The microcomputer is the latest PC that can fit into the palm of your hand, and it has a price to match its size.
Personal computers can be very expensive, even lower-end models that are only good for an internet connection and a game of Solitaire. At a time when connecting to the digital world is essential for going about our lives, there are options available to access that world. In this case, microcomputing.
On Monday, The UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation took the wraps off its latest microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi 4. The piece of tech is the fourth generation of the charity’s line of credit card-sized personal computers, and it sports a comprehensive list of improved features.
The biggest advancement of the Pi 4 is its performance. The microcomputer makes use of up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, making it four times more powerful than the previous model and allowing it to process information as quickly as an entry-level laptop or regular PC. The central processing unit (CPU) is capable of supporting 4K video, which can then be displayed on two monitors thanks to two built-in HDMI ports. The Pi 4 also comes equipped with gigabit ethernet and LAN cable port, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, and four USB ports.
The computer doesn’t make use of more popular Operating Systems (OS) such as Windows or Ubuntu. Instead, it uses a free OS called Debian 10 Buster that comes equipped with a Chromium web browser. It also includes GIMP which can be used for image editing, and Libra Office for document and spreadsheet work.
The Raspberry Pi 4 will be available in South Africa once it’s accredited by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. Meanwhile, they are already listed with retailers. There are three versions of the computer available, with the entry-level 1 GB model retailing for R580. The 4 GB flagship will cost just under R1 000. In addition, there are a selection of accessories available, including a white and red case that seals and protects the CPU.
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