Sure, as kid geeks, we all wanted a home microscope. But at that age, we weren’t smart enough to know that any microscope our parent can afford is likely not a very good microscope. Those rules still apply. The Amoeba Dual Purpose Digital Microscope cost $90 bucks, but with zoom up to just 200x, amateur scientists won’t be spotting anything close to an amoeba with it (many microscopes go to at least 400x). Paired with a 1.3-MP digital camera, the Amoeba can share pictures to a PC via USB, but if you’re not spotting mitochondria, what’s the point?