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Readers Digest staffers give mixed reviews of The Owl; they like the 3X magnification and its compact size, but almost all complain that it doesn't provide "enough light to see clearly in darker settings." A few examiners dislike the fact that once the light dies, you have to buy another Owl. Despite the dissatisfaction, The Owl receives an overall rating of three out of four stars and is deemed good enough to purchase.
This anonymous review is entirely positive -- which is at odds with most of the reviews we read. Still, this site has a useful video where you can see The Owl in action.
While there are a few positive reviews here from owners of The Owl (one user says it's good for reading menus in dark restaurants), the complaints outnumber the compliments. Some say the light is too dim to illuminate fine print, rendering The Owl useless. Many users complain that their product was defective -- in some cases, the light was inoperable out of the box; for others, the light died after several uses.
The Owl does receive a three out of five star rating on this site, but only two users have posted reviews as of yet. Opinions are completely divided: one user says his Owl was broken right out of the box (the light was inoperable). On the contrary, the other user says the Owl has been very helpful after his recent eye surgery.