Since its release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has proven something of a phenomenon. We’ve covered it in detail here on , and even talked to its creator, Eben Upton . The Raspberry Pi costs less than $40 and is a hugely successful computer, thanks in large part to its low price. But is it really as low budget as you think? Could it be that the true cost of the Raspberry Pi is actually much more?
I decided to take a look at how much I’ve spent on this mini PC since I bought it — and the results are pretty amazing.
Raspberry Pi Basic Package
Perhaps the real reason the Raspberry Pi costs more than you think is because of what you get in the box.
The Raspberry Pi base board is a small motherboard with a resolution of 3.370 x 2.125 inches, consisting of a 700 MHz CPU, 250 MHz GPU, 512 MB RAM, and various USB, Ethernet, HDMI, RCA, audio, USB, and powered GPIO connectors, padded with one SD card slot.
The Raspberry Pi is $35 for the 512MB version in the US and under £25 in the UK, giving you power cables, storage, a case and possibly more.
Things can get a little expensive here…
What it takes to make it work
It’s a useful kit, but the Raspberry Pi is pretty much useless on its own. To get mine running I bought the following items:
- Micro USB power adapter
- USB keyboard
- USB mouse
- 8 GB SD card
- network cable
- HDMI cable