In June last year, the world was introduced to Raspberry Pi 4: a small computer with an even smaller price capable of running a complete desktop operating system that makes it useful for more than just hacks and homebrew projects. To celebrate the Pi’s eighth birthday it became an even better deal with the basic version which gets a free upgrade to 2 GB of RAM.
When it was announced last year, Raspberry Pi 4 was made available in three different versions for their price and the amount of memory included: 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB for £ 34, £ 44 or £ 54, respectively . But as you prepare to celebrate the quarterly arrival of February 29 in two days, take a moment to remember that the original Raspberry Pi was put up for sale for the first time eight years ago. To commemorate the occasion, its creators reduced the price of the Raspberry Pi 4 with 2 GB of RAM up to £ 34, matching the price of the 1 GB version.
Oddly enough, the Raspberry Pi Foundation still intends to sell the 1GB version even at its original price, but doesn’t expect too many consumers to opt for that version from here on out. And despite the drop in prices of the 2 GB version is the result of the drop in RAM prices, the 4 GB Raspberry Pi 4 will remain priced at £ 54 for the foreseeable future.
From our tests, the Raspberry Pi 4, which boasts 40 times the processing power, eight times the memory and 10 times the bandwidth of the original version of eight years ago, can be used to build a very usable desktop PC. The performance, of course, will be optimal with the 4 GB version and you will have to take into account the price of the necessary accessories such as keyboard, mouse and monitor, but if you are looking to put together a highly convenient machine (and I agree with the navigation all (inside and outside of a Linux-based operating system based on Debian 10 Buster) Raspberry Pi 4 can reliably run Chrome and other processor-less applications such as word processors, email apps and spreadsheets.
As long as you don’t expect to build a photo or video processing center for less than £ 100, there is now more reason than ever to consider a Raspberry Pi.