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Reviews of boards, SBCs, hats, shields and anything in-between allowing you to make the right decisions within your projects.

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The EspressoBin: Something completely different? // Review

The EspressoBin is being marketed as a different type of SBC. How different is it and is that difference what ...
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ReflowR testing: Melting metal fun! // Review

The ReflowR aims to make it easier for people to reflow solder SMD components. This a joint review with a ...
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UDOO-X86 Part 2: Roaring performance // Review

In Part 1 of this video I looked at the UDOO-X86 from the electronics Maker perspective. In Part 2 I'll ...
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UDOO-X86: No RISC slice of the X86 Pi // Review

Another X86 based SBC hits the market. What's this new board like? How good is it? In Part 1 of ...
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TinkerBoard: Shedding the “Pi clone” stigma // Review

So, I finally managed to get my hands on the TinkerBoard. Does it do everything the company claims? Will it ...
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The C.H.I.P. Review Update: Power, WiFi, SPI and 3D

This is a review update of the C.H.I.P, taking a look at power consumption, WiFi performance, SPI and 3D acceleration ...
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LeMaker HiKey: A very cool 8 core SBC // Review

The LeMaker HiKey seems to be one of the better 8 core SBCs around. Here's why ...
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Raspberry Pi Zero W: Resonating cavities // Review

The Pi Zero W's resonant cavity is an interesting design feature. How does this affect WiFi performance? What about current ...
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Orange Pi PC2: A 64bit gremlin? // Review

So, yet another Orange Pi board called the PC2. It's sporting the new 64bit quad core Allwinner H5 MCU. Is ...
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Omega2: Providing your daily intake of IoT. // Review

In this review I'll be taking a first look at the Omega2 and Omega2+. I managed to get in tests ...
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NanoPi-M3: 8 blazing cores, but… // Review

The NanoPi-M3 has 8 1.4GHz ARM cores. That's all well and good, but can you actually use this small SBC? ...
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Orange Pi+ 2: Now with Magic Smoke! // Review

The Orange Pi+ 2 is a step up from the previous generation. In this brief review I look at what ...
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Orange Pi Zero: Better than the Raspberry Pi Zero? // Review

The Orange Pi Zero is here. How good is it in comparison to the competition? Find out in this video ...
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LattePanda Update: Cool it! // Review

This is an update on my initial LattePanda review, where I tackle the over-heating problem and look at power supply ...
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LattePanda 32bit: Too hot to handle? // Review

The LattePanda is one of the few x86 based SBCs on the market. Is it too hot to handle? ...
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The Teensy 3.6: Extreme MCUs // Review

My last Teensy review concentrated more on version 3.5. This review will be taking a look at the 3.6 and ...
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The Teensy 3.5: Bigger on the inside. // Review

Paul Stoffregen's new Teensy is packed with features. Why is this board such a milestone? Will it become the "Raspberry ...
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Banana Pi Router: NAS, router or trash? // Review

The Banana Pi has been around for a while now, but I thought I'd review one of the models that ...
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NanoPi2: Any advantage over the real Pi? // Review

Unboxing FriendlyARM's NanoPi2. It's smaller than the Raspberry Pi, but what advantages are there over the real Pi? Is it ...
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Pine64: Will it ever be ready? // Review Update 2

4 months later. Is the Pine64 now ready for the Maker? How has the Pine64 development progressed? Find out in ...
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The C.H.I.P.: Next Things come in small packages. // Review

What cool features does the CHIP offer the Maker? Will Next Thing Co be able to hit the education market ...
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NanoPC-T3: Maker board or desktop? // Review

Does FriendlyARM's NanoPC-T3 have an identity crisis? Should it be considered a true Maker board or a desktop? Find out ...
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UP Board: The Raspberry Pi killer? // Review

Will the new UpBoard be a true Raspberry Pi killer? What is this new board like and how does it ...
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Pine64: Remix OS, Pi Hats and booting // Review Update

This is an update to my Pine64 review answering questions from my YouTube subscribers. Question 1: Can you test out ...
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Lilypad Simblee: Mobile apps using the Arduino IDE // Review

The new Simblee has been on the market for around a year. How can you use the Simblee BLE in ...
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Pine64: Is it worth your money? // Review

Is the new Pine64 really worth your had earned money? Can it generate enough momentum to take over the king ...
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Blueduino Rev2: Low cost Arduino BLE // Review

The Blueduino is the cheapest Arduino based BLE board that supports full iBeacon functionality. It's been on the market for ...
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SBC Reviews

In Part 1 of this video I looked at the UDOO-X86 from the electronics Maker perspective. In Part 2 I’ll be looking at the CPU and graphics performance of the board on Linux as well as RemixOS.
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Another X86 based SBC hits the market. What’s this new board like? How good is it? In Part 1 of the UDOO-X86 review, I take a look at how this board performs for the electronics Maker.
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So, I finally managed to get my hands on the TinkerBoard. Does it do everything the company claims? Will it make a dent on the Raspberry Pi market share? Find out in this video collaboration with NovaSpirit Tech.
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This is a review update of the C.H.I.P, taking a look at power consumption, WiFi performance, SPI and 3D acceleration.
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The LeMaker HiKey seems to be one of the better 8 core SBCs around. Here’s why…
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The Pi Zero W’s resonant cavity is an interesting design feature. How does this affect WiFi performance? What about current drain?
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So, yet another Orange Pi board called the PC2. It’s sporting the new 64bit quad core Allwinner H5 MCU. Is this really a good idea?
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In this review I’ll be taking a first look at the Omega2 and Omega2+. I managed to get in tests on GPIO, I2C, SPI, performance and came across issues like the dreaded 2mm pin spacing, solo powering and the micro-Linux O/S problems.
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The NanoPi-M3 has 8 1.4GHz ARM cores. That’s all well and good, but can you actually use this small SBC?
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The Orange Pi+ 2 is a step up from the previous generation. In this brief review I look at what it offers us… right before the magic smoke genie appeared. Damn!
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The Orange Pi Zero is here. How good is it in comparison to the competition? Find out in this video.
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This is an update on my initial LattePanda review, where I tackle the over-heating problem and look at power supply and network performance testing.
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The LattePanda is one of the few x86 based SBCs on the market. Is it too hot to handle?
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The Banana Pi has been around for a while now, but I thought I’d review one of the models that isn’t so common. The Banana Pi Router.
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Unboxing FriendlyARM’s NanoPi2. It’s smaller than the Raspberry Pi, but what advantages are there over the real Pi? Is it good for the Maker? Can it support a desktop for those wanting a tiny mobile computer? Find out in this MickMake review.
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4 months later. Is the Pine64 now ready for the Maker? How has the Pine64 development progressed? Find out in this video if the Pine64 has addressed all the concerns I had in my original review.
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What cool features does the CHIP offer the Maker? Will Next Thing Co be able to hit the education market just as much as the Raspberry Pi? What sort of support do you expect from this tiny SBC? Will NextThingCo stop all...
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Does FriendlyARM’s NanoPC-T3 have an identity crisis? Should it be considered a true Maker board or a desktop? Find out in this review of one of the few 8 core SBCs on the market.
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Will the new UpBoard be a true Raspberry Pi killer? What is this new board like and how does it help the Maker? Find out in this review.
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This is an update to my Pine64 review answering questions from my YouTube subscribers. Question 1: Can you test out Remix O/S? Question 2: Can you test out a Raspberry Pi hat to see if it works? Question 3: Can a Raspbian...
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Is the new Pine64 really worth your had earned money? Can it generate enough momentum to take over the king of SBCs, the Raspberry Pi 3? In this review we’ll be unboxing and running it through it’s paces to see if it...
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MCU Reviews

My last Teensy review concentrated more on version 3.5. This review will be taking a look at the 3.6 and the changes that have happened to Teensyduino.
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Paul Stoffregen’s new Teensy is packed with features. Why is this board such a milestone? Will it become the “Raspberry Pi” of the Arduino world?
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The new Simblee has been on the market for around a year. How can you use the Simblee BLE in your next IoT project? How easy is it to create nice looking smartphone apps straight from the Arduino IDE? How does it...
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Misc Reviews

The ReflowR aims to make it easier for people to reflow solder SMD components. This a joint review with a mate of mine who runs Kean Electronics who puts it through its paces.
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The Blueduino is the cheapest Arduino based BLE board that supports full iBeacon functionality. It’s been on the market for almost a year now with the original version released late 2014. But, is it good enough for your application?
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