Since early 2020, once I wrote about some fun Raspberry Pi projects and our Raspberry Pi eBook, I (like nearly everybody) have been dwelling and dealing from residence. While I have been right here, taking sooner or later at a time and looking out in the direction of a brighter future and a more healthy tomorrow, I had the pleasure of ordering and receiving the most recent and best achievement from the Raspberry Pi Foundation: the Raspberry Pi 400.
What is the Pi 400?
Imagine taking a Raspberry Pi and bundling it inside a keyboard; that is principally the Pi 400. It is a Raspberry Pi four with 4GB of RAM, constructed into a kind of nice-looking crimson and white official Raspberry Pi keyboards. It comes with an Ethernet port, one USB 2.zero (for the mouse), two USB three.zero ports, two Micro HDMI ports (on your dual-monitor wants), a microSD port, and a USB-C port for energy. It even has 40-pin GPIO entry for all of your present Pi initiatives!
The Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit comes with an influence provide, HDMI cable, an official Raspberry Pi mouse, a 16GB microSD card with Raspberry Pi OS put in, and The Official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide, a 250-page paperback guide that introduces all of the enjoyable and academic issues you are able to do with the Pi. Oh, and the guide has been up to date to cowl the Pi 400!
The Pi 400 can be out there as a standalone unit (simply the keyboard with the included Pi) for those who do not want the opposite objects within the field.
The household of Raspberry Pi compute merchandise now ranges in value from $5 for the Raspberry Pi Zero all the best way to $100 for the package, which is the costliest official product in its catalog. The Pi 400 standalone unit (with out all of the extras) is $70, which remains to be cheaper than the Raspberry Pi four with 8GB of RAM.
For the $100 value, you’re going to get a really well-built system that works out of the field, assuming you’ve the suitable monitor to plug it into. If you’re a fan of loud mechanical keyboards, you’ll most likely benefit from the noise this one makes.
For so long as I’ve been a Raspberry Pi fanatic, I’ve needed a compact approach to carry the Pi round with a keyboard, a mouse, and a display. Third parties and DIY projects have made a number of choices out there, however the Pi 400 is thus far my favourite answer for the mobility drawback. This is particularly so when it is paired with a transportable monitor, a tablet-like display with a case that turns right into a stand and can be utilized as a monitor on your laptop computer, gaming system, and even your Raspberry Pi.
I’ve solely had the Pi 400 for per week as I am scripting this. I have never had an opportunity to do a lot improvement and even port any of my outdated initiatives to it but, however I’ve been very impressed with the entire bundle and efficiency. I’m writing this text on the Raspberry Pi 400, utilizing Google Docs on Chromium and, though I’ve 11 tabs open, the Pi 400 is chugging together with me.
It has been a number of months since I’ve used any of my Raspberry Pis, largely due to being busy with the world being damaged, however I used to be properly stunned to see that Raspberry Pi OS has added an utility known as the Bookshelf, which provides you digital entry to the MagPi journal. I’ve additionally loved the newbie’s information guide that comes with the package. It introduces most of the topics coated on Opensource.com and is an ideal present for anybody beginning into the world of open supply improvement.
Although the 4GB of RAM on the Pi 400 works effectively for what I want, if the Raspberry Pi Foundation ever releases an 8GB model of the Pi 400, will probably be very candy! I additionally would not thoughts a keyboard with a built-in touchpad, one thing just like the Logitech K400 Plus. It would make the system’s footprint a bit larger, however it might be simpler to hold it round. Finally, I wish to see the Pi’s USB-C’s capabilities expanded past powering the board; for instance, I wish to use it with my screens or my USB-C Yubikey.
Unboxing the Pi 400
And now for the unboxing! Here’s what I noticed once I took the Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit out of its delivery field.
The again of the field describes the Raspberry Pi 400’s options and what comes within the field.
The aspect of the field gives a full-size view of the machine’s ports.
I opened the field and, voila! The 400!
It actually feels just like the common Pi keyboard, simply heavier.
It has an Ethernet port, one USB 2.zero and two USB three.zero ports, two Micro HDMI ports, a microSD port, a USB-C port, and a 40-pin GPIO.
The energy provide, HDMI, SD adapter, and guide are beneath the keyboard.
Here are all of the objects that come within the field out of the field.
I plugged all the things collectively, and my Raspberry Pi 400 was up and working.
I am trying ahead to spending extra time with the most recent Raspberry Pi within the household. What initiatives would you prefer to strive with the Raspberry Pi 400? Please share your concepts within the feedback.