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Aumed video magnifier, model EyeU-5" (5 inch screen)

Aumed video magnifier, model EyeU-5

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Price: 234.00 Including VAT

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{Summary}
Magnification 1.7X to 38X

Rechargeable batteries (charger included).

Fifteen viewing modes (the text colour and background colour can be changed).

Download the instruction manual.

To read an outline of video magnifiers (the quality compared with lenses, their effectiveness and features) click here.

{Features}
Magnification 1.2X to 36X (continuous zoom), i.e. you can zoom in and out anywhere from 1.2X to 36X, rather than being given a selection of fixed magnifications.

Can be switched to close-up for reading books and magazines etc, or distance for reading…distance, e.g. bus numbers, message displays.

Fold-out stand for resting the magnifier on the page, and also a swing-out handle to use it as a handheld magnifier and also for looking into the distance, quite an ingenious design, it ends up folding quite flat.

Freeze-frame function, press the button the 'picture' stays on the screen, good for reading items that are too far away such as timetables at bus stops or labels on high-up supermarket shelves.

Fifteen viewing modes to suit various eye conditions, each one changes the text colour and background colour, e.g. for viewing colour photographs you'd use full colour, for the severely visually impaired white on black (which is high-contrast) would be best, if you don't have "an eye condition" just play with these to find the one you like.

'Video Out' socket

Auto-power-off if it isn't used for a minute or two

"Anti-blur" technology. I think this means the image remains stable (doesn't go fuzzy) when you move the magnifier backwards and forwards across the page.

If you want to know everything it can do, download the instruction manual.

{Specification}
Screen size: 5 inch

Magnification: 1.2X to 36X, continuous zoom, i.e. you're not restricted to 3 or 4 set magnifications, you can zoom in and out to set the magnification anywhere between 1.2X and 36X.

Exact dimensions of screen: 4¼" X 2¾" (110 X 65mm)

Exact dimensions of entire item: 5½" X 3¼" X 1¼" (140 X 85 X 35mm)

Weight: 300g

Area of View:
When used on its stand on SMALL newspaper print:
- at its lowest magnification, vertically 5 lines, horizontally 4 to 6 words
- at its highest magnification, 3 to 4 letters fill the entire screen.
When removed from the stand you can make the magnification less than 1.2X (= more words visible) by holding the magnifier closer to the text, or you can make it more than 36X (= fewer letters visible) by moving the magnifier further from the text.

Viewing Modes:
Fifteen viewing modes.
Full colour, grey tones or black and white
and
in addition, the text colour and background colour can be changed: black on blue, black on yellow, white on black, white on blue, white on yellow, white on green, yellow on blue, yellow on white, yellow on black, blue on yellow, blue on white, green on white.

Power: built in rechargeable batteries. A USB lead is included (any device that takes a USB lead will charge it) and a mains-plug charger is included too.

Extras: USB lead, mains plug/charger, soft carrying pouch, hand strap.

Other: You can turn on a bright horizonal area in the middle of the screen, this is to stop the eye wondering and jumping from line to line (a problem with some eye conditions).

When you have 'frozen' the image, you can change the viewing mode and zoom, e.g. photograph a bus, lower the magnifier to a comfortable reading position, then zoom in to see the number.

'Video Out' socket; auto-power-off if it isn't used for a three minutes; adjustable screen brightness illuminator brightness.


{Pros & Cons}

ESCHENBACH MAGNIFIERS

PROS

Unlike its baby brother, there are six brightly coloured buttons that are easy to see and feel.

Continuous zoom is nice, you're not restricted to 3 or 4 set magnifications.

I very much like the 'distance' mode, where you can freeze the image then zoom in.

It's a nice size, not too small (which wouldn't show many words at a time) yet small enough to slip into a bag. If you don't want to spend a lot of money yet want something that gives quite decent optical quality and lots of features, then go for this one, for its size it is exceptionally good value for money.

CONS

When you switch it on it 'remembers' all your settings which is, of course, good. However, each time you press the 'Viewing Mode' button by accident, you have to cycle through all 15 options to get back to where you started.

The instruction manual is poorly-written, I found myself struggling to understand some of it. There are few enough buttons and functions that you will work it out in the end, but it could be clearer.

As you approach the maximum magnification the image becomes blurred and flickers. This is not surprising, 36X magnification is ridiculously powerful - but it still works (three letters fill the screen), just remember, it is for reading, do not try to use it as a scientific microscope!

{VAT-free}

Save 20% if you are registered blind or partially-sighted, download a form here. (will open as a Word document).

IMPORTANT

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"Tick this box if you are sending a VAT-exemption form"
(it's immediately underneath where you fill in your email address).

This will tell us to wait for the form before we process the order.
WHEN WE RECEIVE THE FORM, WE WILL REMOVE THE VAT FROM THE ORDER
(you can send the form by email or by post).

If you have already sent us a form for a previous order, tick the box - but email to tell us we already have the form, you don't have to fill it in again.

If you tick the box by accident, email to tell us, we will process the original amount, including VAT.