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Microvue 8.0MP Digital Microscope review

Rating: 7.5.

Today we are looking at the Microvue, a USB 3.0 digital microscope created by CrystalVue. It comes equipped with an 8.0MP lens and has an optical zoom capable of magnifying objects up to 200 times. While typically microscopes have more professional uses, Crystalvue wants its device to appeal to hobbyists too.


  • USB 3.0 connection
  • Fast frame rate
  • LED illumination
  • Custom imaging software
  • Live image display


  • 8 MP resolution
  • 5x-200x zoom
  • Under 2.5w power consumption
  • 8 adjustable LEDs
  • USB 2.0, USB 3.0

The Microvue will run on pretty much any Windows based system from the last decade. The exact minimum requirements include:

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS
  • Pentium 1.4 GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 10GB free HDD space
  • USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Any 32 bit graphics card or above

There is no listed support for older versions of Windows and there is a distinct lack of Mac OSX support, which is a shame.

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