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Old 11-19-20, 01:22 AM
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Raspi 400 "desktop" computer

anyone use Rasp berry Pi as desktop computer?

i havent owned a desktop or laptop in years.
it seems like i can do most things on my iPad these days.
but gotta write a resume. I guess I might want to learn something cutting edge, like Python language. I guess i can also use a Raspi to watch youtube on my big tv.
maybe i start editing home videos with it.



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Old 11-21-20, 08:42 AM
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why not just buy an inexpensive laptop? They're available for $300 (maybe cheaper during the holiday buying period) and come with Windows or another browser already loaded up. Buy a Chromebook and you can get free word processing and other software (simplistic, but good for a resume and basic letter/report writing), plus easy connectivity to a big screen television. .
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I bought a Pi4 when they came out, and will probably buy one of the Pi400's soon as well. They're great little computers, certainly more than a lot of people need for their basic browsing, email, facebook, etc. day-to-day use. Great for hacking around in python, etc.

Highly recommend a wireless mouse.
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I built a desktop and hand picked all the parts a few years back, and have to say, having a desktop with a large screen (at least 27 in) is 100% the way to go over working on a laptop or ipad. I will never go back unless I need a laptop for work or travel. Some of the desktop rigs now a days are just unbelievable.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
why not just buy an inexpensive laptop? They're available for $300 (maybe cheaper during the holiday buying period) and come with Windows or another browser already loaded up. Buy a Chromebook and you can get free word processing and other software (simplistic, but good for a resume and basic letter/report writing), plus easy connectivity to a big screen television. .
RPI has linux o.s.. All the software is free. You are not in the Windows ecosystem, having to paying for MS Word, for example. or be bombarded by advertisement.

I use linux at work, so it is easy for me.

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Originally Posted by Snowflake6 View Post
I bought a Pi4 when they came out, and will probably buy one of the Pi400's soon as well. They're great little computers, certainly more than a lot of people need for their basic browsing, email, facebook, etc. day-to-day use. Great for hacking around in python, etc.

Highly recommend a wireless mouse.
i bought a pi4. i put it in a small plastic box. it needs extra cooling. i am using a cpu fan, but am annoyed by the noise. i want to install a big heat sink and ditch the fan. in retrospect, should ve bought the 400 instead.

only problem so far is my old DVI-d monitor refuse to work with the Pi. So have to resort to using my HDMI TV. and the wireless mouse cursor keep shaking.

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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
anyone use Rasp berry Pi as desktop computer?

i havent owned a desktop or laptop in years.
it seems like i can do most things on my iPad these days.
but gotta write a resume. I guess I might want to learn something cutting edge, like Python language. I guess i can also use a Raspi to watch youtube on my big tv.
maybe i start editing home videos with it.


The 400, pictured, has only recently been released. It is probably not available yet in some parts of the world. I think this will become a huge seller, even disrupting the computer industry. Apple computers are now moving to the same chip used by Raspberry Pi. Others may follow. The chip uses less power than common computer chips, meaning you can run it on battery for more hours. Windows is not written for this chip. Windows may release another version for this chip, or it may be the death of Windows. There is a Windows-look-alike operating system which can be used.

I suggest it is a good computer to get for ordinary every day use.

However, the performance may be lacking when it comes to editing videos. The only way to know for sure is to try it. The video editing apps are free, and there are several to choose from. If you want it for editing videos, I suggest get another computer.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i bought a pi4. i put it in a small plastic box. it needs extra cooling. i am using a cpu fan, but am annoyed by the noise. i want to install a big heat sink and ditch the fan. in retrospect, should ve bought the 400 instead.
only problem so far is my old DVI-d monitor refuse to work with the Pi. So have to resort to using my HDMI TV. and the wireless mouse cursor keep shaking.
My Pi4 hasn't needed additional cooling beyond the heatsinks that stick on the processors. No fan. I've left it running (driving the OEM 7" touchscreen) for hours without issues. Unless you're overclocking it, or it's in a sealed box, fans shouldn't be required.

The Pi3 I have running some processor-intensive stuff does have a fan now, but it's driven from the 5V line on the Pi itself, and provides just enough airflow to cool without being annoying. Look for a good fan from Noctua or similar that runs quiet.
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According to the generation of ipad it is likely FAR more powerful and suited to your need.

There are some good reviews on YouTube regarding this unit. The new format makes it seem quite attractive. All of the ones I have watched indicate that IF you are already familiar with the format and OS that it works well as a basic machine for surfing or very light office work. Basically even the fanboi say that higher workloads are still out of reach for it, particularly in light of time spent performing the tasks.

I suggest watching 'Explaining Computers' and 'ETA Prime' videos on SBC in particular.
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Old 11-30-20, 06:24 PM
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I hadn't heard of that pi 400, that's a really cool idea!

My family's shared 'desktop' computer for at least 5 years now has been an Intel Nuc (running Ubuntu), that box is not much bigger than a pi anyways, but why not just integrate into a keyboard?

I wonder what Raspbian on the pi is like compared to Ubuntu, whether it feels cramped or not.

I see also on the specs, 'Micro SD slot for operating system and storage', so I guess it has no hard drive (neither spinning nor SSD), you have to provide an SD card and then install the OS. My NUC has a chip-form-factor 128GB SSD. How does SD speed compare to SSD?
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post

I wonder what Raspbian on the pi is like compared to Ubuntu, whether it feels cramped or not.

I see also on the specs, 'Micro SD slot for operating system and storage', so I guess it has no hard drive (neither spinning nor SSD), you have to provide an SD card and then install the OS. My NUC has a chip-form-factor 128GB SSD. How does SD speed compare to SSD?
The Raspberri Pi O.S. (Raspian) seems to work fine. i only been using for a few days. Nothing heavy duty yet.
The desktop environment looks old school. It looks educational. Because they are educational computer.

i have read that Ubuntu runs slower than Raspian. So i chose Raspian. probably less buggy since it official version.

My next project is to make my Pi4 boot up from USB thumb drive.
After that I want to try boot up from SSD drive for even more performance.

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Old 12-01-20, 10:38 AM
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Ubuntu probably does have more bloat, since its goal is to be closer to all things for all men.

I put Lubuntu onto a very underresourced laptop for one of my kids, and I didn't like it at all. That's no indication I would dislike Rasbpian though
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