With the capabilities to function as a complete computer, the Raspberry Pi 400 is a no ordinary $70 keyboard.
Unlike the previous generation of Raspberry products, the Raspberry Pi 400 looks like a refined one, rather than a DIY project.
The Pi 400 looks mostly like the keyboard Raspberry launched about a year ago, with its difference having an ARM-based computer built-in.
The organization’s founder Eben Upton backs up the theory. He states that keen-eyed observers would have noticed a slight unnecessary amount of space inside it.
“The dream always with Raspberry Pi is to lure people into buying a PC and then trick them into becoming computer programmers,” Upton said.
Upton also said that the need for a product like this is prominent. It is due to the sudden surge in demand for computers due to the coronavirus.
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Besides the much-awaited change in the form factor, the Pi 400 is a pretty similar offering to what Raspberry had last year with the same product.
It has a slightly faster quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A72 CPU with 4Gb of RAM. For connectivity, it has Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
As for ports, the Raspberry Pi 400 is powered via a USB-C port. It can support 4K output at 60Hz on two monitors via the pair of micro HDMI ports.
There are two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, and a microSD card slot. There is also a GPIO header for attaching a variety of more niche devices.
Depending on the region, you will either get a 78- or 79-key keyboard, with similar designs to most compact laptops.
Upton also admitted that the white-and-pink color scheme would not suit business customers. Hence, they might launch a grey and black themed product as well.
According to a report by The Verge, there are six different keyboard layouts — UK, US, Italian, German, Spanish and French at launch, with more on the way.
Price and Availability
The Raspberry Pi 400 standalone is priced at $70, but the starter kit with required accessories are priced at $100.
The $100 kit contains a mouse, microSD card, HDMI cable, power cable, and beginner’s guide along with the Pi 400.
It is available in the US, UK, Germany, and France; and would be available in Spain and Italy from next week. It would be launched in India, Australia, and New Zealand by the end of the year.
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