So those of you who know me will know I love a Raspberry Pi.
No, Im not talking about the kind served with custard or ice cream, but a credit card sized micro computer.
Now I have owned and used every Raspberry Pi since they went on sale, and there has been massive progress. The Pi 1B had a single core 700mhz CPU and 512MB of RAM. The Pi 4 comes with a quad core 1.5Ghz CPU and either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of RAM.
Those familiar with these devices will be aware of Raspbian, the Operating System designed for the device. Early incarnations could only run on this OS, where ase the latest version is able to run Windows 10 for Arm (a full version not IoT), Ubuntu, Kali and many other mainstream OS types.
The standout ability of the latest Pi, is that the 4GB version can truly rival a budget desktop PC. Users are able to work with 2 screens in upto 4k resolution, and manage web browsing, day to day office work and so much more.
On the other hand you may be looking for the perfect web server on a budget? Again this will do the trick with ease, I have set up my Pi 4 as a web server, and email server, and it handles it with no problem thanks to its 1GB LAN port. If that wasn’t enough, I added a USB hard drive to the USB 3 port, to create a powerful network storage device.
What I have listed here doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this tiny device can do. Using the GPIO header pins, it is possible to add a number of different other functions.
The Pi 4 costing less than £100 for a full starter kit. Compare that to the average budget PC at around £300.