questionshas anyone used a rasberry pi computer?

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Seems like you could get a cheap tablet for almost the same price and it comes with a screen and input interface...

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This isn't a great choice for that. It's more for tech hobbyists. It's basically a computer motherboard. You have to add a power cord and file storage (likely SD card) at the minimum.

To use it for Word Processing you would also need: an HDMI computer screen (RCA out is fine for video, but not editing text), The knowledge to put an operating system onto it (not Windows), a mouse, keyboard, and to print you'd need a printer capable of supporting Linux (the primary OS that runs on a Pi).

For less money, you could buy a cheap tablet. The Raspberry pi is better suited for tasks that don't need a screen or keyboard.

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I give you everything you ever wanted to know about Raspberry Pi but didn't know where to find it. Short answer: yes you can definitely use a Pi for word processing. But it's so much more than that. I warn you though, once you start down the rabbit hole you might have a hard time coming back.

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Can someone explain what a Raspberry Pi is?

And if your looking for a cheap PC, you should get a chromebook. Since the main purpose is word processing, an actual keyboard would be nice. And you can use Google Docs which is free. Not a big fan of chromebooks but there fairly cheap

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@bsmith1: I agree, and, for a more Windows 7-like experience, a cover with a built-in keyboard and run this app: http://desktop.onlive.com/
As for running Raspberry Pi, yes, and the tiny Android stick-pc's, too. Both are inexpensive, but they'll still have to come up with a monitor(or TV with VGA or HDMI inputs) and a keyboard.

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The Raspberry Pi is designed for teaching computers to children. At $35 each, you can let them try things on it, that you would never think of letting them do with something hard or expensive to replace.

I mentor a high school robotics team. The Pi is great for teaching since we can afford one per student. The school already has keyboards, mice, and monitors. Great for teaching motor control if you've got one adult that can make the interfaces.

Not my first choice for word processing.

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Just be aware that a Chromebook probably isn't much use without a wifi connection. If the families concerned don't already have a suitable computer, they might not have a net connection either (unless this is about getting a second computer for kids to use).

There are some low-priced netbooks that would function as a stand-alone device (although small keyboards can be a problem there).