Once month after the Compute Module, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is already releasing a new product!
But this time, it’s a new Raspberry Pi model? Not so new in the specifications, but definitely new in the design!
What is the Raspberry Pi 400?
The Raspberry Pi 400 is a standalone computer, built into a keyboard.
This model includes the most powerful CPU for a Raspberry Pi (BCM2711 1.8Ghz) and 4GB of RAM.
It’s like a Raspberry Pi 4 hidden in a keyboard case.
For the oldest among us, this will probably bring back some memories.
My first computer was an Atari 720, with the same design 🙂
But for now, let’s take a quick look at this new product.
Ok, here is the real photo of the Pi 400 🙂
Yes, so basically the idea is to take the Raspberry Pi official keyboard, and insert a Raspberry Pi 4 in it, to have a standalone computer.
You just need to plug a screen and a mouse and it’s ready to use.
This is perfect solution with so many people working at home right now, and also for kids having school at home.
Here is the official introduction video from the Raspberry Pi Foundation:
As you can see, everything is easy to use. You just plug the cables and your computer is ready. No need to put heat sinks, to fix it in a case, etc.
There is even a kit available with everything you need: the mouse, power supply, HDMI cable and a SD card with Raspberry Pi OS pre-installed on it.
The good news is that all the ports from the Raspberry Pi 4 model are available on the back, including access to the GPIO pins.
So yes, this product seems very interesting.
I would have thought the new Raspberry Pi would include an easy way to use a SSD, but it doesn’t seem for this model yet (maybe for a next evolution, as there is definitely the space to do this in the keyboard).
The Raspberry Pi 400 specifications are very close from the Raspberry Pi 4.
If you have a Raspberry Pi 4 and are not interested in the keyboard format, I don’t think you really need this one (especially if you have the 8GB version).
Here are the specifications in details:
|Processor||Broadcom BCM2711 4x 1.8Ghz 64bits|
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|USB||2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0|
|Display||2x Micro HDMI|
|GPIO||40 pins GPIO header|
|Dimensions||286 x 122 x 23 mm|
So it’s a Raspberry Pi 4, with one USB 2.0 port missing, but a slightly better processor frequency (Raspberry Pi 4 CPU is 1.5Ghz).
Where to buy?
The Raspberry Pi 400 is availble in two options:
- The Raspberry Pi 400 computer only, priced at $70 in the US. You get only the keyboard computer, without any accessory.
- The Raspberry Pi 400 computer kit, priced at $100. It includes everything on the picture, so the power supply, mouse, HDMI cable, a 16GB micro-SD card and the Raspberry Pi Guide for beginners.
As always with a new product from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you will find it only on approved sellers websites.
You can find all the information on the Raspberry Pi website, but here are the main resellers.
- Raspberry Pi 400 Desktop Computer Kit on Amazon (US Keyboard and power supply)
- Raspberry Pi 400 Computer on Amazon (US Keyboard)
So, what do you think?
Personally, I’m excited by the format, as I think it can help many people to get a cheap computer at home (kids, elderly, and people working remotely in general).
So, it’s the perfect year to release this product and I hope it will be a success for this.
But for my personal usage, I don’t really see the point as I already have a Raspberry Pi 4 and will not (yet) move to Raspberry Pi as my main computer with this model.
Let me know in the comments if you are interested or not, and why.
See you soon 🙂