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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Board is fine. July 1, 2011
Reviewer: TWR from Waltham, VT United States  
Everything on the board is labeled (very small however). None of the plated thru holes of the main grid are connected to each other. They are for mounting components which then can be wired using their leads if long enough or using hookup wire otherwise. You might want to cover wires with tubing if they might touch others where they should not. This board is especially useful if you want to make a more permanent prototype, otherwise a solderless breadboard might be a better choice.

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Good, but button doesn't quite work June 12, 2011
Reviewer: Nikolaj Lepka from Horsens, Midtjylland Denmark  
Took me a while to realize that the button was hooked up to ground (aka GND, 0 or -)
and NOT +5V....

otherwise everything works great!

I would give it 5 stars if the button was an ON-button not an OFF-button....

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how to use? April 17, 2011
Reviewer: Fred Doerr from Indianapolis, IN United States  
I'm just learning electronics, don't know how to read schematics yet and it would be nice to have a manual (for dummies) for us beginners on how to use this and the components

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  1 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
 
What!? March 27, 2011
Reviewer: BRYAN SMITH from ARLINGTON, TX United States  
Are you kidding me?  This board is useless!  Just use some jumper cables to attach your Arduino to a breadboard and save yourself 17 bucks.  If the 3.3V rail is needed in your design, just make a voltage divider with 2 resistors: any combination of 1:2; i.e. 100 ohm & 200 ohm.

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Assembly Easy but Schematic & Layout Doc Vry Poor January 26, 2011
Reviewer: Greg D from San Carlos, CA United States  
Assembly was easy since I have lots of soldering experience.  However, the online pdf schematic does not show the connections between the pads in the prototyping section of the board, and the Eagle .brd and .sch layout and schematic files on the MakerShield "More Details" page are corrupted.  Eagle will not read them.

I find that the ground pins on the MakerShield board are not all connected together, so it would be most helpful if a schematic or document showed what's up with that.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
makershield kit January 9, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Portland, OR United States  
this kit was easy to assemble, but it was hard to get the connector pins taped so I could solder it in.

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
 
Get this for learning! December 29, 2010
Reviewer: Lyle Walsh from Charleston, SC United States  
Boy am I glad I got this - at first I was too lazy to bother putting it together but as soon as you start trying to learn arduino projects you realize that this little gem makes following projects much much easier than bridging to a breadboard.

Note: I was banging my head on my laptop until I looked at the specs and realized that pushing "Button" sets the button pin LOW not high as I had assumed.

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