Andonstar ADSM302 review

Andonstar ADSM302 Digital HDMI Microscope Review [2023 Edition]

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.

Andonstar 5 inch Screen 1080P Digital Microscope HDMI Microscope for Circuit Board Repair Soldering Tool ADSM302

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?

Thoughtful Delivery

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 long barrel lens of ADSM302 makes it effortlessly smooth and easy to zoom in digitally without any backlash while having a sharp focus on the object you are viewing. The adjustable angle and height of the lens barrel make it impossible for the lens to get exposed to smoke and fumes from soldering circuit boards.

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

If you are expecting to perform object or specimen manipulation under the viewing lens barrel, you will be glad to know that the maximum working distance is slightly more than 4.5 inches. This should give you sufficient space to perform any sort of SMD-related work.Andonstar 5 inch Screen 1080P Digital Microscope HDMI Microscope for Circuit Board Repair Soldering Tool ADSM302

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.

Software Tools

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

Andonstar ADSM302 
Dimension:20*12*26.5cm
Image sensor:3 Mega Pixels HD Sensor
Video Output:1080(via HDMI) ;720 (via PC)
Magnification Range:Up to 560X (HDMI monitor 22 inch)
Shipping Weight:4.4 pounds
Focus Range:5cm to 22cm
Frame Rate:Max 30f/s under 600 Lus Brightness
Storage:Micro-SD card, up to 32G
Magnification range:40x to 2000x
Power Source:5V DC
Built-in Screen Size:5 inch
Software Support:Windows XP/7/8/10
Warranty:1 year
Soldering work and other small tasks
 
iPhone repair works
 
Circuit Board Repair Soldering Tool
 
Micro soldering
 
SMD work
 
Any forms of close-up inspection work
 
Quality and Fault Inspection
 

many more

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

Product FAQ

It is 26mm x 15mm for ADSM301 and 26mm x 15mm for ADSM302.

The software only supports Windows XP/7/8/10.

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