If you're reading this, my guess is that you've already made the same analysis as me. The Program-o-tron is a semipro tool -- maybe pro, if we're feeling generous -- in a market dominated by amateur kludges. There are any number of ATTINY programmers on eBay, but they are without exception extender boards built to work with other devices. That makes them awkward to use. While I'd prefer the Program-o-tron to be cased, it is completely standalone and can be rigged up securely in the middle of the workbench on a mousemat. 20 ATTINYs to program? No problemo! I wouldn't dream of using an alternative.
Hi Will, Thank you for the great review, I'm really glad it's been of use to you and that we played a small part in your project! We have been toying with the next variant of this product, possibly enclosed in acrylic, or possibly even programming multiple chips at once? I quite like the idea of having a range of sockets built onto the board, rather than using adaptors, but of course that will push the price up. Cheers Proto-Pic Team
Great time saver...needs a small tweak!
Monday, 25 June 2018 | Ian
Just received this and used it to program up my latest batch of boards. Seems to take a little while to recognise the chip on each board but then programs them quickly. Very convenient! Only niggle I've found is that the LED indicators are FAR too bright, they actually hurt my eyes and leave me "flash blind". I'm going to have to find something to put over them or locate their related resistor and replace it with one of a higher value. Otherwise, brilliant tool!