is that a bit monitor? acts like a heater for the room they get so hot?cspan wrote: ↑Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:44 pmI have used Pi in hotels, using the in-room television as a monitor. It works just fine. But it's not going to approach the packing elegance of a laptop. With the unit, power supply and cable, keyboard and cable, mouse and cable, HDMI cable, file storage (assuming you're not going to put all your eggs in one basket with that MicroSD card), it's clunky. Even if the 400 combines 2 of those, it's anything but sleek. And if you're at the hotel for a business meeting, you'll probably need a laptop anyway. I don't think you'll be bringing your room TV to the conference rooms.richrussell wrote: ↑Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:05 amYou can get Bluetooth speakers for under £10, so the lack of 3.5mm audio out really isn't such an issue if you can't do HDMI audio. Just as it was for mobile phones when they dropped the 3.5mm audio socket for headphones. If you really must have it then Bluetooth to 3.5mm modules also cost very little. I had one in my old car so I could connect my phone. Plenty of monitors do HDMI audio - that's how my current Pi 4 is set up.
For the intended market of home (using a TV) or office (probably not using audio, or using Bluetooth/USB headset), it's probably not a big problem hence why it doesn't have one.
I can definitely see me getting a Pi 400 to take with me when staying in hotels rather than taking a laptop. I've already got a Bluetooth mouse that I take with me, so that'll work nicely. But I'll have to wait until after lockdown for that to happen anyway.
Thank you all for mentioning upthread about audio pass-through on some monitors. That would be great; I'm going to have to look into that feature. Checking out monitors online at Micro Center (USA), I'm not generally finding that feature mentioned, so I'll have to look at them in person. My current 10 yr old Dell monitor does not have that, just HDMI input. There was an optional soundbar for it though. Of monitors with built-in speakers, it's startling to see that, wattage wise, it appears they're far worse than even the crappy ones that televisions come with these days. I'd also note that many televisions have a stability advantage over monitors, in that they often come with 2 legs (and/or 4 feet). Monitors are often supported by a single post in the middle, and you have to have a darn solid surface for them or they're going to wobble.
If pass-through audio is going the way of the dinosaur, I'll have to learn more about Bluetooth audio. I have had less than flawless experience with BT in automobiles, phones, and I hear BT keyboards aren't so great at maintaining a constant connection either. But we'll see what's out there at the time the need for a Pi 4 or a Pi 400 presents itself to me.
I have one if so, great screen and has the sound bar, I don't think it has the pass through. I think you run the audio cable up and a 12V PSU and then attach the bar.
I have a few Dell older monitors that are even more irritating...
They have VGA, DVI and Displayport.
No use to anyone