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December 26, 2006
about 7 years ago
My 8-year-old son got this kit for Christmas from his uncle. We just soldered it up. The instructions were extremely clear, detailed, and easy to follow. The parts count is low, and the whole assembly went smoothly -- we had it done in well under an hour, and it worked perfectly the first time. The finished game works well and both my boys have had fun playing the game.
I love the hackability of the kit, too -- my son's already commented that you shouldn't be able to win the game after a certain sequence length. I suggested that we could change the programming, and he seems positive about that idea, so the learning opportunities here will go even further.
We've done a number of Velleman kits before. Those are OK, but the quality of this one blows those away. I can't recommend it highly enough. Great job, SparkFun!
It seems clear to me that the removed pin (and corresponding hole) is to prevent you from putting in the chip backwards.
For an intro-level kit like this, I call that brilliant.
We haven't had any problems with button bounce on ours. Perhaps they've improved that since you wrote this review (about 8 months ago).
about 7 years ago
I can't believe it's been 4 years, and you still haven't put in a proper (pin) jumper to select the pin voltage. I shouldn't have to unsolder and resolder things every time I switch projects and need a different RX/TX level.
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