I don't even know where to start with this. Is it the comparison this journalist makes with an Android tablet? Is it the fact that he's bought enough expensive cables, SD cards (go through the list and see how many he ends up with) and other superfluous peripherals to start a small shop? The way he appears to be deliberately missing the point (and misleading parents who might be shopping around for something for their kids) in order to file some copy to deadline?
http://www.zdnet.com/raspberry-pi-how-i ... 000020574/
A reminder: HDMI cables, SD cards, USB keyboards and USB mice can be picked up at £1 stores, begged from a neighbour or parent, bought at your local supermarket for less than you'd spend on a bag of crisps, or found second-hand at your friendly local charity shop for pennies. You may well (and probably do) have these things in your house already. (You may have eaten the crisps.) The Raspberry Pi was specifically designed to plug into your TV, be it a swanky expensive HDMI affair or a decades-old composite outfit, so you don't have to buy a monitor. You can make a case from Lego. Or cardboard. Or, if you're really desperate and a bit morbid, YOUR OWN HAIR AND BITS OF DEAD SKIN.