Five takes on Raspberry Pi 400

Raspberry Pi 400 featured on Channel 5’s Gadget Show on Friday. We love being on the telly, and it reminded us to remind you that our smart, portable PC is just the best. Here are five different takes on our complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard.

Classic retro gaming, new retro-style gaming

Since 2004 The Gadget Show has been sharing the latest gadget reviews and tech innovations, and now it’s Raspberry Pi 400’s turn in the spotlight. Jordan Erica Webber took it for an emulator gaming spin, and enjoyed some classic ROMs and some new ones.

Ooh, what’s that Jordan Erica Webber is playing?

Her verdict: this is a great way to go about retro gaming.

Fresh out of the box

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One of the best things about launching a new product is seeing all the unboxing videos our community makes. And this one by Caroline Dunn was one of our favourites from Raspberry Pi 400 launch day. Caroline liked that this is our most powerful and easy-to-use Raspberry Pi computer yet. In her video she walks you through how simple it is to set up, even for complete beginners.

Raspberry Pi 400 goes cyberpunk

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The latest cool project we saw was Zack Freedman’s cyberdeck. The Voidstar Data Blaster is a portable cyberdeck that Zack created to help him stay punk in the suburbs. It’s built entirely around Raspberry Pi 400 and it features lots of cool cyberpunk additions like a wearable display and chunky handles.

Amiga classics

Dan Wood is self-confessed Raspberry Pi addict and also loves retro gaming. So it’s no surprise that he took to his YouTube channel to show you how to play Amiga games on the Raspberry Pi 400. Dan liked the retro-inspired design of our all-in-one machine, and took a trip down memory lane to turn it into the ultimate Commodore Amiga emulator.

Working and learning from home with Raspberry Pi 400

So neat, so unlike my desk

Lots of people use our portable computer to work remotely or access education from home, so we rounded up an FAQ-style bunch of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of it. We cover everything from printing to video conferencing and Google Classroom here.

Oh – and if you’re still wondering what Jordan Erica is playing up there, it’s Morphcat’s Böbl, and you can grab it, and other new-retro ROMs, from itch.io.

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I am extremely happy with my Pi 400. The only thing I would change is to make a provision for an internal SSD. Having to hang a dongle on the back to run the OS is the only negative I can find. Still, for the price, it’s unbeatable.

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+1 – most definitely!

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RPI400+ (it needs 4 in the name)
8gb RAM, AVP, Full Size HDMI & M2-NVME Connecter + trap door.

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I wonder if there are any plans for Raspberry Pi 800 (8G version)?
8G RAM + 32 eMMC and I’d take 10 pcs immediately (for me & most of my family).

Reply to Paweł Kraszewski

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+1 most definitely. Wish there was a typo for Raspberry Pi 400. One more recommendation Please add a USB 2.0 hub like the official Keyboard and Hub. Maybe they can remove the GPIO to create some space.

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remove the GPIO??? Absolutely not….physical computing is still at the heart of the RaspberryPi…. you want kids to be able to plug stuff in… don’t require them to buy a whole seperate device/board…

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will der pi a p400 edition for compute modules? it would be nice to make it upgradeable and might help to save electronic waste :)

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will there be a pi400 edition for compute modules? it would make it upgradeable and might help save electronic waste :)

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It is fantastic, I am very happy with it!!

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Really impressed with the Pi 400 – also the starter kit makes for a fantastic gift, especially with the comprehensive (and very readable) manual!

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I love the product concept and it’s price.
I only wonder why the keyboard layout is still this nonlinear gap thing that was developed for typewriters. I guess there might be good reasons but are you thinking about moving to other directions and layouts? maybe even integrate with projekts like the plank keyboard?

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I got this initially to tear it down and just use the base board for a project I had in mind as all the connectors are on one side. But I didn’t do this (yet) and set it to see how it worked as a possible home computer. First thing, of course, is to boot latest full PI OS from an external USB 3.0 SSD. Doing so gives you a ‘much’ better ‘experience’ and, I think, reliability over an SD card. Not to mention lots more disk space! On that score, I do wish there was an internal USB 3.0 port, so one could hide the drive and keep as one unit. So, with a USB speaker, USB mouse, and external USB drive, all USB ports were used and wires everywhere :) . I found it very usable for the standard things one would normally do. Browsing, watching a video, e-mail, office apps, and of course general programming tools I use worked well. I wouldn’t recommend this for encoding 4K video or complex 3D CAD development of course (not workstation class), but as a ‘general’ use machine it should sell well at given price point. GPIO is of course a bonus. Come along ways since the first RPIs (I’ve used them all)!

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