Keywish Project AE-01
If you’re buying for someone you’re not sure will love electrical engineering, the Keywish Project AE-01 has a price point that’s hard to beat. Despite being a bit basic, it comes with everything you need to get started, including a 9-volt battery.
- Two infrared emitters
- Four-digit display
- Remote lacks some functionality
SunFounder Super Mega 2560
The LCD module that’s included with the Elegoo Super boasts a pin header that makes it so you don’t have to solder it yourself. It also has a numerical display that can show up to four digits, as well as an expansion breadboard.
- Tutorial with 22 lessons
- Joystick for radio control uses
- Hard to fit everything in the case
The RexQualis Uno is a good value even among many other economical choices. It features a range of useful pieces, including a joystick, a remote control, three motors, and more. It would rank higher if not for its unclear instruction manual.
- Temperature and humidity module
- Ultrasonic sensor
- Some breadboard holes don't line up
The Uctronics Ultimate packs a lot of materials into a relatively small case, with a guide book featuring more than 30 lessons to help you learn as you go. It’s got a pair of potentiometers, as well as a thermometer and hygrometer.
- 20 leds included
- Parts bags are well labeled
- Batteries sold seperately
Vilros Uno 3 Ultimate
The Vilros Uno 3 Ultimate offers up more than enough components to immerse yourself in projects the moment you open the package. It’s great for beginners, with detailed explanations in simple language and easy-to-follow instructions.
- 72-page color manual
- More than 190 parts
- Motor is too fragile
DFRobot 15 Tutorial
Instead of just coming with a boatload of pieces that may seem foreign to newcomers, the DFRobot 15 Tutorial packages its parts in individual bags. That makes it easy to tell what’s what, so you can get started without any confusion.
- Great companion mobile app
- Circuits come together quickly
- Doesn't include a potentiometer
If you’re an experienced user or you’re willing to study and become one, the Elegoo Mega is a comprehensive kit that will both challenge and delight you. The components featured in this package are first rate and well organized.
- Comes with a handy case
- More than 200 pieces
- Includes some surprise parts
Smraza Uno R3
If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, the Smraza Uno R3 will provide you with every opportunity to increase your electronic programming skills. It offers numerous motor modules for learning about automatic mechanical controls.
- Multiple display options
- Technical support via email
- Comes with a 9-volt adapter
Official English K007
The Official English K007 remains the standard for this category. The guidebook features some of the most exciting projects in the field, showing learners how to build everything from musical instruments to makeshift digital safes.
- Instructions are written clearly
- Backed by a huge community online
- Activities vary in skill level