Wio Terminal Review

Wio Terminal Review

We reviewed the Wio Terminal by Seeed Studio and got CircuitPython, MicroPython and Arduino code running on the Wio Terminal. We also have tutorials on how to do these: How to get MicroPython working on the Wio Terminal, How to get CircuitPython working on the Wio Terminal and Getting started with Arduino IDE on the Wio Terminal

The Wio Terminal is a great looking object and comes with a lot of onboard components as shown in the image below:

Wio Terminal diagram showing onboard features

Here are some more detailed specs:

Microcontroller ATSAMD51P19
Core ARM Cortex-M4F
Clocking max. 200 MHz
Flash memory 4 MB
Operating temperature from -40°C to 85°C
Resolution 320 x 240 px
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 1x1, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
Bluetooth LE 5.0
Accelerometer LIS3DHTR
Microphone 1 V to 10 V, -42 dB
Loudspeaker 78dB @ 10 cm, 4000Hz
Light sensor 400 to 1050 nm
IR IR LED 940 nm
MicroSD card slot max. 16 GB
Dimensions 72 x 57 x 12 mm

We really like the Wio Terminal. For around $30 the Wio Terminal is good value. Just think about all the components it comes with and how much it would cost to buy all those things separately like an accelerometer on its own is already 20% of the price of a Wio Terminal.

We like how it’s all so self-contained and how nice it looks. There are no wires to complicate things since everything you need is hidden inside and if it doesn’t have what you need you can still connect your own component to it.

Some people (like us) like to see how things work and have the circuit out in front of them but that’s not the purpose of the Wio Terminal. We would do prototypes with our circuits in front of us and then we would transfer them to the Wio terminal to create our product/project if we were to use the Wio terminal.

Overall I think the Wio Terminal is a great slick and snazzy device. On the other hand it would be nice to be able to open the Wio Terminal up and solder your own components inside and have a look at what is happening from the inside. I would definitely recommend this and it would also make a good present for someone who would like to program it themselves or with a project already programmed onto it.