Does anyone have any experience of the Raspberry Pi 400?
Thinking of getting one for Sam/Amy and me to play with for Christmas.
Sam has an interest in coding etc. and I thought this may help?
The only other PC we have at present is an old lenovo laptop.
The 400 is a Pi4 in a nice keyboard box. I think it’s a great idea, although I am I bit of a pi fanboy.
With a pi you can choose the Linux operating system you fancy; the standard one is fine. You get Scratch, Python and more for programming, Office compatible stuff for work and a few games. There are repositories of software online where you can easily install loads of free stuff.
Frankly I think they’re great, and they will be a lot less annoying than an underpowered Windows 10 laptop.
There are also good books available to help you to learn Scratch coding, which is great for the kids.
I wish something as powerful for such a small price had been around when I was in school. You should encourage both your kids to learn to be comfortable with a computer. Learning to program was the best thing I ever did. It has given me a comfortable life doing something I really enjoy.
i dont - litle machines with hardly any processing power, and micro 1K of memory taught certain programming tricks that helped me in over the years
i agree, i dont do that much now, i still get a thrill when i do a bit. It is so good to help develop a wider set of thinking and problem solving skills.
The Pi is a useful machine - we give them away to students on certain modules. We have worked with a few local schools to provide a structured learning programme to support kids learning to program on a Pi. We found that most kids, even if they wanted to learn to program, lacked the ability in independent learning to pick up a Pi and start to learn to program. Some can but most can’t.
It is a nice platform. Personally i think the 400 in the case etc, whilst a good choice for the desktop user, and perhaps to learn to program, i prefer the smaller non-keyboard versions as you can get to the board easier, strap it to the back of a robot, use it in so many more versatile ways. As a an xmas gift it’ll be nice, a gaming platform.
I am going to seminar given by Pete Lomas (one of the co-founders of the Pi) in late Jan