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Which Arduino board should I buy if I am just getting started?

Does it feel like there are a million Arduino board options to choose from?  Do just wish someone would tell you which Arduino to buy?

Well here is the answer – and I think most people will agree…

Get an Arduino Uno.

This video describes why.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!


  1. Avatar Lee Thompson on October 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Agree with everything Mike said there!!

    My experience is only with the Uno, so can’t compare other manufacturers boards, but it sure does make life sooooo much easier when every tutorial I see from any provider is with the Uno so circuit diagrams all match up perfectly and removes any guess work.

    If your in the UK then I recommend getting the Experimenter Starter Kit from ARDX. Great value I think for all the equipment and documentation you get!

    • Avatar MICHAEL JAMES on October 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for the note Lee! I love starter kits, it saves time just getting a bunch of stuff and you usually get some type of box to organize it. Sometimes you might be able to buy the separate parts cheaper, but I have also seen where you save money if you buy pre-made kit.

  2. Avatar Jeremy Hemming on October 9, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Hi Michael. The Uno is definitely the right choice. It has all you need to learn the basics. Another cool feature that might be worth mentioning is that if you do make a big mistake and damage your board you can change the microprocessor. Just gently pry it out and replace it. You can then try again to make it work. Also like you say most tutorials and information are aimed at the Uno board.
    Another great thing is that if you decide that your cool project needs to be left made up. You can using just a few components make an Arduino Uno on a breadboard for a very modest amount of money. (How about a tutorial on that Michael) thereby leaving your Uno board free to make some more cool stuff.

    • Avatar MICHAEL JAMES on October 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Great points Jeremy! I should get around to making an Arduino Breadboard Tutorial…

  3. Avatar Jeremy Hemming on October 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great Michael I will look forward to seeing that, even though I have done that many times myself. I am sure you can still teach me a thing or two about it.

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