The Raspberry Pi 400 reminds me of the original Commodore 64 computer from the early eighties. I know I’m not the only one in my age group to see the similarities. As of now, these computers are only available as pre-orders. They didn’t even exist when I wrote about micro computers, even when I updated that post in 2020.
The main unit is a computer keyboard with a single board computer (SBC) inside it. The SBC is a version of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with four gigabytes of memory. The base price of $70.00 USD includes absolutely no accessories, not even the SD card to boot up the Raspberry Pi OS. You can buy a kit that includes most of the accessories you need for about $100.00 USD.
The Raspberry Pi 400 complete kit is available at CanaKit and PiShop.us and a few other places in the United States. You’ll still need to furnish your own monitor and USB flash drives (or external SSDs). I already have two old monitors in storage (both 19-inch, if I remember correctly) and the only things I need for them are VGA to HDMI adapters. I also have external drives and USB flash drives available.
Most people are going to believe that only the Raspberry Pi OS is the only operating system that’ll work with the Raspberry Pi OS. Ubuntu 20.10 (not a long-term release) and a specific edition of Q4OS 3.12 are both designed to support it. I’m sure there are more I haven’t discovered yet. Any operating systems that support the ARM processors should work.
All of these operating systems are based on Debian. Raspberry Pi OS uses either the LXDE or LXQt desktop environment (DE). Ubuntu uses the Gnome DE (although I haven’t checked to see which DE they use for the Raspberry Pi). Q4OS uses the Trinity DE, which is a fork of KDE before it turned to Plasma.
I’m seriously thinking about buying one or two, since I have two monitors wasting away in storage. Even if I buy adapters and extra USB flash drives, I won’t need to spend more than $300 USD in total. But I’m not thinking about me. I have nieces and nephews in the Philippines sharing laptop computers because there aren’t enough available, and they’re all stuck in virtual classrooms.
I’m not sure when I’ll return to the Philippines and I don’t know when there will be enough in stock to fill all the pre-orders. This may not be the best time to consider buying. It’s definitely something to think about.
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