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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Compact+ Hand-Held Electronic Magnifier


This ultra-bright widescreen electronic magnifier enlarges up to 10X and fits in your pocket or purse. Snapshot function holds one image of an area being magnified so that image can be brought closer to the eye.

  • Three zoom levels: 5X, 7.5X, and 10X
  • Five viewing modes: true color, black-and-white, blue-and-yellow, black-and-yellow, and reverse
  • Camera positioned directly behind screen for ease of image alignment
  • Snapshot feature
  • 4.3-inch LCD widescreen
  • Retractable hand-grip
  • Rechargeable battery, up to 3 hours of continuous use
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches, Weight: 10.6 oz.
  • AC Adapter
  • Leather carrying case
  • One year limited warranty
Compact+ Hand-Held Electronic Magnifier Blue Model:
Catalog Number: 1-07570-00
Click this link to purchase the Compact+ Hand-Held Electronic Magnifier.

Note: shipping charge added - please call for more information.
Not available with Quota funds.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
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Personalize Your Compact+

Optelec is the first low vision provider to offer users the ability to customize their portable video magnifiers. Optelec and its subsidiary company,, a one-stop-shop site for low vision solutions, have partnered with Skinit Inc., the industry leader in on-demand personalization technology, to launch this initiative. A variety of 10 different predesigned skins such as leopard, flames, Hawaiian, confetti, paisley and more are available for purchase through or an Optelec dealer. These skins are outfitted for the Optelec FarView and Optelec Compact+.

APH 150th Anniversary Essay Contest

First Place Winner: Grades 3-5
Mohamed Hadi Somji


On October 17th, a blushing baby was born to the tropical breeze of African land. In three day's time, the newborn suffered from hypoglycemia, damaging his nerves, visually impairing him for life. Devastated, his parents fled to London for immediate treatment. No treatment could be performed, leaving them to pray for his well-being and success. Realizing their child would not be given opportunities in Africa, they moved to America to unlock his potential.

The move was extremely hard to adapt, and I was put into a school feeling odd and helpless, amidst regular people. At that moment, I wished to be like them. I wished to be able to see, to play games, to read. I opened my eyes to see this was never possible since I was legally blind. When I arrived home that day, mom had ordered APH products from a catalog provided by the Division of Blind Services. Soon, I received books with large print, an electronic magnifier, a visual globe, and a talking book player! I started to glow inside, and felt as if I had a chance to be independent. Why couldn't I be the next scientist, or the greatest writer? Why me, why not?

Optelec Compact Mini

The latest innovation in Optelec’s family of electronic video magnifiers is the Optelec Compact Mini. The Optelec Compact Mini is the smallest, lightest portable electronic magnifier available on the market. Ideal for spot reading, at only 4.7 ounces, the ultra thin design and high resolution 3.5” LCD screen gives the low vision user convenience and independence. Reading and writing is simple with fingertip controls, crisp clear 2X to 11X magnification, and multi-color viewing modes. Designed to be stored securely in a pocket or purse, the Optelec Compact Mini provides users with extensive capability, functionality and convenience.

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