New Raspberry Pi 400 sells for $70 and is a computer in a compact keyboard

New Raspberry Pi 400 sells for $70 and is a computer in a compact keyboard

Raspberry Pi, whose mission is to put “affordable, high-performance, programmable computers into the hands of people all over the world”, has unveiled Raspberry Pi 400 which is a complete personal computer built into a compact keyboard.

“We’ve never been shy about borrowing a good idea. Which brings us to Raspberry Pi 400: it’s a faster, cooler 4GB Raspberry Pi 4, integrated into a compact keyboard”,

says Eben Upton, founder and CEO of Raspberry Pi.

Since more children are likely going to be dependent on remote learning in the coming months and more people working from home, the Raspberry Pi 400 might just be that affordable solution to many, especially students who are in need of a personal computer. It starts at a price that is a lot cheaper than some of the most budget phones and comes with a keyboard that’s big enough for proper writing. Just plug it into a monitor or a TV using any of its two micro HDMI ports, insert a microSD card, and attach a power cord and a mouse.

The Raspberry Pi 400 shares almost the same computer features as the Raspberry Pi 4, but with a little difference. The Raspberry Pi 400’s quad-core Cortex-A72 (Arm v8) 64-bit SoC runs at 1.8GHz while the Raspberry Pi 4’s SoC runs at 1.5GHz. The Pi 400 also offers only HDMI for audio output while the Raspberry Pi 4 has a 3.5mm audio and video jack.

Features and Specifications of the Raspberry Pi 400 include: 

  • CPU: 64-bit Broadcom BCM2711C0 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor running at 1.8GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1x microSD card slot
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB Type-C ports
  • 2x micro HDMI support dual display
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4GHz + 5GHz & Shielded)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 + Bluetooth Low Energy
  • 1x PCB antenna
  • Horizontal 40-pin GPIO header (right angle)
  • 2x micro HDMI ports
  • 1x built-in power button, and
  • Built-in Heat sink
  • Power Input: 5V via USB Type-C (up to 3A)
  • Dimensions: 285mm x 122mm x 21mm
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to +50°C

The Raspberry Pi 400 comes with its own OS but can be made to run a version of Windows. It is available and sells for $70 as a standalone machine or $100 as a ready-to-go kit that includes a mouse, USB-C power supply, microSD card, micro HDMI cable, and Raspberry Pi beginner’s guide. Hopefully, before the first half of next year, the Raspberry Pi 400 should be readily available around the world.

Further details on the computer may be found here.

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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