An open source development kit that houses a Raspberry Pi CM3+ Lite inside a keyboard chassis, pretty much like the Raspberry Pi 400, is available for pre-order.
Named the DevTerm, the upcoming device is a more complete all-in-one PC than the Raspberry Pi 400, as it ships with an integrated display and several other accessories.
Developed by Minnesota-based Clockwork Tech LLC, the DIY-friendly DevTerm is built around a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+, and in addition to the gamepad-equipped keyboard also includes a 6.8-inch IPS screen, a thermal printer, and a battery holder.
Modular and open
Clockwork is known for its GameShell handheld retro gaming console.
Like the GameShell, the DevTerm runs Linux atop a smart hardware design that’s modular, and open source. As its name suggests, the DevTerm is designed for doing development, though it does include a retro-style gamepad built into the 67-key keyboard,
The Raspberry Pi always attracts compatible third-party hardware and its new keyboard computer, the Raspberry Pi 400, is now available with touchscreen displays to make a complete system.
The Raspberry Pi 400 is a Chinese-made keyboard top with UK-made insides, including a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM, USB ports, a GPIO header, HDMI ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Pi 400 alone costs $70, but there’s also the $100 Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit, which includes the Raspberry Pi 400, a USB mouse and USB-C power supply, a micro SD card with Raspberry Pi OS pre-installed, and a micro HDMI cable for the display.
The kit is almost complete except for a display. But, as spotted by CNX-Software, Shenzhen-based electronics seller Waveshare is now offering its own Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit bundle with a choice of two touchscreen displays.
Last year, the Raspberry Pi 4 hit the market, promising all the essential guts that make up a surprisingly powerful computer for just $35. Add a $5 case and you have a basic computer—with USB ports, up to 4 GB RAM, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi for less than you spent on election night pizza. But diving into Raspberry Pi’s DIY-driven, hacker-friendly world can still be intimidating. Now, however, the company has released a $70 complete computer package based on the Raspberry Pi 4 and the whole thing fits inside a rather normal-looking keyboard.
For $70, you get a 64-bit processor, 4 GB RAM, support for 4K and dual displays, and full wireless support. With those kinds of specs, you shouldn’t expect to do any heavy computing, but the Raspberry Pi OS
Raspberry Pi has a new computer, and this time you won’t have to worry about finding a keyboard.
Called the Raspberry Pi 400, the new device packs a full computer into a keyboard. Specs include a quad-core 1.8GHz Broadcom processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 port (both USB-A) as well as two micro-HDMI ports for connecting a display (with support for outputting in 4K).
A microSD card slot is located on the back of the keyboard beside the ports, as is a horizontal 40-pin GPIO header for connecting accessories. The keyboard computer also supports Bluetooth 5.0, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi up to 802.11ac. Power is provided by USB-C.
Raspberry Pi is a computer project created by a UK-based charity called the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Selling its products under the Raspberry Pi name since
It looks like a keyboard—and it is. But it’s also a computer.
Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi 400, a complete $70 PC that’s built into a compact keyboard. It takes its inspiration from home computers from the 1980s, like the BBC Micros, ZX Spectrums, and Commodore Amigas.
As for specs, the Raspberry Pi 400 is pretty impressive for the price. It’s powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 and 4 GB of RAM. It’ll also support both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz 802.11 b/g/n/ac wifi, gigabit ethernet, and Bluetooth 5.0 and BLE. For ports, you get two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port, a microSD slot for storage or operating system, two micro HDMI ports that support up to 4K at 60 Hz, and a 40-pin GPIO header. Depending on the region, the Raspberry Pi 400 keyboard will either
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is making its cheap mini-computers a little less intimidating with the Raspberry Pi 400. The new $70 computer comes built into a compact keyboard that plugs into any TV or external monitor. For $100, the computer comes bundled with a MicroSD card, wired mouse, and MicroHDMI to HDMI cable, so all you need to supply is the screen. The computer is available now through several retailers that Raspberry Pi links to from its website.
Inside, the Raspberry Pi 400 is similar to the $55 Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, with a quad-core processor and 4 GB of RAM. By loading Raspberry Pi’s Linux-based operating system onto the MicroSD card, you can use the computer for web browsing, word processing, and programming, effectively making it a lightweight Chromebook alternative.
Of course, the computer-in-a-keyboard concept isn’t new. As The Verge notes, the Raspberry Pi 400 is
The Raspberry Pi Foundation made a splash in the mini PC scene with the Raspberry Pi, a tiny and affordable board that lends itself to all kinds of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Perhaps in a bid to get more people invested in the mini PC scene, the company has now launched the Raspberry Pi 400, which is basically a Raspberry Pi 4 stuffed into a compact keyboard.
In a way, this hearkens back to the Commodore 64, the best-selling single PC model (by some accounting methods) of all time. Except the Commodore 64 was comparatively chunky and obviously from a much different era. But it was also a complete PC housed in a keyboard, which you then connected to a TV or monitor.
Likewise, the Raspberry Pi 400 is PC of a different sort, with modern I/O connectivity options. As the developers note, there is more to a user friendly offering
When it comes to DIY computing, there is no name more recognizable than Raspberry Pi. Since 2012, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has sold more than 36 million of its cheap little ARM-based boards, providing tinkerers everywhere with an easy way to start new computing projects. The only major criticism, if it can be called one, is that putting one together often requires a bunch of parts.
In an attempt to simplify the build process, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Pi 400, a $70 keyboard that also happens to be a computer. That’s right, the Raspberry Pi is finally available as an (almost) all-in-one PC.
The $70 model is the no-frills option, giving you the keyboard (and PC innards) without power or accessories. For $100, however, you’ll get yourself a power supply, mouse, HDMI cable and a pre-formatted microSD card.
The newest Raspberry Pi 400 almost-all-in-one computer is very, very slick. Fitting in the size of a small portable keyboard, it’s got a Pi 4 processor of the 20% speedier 1.8 GHz variety, 4 GB of RAM, wireless, Ethernet, dual HDMI outputs, and even a 40-pin Raspberry Standard IDE-cable style header on the back. For $70 retail, it’s basically a steal, if it’s the kind of thing you’re looking for because it has $55 dollars worth of Raspberry Pi 4 inside.
In some sense, it’s getting dangerously close to fulfilling the Raspberry Pi Dream. (And it’s got one more trick up it’s sleeve in the form of a huge chunk of aluminum heat-sinked to the CPU that makes us think “overclocking”.)
We remember the founding dream of the Raspberry Pi as if it were just about a decade ago: to build a computer cheap enough that it would be within
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 400, a compact keyboard with an ARM-based computer built in. Just plug it into a TV or monitor using one of its two micro HDMI ports, insert a microSD card, attach a power cord and mouse, and you’ve got yourself a basic computer for day-to-day tasks, coding, or media playback. It’s available starting today as a standalone machine for $70 or in a bundle including a mouse, power supply, microSD card, HDMI cable, and beginner’s guide for $100.
The hope is the Pi 400’s form factor, plus these optional bundled items, makes it more approachable and user-friendly. That’s important when you’re selling an affordable computer, and it’s especially important when you’re selling an accessible device to help children learn to code. It looks more like a piece of consumer electronics than the basis for a DIY project.