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on February 8, 2015
I am going to break one of my own rules and list some pros and cons for this item. I don't typically like to do this because it tends to give false impressions when one "list" is smaller or bigger than the other. However, in this case I think it will best convey my impression of this magnifier.
In general, I found this magnifier to be exactly what I ordered. Nothing more, nothing less. It is certainly serviceable and performs the task as it was designed. I bought two of them and will continue to use them until I find something better.
Small convenient size...easy to carry.
Folds and protects the lens from damage.
Decent construction...hard plastic case.
3X magnification...just about right for most applications.
Decent quality lens...appears fairly sharp edge to edge.
Can be used without TOO much difficulty for discerning small details.
2 1/4 inch overall size yields about a 1 1/2 inch circular spot magnifier.
Can be annoying to open...requires some dexterity.
Really too small for effective use for reading anything other than a single word or two.
Not lighted, so its use in subdued conditions is suspect.
So that's about it. This magnifier is probably best used for examining small items or trying to discern small detail. It would probably work well for a coin or stamp collector as long as there is sufficient light available. For reading anything more than an occasional word or two, I would much prefer to have something a bit larger.
Like most things, it's definitely a compromise. You will need to decide what you are willing to give up.