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New $35 desktop computer released!

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windsmurf:
https://gizmodo.com/the-new-raspberry-pi-is-basically-a-35-desktop-compute-1835804060

ataradov:
"Basically"? What kind of reporting is this? $35 RPi is not "desktop" anything, until you add $100's of external hardware. And even after that it sucks as a desktop.

Red Squirrel:
I read on this today, incredible improvements.  Dedicated gig link, no more tied to USB,  dual HDMI out, and 4k support to boot!  More ram too.  I really don't think you can beat that power and capabilities for the price.  Imagine doing a small blade server or cluster with a bunch of these.   Honestly it's tempting to move all my prod stuff to a RPI setup with one unit per task (ex: DNS, mail etc) and then also have access to NAS storage, then keep VM servers for lab stuff or stuff that has to run Windows.

I'm still using RPI 2's for some things and even have a 1 somewhere.  Even those old ones are decent for what I'm using them for.  Great little devices that's for sure! 

 Even the RPI 1 was a decently capable Kodi box. (xbmc at the time). 

ataradov:
Video playback is not a good benchmark here. It obviously has decent hardware decoders.

I'd be more interested in how it handles web browsing at 4K and other actual desktop stuff.

brucehoult:

--- Quote from: ataradov on June 25, 2019, 01:20:59 am ---"Basically"? What kind of reporting is this? $35 RPi is not "desktop" anything, until you add $100's of external hardware. And even after that it sucks as a desktop.

--- End quote ---

Yep. Much as I love boards such as the Pi or Odroid, if someone wants a cheap computer for web browsing or learning to program I always tell them that unless they are planning to attach custom hardware to the GPIO or they particularly need to test on a real ARM processor (because qemu won't be cycle-accurate enough) then they should go to an office surplus disposals place and get a (maybe) small form factor PC with a Core 2 Duo or newer. You can get something with a hard disk, more RAM, a screen, and keyboard and mouse for probably $50 all up.

The Pi4 finally comes close to matching a system like that, but if you're not reusing hardware you already have then, yes, you're likely to end up spending several hundred dollars.

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