Which Raspberry Pi To Buy In 2022
Which Raspberry Pi To Buy In 2022
Okay so there’s quite a lot of raspberry pi’s...
...but which should you buy for 2022?
let’s go through the newest ones.
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Raspberry Pi 3
So here we have the raspberry pi 3. You can still buy a 3b+ for about £33.
- 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (BCM2837)
- 1GB RAM (LPDDR2 SDRAM)
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI 1.3 MINI HDMI Port
- Micro USB is used for power
These are still very good devices and what I would call a great all round device for most of the things you will want to do, be it control a robot, use as a NAS, run an emulator, etc.
Raspberry Pi 4
Next we have the 4. This is newer and prices differ because there are 4 possible RAM options.
At time of recording, I checked many of the popular websites and these are the prices I found:
1GB - £34
2GB - £43
4GB - £54
8GB - £74
Now this has much bigger specs, as you can see the ram options are quite large.
- 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
- 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 2x USB 3.0 ports; 2x USB 2.0 ports.
- Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header
- 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
- USB C power
if you just want the best Raspberry Pi, and are not really considering the cost, then the 4 is the one for you. It gives you the most power. This is something to consider only really if you’re running something very demanding. A gaming emulator might be one use case that actually works well on the 4 because of the power requirements, it will mean games run smoother.
Raspberry Pi Zero 2
However, you might want something a bit smaller, say for spy cameras, or integrating with smaller robotics, maybe wearable tech. In this case you’re probably going to want to pick up a Raspberry PI Zero 2. These are much cheaper, starting at £13.50, as I said, also much smaller and lighter but they do have some features missing which is worth considering:
- Processor: Broadcom BCM2710A1, quad-core 64-bit SoC (Arm Cortex-A53 @ 1GHz)
- Memory: 512MB LPDDR2
- Mini HDMI port
- 1 × USB 2.0 interface with micro USB and another for power
So do take note that the actual connectors for this are the same as the Pi 3. That might be useful to consider if you’re changing from a 3. This is different to the Pi 4 which uses MicroHDMI and USB-C
Raspberry Pi 400
Finally, you might want to consider the raspberry pi 400.
This starts at £67
- Processor: Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.8GHz
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4-3200
- 2 × USB 3.0 and 1 × USB 2.0 ports
The 400 is essentially a raspberry pi 4 built into a raspberry pi keyboard. It’s great if you are lacking desk space and just want a smaller device for home computing. Especially if you’re teaching a child coding or something like that. it also makes it a very portable full computer
It does have a regular 40 pin header just like the other pis, but it can be a bit harder to access, you might want an extension cable to use it. You also do lose a USB port with this but it’s mostly worth it.
So it’s not a clear cut answer which device is the ‘best’ so to speak - it really depends on your use case, be it a retro gaming console, a small robotic device, an all around hobby machine or something to replace your daily computer.
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