Raspberry Pi – News and Resources

The Raspberry Pi computer is a small computer that when purchased as a kit can cost about $100 to $120. [View] Raspberry Pi operating system is available for free. [View]

The computer appeals to hobbyists and tinkerers because it has some rows of accessible connection pins for electronics and programming projects. The motherboard and CPU can be purchased for about $40, but to run it requires a power cord, memory stick for storage, and preferably a case with cooling. This is what brings the cost of a kit up to $100 to $120.

The Raspberry Pi is similar in function to a desktop computer “tower” but just smaller. So other peripherals are needed like a keyboard, mouse, and display.

Considering that a used Windows desktop or laptop computer can be purchased for about $150 to $200, the Raspberry Pi is going to mostly appeal to people who want an alternative to Windows at a similar price. By storing personal files on an external drive it’s easy to rebuild the operating system if any problems arise.

The latest version is the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. [View on Amazon]

Raspberry Pi 4 – Kits

You can see a variety of Raspberry Pi 4 kits on Amazon. [View] The kits vary in price depending on features such as the amount of memory, storage options, included cables, case design, and cooling assembly. Some kits intended for hobbyists and educational applications will include many additional accessories. [View] One of the learning kits comes in a small case with a carry handle. [View]

One popular kit includes the option for 4GB RAM ($115 total) or 8GB RAM ($140 total). [View] The appeal of this kit is that it is from CanaKit which is a partner of the Raspberry Pi development group. So, it’s considered to be very compatible and high quality. The case design is simple but elegant.

An inexpensive kit for basic learning is the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 2GB Basic Starter Kit with Fan (2GB RAM) at a cost of about $63. [View]

Here’s a look at a typical kit with a case. [View on Amazon]


Raspberry Pi 4 – Cases

Click on any case design below to learn more.

Argon Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($25)

Argon ONE Raspberry Pi 4 Case with Cooling Fan and Power Button. [View on Amazon]

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Case with ICE Tower Cooler ($26)

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Case with ICE Tower Cooler CPU Cooling Fan. [View on Amazon]

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Metal Case with Horizontal ICE Cooling Assembly ($36)

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Metal Case with Fan. [View on Amazon]

iUniker Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($11)

Raspberry Pi 4 Case, iUniker Raspberry Pi 4 Fan ABS Case with Cooling Fan. [View on Amazon]

MazerPi Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($9)

MazerPi Raspberry Pi 4 Case. [View on Amazon]

Miuzei Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($11)

Miuzei Case for Raspberry Pi 4 with 35mm Cooling Fan and 4 pcs Aluminum Heat Sinks. [View on Amazon]

Miuzei Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($11)

Miuzei Case for Raspberry Pi 4 with Fan, 3A USB-C Power Supply, 1.5M Micro HDMI Cable, HDMI-Micro HDMI Adapter, 4 Aluminum Heat Sinks, USB Card Reader. [View on Amazon]

Smraza Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($17)

Smraza Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, Acrylic Case with Cooling Fan, 4PCS Heatsinks, 5V 3A USB-C Power Supply. [View on Amazon]

Argon NEO Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Heatsink Case ($15)

Argon NEO Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Heatsink Case [View on Amazon]