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Learning Resources "Twist" Flexible Digital Microscope

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Product Description

Unique, easy-to-use digital microscope captures high-quality images (10-200x magnification) and bends to allow teachers and students to view even hard-to-see objects! Built-in camera and microphone enable students to record, describe, and then upload their investigations to a computer. Use with your interactive whiteboard, projector, or computer to encourage class demonstration or individual exploration. Charges and uploads via computer USB port. Features true 1.3 MP resolution, 15 fps frame rate, focus wheel, 6 LED lights, and measurement software. Compatible with Mac or PC. Gooseneck measures 15 3/4" L. Grades K+ Ages 5+

Additional Info

725804

B2C2DC19

765023044119

LER4411

2.2 pounds

10.3 x 8.7 x 4.0

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Average Customer Rating:

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Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope
 
2.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Interactive (4)
  • Entertaining (3)

Cons

  • Poor instructions (5)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (6), Parent of two or more children (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6), Yes (4)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Wow!

This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he...Read complete review

This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he wanted to see. We had fun putting all sorts of things under it (rocks, hands, fingernails, etc...) and it kept us both entertained. The microscope is a little hard to focus so I had to do that part, but he had fun taking pictures of the different items. The software is user friendly, but doesn't have many instructions and it took a bit of time to figure out. I love that you can use the software to measure different areas of the pictures. All-in-all this is a great tool that is easy to use, but also very technical.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Two PCs, no joy

Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it...Read complete review

Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it restarting my main computer in safe mode. When finally running, won't recognise "the device" and tries to use my webcam instead. Absolute horror show - two very technical parents who have been trying since Christmas Day to get this working for our two children (our 9 year old boy received this at Christmas from us).

Reviewed by 11 customers

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2.0

it works on pc not on Mac(with mac software)

By valentin

from Springfield MA

Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

it works with pc not with mac, i did install the mac software

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5.0

Very nice piece of equipment. Worked as exspected right out

By Jughead

from Salt Lake City

About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Inflexible viewing capability, firmware issues

Best Uses

  • Creative Development
  • Family Time
  • Group Activity
  • Imaginative Play
  • Indoor
  • Special Needs
  • Young Children

Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

Needed use was for work.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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1.0

A worthless waste of money.

By Frustrated

from Richmond, Virginia

About Me Educator

Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

I used this in another teacher's classroom years ago, thought it would be a nice addition to mine. Wrong! It won't work on my Windows XP laptop despite shipping w/ a software installation CD for Windows XP! I wish I would have read the reviews before purchasing, hopefully it can be returned for a full refund.
ps: I tried to give it 0 stars, but you can't - you must give at least 1 star or you can't submit your comment/review

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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1.0

Not Recommended

By woodsy

from Canada

About Me Collector, Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

Pros

    Cons

    • Came Apart
    • Cheaply Made
    • Poor Design
    • Poor Instructions
    • Software

    Best Uses

      Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

      Cant seem to get software to download seems to be common problem you would think they would fix. Dont buy this product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Botany and Entomology Purposes

      By Botanist

      from Modesto, CA

      Pros

      • Light Works

      Cons

      • Cheaply Made
      • Not User Friendly
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Display
      • Poor Instructions
      • Unrealistic

      Best Uses

        Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

        I have a MAC and this product is NOT friendly with my laptop. Once it was switched over to the USB connection, the screen was black. It worked good with my laptop camera, but I have no use for that. I need the magnification function. This was a waste of money and should really be redesigned.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Two PCs, no joy

        By Disgruntled Mother

        from Vancouver Island, Canada

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not User Friendly
          • Poor Instructions
          • Unrealistic

          Best Uses

          • Homeschool

          Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

          Cannot install - tried two different computers. I see that 64 bit doesn't work only by reading reviews. There was a software disc, no instruction manual. Can't install software from download without it restarting my main computer in safe mode. When finally running, won't recognise "the device" and tries to use my webcam instead. Absolute horror show - two very technical parents who have been trying since Christmas Day to get this working for our two children (our 9 year old boy received this at Christmas from us).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Compatibility Problems

          By Chaffee

          from Amesbury, MA

          About Me Education Oriented

          Pros

          • Entertaining
          • Interactive

          Cons

          • Mac Compatibility Problem

          Best Uses

            Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

            The product seems to be an excellent concept for my needs as a nature educator, but BEWARE if you have a Mac with an operating system below 10.6!
            My Mac Notebook has OS 10.5.8, and it refuses to open the driver that comes on the CD. Same problem trying the drivers ofered on the website. The literature on the website makes no mention of this liability, unless you open the instruction booklet and read through it, where it talks about installing the software. I'm sure many, many teachers have macs with operating systems below 10.6, so this is a real problem. I hope the software developers solve this; otherwise, I'm stuck!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            decent microscope

            By Kris

            from Washington

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Entertaining
            • Interactive

            Cons

            • Poor Instructions

            Best Uses

            • Family Time

            Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

            This is a decent microscope and fun to observe treasures found on nature walks with our kids. It works great for home use, but if I had ordered this for my high school classroom I would have been very disappointed! Here are a few things to think about before ordering one.

            Magnification:
            The total magnification is 200x. On a compound microscope the smallest objective is typically 10x, but that should be multiplied by the optical lens (also 10x) for a total magnification of 100x. If the next objective has a magnification of 40x (40x*10x=400x) then it will have a magnification twice as powerful at this twist scope... so don't expect much better magnification than the smallest objective on your high school microscope. It is possible to view onion cell walls if you have a single layer of cells, but there is little to no detail inside.

            Focus:
            The microscope focuses by twisting a knob on the flexible part of the scope. It can be very difficult to focus because the lens moves the minute you remove your hand or if your hand moves while trying to turn it. The lens also has to be completely against the object to view it at 200x (if you can even get it close enough to get that much magnification). On 50x – 100x, my 4yr old can use it by herself to look at grass/leaves… but anything more powerful and the images are too "jumpy" for her.

            Software:
            The software is buggy and slow to install/open. Once it starts, it is easy to use. The images are not saved with the magnification you used to capture them. So if you want accurate measurements in the Twist Measure program, you have to remember it. I really wish there was software for my tablet so it was easier to take the scope with us to observe things.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great product, software buggy on 64 bit

            By Brian Deyo

            from Swaziland, Africa

            About Me It Staff

            Pros

            • Functional

            Cons

            • Buggy

            Best Uses

            • EDUCATIONAL

            Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

            The software has a few small quirks on installation, and snapshot functions of the device don't work with Windows 7 64 bit.

            If you install this software on a 32 bit computer, the product works excellent as described and expected.

            We have two types of microsocopes from Learning Resources and they require different programs to function. It would be much easier to have a single application for all the devices.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wow!

            By 3rd Grade Teacher

            from Vernon Hills, IL

            About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Pros

            • Easy Assembly
            • Interactive
            • Realistic

            Cons

            • Poor Instructions

            Best Uses

              Comments about Learning Resources ""Twist"" Flexible Digital Microscope:

              This microscope is really neat! It is relatively easy to use, right out of the box. My 7 yr. old was able to manipulate the microscope and focus it in on what he wanted to see. We had fun putting all sorts of things under it (rocks, hands, fingernails, etc...) and it kept us both entertained. The microscope is a little hard to focus so I had to do that part, but he had fun taking pictures of the different items. The software is user friendly, but doesn't have many instructions and it took a bit of time to figure out. I love that you can use the software to measure different areas of the pictures. All-in-all this is a great tool that is easy to use, but also very technical.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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