Simply put, you feel like you’ve mastered the Raspberry Pi, there’s nowhere else to go.
You’re wrong: take a look at these five alternatives, each of which can open up a whole new world of DIY technology for you.
But first: what to look for in a Raspberry Pi alternative
To do this, we will compare the main characteristics, price and operating system, and highlight the key differences. By the end, you should have an idea of which Raspberry Pi alternative is right for you.
ODroid-C1 [больше не доступен] $35
As a low-cost alternative to the Raspberry Pi, the first place to look is the ODroid-C1, the most basic of the ODroid series of devices that supports Ubuntu 14.04 and Android KitKat.
A type-D micro HDMI connector is available, and the board can be expanded and interoperated via a 40-pin GPIO header.
Beaglebone Black $55
The next step is definitely the Beaglebone Black, a computer that, while superior to the Pi, certainly owes its continued existence to the expansion of the small computing sector that was spearheaded by the launch of the Pi.
With Debian, Android, Ubuntu, and Cloud9 IDE support, the Beaglebone Black features a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB DDR3 RAM, 4GB onboard eMMC flash, a 3D graphics accelerator, a NEON floating point accelerator, and 2x PRU 32 microcontrollers . There are OSB OTG, USB host, Ethernet and HDMI connectors, as well as two 46-pin connectors. A wide variety of Beaglebone Black designs are available, including mobile game console design.