There are many microscope brands available today. Microscope Central only sells name brand microscopes for a few reasons. The company supports the warranty, has parts available, makes quality products and scientific lab equipment to uphold their reputation, and has experience. You can be confident that these well established microscope brands will be there to help you in the future should you need it!
It is important to know that many of the non-name brand Chinese imports try and duplicate the look of the name brand microscopes. They hope that a customer sees the microscope and from a picture it looks like the more expensive name brand microscope. A customer will and say why should I pay more if they are the exact same thing? It's hard to tell by a picture, but the microscopes are not the same! The no name microscope brands are made cheaper with lots of plastic, poor optics, and poor mechanics. How do you know if the microscope you are buying is a brand name microscope? A simple Google search will help. Google the brand and model. If only one site is selling the microscope, then the product you are considering is a "house brand" no name microscope.
About our microscope brands:
ACCU-SCOPE - Formerly known as Bristonline, since 1920 ACCU-SCOPE is a leading manufacturer of microscope for all applications. ACCU-SCOPE provides the customer with value through their dedication to quality and excellence. All ACCU-SCOPE microscopes come with an industry leading 5 year mechanical & electrical warranty. ACCU-SCOPE's use owned and operated facilities provide the management, quality control, design, marketing, and customer service that make ACCU-SCOPE microscopes and scientific lab equipment a market leader. From our U.S. owned and operated facilities we provide the management, quality control, design, marketing and customer service that make ACCU-SCOPE® microscopes a market leader.
Leica - Formely known as Leitz, Leica is the leading manufacturer of microscopes for all applications. Regarded as the best in regards to optics, durability, ergonomics, and design Leica microscopes are world class. They offer quality products and scientific lab equipment from basic educational microscopes to high end research grade microscopes.