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Raspberry Pi 4 vs. Vero 4K+: Which should you buy?

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Raspberry Pi 4

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The Raspberry Pi is a favorite for folks building their own streaming box because it works well and the price is right. Version 4 comes with much-improved hardware, but it's also new and software like LibrElec doesn't yet support 4K streaming very well.

Raspberry Pi 4

Fan favorite

Wide range of accessories
Great developer support
Readily available
4K stream profiles not yet supported by the operating system
Needs a micro HDMI cable or adapter

Vero 4K+

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OSMC is one of the best operating systems for any home theater box and the Vero 4K+ was designed to work specifically with it by the people who wrote it. If you don't mind paying more for something that "just works" it's a great streaming device.

Vero 4K+

Plug and Play

Built specifically for the OSMC home theater operating system.
Everything works out of the box
Includes IR remote
Higher priced.

Which is best for you?

We really like the Raspberry Pi 4 for almost anything, but it has a bit of a problem with 4K files right now — the hardware is so new it's not properly supported by any streaming software. The Vero 4K+ doesn't have that issue, but it's expensive.

Raspberry PI 4Vero 4K+
CPUCortex-A72 quad core 1.5GHz 64-bitCortex-A53 Quad Core 1.6Ghz 64-bit
GPUVideoCore VI 3D up to 500 MHzMali 450 MP3 750Hz
RAM1, 2, or 4 GB2 GB
Wi-Fi802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0
USB2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.02x USB 2.0
Audio3.5mm analog audio output3.5mm analog audio output
OpticalNoSPDIF output
HDMI2x micro HDMI1x HDMI
EthernetGigabit EthernetGigabit Ethernet
VideoHEVC decode to 4K@60 (with HDR)
H.264 decode to 1080p@60
4K, H265, 10-bit HDR ready

As mentioned above, the Raspberry Pi 4 just isn't ready for 4K streaming right now. The hardware is there and plenty powerful enough, but home theater software just hasn't caught up to what's new. That will change and the right people are already hard at work and showing promising results. Once everything is working together, the Raspberry Pi 4 should make for an excellent and affordable streaming media player using free and open-source software.

However, the Vero 4K+ is already there and all you'll need to do is plug in the HDMI cable and power it on to enjoy your favorite media. You'll even have a working IR remote. the only issue is the cost — it's not cheap, especially when compared to the more DIY Raspberry Pi solution.

Right now, the Raspberry Pi 4 works great when streaming 1080p video and the Raspberry Pi foundation is pushing software out for better 4K support almost every day. If you enjoy building something more custom yourself and can wait for 4K, get one. If you don't want to wait or fiddle with something more DIY, then the Vero 4K is for you.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.