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Review: LaserBee 2.5W USB LPM

daguin

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Weidmark has already posted lots of pictures of this sweet little LPM,
http://laserpointerforums.com/f52/review-laserbee-2-5w-usb-lpm-61928.html
so this review will be text based

As shown in Weimark's thread, the unit arrived professionally packaged.

Unpacking revealed all of the parts to be new and unblemished. The shipment contained a thermopile/heat sink, the electronics box, and a mini-CD.

Assembly is a "no brainer." The thermopile's cord terminates in a bayonet plug and the Unit connects to the computer with a standard USB plug.

Inserting and opening the CD showed a "notice" PDf reminding me to "read the instructions." This is going onto my laptop which has Windows Vista as the OS. After choosing the correct "version" folder, I was shown the instructions, and the needed files.

I am a bit of a technophobe (believe it or not ;) ) However, the instructions were easy to understand and follow. I installed the LPM software and the USB to serial program.

Everything started up flawlessly, so it was time to measure some lasers.

The software interface is intuitive and easy to read

My main interest in this LPM was as a portable LPM. I have a Scientech 365 and a Scientech Vector S310 in my workshop/office. I also have a Scientech Vector H410 that I use as my portable LPM. Unfortunately, the H410 resides in a large briefcase size carrier. My hope was that the LaserBee USB LPM could replace the H410 for most remote applications. If the LaserBee is accurate enough, I can leave the H410 at home more often.

The LasserBee USB LPM is small enough to fit into a pocket of my Laptop case. It certainly fits the bill for ease of use. Now, is it accurate enough?

I measured a green, a violet, a red, and a blue hand-held laser. I measured as low as 100mW and as high as 1.85W. I compared those measurements against my 365 and S310. The LaserBee USB reacts more slowly than my Scientech units. However, it reacts quickly enough so that I was not confused or concerned about what was being measured.

Also, the LaserBee is accurate to within just a few mW when compared to my Scientech LPM's.

Overall, I am more than completely satisfied with the LaserBee USB LPM.
Wherever my laser projector goes, my laptop goes.
From now on, wherever my laptop goes, my LaserBee 2.5W USB LPM will be going too.

Originally I just pictured the laserBee USB as a convenient portable LPM. However, after having weighed it against my Scientech LPM's now, I would recommend it to anyone who needs/wants an affordable LPM. If you have a computer, you can now have an LPM at a VERY reasonable cost.

Bottom line = If you want/need an LPM, and have a laptop or computer, the LaserBee 2.5W USB will fill the bill

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Peace,
dave
 
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good review dave.

also since i am typing, i feel everybody in the laser hobby needs an lpm. and the prices were a major obstacle. Now with 2 meters on the market for about 100usd i is in most peopls budget.

michael.
 

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Yep, when I started here the cheapest lpm was ~$400, so this is awesome that more people are getting lpm's!
 

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Nice detailed review Dave....:gj:
It has all the information that anyone looking for an
LPM would need to know...

Jerry
 

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Yep, when I started here the cheapest lpm was ~$400, so this is awesome that more people are getting lpm's!
I used to salvage and refurbish older Scientech LPM's. I no longer do. LPM's like this LaserBee are less expensive than the salvaged units I used to sell.

There is no reason not to have an LPM now.

Peace,
dave
 

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Precisely! I for one think a few things.


A: If you ever want to sell your laser, ANY laser, that you NEED to know the output. NOT GUESS. Welllllll the driver is set
to 1.8A, so lets just call that 2W's! My greenie was advertised to me as 900mW from dinocrap, so lets just call it 950mW!

B: Knowing the real power of unverified lasers. You buy a $900 unit from cni, and turns out, instead of 80mW of 589, you got 5mW.

C:$125? That's the price of a laser? Maybe half a laser? Maybe nowhere NEAR a laser?

D: Why wouldn't you. It's a big tool of our hobby, and you have to have every tool to be cool righT?
 

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ummm how do you play the cd if its so small



EDIT:everything is fine got the files already
 
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Those small CDs fit in all the common CD/DVR players/burners...

Jerry
 

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Those small CDs fit in all the common CD/DVR players/burners...

Jerry
I actually ran into 2 interesting problems:
1. trying to install the software onto my netbook for portability. Whoops no cd rom drive. Easy fix
2. my laptop has a slot load drive and wouldn't accept the mini cd either! easy fix again

But when I went to install onto my desktop it was no problem and everything worked great first try =D (using win 7 on netbook, laptop and desktop)
 

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I used azzman372's LPM and now I want one too!! It displays awesome graphs and for the size of the thermophile it is surprisingly responsive!

This is a graph of my JETLASERS 50mW greenie!



Did I mention I love JETLASERS?
 

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like cause i dont have any
If you mean that you don't have a CD or DVD drive.... then
contact us in PM with your LaserBee Serial Number and
I'll see what we can do for you..

EDIT
You did not buy this LaserBee 2.5W from us. Nor did you
buy it from us on eBay.

That Serial Number you just sent by PM belongs to another
eBay Member that purchased the LaserBee 2.5W USB recently.

Why do you have it....

Send me a PM and give us the name of the person that you
purchased that LaserBee 2.5W USB from as well as your name.

We will contact that buyer for verification and if all is OK we
will help gladly help you.



Jerry
 
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