USB Microscope

Really close encounters

USB Microscope

Really close encounters

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Linnéa examines a 20p

Have you ever wondered what a biscuit crumb looks like up close? And we mean really, really close. Or how about a toenail clipping? Or a flea? Or a flea eating a biscuit crumb on a toenail clipping? If you have (and what busy executive clock watcher hasn't?) then you need the fascinating USB Microscope.

This smart USB-powered instrument lets you zoom in (from 20x and 200x) on any object you fancy. And thanks to its accompanying software you can record your findings as photos and videos on your PC. Hold it like a pen or pop it on its smart little desktop stand. It even boasts an internal white LED to illuminate objects to the max. You'll never be bored at your desk again.

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Plug in and install software

Place subject under microscope

Check out the view

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If by any chance you do tire of examining flecks of lint, mouldy crackers, egg stains and flakes of dandruff, you can always don a white coat, dim the lights and pretend you're Bruce Banner, her off the X Files or even Quincy. Asking colleagues to 'come take a look at this!' with wide-eyed amazement is entirely optional.

Time wasting aside, the USB Microscope really is a highly sophisticated bit of kit with loads of serious applications for students, collectors and science freaks. Use it to examine jewellery, documents, coins, banknotes, your best friend's failing follicles - the possibilities are endless.


Chris' favourite pet, Antony

Thanks to its ability to collate and display what it sees on your computer screen this titchy gizmo doubles up as a brilliant presentation aid: 'Here ve see zee photo of zee spinach discovered at vorteen hundred hours between our subject's vront teeth.'

A fantastic gift for budding boffins and ceaselessly curious screen monkeys, the USB Microscope is one gadget you'll use again and again, whether you're zooming in on animal, vegetable, mineral or unknown sample discovered deep within your sock. So get ordering - it's time to think small. Really, really small.

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Please Note:
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X 10.5 and above.
  • Please note the CD ROM for this item does not come on a standard size disc. The disc is the smaller type which may not fit in all PC/Mac disc trays, including iBook G4, PowerBook G4, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. Software can be downloaded, instructions provided in product.
Technical Specifications:
  • Magnification: Standard: 20x - 200x Max, Deluxe: 20x - 400x Max
  • The microscope only magnifies at 20x or 200x (Standard) 20x or 400x (Deluxe). It cannot magnify in between.
  • Image sensor: Standard: 1.3 Mega Pixel Cmos, Deluxe: 2.0 Mega Pixel Cmos, Controller: High Speed DSP:
  • Interface USB 1.1 & USB 2.0 Hi Speed
  • Video Format: AVI, Upto 1280 x 960
  • Frame rate: 30 frames per second under 600 lux brightness
  • Power: USB powered (no PSU needed)
  • Light source: 4x White light LED
System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 98se, 2000, XP, Vista or Mac OSX 10.5 and above
  • 700Mhz CPU, 20MB Hard drive, 384MB ram
  • Standard: 7cm(W) x 14cm(H) x 12cm(D)
  • Deluxe: 7cm(W) x 20cm (H) x 12cm(D)
  • 1x USB Microscope
  • Alloy pivot/stand
  • 1x Software CD

Customer Reviews

I love this gorgeous piece of equipment its fascinating for anyone who loves to see more of this world than you can with the naked eye, I was blown away by the power and clarity an the software which is easy to navigate through and you can capture any part of the image to keep as a JPG or run a video from the same software. So if you are following a bee or butterfly you can capture their beauty in realtime, no having to kill the poor thing for the sake of science. Im so impressed I will be looking to find anything I can now to pop under this and I will add images as I do so...WATCH THIS SPACE! More indepth review here http://gadgetgirlsreviews. Blogspot. Co. Uk/2012/10/veho-discovery-deluxe-usb-400-x. Html.
Gadget Girls Reviews - 20th January 2013
Software does not work with Mac Lion. Preview window works but you're not able to actually capture anything either via the software or by using the button on the microscope. Luckily we have one Mac that we've not yet updated to Lion (still on Snow Leopard) but the disappointing thing is that we wanted to use it with our MacBook - as it is, the microscope is tied to our desktop. It clearly says that it is compatible with OSX 10. 5 and above but this is not true.
Neil Baldwin - 1st August 2011
I'm working on a Mac. The download links on your website does not work. Where can I find a good driver for the USB microscope? Please advise.
Niels - 23rd June 2011
Firebox says: Hi Niels, you can get drivers from here:
Do the photos and video on the page show the objects at 200x magnification, or 400x?
Daniel Jones - 22nd June 2011
Firebox says: Our Design Team have advised they are at 200x, Daniel.
Absolutely loving the USB microscope. It's brilliant fun! I've already tried nasal hair (suffering for science!), money, my debit, £10 note, 20p, pigeon feather, leatherman, doorkey, fingernail and a bogey! The dog is looking nervous... (For Juan S and the couple of other people who wondered. I can confirm it DOES work with Windows 7....
Elliott - 6th May 2011
Does this work with Windows 7?
Juan S - 4th April 2011
Firebox says: We haven't been able to test it Juan, but it should do.