The Raspberry Pi 4 is a wonderful device. It is the latest and greatest from a range of computers that have invested millions in coding and forms the basis for a multitude of DIY electronics projects. The catch is that it is impossible to get them, at least not in IFRS.
The lack of semiconductors combined with the rise in popularity has led to a significant shortage in the supply of Pi 4s. The manufacturers say it is a device will not return to stock until April next yearmeanwhile, a few nearby are usually at a premium price – up to 400% more than the projected retail price.
But alternatives are available. Some may be a little more expensive and others may not have the power that Pi 4 has, but they are all in stock and ready to move on to your next project right away. Let’s see what your options are while Pi isn’t on the menu.
If you opt for the Tinker Board S R2.0, you get 1.8 GB of quad-core CPU, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The Tinker Board should have enough power to take over your more ambitious “Pi” projects, such as a home entertainment system or smart home controllers.
The Tinkerboard processor is more powerful than the one you’ll find in the Pi 4 B, so you may be able to become even more ambitious with your versions. However, when available, you can get the Pi 4s with up to 8GB of RAM, which is more than the 2GB offered by Tinkerboard. Then there is the price. You can pick up the Tinkerboard S R2.0 on Amazon for $ 149.99 – which is more than some inflated Pi 4s are currently for sale. In short, this is a good option if you need more processing power or can’t find Pi 4, not even expensive. Other boards on this list have also opted for 2GB of RAM, but their prices are much more affordable.
ODROID XU4Q with Linux has the advantages of “Samsung Exynos5422 Cortex-A15 2Ghz and Cortex-A7 Octa core CPU” along with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. On paper, this potentially makes the UX4Q the most powerful microcomputer on this list. It also comes with a very large heatsink attached, presumably to absorb some of the heat of its relatively powerful processor. In terms of ports, ODROID has managed to push two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI port on a small board.
In terms of price, with just over $ 100, the ODROID XU4Q is in the middle. This is cheaper than current prices for a few available Pi’s, but significantly more expensive than some other options and Pi’s IFRS. Despite the price and processing power, according to available information, I doubt the XU4Q could run 4K video, even if it had a port for it, which limits its applications a bit.
In the middle of the road in terms of price. It comes with a powerful processor, but with some limitations.
With a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 4K Ultra HD ARM Mali-450 750MHz GPU and 2 GB DDR3 RAM, the Libre Computer Board AML-S905X-CC (or “Le Potato”) is roughly equal to Pi 4 and superior of Pi 3. The company claims that their potato is about 50% faster than its predecessor Pi 4. But the best things about the Libre Computer Board are the fact that it is in stock and its price. The board is compatible with Android, Linux and more than likely any other open source software you can get.
For me, Libre’s little fries are a choice on this list and what I would choose to overcome is the lack of Pi. With $ 55 it’s not even a million miles away from what you would pay for Pi 4 similar prices in happier times. It’s certainly a lot cheaper than some heavily inflated microcomputers flying around these days.
The Raspberry Pi 4 has a serious kick, but if you can’t get your hands on it, you have to ask yourself, “Do I really need all that power?” The Raspberry Pi Pico is in stock, cheap and can be used for a multitude of entertainment projects. You’ll pay more than the IFRS for pizza, but a 75% premium on $ 4 is a lot easier to try than a 400% premium on $ 35.
Pico is probably not enough to run your home entertainment system, replace your everyday computer, or power a smart mirror – but you can make a drone with it. A microcontroller can also be used to mimic older games. While Pico certainly doesn’t have the strength that his bigger brothers have, it’s ideal if you just want Pi to start your creative itch.
You’ll still be putting things together, coding with Pic’s version of Python, and solving small problems that arise. The only difference is in the scope of the project you can take over and the savings you will achieve by not spending multiple IFRSs on your Pi.
Raspberry Pi Pico
Available for less than $ 10 and can give you a taste of what Pi has to offer.
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