This is a rather fine little tool for taking a closer look at something and making it look like something out of this world. It came in a box, well packed inside, housed in a thin plastic tray inside the cardboard box itself. The scope itself being in one part of the plastic tray with the stand beig in two other sections of the tray. Underneath the tray there was a small slip of clear sheeting that has a few little markings on it, mm's in a line and a circle of size guide. There's also a mini disc which I assumed was the driver for this but the disc is actually empty, having 255MB of space on it... why it's empty I don't know????
Anyway, the drivers were found as soon as I plugged in the USB, giving power to the bright lights of the scope, with this light brightness being controlled by a small wheel type control in the middle of the USB cable, the light goes from full on to completely off.
I was a little miffed when I first used this as the front of the scope has a plastic covering over it which had a few tiny scratches on it. Which, when the scope was on, made those little tiny scratches look like the grand canyon, which made looking at other things a little distracting. However, this covering actually comes off to give a clear gap so the scope can see what ever you put it against, which made me smile. The zoom button, or more a dial, is a little stiff but this means that it moves slowly around, giving a little more control when zooming in and out.
It has two red buttons on the sides of the length of this scope, one being a zoom the other being a `sanpshot'. Although the program I use with this doesn't allow the `snapshot' button, or the `zoom' button to work, so I use the manual zoom and the snapshot button on the screen if I need to. But then again, maybe it's not the program, maybe it's the buttons themselves? I don't really know, but as they aren't really essential I don't really mind.
The picture it gives is... well, it is remarkable and you'll be quite surprised, maybe even scared, when you see some of the things close up, such as body hair, ear wax, things that come out of your nose.... And more. You'll be amazed at how things actually look when you see them on your laptop through this scope.
The stand is not too bad, although the scope can topple over if you're not too careful as the base does not weight very much, but the stand slots into the grooves on the scope with a solid click, giving you the capability to adjust the position of the scope in several different ways. The USB cable is a good length, about ¾ of a metre in length, with the light control wheel being about ½ metre from the scope end.
In all, a nice little toy and a bit of fun. It can be educational too as it helps show you what things are like close up... It gives a clear picture, either with the scope directly on the surface, or even moving the scope about, just zoom in and out to focus... brilliant really.