While sharing some of my Arduino complaints with a friend of mine, he suggested I check out this cool new TI MSP430 Launchpad board. At under $5 (delivered!), I thought why not. I even talked a couple of other friends into buying one each. (Note: There's a max of 3 per order.)
If you check out the TI LaunchPad Wiki, I think you will agree it is worth picking up even if it sits on the shelf for a little while.
Oh and another thing... Hack-A-Day reported that someone is working on a header file that helps port Arduino sketches to TI Launchpad. So, I may start using this TI MCU sooner than later.