“ Brand: JML / Type: Magnifier with light „
I have to admit that my eyesight is getting slightly worse the older I get - I am OK seeing things at a distance but am finding it increasingly more difficult to read small print these days. I have found myself in slightly embarrassing situations lately at the bank (not being able to complete a paying-in slip) and misreading a price on an item in the supermarket because I had not felt the need to carry my reading glasses around with me.
Luckily I found a great product in our local Poundstretcher which has solved the problem for me for just £1.99. The store had one of those JML in-store promotion videos playing which showed the benefits of using this pocket-sized Magnicard and I have to say I am delighted with it and use it both at home and when I'm out and about.
The actual gadget is about the same as my store cards and the magnifying part of it is an adequate-sized strip, which, I am informed, gives 2.5 x magnification which is ideal for reading small print etc. It fits neatly amongst my cards in my purse or I pop it into my jeans pocket because it weighs virtually nothing.
It also has a small but powerful LED light which is useful especially as the nights are drawing in and I am faced with the inevitable fumbling around to fit my door keys into the lock. All you need to do is just press the button and the light comes on which is a real bonus and something I had not expected.
So far I have used this for reading Yellow Pages and the phone book(yes, I know, I must be one of the few people who still do this!) reading maps (I do not always have access to the satnav) threading needles, checking possible side effects of medication and reading labels on food as well as checking laundry directions and bank statements.
OK I could get out my specs, give them a rub with the cloth and pop them on but hey, this magnifier is so neat and weighs less, I really cannot be bothered - I would much rather reach out for my Magnicard.
I have to give this a full 5 star rating because of the neat but effective design, the convenience and for the cheap price tag and would recommend buying one if you, like me, have trouble reading the small print.
As some of you already know, at the beginning of this year I had cataract surgery - it was ultimately successful, but my eyesight had deteriorated badly in the run up to my operation and for a few months afterwards I had problems focusing on small fonts while reading. On a day to day basis this wasn't a really noticeable problem, however I realised I needed to correct it after mistakenly taking far too many tablets one day as I had completely misread the pamphlet. I have had this JML Magnicard for a while now but it had had very little use, although since finding it once again I have used it extensively and it has really helped me while my eyes recovered.
The Magnicard is a credit card sized item, predominantly made of a sturdy white plastic and featuring a fairly large clear 'window' which is the magnification area. There is also a small LED light on the front of the Magnicard which can be useful on occasion, although certainly is not sufficiently bright to read by in low lighting.
The magnification window is made of plastic rather than glass and I'm impressed by how well it magnifies text and images, occasionally there is a little blurring but I have noticed this generally occurs when I am trying to read something that isn't well defined in the first place. Newspaper print is the one thing I have noticed blurs more than anything else, but the sharper print in glossy magazines and most books is fine. This card provides 2x magnification which I suspect would be suitable for most people; it is definitely a boon for my tired old eyes and causes otherwise unreadable text to jump out from the page, enabling me to once again read it.
The window is not huge so this is more suitable for reading small excerpts of text rather than whole pages, of course this is possible although it does require a lot of moving of the Magnicard to cover the lines and paragraphs which can become quite tiresome. There are magnifiers available which will cover the page of a standard sized book and I would recommend one of those rather than this little card should you need help in this respect.
One issue I have with the Magnicard is very minor but rather irritating; the seam that joins the magnification window and the plastic of the card is not flush and this often results in bits of lint and fluff collecting in the gap. This is easily enough removed using a cotton bud, but I can't help thinking it is a flaw that should have been noticed and improved by JML upon design.
The card itself is sturdy thanks to the strong plastic casing, I have dropped mine numerous times and inspecting it now can see there has been no damage to the Magnicard whatsoever. The small amount of text on the white part of the card is fading in places but this is not a problem as in all honesty I fail to see the need for this writing in the first place.
I was gifted this card a year or two ago so am unsure of the price, looking at various websites I can advise you to pay no more than £5 for it as although JML charge a few pounds more this product is readily available elsewhere at a cheaper cost to you.
As a fan of wallet-dwelling gadgets, the JML MagniCard immediately took my attention when I first saw it online a couple of years ago. The MagniCard is simply a credit card sized magnifying glass featuring a small LED light. Although the Amazon price is listed as £7.29, the device can be picked up on other sites in the region of £3 - £4 if you're prepared to shop around.
Design & Appearance
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Made from white plastic, the MagniCard features a large magnification window which is rectangular in shape. Said window is similarly of plastic construction rather than glass, meaning that it is prone to accumulating small scratches. The magnification is listed as 2.5x, but this obviously depends on how close you are holding the device from the subject - if you hold the card at around 10 cms, I would estimate a 3 - 4x level of enlargement. The view is generally clear, although it isn't as clear as the more substantial, traditionally shaped magnifying glasses that you can buy. On the whole the card feels sturdy, and due to its lightness it's unlikely to get damaged should you drop it.
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The MagniCard's LED light is activated by pressing a button on the bottom edge of the device, and it will remain on until the button is released. The light is very small and blue in colour - it doesn't provide a great deal of illumination, but in dark conditions it's better than nothing, and will at least allow you to get a partial view of the subject matter. Unfortunately, the light's battery cannot be replaced - but so far it has lasted me three years with occasional use.
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Even though it isn't the best magnifying glass on the market, the JML MagniCard is perhaps the most handy. It's one of those devices which you can simply pop in your wallet and forget about - besides, you never know when you'll need it. Although i've generally got good eyesight, the MagniCard had been invaluable on a few occasions, and has ultimately served its purpose well.