Small Cheap Low Cost Computer.

I was talking to Ben one of our other posters. As we are both on low incomes, and having old computers we where wondering what to do. we thought that many other people may be in the same boat, low incomes but can’t afford to upgrade. I remember hearing about the Raspberry PI a small low cost computer and we talked about them. upon further research into the Raspberry we found it was very low spec and did not really appeal as a small cheep computer. This got me thinking what other small cheep computers where out there. here is the list

Raspberry PI: The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
Features

  • Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
  • GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
  • 512MB RAM
  • Boots from SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system
  • 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
  • HDMI video out socket
  • 2 x USB 2.0 sockets
  • RCA composite video out socket
  • SD card socket
  • Powered from microUSB socket
  • 3.5mm audio out jack
  • Raspberry Pi HD video camera connector
  • Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm”

Beagle Board: BeagleBone Black is a $45 use MSRP community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.
Features

  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 2GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage
  • 3D graphics accelerator
  • NEON floating-point accelerator
  • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers
  • USB client for power & communications
  • USB host
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI

Odroid: 
Features

  • The Powerful Linux Computer
  • 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor and 2GByte RAM
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 LAN Jack
  • 3 x High speed USB2.0 Host ports
  • Audio codec with headphone jack on board
  • XUbuntu 13.10 or Android 4.x Operating System
  • Size : 83 x 48 mm, Weight : 48g including heat sink

These are the main ones we looked at and decided to go with the Odroid U3 so have ordered 2 of them.

 

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