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Topic: Which to buy? Arduino vs. Sainsmart (Read 16 times) previous topic - next topic


Hi all. I'm new to the programming world, and need to know if there is a difference between the Arduino Uno and Sainsmart Uno. I came across both, and the Sainsmart seems to be cheaper in most places. So I'm wondering if Sainsmart is the same as Arduino, or if it is a knockoff. Thanks in advance for any help.


I guess another good question to ask would be if the Uno is a good choice for a beginner programmer.

Note: I have no prior experience with programming, or anything to do with this sort of stuff, so sorry if I seem a bit ignorant on some level  XD



Arduino. There have been complaints about the Sainsmart products. Arduino's are available in the US,
at RadioShack even.  Mouser.com also carries them, not far to ship (Texas) to you. $4.99 residential delivery.  Good prices on replacement chips when you smoke one.

Sainsmart: "The biggest warehouse is in China, where most of the products are shipped from."
So that's not going to be fast.

The IDE is a good choice for a beginner programmer. Work thru the tutorials in the Learning section of the website, poke around in the Playground.

www.dipmicro.com (NIagara Falls, Canada, but ships quickly via USPS)
and www.taydaelectronics.com (Bangkok, Thailand, but ships locally from Colorado pretty quick too)
are good sources for thruhole components, not so many choices presented that one feels totally overwhelmed by what's available.
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years. Check out the ATMega1284P based Bobuino and other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17.
Arduino for Teens available at Amazon.com.


Ok, great! That's exactly what I needed to hear. So IDE is just the software then?


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