Originally Posted by newguy41410
okay i think im going to pull the trigger. wondering what differences i would notice going with an arduino clone versus one that isnt?? I think im gonna just buy all the hardware in post #1?
I don't think you'll notice much, if any, difference with a clone vs. a genuine arduino. If you're adventurous enough, you can even build your own arduino.
Buying a genuine arduino will cost a bit more, but you'd be helping the original developer to continue developing.
A cheap clone may have some fit and finish issues but should perform OK. Putting a shield on may require some fiddling with the pins, nothing major. I have a couple of Sainsmart (or something like that) and they've worked for years in continuous duty.