11 May 2012

A Computer for less than $25.00

October 2011

Raspberry Pi: $25 USB Size Computer Runs 1080p 

If you thought the $35 India tablet was innovative then you’ll be blown away by what game developer David Braben has come up with.

Raspberry Pi is a tiny USB stick PC that has an HDMI port on one end and a USB port on the other, you plug it into an HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port.

What you get is a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux and its only $25.

You’re first instinct is to assume that it’ll provide a crappy experience, but check out what they’ve packed into this USB size device.
You’ll get a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0, allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output. That’s right it’ll be able to output 1080p High Definition Graphics.
Raspberry Pi will alos be able to browse the web, run office applications, and it will give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in.

This USB size device you’ll be able to carry on your key chain should be available in the next 12 months.


  1. ok . . it seems that the Raspberry Pi released two versions in March 2012.. Here is some updated information.


  2. You need to add your own USB-compatible display and USB-keyboard, but if you already have those, it sounds like a great idea.

  3. check out what they've packed in? that's not even chinese to me.... i know some chinese....

    and yes, part of me's thinking 'wish that game developer had announced this some months ago'.... and i'll just leave it at appreciative that...

    heading up to r&t's for the weekend... hope your's is a good one... and if i don't get to your page sunday, HAAAPPY MOMMA'S DAY!!!

    (do they have m's day the same day as here? if not, happy angie's suuuuuunday!!!)

  4. Hi Bryce, not a USB compatible monitor, a HDMI Cable would connect to the Raspberry Pi HDMI port and the USB Keyboard would connect to the USB Port on the opposite end of the Raspberry Pi.. so I suppose for those families who didnt wish to purchase a monitor it could be connected to a Television Screen.

    But this would certainly save schools from having to purchase laptops or Desktops with monitors.. a big saving.

    I have been trying to think of any negatives .. but because Im not really sure how slow the specifications would run I am finding it difficult to compare the Raspberry Pi with a slower laptop.

  5. hello Dave, I thought you may like this one.

  6. g'day Dave(id).. you like? lol

    YES we do have Mothers Day this Sunday too. I am meeting with my Mother, Father,. My Aunty (Mums Sister) and my Cousin for afternoon tea tomorrow.

    Nice that you and Tutta will be catching up with R n T, Hope you have a nice relaxing get together.

  7. You would think, as small as it is, that it would be very fast.