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I need help from anyone that knows about MINDSTORMS. I used to have NXT 2.0, but got rid of it foolishly. Now I have EV3. From what I have gathered on the internet is that the processing power and GUI is better on the EV3. It also has 4 output ports instead of 3 so you can use 4 motors. Another plus is that there are two different motor sizes. Some people have complained about the slow start-up time, but I think that is attributed to the firmware taking more time to load the improved operating system.
The only downside I have read is that the input devices aren't as good on the EV3. The EV3 doesn't seem to have a light sensor or a sound sensor, although I think those NXT sensors would be compatible in the EV3 brick. Does anyone have any insight into this? It would be very helpful.
Probably should have asked earlier since it seems the 2.0 is being discontinued at this time. I get my Associate's Degree in March and would like as much equipment as possible to experiment with. Just wondering if it is worth anything to buy the NXT 2.0 or maybe just the two sensors instead?
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The EV3 does come with a light sensor, but it is built into the color sensor. The sound sensor for the NXT actually wasn't very useful, so I doubt you'll miss it. Even if you do, I think the NXT sensors wills till work with the EV3.
I have used the beacon. If you try to have the robot find the beacon, be sure to put some vision guards on either side of the IR sensor, so that its sight is more focused.
I haven't tried the gyro personally, but others in a robotics class have, and nobody (not even the teacher) like it.
I used the NXT 2.0 in a robotics class about 9 months ago. Worked pretty good. I haven't had time to tinker with the EV3 yet, so I had no idea what the comparisons were actually like. I have a drone to build now and a theremin device to design so I won't be able to get to work on any LEGO/MINDSTORM stuff for a while.
No problem-glad to help.