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My Raspberry Pi 400 Is On Its Way to Me in Maryland

RT Cunningham | July 17, 2021 (UTC) | Computers

Raspberry Pi 400 MarylandI didn’t intend to follow up my previous post about the Raspberry Pi 400 computer kit I intended to order, along with other items, this soon. Things have changed, and I think I need to mention them, since I decided to go ahead and order shortly after I wrote that post.

The Raspberry Pi 400 Computer Kit

I ordered the Raspberry Pi 400 computer kit from CanaKit. Unless something unusual happens, I should receive it in a couple of weeks. I’m not in a real hurry, but I am excited. Since I plan on using it as soon as I return to the Philippines (whenever that will be), I want to put it through its paces.

I’ve probably watched more videos about the Raspberry Pi 400 than I have anything else in recent months. It took me a while to glean the pertinent facts that will pertain to my unique situation. A video about overclocking and customizing the Raspberry Pi OS desktop was fascinating. Another video about the hardware aspects was even more interesting.

The Accessories

In my previous post, I mentioned I would be getting an external enclosure with a power supply. Nix that. I’m getting one without a power supply. A 2.5 inch HDD doesn’t draw much more power than a 2.5 inch SSD. It’s the 3.5 inch HDD that requires the extra power. I also ordered a new SSD for it because I can never have enough of them.

I mentioned an APC UPS that I discovered I wouldn’t need. After watching the second video I mentioned above, I ordered the same power bank the YouTuber displayed. He had it hooked up to a monitor as well as a Raspberry Pi 400, and it still had more than 60 percent available after more than two hours. I’ll probably have it charging while I’m using it.

Another video showed me how to display the desktop output on a phone or tablet, so I ordered a video capture card, HDMI to USB-C (since my phone has a USB-C port, naturally). The only thing that remained from my original shopping cart list is the HDMI to VGA adapter.

The Total Cost

This is a list of everything I ordered, from the most expensive to the least:

The total cost adds up to just under $200. The only thing I’m saving on is the monitor. Since I have two old ones sitting in a storage room at my house in the Philippines, gathering dust, it’s something I don’t have to worry about. All of these items will arrive here by July 22. I have no idea when I’ll return to the Philippines, but everything will be waiting for me when I get there.

I can longer find decent laptop computers for under $300. Since I can find small monitors for under $100, a Raspberry Pi 400 computer kit plus a monitor, without any extras, would cost someone less than $250. And none of it will increase in price as fast as the laptop computers will.

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