So I bought a Mintduino kit the other day to help me understand micro-controllers better. I'm a little disappointed. Compared to an Uno, it seems that you get about half as much for about a third more in cost, great marketing scheme. No manufacturing, less components, cheaper components, no tech support or complete instructions and sell it for more.
Hey, you get a breadboard, some LEDs and a mint tin to put it in. Coolness always costs more.
They don't tell you that you need to buy their FTDI serial adapter (or whatever it's called) to be able to program it.
Yes they do: http://www.makershed.com/Mintronics_MintDuino_p/mstin3.htm
Quote: "Please note: An FTDI programmer is required to upload code to the MintDuino."