Whether you are collecting old coins or stamps as a new found hobby or just repairing circuit boards as a part-time gig, Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope has what it takes to provide you with sharp and clear microscopic experience.
With the ability to do both manual focus and digital zoom plus supreme clarity, this Opti-Tekscope Digital microscope is a steal for what it has to offer based on its current price point.
I hope this full review of Opti-Tekscope digital microscope will be of some use to you as I flushed out both the good features and bad stuff that could have been better. If you are looking to get a digital microscope soon, be sure to check out this review and see for yourself if it is one that suits your need and budget.
If you are new to a microscope, I would strongly suggest checking out our microscope buying guide to help you make a better purchase decision.
Without much ado, let’s dive into the review of Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope now.
Product Core Features – What’s to Like About Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope?
Fully Dimmable Lighting with 8 LED Lights
People who are experienced with using microscopes know how crucially important it is to have good lighting. The correct amount of lighting enables you to get good image shots.
Especially so when we are able to adjust the amount of brightness to shine on the object we are inspecting. Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope comes with a Mac-style white USB cord that also functions as a dimmer.
I am impressed with the still image capture button located on the dimmer itself. This is indeed a well-thought-out design where you are able to easily snapshot of the object after adjusting the correct amount of light.
Magnification Range of up to 200X
Besides having the ability to magnify objects up to a maximum of 200X, this Opti-Tekscope pen microscope also possesses wheels on the side of its vertical frame (see image above) for macro focus adjustment.
There is also a turn at the top of the microscope (see the image above) for finer focus on the object you are viewing.
The location of these manual focus knobs (made of ABS plastic) is strategically located which makes it pretty easy to fine-tune the right amount of focus you have in mind.
Advanced CMOS Sensor
If you need a microscope that has the ability to take good-quality image shots, you will surely be impressed with its advanced CMOS sensor. With it, this Opti-Tekscope USB microscope is capable of taking true high-definition images of up to 1600 x 1200.
Plug and Play Ready for Windows 10 and Mac OS
Not only it is plug-and-play ready, but this microscope from Opti-Tekscope also makes use of the default camera app that comes with Windows 10 for viewing and taking snapshots of your specimens.
For Mac OS users, Photo Booth is the application you can use to take snapshots and for viewing purposes.
Besides that, Opti-Tekscope also supplies additional software for both OS platforms.
Lightweight and Durable Aluminum Construction
While the built and construction of this microscope cannot be compared to those $5000 high-end ones – it does come with its own merits.
It has a superior industrial quality sturdy base as well as a stand that is made of anodized aluminum. The finishing
Sturdy, solid base, adjustment knobs easy to use.
The stand is made of anodized aluminum. The finish and machining part may be on the crude side but at its asking price, it is still of reasonable quality in my opinion.
The size of the base is 5¾” x 3″ and should be big enough to house some big objects and specimens.
Easy to Assembly
The microscope is easy to assemble and even if you encounter any issues, the CD that comes with it has several instruction documents and a well-written troubleshooting guide.
Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope Product Specification Table
|Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope|
|Dimension:||6 x 3 x 6 inches|
|Shipping Weight:||1.05 pounds|
|Item Weight:||1.05 pounds|
|Item model number:||OT-HD|
|Frame Rate:||30fps at 640×480|
|Wide Focus Range:||5 millimeters to 30 millimeters|
|Software Support:||Windows 10/Mac OS/Linux|
|Lighting:||Dimmable 8 x LED Light|
- Examination of Micro-Meteorite
- Magnifying the tiny details of old coins, stamps
- Watch Repair
- Studying of insects and other tiny living things
- Printed Circuit Board Inspection and Repair works
- Works for all sorts of fine detail crafts
- Analyze defects of tiny connectors and the likes
- Act as medical boroscope
- Viewing of hard to reach areas like inside ear, nose and throat
- Pretty helpful in removal of splinters
- many more
Who should buy it?
If you are sick and tired of buying those cheap and useless toy-like microscopes, you will really come to appreciate the usefulness and affordability of this Opti-Tekscope pen microscope.
At such an affordable price, you will want to shortlist this digital microscope from Opti-Tekscope if you are doing quality and fault inspection work on a regular basis.
Should you choose not to use the stand, you will be amazed at how easy it is to hold it when doing an object/specimen examination on your computer screen.
Overall, this is an excellent digital pen microscope or a medical boroscope, however, you wish to use it. 🙂
Who shouldn’t buy this Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope?
If you are a clinical microbiologist or lab research specialist who requires a very high-end and sophisticated $2000 microscope, this pen microscope from Opti-Tekscope is definitely not for you.
This layman’s microscope is most suitable for a lot of applications but definitely not for people who has high-end expectation for it.
Is The Price Reasonable?
It was not too long ago that a microscope with similar features and quality cost over a thousand dollars. Now that you are able to get and enjoy a similar microscope for less than a hundred bucks, there is no reason not to get one if it really suits your budget and needs.
Reviews from Existing Buyers
Some buyers mentioned that the life span of the LED light is rather short which I think may not be a common phenomenon. Some feedback about the slight USB delay when taking footage of images but I believe it is normal. Delays has usually to do with either the software in use or the operating system.
Beyond all these glitches, all other buyers are very satisfied with the quality of this Opti-Tekscope microscope. Some of them even enjoy exploring the microscopic world with their kids.
Final Thoughts – Should You Buy Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope?
Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope is definitely not for everyone, especially if you are expecting professional quality and features. That said, this Opti-Tekscope microscope is definitely a useful tool for people who are into doing microscopic works (circuit board repairs) or exploring the microscopy world with your kids and loved ones.
What Else to Know?
- protective sleeve for the pen
- clear plastic offset attachment (for use with flat objects)
- clear plastic cone attachment (for use within nostril)
- black plastic narrow neck attachment (for use within ear canal)
- a right-angle mirror attachment
Opti-Tekscope Digital USB Microscope Product FAQ
Opti-Tekscope microscope can works with any Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Yes, it does.
Yes, you can detach it and use it as a pen microscope if you prefer.