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Every home should have a Raspberry Pi
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2017
I'm not going to explain what a Raspberry Pi is here - there are plenty of resources on line to learn that. Suffice to say that every home should have one and use the many resources to learn more about how computers work and how you can begin DIY projects with them like you might with many other traditional tools and materials.
I'm comfortable with computers but I'm not a coder or engineer. This is our 3rd Pi (we have a Pi 2 and a Zero) I feel that the Pi Model B has reached a nice balance with this iteration - Out of the box, there's little you are likely to need to get going - Wifi and Bluetooth add huge functionality and simplicity, freeing up a USB port. The increased processor power is always welcome, too.
One thing I would advise for beginners is to get the official Pi 3 power supply as the demands of the Pi 3 are slightly higher than that of the Pi 2 and I have seen reports of problems when it is under powered.
At the price, it's crazy how much computer you get for your money; and what you can learn to do with it, and that's the real point of these computers - yes you could use it as your main computer for day to day desktop tasks if you really wanted to, but it gets you closer to the 'metal' bringing the relationship between you and the machine to a point where you can bend it to your will once you've started learning how to. Children love learning to code with scratch and that is only the beginning.
Create a retro arcade machine, automate your home, or even turn it into a single use computer which waters the plants automatically. The possibilities are honestly endless.
Read up on it, buy one and have a go. Even if you only learn some principles, it helps to demystify the world of computing and greater understanding of software in particular is an essential tool for the future.