Although most of us keep our work stored on our computers nowadays, there are still certain situations in which we have to read all sorts of documents, some of which have very fine printing we can hardly discern (especially if our eyesight is not exactly fantastic and we're not even wearing glasses). For this reasons, the guys over at Hammacher Schlemmer have come up with this nifty little thing, the Illuminating Magnifying Glass, a device which can be easily attached to any desk and prove to be extremely useful in many situations.
One of the most important features provided by this thing is the fact that it allows users to study fine details without using their hands. Hence, the Illuminating Magnifying Glass attaches to the to the ledge of a desk or sets up on two pull-out legs. Furthermore, the 8 1/3-inch gooseneck arm allows precise, 360-degree positioning, thus allowing you to choose the exact position that best suits your needs.
Now, for the magnification part. The device comes equipped with a 3.5-inch diameter lens, which provides 2.5X magnification, accompanied by a 5/6-inch-diameter inset lens that magnifies objects 5X their size. Moreover, the 230-diopter acrylic lens has a near-zero light refraction and offers a 7 3/4-inch focal length.
However, that's not all. If you happen to be working in a dark room and you need more light, the Illuminating Magnifying Glass can accommodate you as well, since its two integrated bright LEDs cast a white, even glow, which provide enough light in pretty much any conditions.
This Illuminating Magnifying Glass presented by Hammacher Schlemmer could be a great gift (corporate or personal), and it's not even that expensive, given its features, as it's being sold online for somewhere around 40 US dollars.