deals512mb raspberry pi project board model b for $35…


Rasp Pi is good at what it does, but depending on what you want to do with it there's likely something else on the market that's better but simply isn't fawned over by the tech press.


With all those components on that small board it has endless uses.


I have one of these, but it I haven't done anything with it besides installing Linux. Keep in mind that you'll need an SD card to hold the operating system, a usb keyboard and mouse, a power adapter (cell phone chargers work sometimes), and an HDMI cable to connect it to a TV. You may also want a usb wireless adapter. The Raspberry Pi only has 2 usb ports, so you may need a usb hub, as well. It all depends on what you want to do. Those items, along with the shipping, bring the price up a bit before you have a working system. Also, these things are always around $35.


And for USB WiFi, you'll need a powered hub, as the port does not provide sufficient power. These are awesome little hobbyist computers, perfect for education, run things like Scratch, etc. They are not awesome general purpose computers.


My only question is: How are they selling it to you?? I follow RaspberryPi pretty dang closely, and have yet to know of any authorized reseller beyond Element14-Premier Farnell/Newark, Allied or RS.

Not to mention, $35 is the retail price.


@rbward: Powerful enough to run quake 3. :) But thats not something i would dedicate for one.
It can also run XBMC, a media setup that can run/stream 720 and 1080p movies


@wootcompare: $35 is the retail price, But can be difficult to get shipped immediately.
There are lots of people selling them marked up a bunch on amazon because they know people don't want to wait for them.

MCM is a sister company of Element 14.


@rbward: That's incorrect. I have 2 of them doing WiFi just fine without a hub.


@vidarwolf: It depends entirely upon the power you supply and what the wireless draws. If you have a 2amp micro charger powering the board, then yeah you'll probably be okay but if your micro ac dc adapter is on the lower end you will definitely need a powered hub.


@bogus: It was created to be a cheaply had tinker tool to get kids interested in programming. Inexpensive, and can plug into any tv made in the last 20 years, utilizes an operating system thats free and tinker friendly. Dont knock it because it does what it was designed for.


@youtookmyactualname: Again, no. This was plugged into a standard (i.e. old, 1-amp rated) USB power source, or directly into a computer. Granted, I never plugged it into a 500mA source, but I think you'd have a hard time even finding one of thsoe. So, at least with a wireless adapter using the RTl8192cu Chipset, it doesn't make a difference. Of note, it was also running a wireless keyboard at the same time without power issues.


@bogus: I agree, these are all hype.$53 I can get this:

Bluetooth fuction .
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
RAM: 1GB DDR3; ROM: 8GB Nand Flash
CPU: Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core CPU; GPU: Mali-400 GPU
wifi: 802.11B/G/N; bluetooth: yes
Hard Disk supported: SD Card 1GB-32GB; hard disk 1GB ~ 5TB
Flash Player: support Adobe Flash 11
Built-in 3D Accelerator. Support 3D gaming
Email: Gmail, POP3/SMTP/IMAP4
Picture: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
E-Book: PDF, TXT etc.
Audio support: Audio decoding: AC3,DTS,LPCM,FLAC,HE-AAC Audio formats:MP3 OGG WMA WMAPRO
Video support: M-JPEG,MPEG-1,MPEG-2,MPEG-4,H.263,H.264,VC-1,DivX, Xvid, RealVideo,VP6,Sorenson Spark Video Formats: MKV,TS,TP,M2TS,RM/RMVB,BD-ISO,AVI,MPG,VOB,DAT,ASF,TRP,FLV etc full formats
I/0 Port: USB2.0 host X 1; OTG micro USBX1 ; HDMI OUTPUTX1


@vidarwolf: the industry standard for USB Ports on your computer is 500ma.


update. i have purchased 2 so far now. it can pen test, emulate gaming, run a media center quite well, and has taught me linux very well trying to config everything!