I bought an Elecfreaks Cutebot to play with and compare it to an Edison.
I have a few other things from Elecfreaks and have liked them.
I also bought the Lithium battery pack to make it rechargeable.
I actually got mine on Amazon (free shipping).
They have similar price points, but the Cutebot is dependent on availability (& price) of micro:bit (I have always liked the microbit). They are both browser based coding. One advantage the Edison has is the icon coding for the non/pre-readers. (I have asked Elecfreaks to create an icon coding for the Cutebot). They are about the same size.
The Lithium battery pack for Cutebot is a nice add on, rechargeable is often better than replacing batteries - if you remember to recharge it. But it does add to the price ($14 on amazon, $8 from Elecfreaks)...
$30 + $20 + 14 = $64
still similar to buying 1 Edison (if you can get a micro:bit and if it is $20)
They both do a good job with distance sensors and motors and line sensors and sound detection/playing. They both are Lego compatible. I like that they can be more than a “car”
A plus for the Cutebot is that their LED’s are RGB, so you get to code colors. A plus plus is they also include two RGB neopixels. I really like the ability to code colored lights.
Even more on the plus side, they have included breakouts for two servos as well as pin1 & pin 2. So you can add 2 other inputs/outputs (buttons, thumbstick, IR sensor, LCD screen, OLED screen, more neopixels…) This is great when you get into building things other than “cars”.
I think the Cutebot might beat out Edison…. especially if we can get someone to create icon coding site/extension for it. Gather up a variety of Lego’s and start creating.
I made a few videos connecting and coding various things