Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: Arduino UNO
What were the biggest problems encountered?: Manually installing generic drivers, IDE having problems connecting to COM port.
I really like the customization options you have with the Espruino. You get a pretty minimalist board, you can solder on pin headers if you want to use it as a temporary microcontrolling device, or you can solder your own wiring to it to make a more permanent configuration. There are also a good number of pins.
This spring, I made an autonomous robot using my Arduino UNO, and my idea for the Espruino was to put it in my Arduino's place, so I can use it for other projects.
After I set up the drivers and software to use the Espruino, it was convenient to have YouTube videos to follow working with the IDE and Espruino. I like the fact that the IDE is a chrome app, so you can use it with Windows, Mac, or Linux. I was also surprised to see that the IDE had block-style and code programming. However, the process of switching between the two is not very smooth. If you use the block-style and switch to code, it doesn't update the code to what you block-programmed. It's as if you have to choose from the beginning of your project which method you want to take. Perhaps I was doing something wrong, or I was having an original issue with the IDE, but either way, the I wasn't impressed with the software quality.
Considering the fact that I already had my robot built and the sketch already made in Arduino's language, it didn't take long to set up the Espruino with the robot.
Now, I had some issues with the hardware of my robot, but the Espruino performed well. Some mechanical issues made the drive slow, but that is something I will fix.