Okay I was asked by Willid1 to write and post a review on a gag gift that my ever loving pain in my rear (The GF) gave to me after announcing she'd brought me a new camera (we have an unspeakable agreement that gag gifts cost less than a tenner).
So with out further ado I present to you the 40-1000 (or so it claims) times USB microscope.
First off I'll start with the mini CD it comes with., it sucks.. It constantly crashes is totally unuser friendly and is the worst piece of software I've ever had the misfortune to use and that's saying something considering a decade ago, I used to provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd line technical support for Freeserve and Packard bell.
Now however to the actual item the base while cheaply made is stable enough and is cushioned so it sits well.
The rotating arm that attaches to it however is a cheap piece of plastic that looks like it could have come out of a kinder egg if it hadn't been rejected by kinder for looking so tacky.
The USB scope it's self is surprisingly sturdier than I expected on first looking at it.
It has 8 dimmable led's which are controlled by an inline controller which resembles the volume control from a pc headset.
The zoom function supposedly can be zoomed in or out by a button on the side labelled unimaginatively zoom. this switch doesn't actually do anything but I'm blaming that on the software, There is however a secondary control of a big silver turny thing so you can zoom in or out manually.
Footage; the scope can take both pictures and video, I'll be putting the pictures from the scope up in the macro section and I'll edit this post and put the link below when I've taken them later on.
The camera isn't great but it does surprise me that it works at all.
All in all I'd say its a fun little toy that with the right software and a little know how about photo's which I don't currently have could produce some nice small shots nothing amazing quality but if you're trying to get some macro shots of a different type it could do the trick or if you're trying to get the kids interested in photos it could be a good rainy day item.
So software aside I'd give it a 6 out of 10. It's not a must have item but if its pouring down with rain and lets face it when doesn't it rain in England, it could provide an interesting distraction for a little while.
Link to the photos