What parts of the board could cause electronics professionals to think it was constructed poorly, quickly, or unprofessionally? Is it simply soldering, a lack of clean trimming, or placement of the components themselves?

  • me trying to recover from this failed attempt
    – tshepang
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:59
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    Sorry but this question has the same problems as your previous one.
    – finnw
    Jun 21, 2012 at 22:36
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    What's your aim here? Are you interested in the board design, or are you trying to prove a point? The quality/soldering/trimming/placement appears fine to me. Considering the budget, features, and that it's the first major release, I'm very impressed.
    – Alex L
    Jun 22, 2012 at 5:55
  • @Alex I'm interested in the board design (though I don't understand what you mean by prove a point, so it would be kool if you explain). As mentioned in the other question, I wanted to know what other experienced people thought of the design.
    – tshepang
    Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26
  • No worries, I was just making sure it wasn't a "rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?” (from FAQ)
    – Alex L
    Jun 22, 2012 at 9:42

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I'm an electronics professional and I understand what it takes to layout a PCB to meet a design goal and price. Placement is part of the PCB layout - seems fine to me but then I've been hanging around on the forum's to understand some of the constraints and all of the design goals. I have 4 Pi's, all of which look like they were manufactured with care, no poor trimming, no poor soldering.

Short answer to your question, in my opinion, is NO.

One wonders about your motives for asking the question.

  • am curious what you mean by motives
    – tshepang
    Jun 22, 2012 at 18:47
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    @Tshepang: It seems as if you're trying to get someone to say that the Pi has been poorly designed.
    – Jivings
    Jun 22, 2012 at 19:44
  • @Jivings you gotta forgive me if I sounded that way, but I did not mean it; I just wanted to hear what other people were thought
    – tshepang
    Jun 22, 2012 at 20:25
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    @Tshepang I forgive you :)
    – Jivings
    Jun 22, 2012 at 20:29

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