|Deathmatch: Sparkfun versus Adafruit|
Waaaaay back in 2011 I posted a review of SeeedStudio vs. Sparkfun vs. Adafruit.
Two years on here's the dirt:
Adafruit rocks! Why? Thorough tutorials; most new products include great tutorials! Top notch product support and community forums. Discount code every week (check out their youtube channel). Well packaged parts with part numbers on every bag. (total 11 orders)
Sparkfun sucks! Why? No new tutorials, wrong datasheets, they'll swap parts on a whim won't say anything and won't update the fucking website! They package parts in sealed bags with no part numbers! So you get these fucking useless parts with the WRONG datasheet, no part number and spend hours tearing your hair out trying to get the godam circuit to blink. (still FUMING mad!). (total 6 orders)
BUT, they do have cooler shipping boxes than Adafruit.
SeedStudio sucks! Why? See Sparkfun; only it's worse because any data they do provide is in Chinglish.
Included with every shipment is that pervasive offshore "ICK!" smell. Mothballs and shrimp ramen?
(total 3 orders)
Also of note; if you want to build your own boards and need components Digikey is awesome. Fast, good and cheap! You'll notice that a metric shit-ton of manufacturers use Digikey to ship samples, TI, TE, Renesas...
With a score of 80 lime mojito jello shooters, Adafruit takes the prize!
|To the victor go the spoils: lime mojito jello shots!|