Apple II, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and Amiga 500. What do all these devices have in common? In addition to having made the computers history, they are among the first real PC which in the 1980s entered the homes of ordinary people. The whole computer was within the size of a keyboard, which was incorporated in the upper part of the case. It was enough just plug in the power cord and the TV cable to start working.
The new Raspberry Pi 400 Computer Kit is inspired by this historic form factor but with a much more compact keyboard than that of its historic predecessors.
Of course, the computing power is also of a completely different caliber with a quad-core Broadcomm Cortex-A72 64-bit 1.8 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, a graphics chip capable of handling 4K streams as well as two monitors and dual-band / Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi support.
The set of physical connections has nothing to envy to a modern PC. Indeed there are a SD slot, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB-C (reserved for power supply), double micro HDMI (the sales package also includes an adapter for HDMI full-size), one Gigabit Ethernet port. Obviously, as in every Raspberry, there is no lack of a horizontal 40-pin GPIO header for the joy of geeks where connect components and prototype projects.
The Raspberry Pi 400 kit is available with keyboard in different international layouts, even with the optional SD memory with the Raspberry Pi OS already installed. In any case, it is still possible to use one of the numerous Linux distributions for ARM architecture and even Windows 10 as long as you make some small fixes for system compatibility.
There is also a mouse and the official Raspberry Pi beginner’s guide book where is explained how to setup and use your new ownmade computer.