When news of the first Raspberry Pi came out, I put my name on the waiting list. My thoughts were of how interesting it sounded.
However, when it came out I declined to buy because of some reasons at that time.
So, this week I decided to splash out a little cash and grab myself a nice Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. In fact, I picked up a starter kit which included the Pi, a case and power supply (and not forgetting the 16Gb memory card too). It arrived today, ya, and I thought I would run you through my initial thoughts (by the way, I am currently using it to write this post - Ya).
The kit itself came in 3 boxes. 1 box contained the Raspberry Pi 3 + Sim card, 1 box contained the case and a 3rd one contained the power supply.
Fitting it all together was easy, just take off the top and sides to the case, put the Pi 3 in the case on the rests inside, then put the sides and finally top back on.
Next, on the bottom rear, I put in the Micro SD card. Against really easy. Finally, I plugged in my HDMI lead and the power supply and away it went.
The first thing that came up was a UI asking me to log into my WiFi - I chose to go WiFi over wired because of that, plus the wireless mouse and keyboard, meant fewer wires on my already cluttered desk.
Once I had entered the passcode for my WiFi - the next screen was to choose which install I wanted. Personally, I went for the recommended Raspbian which has given me a nice OS and the power of Debian to boot.
The install went quick, once I had accepted the message of 'This will overwrite.. blah...' and the system was up and running very quickly.
So, now that it's installed I have had a little play. I like it. It seems quite responsive in its OS. I can do all the usual stuff like browsing and I had a quick run of Libre office. All it all, if you looking for a small computer to just browse the web, etc, it's good.
I also, of course, went onto YouTube. As I am using HDML (and my monitor must also have speakers) I got sound out of my monitor - the videos ran smoother. I'm running it at 1080p in case you wondered.
All in all, I think its a brilliant little device. A complete computer for £45. Just add a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and you've got a great little machine.
If your interested, I've put some Amazon affiliate link backs to the pack I bought. Buying through these won't cost you anymore - but will throw a little affiliate commission my way. Or just use the link to be nosey and see what I got.
As I use this more, I will be adding more posts. So, check back for future Raspberry Pi 3 adventures.