Sorry your browser is not supported!

You are using an outdated browser that does not support modern web technologies, in order to use this site please update to a new browser.

Browsers supported include Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 10+ or Microsoft Edge.

Geek Culture / Which Raspberry Pi Kit? (UK)

Author
Message
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 27th Feb 2016 09:21
I have my eyes on this Raspberry Pi kit. Can anyone advise if this is value for money? Or if there is a better kit for a beginner?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/model-b-raspberry-pi-advanced-kit-with-wireless-keyboard-n34qg
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
revenant chaos
Valued Member
12
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 21st Mar 2007
Location: Robbinsdale, MN
Posted: 27th Feb 2016 10:39
I would suggest finding a kit that comes with the Raspberry Pi 2 model B, They are only slightly more expensive but with considerably better specs (900mhz Arm7 quad-core , 1gb ram, 4 usb ports). In addition, Pi2's Arm7 processor has a wider range of software available while still being able to run all of Pi1's Arm6 stuff.
budokaiman
FPSC Tool Maker
9
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 24th Jun 2009
Playing: Hard to get
Posted: 27th Feb 2016 11:35
What do you plan on using it for? What you need to get totally depends on what it's purpose will be.
"Giraffe is soft, Gorilla is hard." - Phaelax
Phaelax
DBPro Master
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 16th Apr 2003
Location: Metropia
Posted: 27th Feb 2016 20:14 Edited at: 27th Feb 2016 20:26
Do you need a whole kit? Chances are you already have a power cord laying around (micro-usb). I use the extension cord from my powerbook with an ipad usb adapter on it.
Do you need wifi? A new keyboard? A usb hub? (there's already 4 on there). I got my pi 2 model B for $30 and would also agree with revenant in recommending you get that model instead of the first one.

Just came across this, the Pi 3 will be out some time this year. Maybe in a few months, sooner, maybe fall? I don't know.
http://www.i-programmer.info/news/91-hardware/9485-raspberry-pi-3-with-wifi-and-bluetooth.html

"I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended." - Linus Torvalds
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 27th Feb 2016 22:09
Ah, I made a silly mistake, I mixed up Model B and Pi 2. I didn't notice this was a Pi V1 Model B.
Thanks!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
wattywatts
9
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 25th May 2009
Location: Michigan
Posted: 28th Feb 2016 00:54
Pi 3 could be out in a week, might want to wait a bit.
Dark Java Dude 64
Community Leader
8
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 21st Sep 2010
Location: Neither here nor there nor anywhere
Posted: 28th Feb 2016 02:11 Edited at: 28th Feb 2016 02:34
Sweet puddle drums, you can buy a Pi for 5 bucks. You can literally purchase a 1 GHz computer for 5 dollars.
"Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants." - Mashable
CJB
Valued Member
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 10th Feb 2004
Location: Essex, UK
Posted: 1st Mar 2016 11:24
Pi 3 launched yesterday. £30 - includes faster 64bit processor, bluetooth and wi-fi! I want!
V2 T1 (Mostly)
Phone Tap!
Uzmadesign
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 1st Mar 2016 14:48
I got!

Hurry, only 6.660 left in Stock after my purchase. Direct from the (British) manufacturer, everybody else seems to be sold out...

http://cpc.farnell.com/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi-modb-1gb/sbc-raspberry-pi-3-model-b-1gb/dp/SC14012
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
Dark Java Dude 64
Community Leader
8
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 21st Sep 2010
Location: Neither here nor there nor anywhere
Posted: 1st Mar 2016 22:19
Looks like you found a source most don't know about! Still 6,252 left. I really should get one of these. How easy would it be to write an OS for one from scratch (aside from the obvious difficulties of writing any OS)? That would be pretty fun.
"Dark Java Dude 64 wrote this sentence" - Dark Java Dude 64
wattywatts
9
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 25th May 2009
Location: Michigan
Posted: 1st Mar 2016 22:42
I kind of want to make some sort of handheld emulation system, but I know after I bought the parts it could be a year before I actually got around to it, by which time the parts would be outdated anyway. sigh.
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 10:17
Quote: "Looks like you found a source most don't know about! Still 6,252 left"


CPC sell mainly to trade, so you wouldn't come across them in the usual ways.
They are selling about 50 an hour then. For an unknown site, that's pretty fast.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
Dark Java Dude 64
Community Leader
8
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 21st Sep 2010
Location: Neither here nor there nor anywhere
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 15:05 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2016 15:08
Quote: "For an unknown site, that's pretty fast."
Ah, true.
"Dark Java Dude 64 wrote this sentence" - Dark Java Dude 64
Seditious
5
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 2nd Aug 2013
Location: France
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 17:30 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2016 17:30
You should take a look at aliexpress.com and banggood.com for cheap electronics at very low prices (and with free shipping, although the shipping time is rather high). Just have to watch out for the fakes.

Quote: ""You can literally purchase a 1 GHz computer for 5 dollars.""


Clock speed isn't really an indicator of anything but clock speed; it won't necessarily be as powerful as a typical 1ghz desktop processor.
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 19:02
Don't forget anything over £15 (in the UK) is subject to import duty. You can't pay it beforehand, so you also get charged an admin fee. I was previously charged £22 import duty and fees.
I also paid for extra tracking on a BangGood purchase, so I could keep an eye on it. They take your money, but don't provide the tracking.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
Phaelax
DBPro Master
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 16th Apr 2003
Location: Metropia
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 20:36 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2016 20:39
Quote: "Sweet puddle drums, you can buy a Pi for 5 bucks. You can literally purchase a 1 GHz computer for 5 dollars."

If you're referring to the Pi Zero, good luck finding one. I've searched for months!

Only thing that bugs me about the pi is the internal usb hub. From what I've read, the 4 ports share the same channel thus only having a max bandwidth of 480mbps combined on all 4 ports together. Probably not a huge deal for some if you're only using controllers on it, but it might be a downer for others trying to connect more powerful devices.

Microcenter will have the new Pi 3 soon they say.

"I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended." - Linus Torvalds
Dark Java Dude 64
Community Leader
8
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 21st Sep 2010
Location: Neither here nor there nor anywhere
Posted: 2nd Mar 2016 22:06
Quote: "it won't necessarily be as powerful as a typical 1ghz desktop processor."
I'm aware; regardless, it's neat in any case if you have any sort of computer running at 1 billion clockz per second for 5 dollars.

Quote: "If you're referring to the Pi Zero, good luck finding one. I've searched for months!"
Just found a place near where I live with 10 in stock. Granted, that's not many, and everywhere else does indeed seem to be out of stock. That's what I'd expect for a 5 dollar 1 GHz computer.
"Dark Java Dude 64 wrote this sentence" - Dark Java Dude 64
Seditious
5
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 2nd Aug 2013
Location: France
Posted: 3rd Mar 2016 08:40
Quote: "Don't forget anything over £15 (in the UK) is subject to import duty."


Ah yes, I forgot that. I'm not sure if that law applies to France since I've never had to pay such fees, but I've heard of others (in other parts of the world) having to.

Quote: "I also paid for extra tracking on a BangGood purchase, so I could keep an eye on it. They take your money, but don't provide the tracking."


I've not personally experienced this issue; of the 3 things I've ordered from there so far I've been able to see tracking information. It's a bit of a crappy system on these Chinese websites though, sometimes redirecting you to some tracking website that doesn't work properly.

Quote: "I'm aware"


Just checking.
BatVink
Moderator
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 4th Apr 2003
Location: Gods own County, UK
Posted: 3rd Mar 2016 11:24
It arrived
All I need now is 8 days in a week so I can play with it.

Sorry, I don't do the whole YouTube unboxing thing (So, the address label is here, and there is a piece of sellotape here that you have to cut...Oh look, it has a delivery note inside and a piece of foam...)
It's a PCB in an antistatic bag, in a box about the size of a Cigarette box. Actually, with the raspberry on the front, it looks like a box of throat lozenges.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur
TutCity is being rebuilt
Phaelax
DBPro Master
15
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 16th Apr 2003
Location: Metropia
Posted: 7th Mar 2016 14:46
Lol I hate those YouTube videos. You look for a video review and all they do is take thing thing out of the box. Like, and here folks is what it looks like, thanks for watching.

"I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended." - Linus Torvalds

Login to post a reply

Server time is: 2019-03-23 17:24:23
Your offset time is: 2019-03-23 17:24:23