RASPBERRY PI 400 REVIEW: CAPABLE, USER-FRIENDLY, AFFORDABLE

Author: Zen Kuda Nixjoen

The Raspberry Pi 400 is a powerful, easy to set up, and easy-to-use computer built into a neat and portable keyboard. The incorporated board is based on the Raspberry Pi 4. Although it features the same processor as the Raspberry Pi 4, the Raspberry Pi 400 incorporates an expertly designed thermal system to keep your computer cool and reduce the noise output, without hindering the powerful and fast processor. The Raspberry Pi 400 has a great design, it is portable and it is very affordable.

This capable and powerful desktop computer has multiple uses. It can be used to teach various computing concepts such as programming and computer networking and much more. It is awesome for students of any age or background who are looking to enter the world of programming and/or the DIY computing/electronics space.

SPECS AT A GLANCE

CPU;1.8 GHz Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC
RAM:4GB LPDDR4-3200
Keyboard:78/79-key compact keyboard
Storage:microSD card slot
Connectivity:2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 ports, 2x micro-HDMI ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating System:Raspberry Pi OS
Connectors:40-pin GPIO
Price:$129 from Raspberry Pis official partner Canakit on Amazon
Power:5V DC via USB connector
Dimensions:286 mm × 122 mm × 23 mm (maximum)
GPIO:Horizontal 40-pin GPIO header

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Raspberry Pi Design takes inspiration from earlier computers that had their internals built into the keyboard chassis. This classic feat of design results in a user-friendly, neat, and compact, great-looking 283 x 120 x 20 mm keyboard. Although it is not the best keyboard out there, it is more than enough for most uses. All of the ports on the Raspberry Pi 400 are located at the back of the keyboard, including the 40-pin HPIO header.

USING THE RASPBERRY PI 400

In order to use the Raspberry Pi 400, all you need to do is connect it to a TV or a monitor via the HDMI ports at the rear, connect a mouse, insert an SD card that has the operating system installed and finally – connect it to power. Easy huh?

WHAT YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT THE RASPBERRY PI 400

Although still lacking in performance compared to desktop computers, for a $100 PC the Raspberry Pi 400 is more than capable and a great little machine. What more could you expect at that price? As for what you will and will not love, the good outweighs the bad by A MILE. Check out this table of the advantages vs disadvantages and you will see what I’m talking about.

ADVANTAGESDISADVANTAGES
Great priceDoes not include a 3.5mm audio jack
Simple set up and very user friendlyDoes not include a camera interface for the Raspberry Pi official cameras
It can be overclockedOnly 4GB RAM is available at it cannot be upgraded
It is one of the fasted Raspberry Pis to date
Great thermal control system
Compatible with Raspberry Pi OS and Ubuntu Desktop OS
The full $100 kit include a 4th Edition Beginner’s Guide
The new firmware supports USB booting, meaning you can bypass SD
Available in multiple languages

WRAPPING UP

The Raspberry Pi 400 has a refreshing and pleasing design that offers something new in the Raspberry Pi community. It is user-friendly and very capable in terms of performance. On top of that, it is very affordable and gives you great value for your money. It is suitable for various uses ranging from web browsing to watching 4k videos. Although the lack of a camera interface can present an obstacle for some, it’s only a slight hiccup in the overall scheme of things. The Raspberry Pi 400 is great for people of all ages but especially for young kids. It is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing and programming and in this day and age, it should be on every parent’s Christmas shopping list.

Get started with your complete Raspberry Pi 400 kit from Raspberry Pis official partner Canakit here.

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