||R5 Series Astromech (#7384)
Posted Y17 D353
"R5 units were built to be cheaper than the previously more popular R-series droids. The initial assumption was that customers would prefer "cheap" over "well built". To achieve this reduction of cost, the astromech was redesigned using cheaper, bulkier parts in place of the more miniaturized versions. In many cases programming and items that were deemed superfluous were simply dropped from the unit. Unfortunately, patchwork programming and cheap parts has caused the R5 to be known as a droid plagued with a number of technical glitches and a less-than-stellar personality."