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  • Very nice pointer, and very bright

    posted by EM745 on 10/10/2007
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    This is just a very cool pointer for the price--a much better deal than SKU# 774, IMO. Uses regular AAA batteries instead of those tiny button cells, so runtime should be a LOT longer. At night, this thing throws FAR... You can see the dot on houses' eaves about 200 yards away. The silver-painted finish is smooth and SEEMS durable enough.

    Cons:

    Mine arrived SLIGHTLY out of focus... This can be adjusted by removing the forward cap (the end where the beam comes out) and carefully turning the inner retaining ring (be VERY careful not to untighten it to the point that the lens and spring pop out!). After a perfect focus is achieved, you can "set" it by putting a small drop of "goop" type adhesive near the edge of the ring (let dry before putting the end cap back on!). There's no laser radiation warning sticker on it... Going by the fact that it's brighter than the (SKU) 774 (which HAS a sticker), it clearly deserves one. There are no instructions included, nor any indication anywhere on the pointer's body, telling you which way to insert the batteries (unlike most flashlights, it's NEGATIVE side FIRST!).

    OtherThoughts:

    As with all lasers (even the so-called "low-power" ones), be extra careful not to shine into your eyes (or anyone else's).

    Slap on a warning sticker, add in a simple instruction slip telling users which way to insert the batteries, and you've got a winner.

    Bottomline:

    Overall a great pointer. Given its brightness, range and battery usage, it actually qualifies as a useful tool (for teachers, builders, decorators, etc.). At this price? There's no reason not to get one.

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