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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Loads of I/O for little money – D1208 Mega 2560 Development Board w/ USB Cable - Blue + Black Reviews

posted by GigaSan on 06/21/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Pros:
* Easy to setup and use. * Part of the large arduino family of development boards. * Code is freely portable between different arduino boards. * Arduino IDE is available at no cost for a variety of platforms * Can be programmed through the arduino API for portability, or hardware optimized speed. * ISP pins are fitted.
Cons:
None that I can think of.
Other:
The 2560 chip is still the same as the small 168 or 328 model, but with much more memory and I/O hardware. Due to this the speed of the system will not improve vastly by using a larger chip, but you can fit much more functionality into a single module. If you really need speed there is the Arduino due.
Bottomline:
Optimal beginners development board, if you need a lot of I/O or program memory.

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