Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
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Getting started with this Espruino has been the most enjoyable of all the many (many, many) project boards I've encountered. So much so, that I'm likely to purchase a second one so that each of my children can build a robot. Now I don't mean to say that this board isn't a capable board, but rather that it is so easy to get going, particularly with the graphical script builder.
Documentation on the main site ( Espruino - EspruinoBoard) was fine to begin with, but continues to get better (more thorough, easier to understand).
The step by step getting started procedure was painless, and within 5 minutes of connecting, I had the board firmware updated and was modifying the blinky demo script with satisfying results using the graphical script builder.
The IDE is a chrome plugin that installed quick and easy.
Now, here is the IDE. pretty standard. The serial port scanning worked pretty well, which made selection easy.
Aside from the easy to get started IDE, I feel that the board has just the right amount, and type, of proto area. Generally, my projects on these boards have little more than, say a L293D motor controller or U2003 Darlington array, which the Espruino designers left just enough room for. I suppose they could have cut the board in half, but for the thoughtful inclusion of the smt pads on front, and more on the back - specifically for a bluetooth module. Very insightful.
I really enjoy this little board, and I'm likely to buy ones for my children to experiment with. I would not generally consider a $40 board for any other purpose, but what it does, it does very well with a tremendously intuitive IDE - and that is worth it.