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What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:42 pm

Hello

I just purchased Raspberry Pi for Dummies. What version of Raspberry Pi would be best for this book? I just flipped through the book and can't seem to find a suggested version.

Thank-you

Phobos

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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:57 pm

I would go for B+ or Pi 2 B.

Or you can buy either as a starter kit. Ultimately it depends on how much you want to spend and what equipment you already have.

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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:15 pm

It is unlikely that the book covers the 2nd generation model but you should nonetheless buy a Pi 2, in my opinion. It has more computing power than a B+ and more memory and almost everything that the book discusses for an earlier model will also apply to the Pi 2.


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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:59 pm

Phobosdeimos wrote:Hello

I just purchased Raspberry Pi for Dummies. What version of Raspberry Pi would be best for this book? I just flipped through the book and can't seem to find a suggested version.

Thank-you

Phobos
Buy either the model B+ or the newer model 2 B. The main reason being more number of USB ports, esp. if you're a beginner. You'll be able to connect an external keyboard, mouse and say a wifi dongle easily.
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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:43 pm

Thanks for the advice all

I found this on amazon

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GWTN ... d_i=915398

Is this the proper one to get? or would you suggest something else?

Cheers
Phobosdeimos

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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:38 pm

Phobosdeimos wrote:Thanks for the advice all

I found this on amazon

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GWTN ... d_i=915398

Is this the proper one to get? or would you suggest something else?

Cheers
Phobosdeimos
Canakit is great, but they're overcharging for the new model 2 B Pi. Given that the raspberry pi model 2 officially sells for the same price as model B+ ($35 US), the canakit should have cost the same as its model B+ equivalent, which is around $20-$25 cheaper.

So its upto you. You could spend the extra cash to avoid the hassle, or buy the components individually and it'll be slightly cheaper.

note: the other components that come with the canakit are very good, and indispensable to start off quickly, esp. if you don't have a electronics supply store near you. This includes the box, power adpater, SD card, breadboard, T-breakout board, LEDs
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Re: What Version of Raspberry Pi should purchase

Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:51 pm

That's the right model of r-pi to get. The package is not cheap but if you want to play about with LEDs and cost isn't a problem then it's probably convenient to purchase the kit.

If you have a clearer idea of what you want to do then you could save money by just buying what you need (possibly even a subset of what's included in the package).

It includes at least one useless item (heatsink) and doesn't include some things you may need (e.g. USB keyboard & mouse, ethernet network cable, spare SD cards etc.).

One word of warning - it's very common for pre-loaded sd cards not to include the most recent software version, so be prepared to install your own copy of noobs if it doesn't boot. It's not difficult but does frustrate new users when they expect a complete plug and play experience.

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