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DX no longer selling Arduino Uno?

  • theroboticsguy Wednesday, May 22, 2013 8:32 AM Reply
    DX has sold Arduino Compatible Uno R3's (SKU 120464) for a long time at a great price, but today it looks like it's being discontinued. Anyone know why?
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  • Simonetti2010 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:20 AM Reply
    Well observed. I also purchased a sku.120464 last September, for $15.

    sku.150108 (UNO R3) was also an excellent choice ($16.40), but is is also missing. Fortunately I have it in my Wish List so I have a reference to it.

    I wonder what has gone down. Both UNOs were great. I have mine in pristine condition, since I have only been using the home-built Arduino clone I made myself. That's one more reason to keep my Uno R3 intact.

    One thought that crosses my mind is that maybe DX got a cease-and-desist letter from Arduino.cc to stop selling clones that looked like the original Arduinos and even had "Made in Italy" printed on them.
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  • powercat Friday, May 31, 2013 10:41 AM Reply
    I wanna get started with arduino, are there still any "arduino clones" on dealextreme?

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  • theroboticsguy Saturday, June 1, 2013 8:05 AM Reply
    As far as I can tell, no. I contacted DX about this and they said they aren't planning on restocking them. I really don't understand why, as I'm sure they were selling tons of the things..
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  • powercat Monday, June 3, 2013 7:37 PM Reply
    What about this one:

    http://dx.com/p/uno-r3-development-board-microcontroller-mega328p-atmega16u2-compat-for-arduino-blue-black-215600

    That looks like an Arduino UNO R3 clone? it says it's Arduino compatible... what do you think?

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  • theroboticsguy Monday, June 3, 2013 7:44 PM Reply
    Looks like they just added it last week.

    It looks good. Unfortunately it's several dollars more expensive than SKU 120464 was.
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  • Simonetti2010 Tuesday, June 4, 2013 8:04 AM Reply
    sku.215600 is an Arduino clone and will work as such.

    Really, there isn't much to an Arduino UNO. A board, a +5V voltage regulator, a couple capacitors, a crystal and the microcontroller. That's it. Everything else is just a plus, even the Serial-to-USB adapter. You can even have an Arduino on a breadboard.

    I haven't used my UNO R3 for several months, because I've been using my own homemade Arduino clone.

    Long story short: just buy whatever is available at an affordable price and start "arduinoing"!
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    wouldn’t make any difference." ............ Jay Leno



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  • theroboticsguy Tuesday, June 4, 2013 9:18 AM Reply
    Well, that's sort of true, but if you want to be able to use shields and to be able to follow tutorials and stuff then it's important to get a board that is identical to the official version..
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  • powercat Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:01 AM Reply
    Yeah it sounds like Simonetti2010 has enough experience to build his own boards! But for a begginer it's probably easier to get a straight up arduino clone :)

    Can you guys recommend one of the "starter kit" on DX? one of the arduino kit with a bunch of components in it, for getting started?

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