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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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SBC Reviews

So, I've been playing around with a bunch of the new Pi 3B pluses for a week now. Do I think the upgrade is worth it? Find out in this quick review. Continue reading Raspberry Pi 3B+: Should you upgrade? // Review
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It's been a while since the Rock64 was released into the wild for hackers, but 8 months on, how good is this board looking? Let's find out. Continue reading Rock64: Cheap and rock solid // Review
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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. Continue reading UDOO-X86 Part 2: Roaring performance // Review
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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. Continue reading UDOO-X86: No RISC slice of the X86 Pi // Review
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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. Continue reading TinkerBoard: Shedding the “Pi clone” stigma // Review
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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. Continue reading The C.H.I.P. Review Update: Power, WiFi, SPI and 3D
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The LeMaker HiKey seems to be one of the better 8 core SBCs around. Here's why... Continue reading LeMaker HiKey: A very cool 8 core SBC // Review
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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? Continue reading Raspberry Pi Zero W: Resonating cavities // Review
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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? Continue reading Orange Pi PC2: A 64bit gremlin? // Review
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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. Continue reading Omega2: Providing your daily intake of IoT. // Review
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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? Continue reading NanoPi-M3: 8 blazing cores, but… // Review
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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! Continue reading Orange Pi+ 2: Now with Magic Smoke! // Review
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The Orange Pi Zero is here. How good is it in comparison to the competition? Find out in this video. Continue reading Orange Pi Zero: Better than the Raspberry Pi Zero? // Review
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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. Continue reading LattePanda Update: Cool it! // Review
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The LattePanda is one of the few x86 based SBCs on the market. Is it too hot to handle? Continue reading LattePanda 32bit: Too hot to handle? // Review
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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. Continue reading Banana Pi Router: NAS, router or trash? // Review
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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. Continue reading NanoPi2: Any advantage over the real Pi? // 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. Continue reading Pine64: Will it ever be ready? // Review Update 2
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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 these fruity wars with the high carb CHIP? Continue reading The C.H.I.P.: Next Things come in small packages. // Review
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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. Continue reading NanoPC-T3: Maker board or desktop? // Review
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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. Continue reading UP Board: The Raspberry Pi killer? // 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 / Raspberry Pi 3 image be used on the Pine64? Continue reading Pine64: Remix OS, Pi Hats and booting // Review Update
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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 really is worth buying. Continue reading Pine64: Is it worth your money? // Review
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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. Continue reading The Teensy 3.6: Extreme MCUs // Review
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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? Continue reading The Teensy 3.5: Bigger on the inside. // Review
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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 perform in a real world example? Continue reading Lilypad Simblee: Mobile apps using the Arduino IDE // Review
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Misc Reviews

So, you've gotten to the stage where you want to build your own PCB? This is a two part video taking a look at EasyEDA who seem to be doing a good job of making things easy for you. Continue reading Making a PCB using EasyEDA. // Review
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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. Continue reading ReflowR testing: Melting metal fun! // Review
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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? Continue reading Blueduino Rev2: Low cost Arduino BLE // Review
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