My First Lab Microscopes were designed to fill this gap in the retail market. Most microscopes in the same price range come with a mirror. These can be very hard to use; you have to bounce the light just right. My First Lab Microscopes just plugs into the wall and the built-in light is perfectly aligned. This scope is made with real glass optics, not plastic lenses. It's also built with a sturdy, all metal construction. This makes it look and feel like a real microscope, not a cheap toy.