jacob1998
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Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:34 pm

Hi all,

I am looking to get a very basic RPi and want to get the Raspberry Pi Zero W Starter Kit.

I understand that I will need to buy a Micro USB Hub etc for my keyboard and mouse but wondered if this would still be suitable as I want to learn very basic programming using Python.

Would the Raspberry Pi Zero W suit this?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:45 pm

Although the Pi0W would work, I'd be inclined to go with the Pi3B+. It has the hub built in, plus ethernet, has more memory and is faster with its quad cores and higher clock frequency. And still only $35. Once you take in to account the extras you need with the Pi0W the differnece in price is much less than you might think.
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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:47 pm

Thanks for this :)

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:49 pm

You will also need a mini hdmi adapter for the Pi Zero.
The 3B+ has a full size HDMI socket, and so doesn't need any adapter.

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:36 pm

If your buying a Raspberry Pi, I would go with the latest model:

1. Because when a new Pi comes you won't feel to outdated
2. Faster processor, more memory, etc.
3. Can run most applications better than other raspberry pi.
4. Easier to get started with. No dongles required.
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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:14 pm

There is also the option of going with the 3A+ instead of the 3B+ if you think you can get away with a single USB port (the 3B+ has 4 ports). Both of these have built in WiFi and Bluetooth.

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:22 pm

If you're not doing much electronics tinkering and doing mostly phython programming, etc with the RPi I'd go with jamesh's suggestion.

but if you're going to do some beginner's electronics tinkering with python... consider adding the RPiZW, and do the electronics tinkering there...

oh and make sure you encase your new RPi in a protective case... you wouldn't want to experience "accidental short circuiting" or "seeing the magical blue smoke" on your new RPi, as the only solution to that is the "$35 solution "
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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:37 pm

LTolledo wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:22 pm
but if you're going to do some beginner's electronics tinkering with python... consider adding the RPiZW, and do the electronics tinkering there...
If that is the case, and the Pi0 form factor is indicated by the nature of the project, the Pi0WH would be the way to go.

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:18 pm

Start out with the RPi3B+ & the recommended 2.5A power supply, it uses common accessories such as keyboard & mouse, USB ports, headphone socket, etc, you might need to use them. ;)

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Re: Help with first RPi purchase

Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:50 pm

I would also recommend starting with a B model rather than an A or Zero.

Get a 3B+ if you want the latest, though I find a 3B is perfectly adequate for my uses. A 2B or B+ may be appropriate if you wanted to save money but neither have wireless or Bluetooth on-board.

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