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Faster Raspberry Pi, in a keyboard, for $70

If you’ve ever wanted a small custom computer but always been a bit intimidated k this is cool. If you’ve ever thought the Raspberry Pi mini-computer looks intriguing but a little complicated as a raw bit of silicon, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a new idea.

Meet the new Raspberry Pi 400, an upgraded Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM, and now in a keyboard.

  • It is a newly designed board and chipset, includes a newer revision of the processor or the BCM2711 SoC setup.
  • It’s a Broadcom quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 chipset at its heart, with 4GB of LPDDR4-3200 RAM.
  • “We’ve never been shy about borrowing a good idea,” write the Raspberry Pi foundation, noting the throwback to the likes of the Commodore 64-era, which embedded a motherboard in the keyboard.
  • The keyboard holds all the ports at the back, including USB-C charging, 2x HDMI mini, three USB-A ports, and it has Bluetooth and WiFi, along with an ethernet port, and microSD card slot. 
  • It’s retained the GPIO header for connecting to more niche devices too.
  • Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton said that the device attempts to solve “challenges for less-technical users in configuring a device with lots of parts, often without hands-on support because COVID-related restrictions on home visits.” (via Engadget).
Faster Raspberry Pi, in a keyboard, for $70

All for $70:

  • The Raspberry Pi 400 keyboard setup will retail for $70 and is available in the US, UK, and France right now, with Italian, Spanish, and German versions rolling out next week. Expect other global markets like Australia and India, by late this year, and other global markets in early 2021.
  • There’s also a “Christmas Morning ready” package for $100: it includes the official USB-C power supply, mouse, cables, official beginner’s guide, and a 16GB SD card preloaded with Raspberry Pi OS. It’s a good deal.
  • If you have a bunch of these things already, you’re good to go with just the $70 version.
  • And the older Pi 4 is still being sold as a module for around $56 or so still, with the tiny form-factor more appealing for some.

This makes sense for families under lockdown that want to introduce a little IT skill, from early programming and projects, or even just playing Minecraft. Or, much more complex stuff — there are some great Raspberry Pi projects to tackle, learn from, and adapt to your own needs.

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