Top positive review
Bought some at a reduced price but after trying them out ordered more at the full price.
26 May 2017
Bought some of these as there was a £3 reduction if purchased at the same time as another Elegoo kit, I wasn't expecting much but for £6.99 for 3 it would have been rude not to give them a go. When they arrived they were as pictured with both sets of I/O pins loose as well as the ICSP header.
In order to use these Arduinos Nanos you will need to be able to program them and this will require a USB to USB Mini cable as no cables are supplied. The first thing I did was to plug them in to my PC and the LEDs lit up to show that whilst they did accept power there was an error message generated by the Arduino software as no bootloader is installed. I knew this when I ordered them so I was fully aware of this. I had watched a few youtube videos and was quietly confident that I was capable of installing a Nano bootloader onto them. This would require either the use of a separate programming board such as a USBTinyISP or using another Arduino (I used an UNO clone).
So to use these you will need to be able to solder (or know someone who can), but if you use a small tip and some liquid flux it is not too onerous.
Once you have your board soldered up (or at the very least the 6 ICSP pins) then you can begin to load your bootloader onto the Nano using some (6) female to female or female to male jumper leads (depending on your donor board) . I followed the instructions from the Industuctables website How-To-Burn-a-Bootloader-to-Clone-Arduino-Nano but I made a slight departure from the instructions in that (as I discovered in another youtube video by Julian Ilett Turn an Arduino Nano into an Uno) you can run an Arduino Uno bootloader which uses less of the Nano's memory and has a faster bandwidth.
These are great for the money and I will keep coming back for more.