If you have always wanted a microscope with a big viewing screen that is of excellent image quality, Andonstar ADSM302 could be the one you have been waiting for.
Besides having a well-built design, this Andonstar microscope offers a very flexible illumination arm. And most important of all, to the surprise of most customers, Andonstar ADSM302 microscopes are fully functional upon delivery in addition to all cables and connectors which are all bundled in upon purchase.
I have decided to do a full review of ADSM302 after hearing many good things about it.
Nothing is perfect in this world so while a few imperfections are in place, for the most part, Andonstar has manufactured a top-quality digital microscope that serves its intended purpose well for most people.
Below is a full review of Andonstar ADSM302 and if you are not familiar with choosing a good microscope, you may want to read our buying guide for microscopes prior to reading this review.
Product Core Features – What’s to Like About Andonstar ADSM302?
If you are NOT impressed with a microscope delivery that comes with cables & connectors provided plus safe cushioning and is fully functional upon arrival, I do not know what will. 😄
Solid Build Without Any Wiggles and Vibration
Andonstar ADSM302 looks impressive with its smartly designed stand and assembly while having a solid build rigidity, you can expect this digital microscope to survive the rigors of daily usage.
Easy Handing and Usability
The best part that I really like is that this Andonstar microscope is fully functional even without using its software or connection to a PC or TV screen.
5 Inch Big Viewing Screen
Connection to PC/TV screen and software is not needed if you are performing simple tasks like soldering or close-up inspection of circuit boards. The image quality of their adjustable built-in screen is reasonably clear and should suffice for similar tasks with no noticeable latency.
Full High Definition Mode [1080P]
Be ready to get impressed when you connect up Andonstar ADSM302 to your big TV screen (e.g. 55″ UHD panel) for a 1080P experience. Expect to do some sharpness adjustments (low, medium, and high) using the remote control that comes with it. The low setting should work for the most part.
Do note that if you connect it to a PC screen, you will only get up to 720P resolution.
Reasonably Good Working Distance
Magnification Range of Up to 560 times
The optical magnification range of ADSM302 can go up to 200X and up to 560X if you digitally zoom your object on a PC monitor that is wider than 22 inches. Do expect to get image artifacts the further you zoom in digitally onto your object or specimen.
Goose-neck LED Lighting
With two adjustable LED illumination arms shining down both sides of your viewing object or specimen, it is impossible NOT to enjoy a very clear and concise viewing experience.
If you are in a situation where you will need some form of measurement (spacing in between circuit board holes) or tool for counting bacteria inside a petri dish, you will be glad to know that the calibration software that comes with ADSM302 can help you with on-screen measurements.
Andonstar ADSM302 Product Specification Table
|3 Mega Pixels HD Sensor
|1080(via HDMI) ;720 (via PC)
|Up to 560X (HDMI monitor 22 inch)
|5cm to 22cm
|Max 30f/s under 600 Lus Brightness
|Micro-SD card, up to 32G
|40x to 2000x
|Built-in Screen Size:
Who should buy it?
If you are someone who hates staring through a monocular or binocular eyepiece, a digital microscope like Andonstar ADSM302 (with a 5″ LCD screen) may be the one for you.
And if you fancy viewing your object or specimen on a bigger screen like PC/TV screen, you will be happy to know that you will get to enjoy a 1080P resolution if you hook up the HDMI cable (provided) to your TV screen.
If your line of work or hobby requires you to have adjustable lighting to fall on the object you are viewing or inspecting, you will definitely like the fact the ADSM302 comes with not one but two goose-neck illumination arms that have brightness control.
Who shouldn’t buy Andonstar ADSM302?
If you do not think you will make use of the HDMI and USB cable for the most part including the software calibration and measurement tool that come along with it, Andonstar ADSM302 should not be inside your realm of consideration.
And of course, at over two hundred bucks, if you have a budget constraint, you might want to look for one that is more affordable (with lesser features)
Is The Price Reasonable?
The ability to view your specimen with 1080P resolution on TV screen plus having adjustable LED lights with brightness control (for image clarity enhancement) is in my opinion already worth the price.
Not to mention the other features like software tools and superb work distance and great magnification range.
Andonstar ADSM302 Reviews from Existing Buyers
Some buyers mentioned that the screen of this Andonstar microscope turns bright blue with the words “PC Camera” at the center when it is connected to a PC. They consider that a waste of backlight and LCD burn-in.
Unless the microscope is connected to a PC and used over a prolonged period of time, the LCD burn-in is not really of any concern to most people.
Another group of buyers feedback that the software that comes with Andonstar ADSM302 is not really useful. Well, if the software is not useful, you do not really have to use it for the microscope to deliver its full functionalities.
Final Thoughts – Should You Buy it?There were times where I bought something that possess excellent quality and well-thought out features despite having sub-par software features that come with it. Andonstar ADSM302 is definitely a great example of that. For the most part, it is fully functional without the use of its software. Go for it if you have good intended use of the features that come with it.
What Else to Know?Video showing a test run using Andonstar ADSM302
It is 26mm x 15mm for ADSM301 and 26mm x 15mm for ADSM302.
The software only supports Windows XP/7/8/10.