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I've been waiting to get my Odroid-XU4 for some time and finally ordered it from my local distributor, JiffyShop. The package arrived very quickly but I was somewhat disappointed with what was in the box.

When I was originally looking on Hardkernel's Shop I noticed that the XU4 could only be shipped with either a US, EU or Asian (round) plugs for the power adapter. There was no choice to get an Australian standard plug. Conversely JiffyShop did offer it with an Australian plug (or so I thought), so I went for that.

Unfortunately what arrived was this...Yep it's the Asian (round) style connector on the power brick with a super cheap Australian travel adapter. The adapter has such thin pins that I'd be scared to have it plugged in for any amount of time.

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The JiffyShop web site says this...
Comes with an Australian adapter.


...which could be interpreted in multiple ways I guess, but I think this is false/misleading advertising. There is no mention that the power supply is actually not the Australian type and you simply get a travel adapter. Not cool. If I knew this was the case I would have just gone and bought it from Hardkernel directly in the first place.



Incidentally the eMMC module wasn't available on the JiffyShop web site and neither was Odroid-Show2 so I did have to place a separate order directly with Hardkernel anyway. In the future I'll be staying away from JiffyShop myself since the manufacturer can provide everything just as easily.

I guess the main thing is that the XU4 itself has arrived. I've not been able to test it out yet since I'm waiting for the eMMC module to arrive first, once it does I'll write up another article.

Here are a couple of photos of the XU4, top and bottom.
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