Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope
Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x
The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope is a
digital microscope that uses a webcam chipset and sensor, which allows it to
support just about any given OS (operating system) and standard webcam
software. It allows up to 250x magnification (depending on the monitor) with
2.0 megapixels making it a useful device for collectors, students as well as
Some of the most important features of this
- LED halo light
- Software (user can either use the software attached or
download one from the website)
Before anything else, it is recommended that users download the required software from the manufacturer's website for Windows and OS X and Linux. Once all the parts are connected, the microscope is powered using a USB bus power (It is advisable to only use the USB cable to connect to a PC or a smart phone without using additional cables).
Once set up is complete, the microscope will work like a standard webcam. The microscope can be easily used with most devices that support USB webcams.
- Some of the new smart phones in the market
Plugable USB 2.0 Image Capture
For this microscope, a capacitive button is used
for the purpose of capturing images. To capture images, the user can simply use
this touch button at the top most part of the microscope. A capacitive button
is preferred over a physical push button given that a simple touch produces
Image capture can also be done using the
software on the PC (or tablet, smart phone). Using the software, the user can simply capture images or
take videos without the need to use the touch button or focus wheel.
The Plugable USB 2.0 digital microscope is
- Windows, Vista, and XP
- OSX - Mac OSX versions
10.4.2 and above
- Linux - Built-in support
for kernels 2.6.26 and above.
- Chrome - The microscope
will work on all chrome devices that have in place a built in Camera application
- Android – The microscope
will also work well with most of the new android devices in the market and
particularly those that use an OTG cable.
The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope comes
with built-in LEDs, which can easily be dilated (increasing brightness) through
several brightness levels when illuminating the specimen/object under
To eliminate a glare, the LEDs shine through a diffuser to give
focused lighting that allows for clear images. This feature is particularly
useful when viewing objects like coins which tend to reflect light. With the
diffuser in place, light is evenly distributed across the surface of the object
without any harsh glare that would otherwise distort the image.
Plugable USB 2.0 Pros and Cons
- Ease of use - once the
software has been downloaded and installed; the microscope can be used
instantly. The ease of use also applies to children.
- The built-in light has been
shown to be particularly important allowing for objects to be viewed well at different adjustments
- Convenience - Being a
hand-held microscope that can be attached to smart phones and tablets, the
Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope can be taken outside and used with ease.
At the highest magnification possible, the microscope may
not produce very clear, crisp images.
Some of the other important features include:
- An observation pad - the
observation pad has graduated marks on its surface making it easier to make
measurements of the object under observation
- A flexible arm stand that
can be easily bent and turned depending on where the user wants the microscope
Although the Plugable USB2.0 Digital Microscope
may not be ideal for professional use, it is a great device particularly for
kids, hobbyists and collectors who wish to observe a wide range of objects such
as leaves, insects, stamps and coins among others.
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