Ever wanted to build a computer? Want something that doesn’t cost much? Better yet, something really small you can put most anywhere? That’s exactly what the Raspberry Pi 4 offers. While you can buy the parts separately, you’ll probably want to get a kit as it includes everything you need to be up and running. I’ll include a link to get a kit on Amazon and I do earn a piddly commission if you use my link. Nothing free was provided to me.
I’ve included a photo of the various parts included in the kit. Specifically this is for a model with 4 GB of RAM, the largest amount offered. There are kits with less RAM and you’d save a few bucks if you chose them. But we’re still looking at a computer and accessories selling for under $100!
Let’s go over just a few of the features of the base Raspberry Pi 4.
- Native Gigabit Ethernet—previous versions were capped at 300 MB/s
- Video up to 60 frames per second
- 1.5GHz quard corel ARM Cortex-A72 processor
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Four USB ports with two of them USB 3.0 ports
- Up to 4 GB of RAM
- Two Micro HDMI ports and kit includes Micro HDMI to HDMI cable
- USB-C power connector
The kit includes the rest of the parts needed to build it. Below is a list of what is included.
- Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Model B with 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU (4GB RAM)
- 32GB Samsung EVO+ Micro SD Card (Class 10) Pre-loaded with NOOBS
- CanaKit Premium High-Gloss Raspberry Pi 4 Case with Integrated Fan Mount
- CanaKit Low Noise Bearing System Fan
- Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable – 6 foot (Supports up to 4K 60p)
- CanaKit 3.5A USB-C Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply with Noise Filter – Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 4 (UL Listed)
- CanaKit USB-C PiSwitch (On/Off Power Switch for Raspberry Pi 4)
- Set of Heat Sinks
- USB MicroSD Card Reader
- CanaKit Quick-Start Guide and CanaKit GPIO Reference Card
When built, the case measures around 3.5 x 2.3 inches. So it could be a perfect way to pull in video streaming for a TV. Keep in mind, this is not something used to run Windows as it has its own proprietary operating system. Think of it as a fun little project to build and then explore all the ways you can use it.
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.