Selection of microscopes for student use involves many factors. The microscopes must stand up to daily use by students with little experience, be constantly up and running, and fit the budget requirements. Especially with student microscopes, practical aspects can be important. Thus, size, weight, cabling, and design should be taken into consideration even before the microscope and its accessories enter the decision process. If chosen carefully, educational microscopes can delight young minds in schools and universities, and, ideally, the experience will fascinate them enough that they decide to make science their profession.