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Digital Blue QX5 Digial Microscope

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  • Includes specimen jars, sample slide tweezers, eye dropper, slide clip, software CD-ROM, USB cable, microscope stand and microscope
  • Video playback 15 frames per second
  • Magnification 10X, 60X, 200X
  • Resolution VGA 640 x 480, twin super bright LED light source
  • Portable and easy to use in both stationary and "handheld" modes
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Product Description

Product Description

The QX-5 Microscope is the perfect educational tool for children who want to learn about their world! Attach this electronic microscope to your PC and let children explore the tiny, hidden parts of their world.

From the Manufacturer

Explore the microscopic world with the only microscope that connects to a computer. Software lets you view, edit, animate and even measure samples, then create slide-shows and videos. The Digitial Blue QX5 has the mobility to come out of its base for viewing of larger or possibly live samples in the natural habitats.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002HLKI2
  • Item model number: DB12011
  • Our recommended age: 6 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,555 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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155 of 159 people found the following review helpful By I. Harding on December 16, 2004
The Qx5 microscope is the natural follow-on from the Qx3. Used as a toy with the "child friendly" supplied software, it will load onto the latest machines; difficulties with the old Qx3 software on Windows XP Pro were not encountered with the Qx5. I have found this software to be intensely irritating for my use, but letting my two young nephews loose on my computer I was delighted to find that the whizzes, zips and boings the program generates during its natural operation freed me to be elsewhere in the house without fear that my young guests had given up on the microscope and were trying to sabotage my machine in ways available only to the very young. Not that I need have feared: a simple walk around the local park produced more than enough samples to keep them delighted until dinner. An excellent Christmas game can also be knocked out with the Qx5 and a laptop by wandering around the house, taking magnified snaps of the decorations and furniture, then challenging guests to identify the objects. (Print thumbnails and you can have a dozen people wandering around different parts of the house peering at ornaments.)

However, I have not bought two new Qx5s to supplement the Qx3s I already have just to play games. These `toys' are truly excellent scientific instruments. They allow for rapid inspection of small components, provide good images for presentations, and an image of a graticule can be used to calibrate distance per pixel, providing simple distance and area measurement. These images can be fed to image-processing packages for colour-dependent area measurements and other techniques. Contact angles of droplets on surfaces can also be measured from these images, with the 60x magnification matching the best droplet size.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2005
My son got this for his birthday and absolutely loved it. Immediately he was making movies and magnifying everything. He loves that it comes off the base to magnify just about anything that he can get close to the computer. He asked me if he could take it to school and share it with his class. His teacher loved that they could all gather around the computer and look at the images. It is even better in the classroom becasue she can verify that they are looking at the right things, and when students ask questions they can point to it on the computer screen instead of trying to explain what they are seeing through the regular lens. This is a great item for beginning to use a microscope and helping a child learn the ropes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karla Thomas on July 27, 2005
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I bought this microscope to help introduce 'natural science' to my almost 3 year old. He had been playing a bit with toddler software but would lose interest. Since buying this (and we have to leave setup at all times!) my son is not only fascinated with looking at things (the stuff he wants to look at! dead earthworms, onion skin, leg from a dead spider, every feather) but his computer skills are really developing. He loves the software that comes with it (graphics type for 'art' and making your own movies) and handles it like a pro. The only fault with this is it did not include slides (for $90 you'd think they would include a few) - I am currently purchasing some - cool water experiments here we come (I think I have as much fun with this as my son!!)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ on December 22, 2006
Update 2013: This old QX-5 is very long in the tooth now, with low quality VGA video resolution and flaky software designed for old single core Windows XP PCs, so it isn't a worthwhile buy unless very cheap secondhand for younger Primary school kids who can be left to play with it. The QX-5 driver/software is difficult, if not impossible to get working with newer Windows Vista, 7 and 8 PCs (although we find it works fine with Windows XP and 98, and apparently you can use the QX-5's with an Apple Mac using MixScope but not tried it). Fortunately the new Digital Blue QX-7 is under development, with 1280x1024 resolution, superior glass lenses, and Windows 7, Vista, XP & Mac OSX support. The Digital Blue QX-7 was released in late 2013, but hasn't been in production long and now in 2015 it seems hard to find.

Old Review from 2006: This is a rather fun toy microscope that has a built in CMOS detector so that images can only be viewed via a Windows PC. The all plastic construction (including lenses) limits the accuracy of focussing and the on-screen image resolution is adequate rather than good. This microscope was originally marketed by Intel and built by toy manufacturer Mattel as the QX-3. Now Digital Blue have taken it on after Intel discontinued production. The QX-5 is an upgrade having 640 x 480 pixel resolution rather than just 352 x 288 in the original QX-3. Have a look at micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/intelplay for very detailed scientific description of the original QX-3 and advice on what to use it for. Every school in the UK was given one of these in 2002. Scientifically inclined youth (and school teachers) should also be very interested in the book `700 science experiments for everyone', published by UNESCO and available from Amazon for about a tenner.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Edwards on September 20, 2005
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I just received this item last night and after just one evening of use I can already tell both the kids and I will have a blast with it. The optics, lighting, and overall performance of the microscope are SURPRISINGLY good. The supporting software is also very straighforward, functional, and kid-friendly. As others have pointed out there is a strange lack of instructions that leaves you feeling initially clueless (there is a "Help" feature accessible through the software) but the overall usage is intuitive enough that it wasn't really missed. Also, some of the webpages that I've seen indicate that you need 4 AA batteries but this is not true. (Maybe the earlier model needed it?) I very much recommend this product for your budding scientist (and yourself!)
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