In a fast paced world, many are caught up in new features, new models, new upgrades when the need is just a basic one. Raspberry Pi may have the basic functionality, but it also has its own strengths.
Computers are among those that upgrade so fast. In several cases, upgrades don’t really give a boost to the computer’s performance. Do we really need to keep on upgrading when its usage is quite basic? Consider trying Raspberry Pi, it is perhaps one of the cheapest basic computers available.
What is Raspberry Pi?
Simply put, Raspberry Pi is a series of modular micro-computers that goes well with Linux-based distro as operating system. The original design for it was for educational purposes. But it has developed over time as makers have taken it to use for different applications. Raspberry Pi has millions of users across the world.
What is its use?
When asking whether it can really replace a desktop computer? The answer can be both yes and no. Although it can run most tasks well, it gives you a slightly different experience. Particularly those who are fun to use high-end or even mid-range Linux, Windows, or macOS computers.
The capability of Raspberry Pi may seem limited to some, but the possibilities are great. It can run well especially with retro games. Just install RetroPie, and a Bluetooth controller, then you are good to go for these classic games.
Some have tried installing Kodi on it to create the super low-powered media center. Others use it as a hub for the Plex servers. You can also use it to block all the ads from intruding while browsing the internet with the Pi-Hole. You can use it for a little bit of programming, or you can use it as the universal control for any smart devices in your house. And much more usage beyond what we think of for now.
According to Andrew Myrick of androidcentral, the possibilities are quite enormous. You are just scratching the surface as to what’s possible.
What is needed to get started?
If you want to explore Raspberry Pi, it’s not as simple as turning it on to get started. Here are the needed components to get it started:
- Raspberry Pi – This acts like the processor of the unit. There are several options to choose from depending on your purpose and budget.
- Power adapter – for Raspberry Pi 4 and above, you will need a 5V USB-C power adapter. Older than Raspberry Pi 4 will need a 5V micro-USB power adapter.
- microSD card – to be used for installing the OS and any other applications or programs that you might want to run. The memory storage requirements depend on you. But the Raspberry Pi 4 can support up to 2TB microSDXC card.
- Raspberry Pi case – although optional, the case with a fan can ensure that your Pi doesn’t overheat after a while.
- Monitor – With the Pi 4, you can use up to two of the 4K monitors simultaneously. But you can also opt to use smaller options available, including from those coming from Raspberry Pi designed for the Pi 4 board.
- Keyboard and mouse – any that supports USB slots. You can opt to choose Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. But you must set it up before using.