I bought this device so I would have a simple ANSI terminal to use for BBS fun. It is well designed and seems to have a nice feature set. The only problem I encountered is figuring out how to install different firmware on it for the various example modules, as it came with the Serial firmware installed. After a very frustrating experience trying to upload the different firmwares using Arduino, I finally figured out how to upload the firmware successfully. Now I have the Wifi terminal running, although it doesn't look great on a widescreen 16:9 monitor. I'm also still not sure what the single jumper on the board does, but I just leave it in the default position. But it works and is fun to use! Shipping to the US was relatively quick, although no information was available while in transit. But overall its a great value and great device. Can't wait to see what software improvements come in the future!
Response from fabgl | Nov. 10, 2020
To flash a new firmware just remove the jumper (that select GPIO2 or GPIO12 for TX out). It is not necessary to remove the ESP32 board.
I've had to reflash it a few times when I get an invalid configuration..seems the smallest font doesn't like something and I'm not sure what else to do...otherwise it's great...glad I ordered it, thank you for making it!
Response from fabgl | Oct. 4, 2020
Thank you, this bug has just been fixed. The updated firmware is on https://github.com/fdivitto/FabGL.
Sept. 16, 2020
An affordable re-configurable Modern Day Retro Computer
My FabGL Dev board arrived today. Thanks so much Fabrizio for organising shipping to Australia. Although the circuit is simple, this board is extremely good value and I like having a professionally made board that will allow me to experiment further with expansions. The board is very well laid out and works extremely well. Now I'll have to design a fancy case for it. I love the example Vic20 emulator you ported, but I'll mostly be using mine to continue testing Paul Robson's Eris Modern Retro Computer. https://github.com/paulscottrobson/eris
This board is, overall, amazing! I would make a few changes in the new revision though. For example, I think the VGA port should be in she same side as the audio jack, and and the USB data channels should somehow be forwarded to the front (same side of the PS2 ports) while the power lanes should forwarded to the back, with VGA and the audio jack. This would make this board more cable-friendly to stand on a table. This isn't in any way a complain, just a suggestion I think would be appreciated by other buyers.
The documentation lacks tutorials for getting started and first steps for kids, this would make the kit more user friendly I think. I would gladly help with that if necessary, as I plan to start creating blog posts about it anyway.
Response from fabgl | June 25, 2020
Thank you! Rev.3 moves VGA and audio on the other side.