Best Raspberry Pi Kits Android Central 2020
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to enter the world of DIY electronics, a Raspberry Pi is a great place to start. It's a well-built, small PC board that uses standard input and outputs for audio and video, standard USB ports, a set of simple input/output pins to connect to just about anything, and most importantly, a massive collection of accessories and a vast community of developers. This spells success, whether you're building a hobby project or a prototyping something more complicated.
- The New Model: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit
- Bare Bones: Raspberry Pi 4 with essentials
- All the RAM: PiShop Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Starter Kit
- Test the sensors: Sunfounder Raspberry Modules Sensor Kit V2.0
- Go Retro: Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Retro Arcade Gaming Kit
- The Kitchen Sink: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Complete Desktop Starter Kit
- Game on the go: Retroflag GPi Case with Raspberry Pi Zero W Kit
- Zero to hero: Vilros Raspberry Pi Zero W Basic Starter Kit
- The true portable computer: NEEGO Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Complete Kit
The new Raspberry Pi 4 is a significant improvement over the 3 B+, and this kit from CanaKit has what you need to get up and running right away. This kit features 2GB of RAM, along with three aluminum heat sinks, and a USB-C power supply designed specifically for the Pi 4. You'll just need to get a case on your own when the time comes, or even if you want to.
This Raspberry Pi 4 kit comes with a 1GB starter board, a quick start guide, and four heat sinks. Plus, once you've got everything built, there is a USB-C to microUSB adapter to go with the HDMI to microUSB adapter that is also included. With these extra adapters, you'll be able to connect your new Pi 4 to almost any HDMI display.
There's a new Raspberry Pi on the block, and this time it's loaded with 8GB of RAM — double the amount of the previous version. This kit includes a plain-Jane case, power supply, three heat sinks, a Micro-USB to HDMI cable, and even a pre-loaded microSD card to get you started.
As you go through and build your Raspberry Pi computer, you may want to experiment with different things, but don't know where to start. With this Modules Sensor Kit from SunFounder, you are provided with 37 different modules, which will help you to attempt to complete 35 different projects. Plus, this kit includes the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and all of the modules, so you shouldn't need anything else.
There are some tremendous open-source arcade system images built for the Raspberry Pi, and this kit is a fun way to get started with one. Vilros includes a retro-styled Nintendo case, two USB gamepads, and a 32GB Samsung EVO microSD card. This card is pre-loaded with NOOBS and RETROPIE, so you are ready to play some games after assembling everything.
Made for hobbyists that want to go to the next level, this kit comes with everything needed to connect to the rest of the world and do cool things. Not only do you get the basics, but this Starter kit features a keyboard, mouse, microSD card, and a cooling fan. And to complete the "desktop" ensemble, there's a six-foot micro HDMI to HDMI cable, which will support up to 4K at 60fps.
Do you miss having a handheld game console that wasn't your smartphone? What about something that looks and feels like a Game Boy? That's exactly what you'll get with the Retroflag GPi Case Kit, which comes with a Zero W, 32GB microSD card, carrying case, heat sink, and the Game Boy-like case for old school on-the-go gaming.
The Vilros Zero W Raspberry Pi kit includes the Zero W, which is largely based on the original Raspberry Pi while providing onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. Vilros also consists of a basic case, power supply, and a few heat sinks to get you rolling. This kit is really designed for those who aren't sure about the world of Raspberry Pi and don't want to spring for the "full kit."
There's next level Raspberry Pi kits, and then there's the NEEGO Raspberry Pi 4 Complete Kit. In addition to the expected parts, NEEGO also includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, and a mini keyboard with a built-in trackpad. This is really where you want to go if you want to get everything you think you'll need for the most portable computer possible.
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You can do so much with a Raspberry Pi. Yes, you. This little PC board was designed with education in mind. It's easy to learn, relatively simple to master, and extremely powerful when used to control things like a smart home or robot. Best of all, they're incredibly inexpensive.
You'll find kits for every level of skill and our staff pick — the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit — is perfect for most people who aren't quite sure where to start. Like the Pi itself, it was designed as a STEM tool for kids that have an interest in building a PC and programming. But it's a features many of the necessary accessories to get started with Raspberry Pi.
Those who want to bump things up a notch will want to check out the NEEGO Raspberry Pi Complete Kit. THis kit includes the Raspberry Pi 4, keyboard, case, microSD card, and even a touchscreen so that you'll have a dedicated display and then can attach the Pi to the display. This is portable computing at its finest.
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