• Review: Opencockpits IOcards

    4x IOcards

    Publisher: Opencockpits

    Review Author:
    Ray Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    Varies

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    Intro

    We all know flight simulation hardware as yokes, pedals, throttle quadrant, various complete P&P modules, etc. which certainly helps in creating a more realistic flight simulation experience for the desktop pilot but... what if you need a module that is not already created, or if you have an idea for a module or several modules of your own creation, how can you then connect this to the flight simulator.

    If you have the skills you can of course just build the desired module yourself, but not all knows how to create a PCB and certainly not how to create the correct PCB and furthermore how to do the connection to the computer and adding software to be able to program the PCB. The solution could very well be to purchase an already completely assembled PCB which e.g. could be an IOcard (input/output card) including programming software or even without the software.

    I have seen several different versions of IOcards and in this review I have had the pleasure of testing both an Input and an Output card together with a Master card and a USB Expansion card, all created by Opencockpits and used on a string so that all connections are gathered into just one single USB connection to the computer.

       

       

    Purchase, Packing and Delivery

    I purchased all four PCBs on one order together with some other parts as switches and wires, etc. which I needed to complete the test. The purchase was done through Opencockpits web shop which has a direct link from their web site and the navigation and purchase went with ease. The web site and web shop both features a language change option, so the web site can be read in English as well.

    When selecting the PCBs in the web shop I found that for some of the PCBs there were actually several versions to select as e.g. just a semi manufactured PCB without components or a DIY assembly set or even a completely mounted and tested PCB ready for use. This is nice if you like to do the soldering etc. yourself, but in my case I went with the completely mounted and tested PCBs.

    I also noticed that if the PCB needed some additional parts as e.g. a certain wire to connect to another card or similar, then this was highlighted on the product page. Of course I liked that because that helped me make sure that I remembered to order all what was needed and not missing a small component or similar.

    There were several options for selecting a delivery method and forwarder after your own choice (well of course within the limits of the selection in the web shop). This time I selected the option with Eurodis with a transport lead-time of 4-5 working days. This was a fine selection and about a week later I received my package, so the promised delivery time was perfect.

    The PCBs were each carefully wrapped in bubble plastic and then placed in a hard cardboard box together with the rest of the parts that I ordered. As an additional precaution the box was also filled with a lot of polystyrene foam pieces which covered both of the sides and ends, and the bottom and the top of the box together with the spaces in between the PCBs and the parts.

    The quality of the packing and transport was really high and the parts all arrived in perfect condition without any transport damages.

    Tags: opencockpits

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