LED’s placed are powerful enough to give a clear and crisp image.

As everything has its negative side, this also has some issues. People whose hands shake a lot, are going to face a lot of problems because viewing anything with that much magnification requires a still image. The plastic body can’t be trusted , since it is affordable at such a genuine price, the duration for which the plastic body will last can’t be said.

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Conclusion

All these technical toys have their own merits and demerits. Everyone’s requirement will be different. The one which suits one’s interest is the best choice for the buyer. No matter whichever gadget you buy. 

So these are my picks for best usb microscopes. 😉

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  1. Daniel February 18, 2017
    • John February 18, 2017

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