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Very interesting little gadget!,
This Raspberry Pi is a bargain for any enthusiast wishing to do a little tinkering with a mini PC and possibly learn some coding. I was no expert when I brought one and certainly aren't now either so I won't try to pretend I am.
I bought this because as soon as I heard about it I thought it would be a very interesting purchase for entertainment purposes. I had many ideas about what I wanted to use it for and it has provided a lot of fun to play around with. Ideas that I have tried so far are using it as a fun mini-desktop and also as a home-theatre PC. Both were fun to set up and play around with though I never expected it to be as good as my actually desktop. The home-theatre option was very interesting though, by far the best use in my household. The model I purchased has 512MB of RAM which makes it seem quite responsive to a 256MB Ram edition I have tried. I loaded XBMC to my SD card and slipped it into the Pi and I was away. As well as this it also has 2 x USB 2.0 ports, RCA Video Out, 3.5mm Jack Out, Ethernet and obviously the HDMI out. Although the speed of the startup isn't as lightning fast as we're used to these days it certainly suffices - and sure enough when all is set up and running it can smoothly play back 1080p movies for your enjoyment.
Some of the accessories I use with my Pi is a Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Set, SanDisk 16Gb SD Card and a standard Micro-USB power adaptor as well as A small Raspberry Pi case. All of these complete my experience as I already had a large USB stick to put my movies on. I haven't tried any live TV services or anything like that but I can recommend this fully for a HTPC to anyone! Such low power consumption and silent activity for a mere £35!
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2014 09:28:42 GMT
The Pi Shop says:
Great review, very accurate - I thought folks who are reading this may be interested is some great pi case i have just found whilst looking for pi bits for my other half for his pi. He has got a camera module, and is worried about the delicate ribbon, so i have found some great cases and camera module covers that keep everything protected. they work with Model A or B pi.
Tek-Cam camera module case for Raspberry Pi & Camera Module (Solid Black)
Raspberry Pi Camera Module Add On cover, case (Solid Black)
Raspberry Pi Tek-Berry case, housing, enclosure for Rpi (Transparent Clear)
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