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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Value for money

    posted by chuank on 08/17/2013 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Simple, well-made, sturdy. Silk-screened labels are well-done, and plating seems to hold up very well. These are so much better than your brown wafer prototyping stripboards, if you're looking to building more permanent circuits. Package came with a tiny p...
    Cons:
    Not much negative to say given the nature of this simple product. But I suppose if more colours can be introduced, that would b...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 3
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Cheap nano that works (but NO bootloader)

    posted by chuank on 01/28/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    One of the cheapest Arduino Nanos you can buy. Soldering quality is good, and is 100% compatible with the Arduino IDE (but see cons below first!)
    Cons:
    In the 2 boards that I received, they did NOT come with a bootloader flashed. In other words, you have to burn the bootloader o...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 2
    • Usefulness: 4
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    This is a surface-mount coin cell holder

    posted by chuank on 01/14/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    Gold plated contacts, sprint action feels like it should last, especially at its price range. A very compact design for fitting into your smaller projects, though you might want to be careful with the fact that the coin cell is going to fit with its sides s...
    Cons:
    The gold plating can get tarnished when exposed to the elements, but that's also because I live in the tropics.
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 3
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Tripod screw not tapped

    posted by chuank on 01/06/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    Good build quality. Metal wall mounting bracket ensures solid attachment. Legs are plastic but sturdy and won't flex.
    Cons:
    The claimed tripod screw mount on the removable base is there, but it looks like they forgot to tap the metal cylindrical piece...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Change your Deans T-plugs to XT60

    posted by chuank on 01/06/2013 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    XT60 plugs are way much better than Deans T-plugs imho. Shrouded, with lots of room to hold the wire for soldering, and the mating connection feels solid. The plus about this package is the red+black heatshrink that comes along with it, more than ample len...
    Cons:
    They can be a tad bulky, compared to Deans T-plugs. For those who need smaller connectors, perhaps this will not work for you.
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Good variety of small-diameter widths

    posted by chuank on 01/06/2013 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Good variety of widths to suit smaller projects. Tubing reacts well to my hot air gun, and does what it's supposed to. Thickness is somewhat on the leaner side, but holds well after heat is applied.
    Cons:
    They melt pretty quickly ater they hit their shrink temperature, so be careful. The entire bunch came in folded and tied up by...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 3
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Microstepping stepper driver

    posted by chuank on 01/06/2013 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    This looks to be the original EasyDriver V4.4 Stepper. That's probably the reason why the price is steeper. I like the fact that it comes without header pins unsoldered – that way I can adapt it to my project. Based on the Allegro A3967 controller. Micros...
    Cons:
    This is more of the design of the EasyDriver board itself, but the pinouts for the stepper motors are not spaced for screw term...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 3
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Good quality, with some reservations on image quality (distortion)

    posted by chuank on 01/06/2013 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Good for reducing the range of the Kinect. I don't use the Kinect for gaming but use it for computer vision tracking projects. With this adapter on, the tracking algorithms still work decently (see Other Thoughts below) Quality is great. It also allows the...
    Cons:
    The lenses are recessed and spring-mounted. If you're not careful when attaching the adapter to your Kinect, you just might scr...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Affordable Arduinos

    posted by chuank on 12/09/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    Finally a place to get Arduino 'clones' that are very affordable, and most importantly, pretty reliable as well. Initially was worried about the 'Compatible' name, but they've done a good job on the fabrication of these 'clones' – soldering is clean, pads c...
    Cons:
    Don't think I have any for this. If there are, it's really around the design of the Arduino Nano specification, which is open-s...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Decent power adapter

    posted by chuank on 12/09/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    I suppose it works as advertised. I measured an output voltage of about 5.2V using my multimeter. Looks and feels like the original Apple charger, compact.
    Cons:
    The USB socket was a bit tight, and my USB cables had to be pushed in with just that extra bit of effort. Despite this, it didn...
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