Choosing the Right Microscope for your Laboratory - Check List



As a laboratory manager, choosing the right microscope for your needs is crucial for ensuring accurate and reliable results in your research or analysis. It is helpful to use a check list to make sure you're making the right choice for your lab staff and that you are weighing all your options. 

  1. Define your requirements: Determine the specific needs of your laboratory, including the type of samples you will be examining, the magnification range required, the level of resolution needed, and any other specific features or functionalities that are essential for your work.

  2. Establish a budget: Set a budget that is reasonable and aligned with the financial resources of your laboratory. Consider not only the initial purchase cost but also any ongoing costs such as maintenance, accessories, and potential upgrades.

  3. Do your research and decide if you a premium brand like Nikon or Olympus are best for your technicians or if a more economical brand like Labomed or Accuscope will suffice. 

  4. Consult with experts: Seek advice from experienced microscopists, colleagues, or other experts in the field to get recommendations and insights on which microscope would be best suited for your specific applications. They may provide valuable input based on their own experiences.

  5. Evaluate the quality: Consider the optical quality, durability, and reliability of the microscope. Look for microscopes with high-quality lenses, sturdy construction, and reliable performance to ensure accurate and consistent results in your laboratory work. We recommend Nikon microscopes for high volume multi-user laboratory environments. 

  6. Consider ergonomics: Take into account the ergonomic design of the microscope, including factors such as ease of use, comfort, and user-friendly features. A well-designed microscope can improve the efficiency and productivity of your laboratory work and reduce the risk of operator fatigue and discomfort. Fully ergonomic heads, low stage handles, LED illumination, and adjustable eyepieces are recommended for clinical labs that do a high volume.

  7. Check for after-sales support: Evaluate the availability and quality of after-sales support, including warranty, customer service, technical support, and availability of replacement parts. A reliable after-sales support system can be crucial for addressing any issues or concerns that may arise after the purchase. Check to see if there is a return policy. 

  8. Plan for future needs: Consider the potential future requirements of your laboratory and whether the microscope you are considering has the flexibility to accommodate those needs, such as potential upgrades or additional accessories that may be required in the future.

  9. Get multiple quotes: Obtain quotes from multiple suppliers or vendors to compare prices and negotiate for the best deal. Ensure that the final price includes all necessary accessories, software, installation, and any other additional costs, and clarify any questions or concerns you may have before making a final decision. You can use an online Request A Quote feature to walk you through the process of choosing the right components and upgrades. 

  10. Make an informed decision: Based on your research, evaluations, and budget considerations, make an informed decision on the microscope that best meets your laboratory's requirements and budget.

By following these protocols, you can ensure that you purchase the correct microscope for your laboratory's needs, providing reliable and accurate results in your research or analysis. Always consider the specific requirements of your laboratory and consult with experts to make an informed decision.