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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2020, 12:57:08 PM »
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Raspberry Pi 400 Review: Faster CPU, New Layout, Better Thermals | Tom's Hardware
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/raspberry-pi-400-review-faster-cpu-new-layout-better-thermals

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 07:17:38 PM »
$70 is really an incredibly low price.  I'd like to play with one and see how usable it is.  I'm curious about overheating, the quality of the keyboard.  Given that it is a Linux OS and there isn't an option for a swap drive on an SD card it would be nice to have 8GB of ram.  Maybe they'll come out with an 8GB option soon for a little more money.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2020, 07:27:13 PM »
What kind of 'laptop-like' screen is available for this?  With a nice screen, it'd work pretty well as a travel browser.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2020, 07:41:02 PM »
The Pi uses micro HDMI ports, so you could buy a travel monitor and just plug it in -- the lowest cost I've seen  for them is like $65, but most of them seem to be $100 - $200.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2020, 07:51:31 PM »
Like so:

Elecrow 13.3 Inch Raspberry Pi Display Portable Monitor 1920X1080 IPS with Dual Mini HDMI External Monitor Compatible with Raspberry Pi Game Console Win PC

https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-1920X1080-Resolution-Portable-Speakers/dp/B0787RF8YB/143-7073848-6341445

But this puts it near the price range of chromebooks.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2021, 10:28:20 PM »
I'm in the process of putting together a Pi 4 8gb desktop.  It has an aluminum case for passive cooling and will boot from an M.2 SSD via the USB 3 connection.  It will be slightly overclocked.  I'm planning on using it for most of my desktop work; it should be fine for 99% of what I do.


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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2021, 10:38:49 PM »
I have people, mostly family members, email me for advice about getting or replacing a laptop.  If they want 'cheap' -most do- then I try to steer them to Chromebooks.  Most are afraid to leave Windows.  The majority of them are just browsing, and I've been thinking that if they really want cheap they should go to RPi-based systems.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2021, 11:04:43 PM »
Yeah, it should work for that, but I am not sure it's a better choice for someone who isn't tech oriented.  I wouldn't set this up form my mother.  For me the big advantage is that it's a native Linux environment attached to a full screen without all the power consumption (and noise) of a conventional desktop.

This is the case I'm using, if anybody is interested.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2021, 11:17:53 PM »
Nice case. Somehow, I hate paying more for the enclosure that I'd pay for the computer.

I once set up an earlier Pi as the desktop for a motorhome.  It was going to be just for browsing and, IIRC, I was using Chrome.  All the user needs to know is how to get the browser shortcut. From there, it's all familiar.  But you are correct, most would bristle at the thought of the unknown and quit without trying.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2021, 01:12:34 AM »
This is the case I'm using, if anybody is interested.

Actually, I was just about to ask about form factor. Thanks

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2021, 01:14:59 AM »
Yeah, there are cases for the Pi that are like $5 and work fine.  At $45 this one is on the higher end, but it is more than just a case, it has the built in heat sink, an attachment board that moves all the side IO to the back and has that USB 3 to m.2 ssd board on the bottom which makes it about the most compact way to run the pi with a hard drive.  The ssd really speeds up the boot program loading times.

I wasn't set on using a Pi, but it turns out that this combination is a fairly low cost way to build a low energy silent computer.  I use to run a mini-itx for the same reason, but the Pi parts accomplish the same results for a lot less.

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2021, 01:23:37 AM »
>At $45 this one is on the higher end

Oh, I'm not saying that I wouldn't buy a high-end case ...I just hate the irony of the case being the expensive part of the setup.

>mini-itx

Yeah, I remember.

>Pi 4

Is 8gb going to be enough?

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Re: Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2021, 01:28:22 AM »
Is 8gb going to be enough?

Can you go higher? I thought they topped out at 8GB