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Meet the Raspberry Pi 400, a complete setup inside a tiny keyboard

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The folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have done it again, they've managed to launch a product I really don't need but absolutely want with the Raspberry Pi 400. It's a complete unit, built into an official Raspberry Pi keyboard and it looks seriously slick.

What they haven't done it just attach an RPi to a keyboard, they've fully integrated it. It runs faster and cooler than the comparable 4GB Raspberry Pi 4 and it's actually an entirely new board layout.

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Full Specifications:

  • Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.8GHz
  • 4GB LPDDR4-3200
  • Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 × USB 3.0 and 1 × USB 2.0 ports
  • Horizontal 40-pin GPIO header
  • 2 × micro HDMI ports (supports up to 4Kp60)
  • H.265 (4Kp60 decode); H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode); OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
  • MicroSD card slot for operating system and data storage
  • 78- or 79-key compact keyboard (depending on regional variant)
  • 5V DC via USB connector
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to +50°C ambient
  • Maximum dimensions 286 mm × 122 mm × 23 mm

You'll be able to buy it as a full complete kit with the Raspberry Pi 400, an official mouse and power supply, an SD card with Raspberry Pi OS pre-installed, a micro HDMI to HDMI cable and their official Raspberry Pi Beginner's Guide for $100 / £94 or just the Raspberry Pi 400 unit by itself for $70 / £67. Prices may vary between stores and resellers.

Could make for a wonderful fully-ready retro gaming device, or perhaps some streaming. Maybe something to think about picking up for the upcoming holiday season.

You can find out where to buy it and more info here on the official site.

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wvstolzing 2 Nov, 2020
I'm sure this sizzles the hearts of all 80s/90s 'micro' users.

This fellow already has an 'unboxing and review': https://youtu.be/3A7pQN5W08E

edit:
This fellow brings up the similarity to early micros: https://youtu.be/P1E5xszQqV8


Last edited by wvstolzing on 2 November 2020 at 12:51 pm UTC
Linas 2 Nov, 2020
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It's not much more expensive than a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) + a keyboard. Of course you still need a power supply, a mouse, and a bunch of adapters and cables. But you need that for the normal Raspberry Pi as well.

I was considering a similar setup for trips where I would not want to bring a laptop, but that never happened due to practical consideration. While most hotels have a TV with HDMI input, it may not be easily accessible. Also the location of the TV may not be very practical itself. In real world a smartphone can do basically the same, plus more.

Also it's not like any of us will be traveling anywhere anytime soon...
fenevadkan 2 Nov, 2020
Nice, it is like the new C64 :)
They could have got the 8GB verson (or even 16GB)


Last edited by fenevadkan on 2 November 2020 at 1:06 pm UTC
JJNova 2 Nov, 2020
Quoting: LinasAlso it's not like any of us will be traveling anywhere anytime soon...

I think it mostly depends on where you live. I have spent most of this year traveling for work, and a cheap (like $15) wireless keyboard work great when I just need to do something quickly. Though Hotel televisions are absolutely horrible with those bolted one control boxes that override the TV accessibility. I am lucky enough to have a personal phone with an IR blaster, allowing me to unplug that box and regain control of the television.

I'm not really sure how this setup beats a wireless keyboard though. especially one with a built in touchpad ($20). As usual, it will be interesting to see what people do with it.
vskye 2 Nov, 2020
Ok, this is pretty cool, especially for younger kids. Price isn't bad either, at only $100.00 US.
emphy 2 Nov, 2020
Imo, the lack of space for an ssd (either sata or m.2, or even integrated like in the compute module) is a bit of a missed opportunity, especially for the advertised daily desktop use.


Last edited by emphy on 2 November 2020 at 4:01 pm UTC
hardpenguin 2 Nov, 2020
The Raspberry key instead of Windows key is a nice touch ;)
Arehandoro 2 Nov, 2020
As mentioned, throw an 8GB version with m.2 SSD and I will buy it without thinking about it twice. The design is beautiful and this would be a really nice setup for so many things.
Jollt 2 Nov, 2020
So awesome! I have so much fun with my Raspberry Pi 3 but it's so far away for being a desktop like I was thinking, Pi4 on the other hand, wow, so much faster, this Pi400 is what I was thinking from the start when I bought my Pi3, easy to carry and use on a monitor, I have so many cables on mine. Awesome.
M@GOid 2 Nov, 2020
I sincerely hope this lead to a new wave of PCs on a keyboard.


Last edited by M@GOid on 2 November 2020 at 8:00 pm UTC
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