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.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit - 4GB RAMI’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

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit CaseThe 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
Foster D. Coburn III

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.

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