A customer who has purchased the reviewed product from Quill.
A good introductory microscope
This kit is an ideal introductory gift for a kid with an interest in biology. It's inexpensive and has some basic science tools, as well as an instruction manual. A student can learn how to handle a microscope with his kit, and graduate to something more sophisticated later.
There are limitations, some for safety--the slides and covers are plastic, not glass. The microscope's slide and barrel aren't firmly attached to the mount, so there's some wobble. The highest magnification, 600x, doesn't give a great image. This microscope will probably wear out with heavy use, but if a student gets a lot of use from it, something more sophisticated would be the obvious next move.
This microscopic would also be useful if you have a limited need for one, such as examining water and household items for mold or other contaminants. It is easy to use and easy to set up.