Best Raspberry Pi Kits Android Central 2019

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 2GB Basic Kit

Staff pick

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. With 2GB of RAM and all the accessories you need, this is where you want to start.

$65 at Amazon

Bare Bones: Raspberry Pi 4 with essentials

The new Raspberry Pi 4 has some changes that make a few accessories a must-have. This kit includes a 1GB board, heatsink, USB adapter, and HDMI adapter so you can drop your new board into an existing project. Neat!

$50 at Amazon

All ages: Kano Computer Kit

A Kano Computer Kit is designed for kids to be able to build their own PC and use it to do just about anything. It's also an excellent way for anyone to get started with a Raspberry Pi no matter their age. The kit includes everything; simply plug it into any display with a free HDMI input and start having fun.

$80 at Amazon

Smart Car: Sunfounder PiCar-S

Build your own robotic Smart Car with Sunfounder's PiCar kits. The PiCar-S comes with a set of sensors that can avoid obstacles, follow a line on the ground, or follow a light without any remote control needed. It's not too difficult to assemble and program, and makes for a great project.

$170 at Amazon

Go Retro: Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Retro Arcade Gaming Kit

There are some tremendous open-source arcade system images built for the Raspberry Pi, and a great kit complete with two controllers is a great way to get started with one. Everything you need except the television is in this kit, and getting started is simple. You'll be feeling the nostalgia in no time.

$80 at Amazon

The Kitchen Sink: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Ultimate Starter Kit

CanaKit's Ultimate Starter kit is a perfect addition to any workbench or electronics lab as well as the garage or spare room. Made for hobbyists that want to go to the next level, the Raspberry Pi comes with everything needed to attach the Input and Outputs to the rest of the world and do cool things.

$90 at Amazon

Get started in DIY

You can do so much with a Raspberry Pi. Yes, you. This little PC board was designed with education in mind, so 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 Kano Computer 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 complete system for everyone that's super easy to get started with.

You'll also find the perfect way to get started with the new Raspberry Pi 4 with CanaKit's Basic Raspberry Pi 4 kit. You get the board, the new power supply that you'll need to power it, and a set of heatsinks to keep everything running cool. It's an awesome way to transition from an older version to the new model.

Or just buy the PiCar and have a load of fun out in the parking lot. You know you want to.

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