Featuring an adjustable 12-inch boom-arm stand packaged with a 9-inch vertical working distance plus a 30-degree inclination binocular viewing head (to reduce eye and neck strain), AmScope SE400-Z is rising in popularity among professionals working in industries like micro-soldering, surface mount soldering, electronic circuit repair and more.
With a flexible and yet sturdy goose-neck LED light to direct lighting as needed and a design that provides the working space for board and tools, this stereo microscope from AmScope has been living up to the expectation of many happy buyers.
In this review, I will be walking you through a comprehensive review of both the positive and negative aspects of AmScope SE400-Z. You may want to read our microscope buying guide if you are somewhat unfamiliar with choosing the right microscope based on your needs.
Product Core Features – What’s to Like?
Adjustable Goose-neck LED Light
Whenever you need the perfect amount of lighting to be shone onto the object you are viewing, the flexible goose-neck LED light is definitely a godsend. It is like having someone hold up a LED light while you explore the intricate details of the object at hand.
12 Inch Worth of Working Space
Thanks to SE400-Z’s 13.5″ pillar and 17″ boom arm, you will get to enjoy a potential working space of up to 12″ horizontal and 9″ vertical space. Manipulation of large specimens is no longer a challenge.
Coupled with a 1X objective, we like how the interchangeable pairs of eyepieces (WF10x18mm and WF20x10mm) are capable of providing up to 20X magnification. A perfect compliment to the large working area provided by the 17″ boom arm.
Stain-Resistant Metal Body
With its stain-resistant durable metal construction, this stereo microscope should last you for a long time to come.
- SMD board work
- Electrical Repair Work
- Soldering Work
- PCB Assembly/Inspection
- Surface Mount Electronic Works
- Industrial Inspection
- Dental Lab
- many more
AmScope SE400Z Product Specification Table
|Dimension:||17 x 16 x 8 inches|
|Shipping Weight:||14.82 pounds|
|Item Weight:||14.82 pounds|
|Magnification Range:||10x, 20x|
|Eyepieces (DIN, 30.5mm):||WF10x18mm, WF20x10mm|
|Microscope stand:||Boom-arm stand|
|Vertical working distance:||9″ (13.5″ overall pillar length)|
|Boom arm:||12″ working distance (17″ overall length)|
|Head rotation:||X- and Y-axes|
|Illumination type:||Upper, reflected|
|Light source:||1W LED on adjustable gooseneck|
|Power:||110V-120V, UL listed|
Who should buy it?
If you are looking for excellent image quality and a user-friendly setup in addition to having adjustable lighting plus ample working space and distance, AmScope SE400-Z is definitely a stereo microscope you should add to your shopping list.
Who shouldn’t buy it?
Do not get Amscope SE400-Z if you are looking to capture image/video footage of specimens you are inspecting. Moreover, this SE400-Z microscope is not cheap by any means and if you are on a budget constraint or do not require interchangeable eyepieces and adjustable goose-neck LED lighting, you should give this a miss and instead check out Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope.
Is The Price of AmScope SE400-Z Reasonable?
Amscope SE400-Z is definitely worth the price if you truly need the additional working space and distance and the interchangeable eyepieces and the adjustable goose-neck LED lighting. If you are into circuit board inspection, micro-soldering, or lapidary work, this microscope should be high on your shopping list.
Reviews from Existing Buyers
Most buyers mentioned that they do not really need the 20X lenses and that the 10x lenses are what is truly useful for their daily soldering work. Well, it really depends on what you use it for.
Many buyers really like the build quality, how easy it is to set up as well as the working distance that AmScope SE400-Z provides.