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2.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Kids, June 18, 2009
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This review is from: Carson BigEye Magnifier with Over-sized 5-Inch Lens (HU-20) (Electronics)
This magnifying glass may be fun for kids. The packaging seems to have been designed with kids in mind as well. The blister pack packaging has an insect background and lots of brightly colored foilage.

I would not recommend this product for adults. It isn't a serious magnifying glass. The magnification level is quite weak, maybe 2X at best although I have my doubts about even that. The overall size (w/5" lens) is a bit unwieldy although that is clearly indicated in the actual listing. The lens is plastic as described which makes it highly susceptable to scratching in a drawer and especially so with kids to be certain. Consider it to be a cheap toy and you'll probably be satisfied with it.

I would probably have returned it except the cost of doing so would have been nearly equal to it's cost. I ended up purchasing a replacement at a local office supply chain at a little more than double the price, but it works.

Two stars for the potential kid value v.s. the cost but otherwise I would recommend that you keep looking if you are looking for a truly functional product.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 9:53:30 PM PDT
Most people assume that a 3x magnifier will make images 3 times taller. Not true. Since a magnifier magnifies in TWO dimensions (height & width you might say) the magnification includes both. So a 3x magnifier should make things look 1.5 times taller and 1.5 times wider. Add them together and you get 3x.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 9:12:52 PM PST
Mike says:
Very helpful review.
First indication ANYWHERE of low magnification, which totally missing from ad.

Posted on May 12, 2012 5:15:36 PM PDT
I just had to say, I'm constantly confused by people saying they did not return something because it would have cost too much!! Don't these people realize they are on Amazon? RETURNING ITEMS IS FREE ! ! ! As long as you do it within 30 days, you just go through the process online, here, then print out your return label that's already prepaid, stick (tape) it to the box and take it to UPS. That's it, no cost beyond that!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 8:42:35 AM PDT
3bells says:
Only if the item is defective. Otherwise buyer pays return shipping. I can see why the cost of return shipping would be a deterrant. Just because a person doesn't like it, doesn't mean it is a defect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 10:56:10 AM PST
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you are not satisfied withe the BigEye magnifier. The BigEye magnifier was designed for kids. Although, many adults do use it as it is functional and does in fact feature a 2x magnification. The oversized lens is something that people do tend to appreciate. If there is anything we can do to make your happier, please contact our customer service department at 1-800-9-OPTICS or 631-963-5000 and we will be glad to assist you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 3:07:19 PM PDT
good review; however, like a lot of other reviews it includes things that make this particular product undesirable, but it does not suggest a better model of magnifying glass, i.e. one for perusing MAPS --- or other media of a like nature. thanks for taking the time to provide the review tho'. at least it is pointing me in a different direction, and I don't have to purchase this product only to return it a day or two latter after finding out it's not really what I wanted.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 3:38:08 PM PDT
Steve W says:

You may want to check out Authentic Models AC 099 magnifying glass on Amazon for what you are looking for. It's listed for $31, features a glass lens of much higher quality. It might just be what the doctor ordered. It's not a toy like the Carson model I reviewed. It's not as cheap obviously but you get what you are willing to pay for.

As you look at magnifying glasses it might be helpful to understand that the better magnifying glasses($$) measure their strength in diopters. Whatever the diopter number you divide by two and that yields the magnification power. An example would be a 6 diopter glass would equal 3X, while an 8 diopter glass equals 4 X magnification. You could easily spend $50 or more for truly high quality magnifying glasses. Again you have to balance quality vs budget. The one I suggest you take a look at is a happy balance.

Hope this helps you find what you need.
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