I bought one of these the first time for my son, and it worked well with little effort setting it up. Sure it's not as powerful as the $500 microscope I have at my office, but for ten bucks, the kids have had a great time with it. We've looked at spiders, lightning bugs, leaves, rocks, coins and various other stuff he drags in. Only negative is that my wife gets annoyed when he sets it up on the dinner table while she's trying to get ready to eat.
@Kleineleh Wow! I've been here in Northerm Utah going on six years and I think I've seen maybe one (can't really prove it as I saw some thing blink out of the side of my eye) North Texas (where I'm originally from) hasn't had them in decades.
@unkabob I'm in Dallas and they're around in some spots but definitely not like they used to be. Apparently all the light pollution is kind of a turnoff for them. Plus pesticides and perfectly manicured lawns. My neighborhood is pretty quiet and nearly pitch black at night and we had a few around in June and July.
You all are looking at this wrong. There's a bunch of great uses for this valuable tool.
1) Give it to a child at your kid's school who's learning faster than your kid. This will allow them down and give yours ribs to catch up.
2) Bring it to Starbucks, sit at a table and start looking at their coffee beans. Make a lot of "hmmmm" and "ahhh" sounds, then sort the beans into two separate piles.
3) It's a microscope (debatable, but that's what it says on the label, right?). Just having it in your hands justifies unusual behavior like periodically jumping out of your chair, yelling "Eureka!" and running out of a room.
4) Having one automatically makes you a pseudoscientist. Buy this, then go make up some business cards.
It's all about perspective, people. This "microscope" will give you some.
I am one of the 110. I have not yet taken it out of the box. Right now it is Schroedinger's microscope; it may suck and it may not suck, but we can't know until we observe it. And that task will fall to my nephew this Christmas.
Got this thing last time and it does not work. The computer sees there is "something" connected but never did get it working on windows 7 or 8. Tried a few different computers and even reinstalled one completely - still nothing. The Meh people said to get to tasco, tasco said get to them so I am stuck with a red broken thing. Does light up though.
@ChadP FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL! If you are filling the glass, when it is halfway, it's half full! If you are emptying the glass, when it is halfway, it's half empty! NOW LET US NEVER SPEAK OF THIS AGAIN. <3
@curtise I guess it is the glass that you find in the middle of the woods with no one around, so you don't know if it was being filled or emptied. Whether you actually drink random glasses of strange liquids in the woods is a whole other set of tests that might involve some medical professionals.
Got one of these pieces of fecal matter when Woot offered them months back. Save your money of you've ever upgraded from XP. Neither Windows 7 nor 8 was able to make this work. It would see something, but what that something was was completely beyond its grasp. Called the company, they said it's a driver issue. Tried every driver made available, none of them worked. Tried compatibility mode, no dice. Called back 3 or 4 times, they basically said screw off.
Stay away from this crap. It's got bad joo joo all over it. I feel bad for the 135 suckers who have already purchased this. Good luck with that one...
you are right, I am wrong. your sales specs are editorial, my observations are not entirely accurate. you're smart, I'm dum. you're pretty, i'm ugly. you're clever, i'm engaging in a thread on an online shopping site. But still, thanks. I showed up for the abuse, but I'm staying for the bargains.
I got it to use as a magnification device for working on my watches, seeing slivers, inspecting my dogs for fleas, capturing photos of small parts, etc.. It's only $15 with s/h and is portable using a laptop. It's not meant to be a scientific instrument folks.
I set mine up per instructions and... Nothin'..!! Wadda rip-off.. so I slapped it around a bit and Bingo! It came up.. (guess it doesn't like being bitch slapped) so, as a last step after install, just give it a whack and it'll submit.. Top light won't work but I never intended to scope the ceiling anyway (meh!).
Just by price it is temping with VMP and free shipping, but I passed on those crappy stands yesterday that I thought sucked so I'm DEFINITELY passing on this. Probably better off burning the $10 than ordering this since I'd probably never actually use it.
Reviews are so so, but for $10 it's probably worth it for anyone who'd actually use it, can't get much for $10 these days.
I'm just wondering what is the bussiness model of this site? Money pump from investor or what? Selling only a couple of $10 POSs a day with free shipping must mean they got these microscopes for free (I doubt it but may be possible by some large company in need to clean their warehouse) and they still barely make enough for the shipping cost. But how do they pay taxes, site, staff and packing costs? Hey, meh guys, when do you plan to make profit? 20014?
@wishod Well, I think they are going to get me...here's how... I'm not an VMP...yet. So, $15 for this POS, ahem, experiment. But then I'll be an VMP, right? And future mehs will appear more attractive, at least for the next month, so I buy might something I might not otherwise. So, if they are losing $0.45 on every sale, they'll lose even more when I buy more! No, wait, that's not how it's supposed to work. Is it?
@wookie indeed, "nice job" was demoted to help explain why we would torture you. non-editorial sales specs though? Are you not seeing these? Just so-so magnification - Cheap plastic construction - Blah video resolution (640x480) - Not compatible with Mac - Must use with the included software
Apparently Californians (especially those in Los Angeles) really like meh stuff, including this pos lovely little microscope. I've noticed the ongoing trend of Cali being lit up like a theater marquee. I'll just assume this is due to all the Koreans ordering items through package forwarding services.
@snapster Which also explains Florida and New York. In what feels like a previous life, I helped create the fraud department for a very large ecommerce company. Shipping addresses of forwarding companies were a huge red flag for us.
@janieb1953 Try not to take this the wrong way, but this item was sold September 2014- nearly two years ago: why did you wait until today to say something?
(If you’re not trolling, go here: https://meh.com/support and fill out the form and someone will get back to you).