Dont buy the arduino

Hello if you are on this forum you are most likely having a problem with the arduino.

I am going to tell you not to waste your time. The arduino is an overglorified board and overpriced.

The main component of it, the atmega processor costs roughly over a dollar depending on where you buy it. You might just be better off building one yourself with a breadboard.

Arduino has also decided to sell boards without the usb programming wire, why they did that is beyond me, just adding to the discomfort of working with this board. If you are having a problem you might have just bought a broken board like me.

So do yourself a favor and buy a different board from a reliable company or one that at least has a help and support number to call not a forum.

If you think you bought a broken board, simply return it to the reputable dealer you bought it from, and they will replace it for you.

Strong opinion, does it come from the broken board?

What board/company would you suggest?

A forum is a form of support and I agree the quality of the answers differ, just as the quality of the questions. I am not a fan of phone support (at least as a private person in Europe), many US based companies do not have local numbers in Europe or Asia so I would pay "a fortune" to call support.

Hello if you are on this forum you are most likely having a problem with the arduino.

Absolutely false.

All those who responded you, and myself, we are on this forum because we love to help. We are not here to grumble (well a bit sometimes :grin: ).

It's not because you have not succeeded to run your unit that all products are bad.

But if you want to use another plateform don't hesitate. The problem you will encounter is that you will not find elsewhere community as a friendly and as competent as that of Arduino.

So you were ripped off by a store with a reputable name (which probably went into bankruptcy shortly after you bought it there, so you were unable to return it).
The store had it available for you to buy, but the website with that reputable name doesn’t have it listed ?
That’s got to be telling something.
Did you know that name has lots of franchise holders that sell stuff from other sources ?
I’ve never bought there, but i know that happens.

Having bought the board from that shop, how did their support help you, did you try to get help there ?

Everyone can see your previous 7 posts on here were about you having trouble with a product, in 2 threads, some 2 months ago, and all within 24 hours.
There was accurate help there.
But you seem to have given up, the threads were abandoned after some more information was requested.
There were never any pictures, just a link to some picture found by google, from a picture from this site right here.
We all know there are problems with the forum software at the moment, people are working on that.
There is an additional issue with attaching pictures, but a very well working way to have pictures show up in your posts anyway.
I can understand and appreciate that these issues with the forum is frustrating and can lead to some desperation.
But i can’t understand how one can come to the conclusion you did, just by what you have posted on these Arduino forums.

Did you know Arduino was initiated to teach people ?
Well, i guess you did learn something.
Like check to see if you are getting a genuine product, even if you buy at a store with a reputable name (check from whom you are buying) .
And also check what you get when you buy something.
Or to follow up on questions for more detailed information in your own questions.

The arduino may be overpriced and probably a bit overglorified, but it enables you a huge easy ti use API which makes feel c++ like Basic and a big comunity. About usb wires, if you bought plenty of different arduino boards, probably it's a bit useless to have the same quantity of usb wires which you will never use :P

The boards without USB are for embedding into a project where no USB is needed. Such as in a robot, or line follower. Connect a USB/Serail adapter board, download your code, and disconnect the board again.

raymondt:
So do yourself a favor and buy a different board from a reliable company or one that at least has a help and support number to call not a forum.

Two forum members, graciously giving you their time at no cost to you, asked you for more information…

Information that you have not provided.

…help and support number to call…

How would that make any difference?