Deciding between a WiFi and a USB microscope

 

 

As you know, I’m passionate about microscopes and science, in general. Recently, I decided to get a small, handheld microscope that I could use wherever my adventures might take me. I find it quite cumbersome to carry my heavy full-size compound microscope into the garden particularly because I have to do the same with my laptop so that I’m able to take some pictures of plants and bugs.

Since most handheld models are budget-friendly, I thought I should give one a try. I’m fully aware of the fact that these units have nothing on the image quality of full-size versions, but I have to be honest and say that I also ought to consider the many advantages they offer. Using such a compact device is a net plus if you’re focused on portability.

From what I have noticed, very few models come with a built-in WiFi module. Unfortunately, what this means is that if you buy a USB microscope, you’ll have to eventually go out and get a wireless adapter so that you are capable of using it with your tablet or mobile device of choice. The Dino-Lite WiFi adapter is one of these products and you can find it on the official website of the manufacturing brand.

I don’t know how much it costs because I’m not keen on the idea of getting first a USB microscope and then buying an adapter separately. I find it somehow counterproductive and a waste of good time.

I devoted some hours to researching this topic online. In the end, I managed to discover a model that’s manufactured by Celestron which, if you’re a science aficionado like me, you’ve probably heard about before. The company is one of the largest in the world and has been an ever-growing business in the area of producing both telescopes and top-notch microscopes. So, when I discovered their Micro WiFi Microscope, I have to say that I was pretty excited.

Although the unit isn’t an exceptional choice if what you have on your mind is getting a microscope with an outstanding magnification capability, it’s certainly good for small tasks such as looking at insects, electronics, and other larger items. The product can increase the size of the samples by up to 80 times tops. What I find it really exciting about it is that it can work with up to three mobile devices at the same time as long as the range is up to thirty feet. I have a relative who can’t leave his home, and so this would help him see what I’m looking at in the garden. I plan to make the most of his weekends and get him as entertained as possible.

The only thing that I find a bit off-putting about the model is its price as it costs over two hundred dollars. I’ll probably buy it next month, though.