As computers continue to get smaller, faster, and cheaper, one company is setting incredible new standards that remain unmatched.
Raspberry Pi already has a strong history of released affordable computers. Previous versions have sold for around $20-$35 and were small enough to fit in your wallet. Their new version, the Raspberry Pi Zero, is even better. It’s a fully programmable computer (although maybe not in the same sense as your laptop or iPad) for just $5. Or, if you feel like buying a copy of December’s issue of The MagPi magazine, you get one free.
The new Raspberry Pi features inpressive specs for a machine so tiny and cheap:
- A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
- 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
- 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
- A micro-SD card slot
- A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
- Micro-USB sockets for data and power
- An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
- Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
- An unpopulated composite video header
- Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
Admittedly, this thing isn’t going to run Fallout 4. But for hobbyists or people wanting to get into programming, this is the perfect way to start. The Raspberry Pi has a ton of quirky and interesting uses.
If you want to get an idea of just how far computing has come in roughly half a century, compare these two photos. The first one, uploaded by Reddit user Nidonocu, was taken 58 years ago. The second one is the new Raspberry Pi.