After reading a post on hackaday Next generation Arduino manufacturing problems it has prompted me to photograph my new Arduino mega 2560 which frankly looks a bit sloppy.
The first thing that struck me was the burnt flux on the main chip:
Then I noticed staining on around the caps too, nothing that affects the functionality of the unit but it left me feeling disappointed. This arduino cost me £57 + shipping + a new ethernet shield to use with it (which is incidentally, absolutely perfectly manufactured and really shows up the mega). My board also had sharp bits on but I filed them off. I paid a premium price to get what I thought was a premium quality product, clearly I was wrong and will think twice before buying any official arduino hardware again.
And don’t even get me started on releasing the boards before there was linux support. At first I thought I had faulty hardware after seeing it and then it not working.