The Raspberry Pi can be easily improved by adding external components. There are hundreds of them, but to start in right conditions, you will only need the essentials
Here are the main accessories that I recommend you to buy quickly after starting to use the Raspberry Pi:
- A Samsung Evo SD card (click to see on Amazon). I let you look for the size, but regarding quality, performance and price you will not find better
- This Bluetooth keyboard on Amazon: It will greatly facilitate your life, it is compact (about the same size as the raspberry), easy to install and intuitive
- The official screen of the Raspberry Pi on Amazon: Whether to use your Raspberry mobile or to avoid switching with your pc each time, the official screen is always worth it
- A basic USB microphone: Why do you want to install something complicated when an accessory at $5 can do it?
A very good SD Card
If you like to experiment with Raspberry Pi, you will need new SD cards:
– need more space?
– need better performance?
– need an additional card to test another OS?
I have about ten SD cards, more or less expensive, and this is the one I prefer
The Samsung Evo will allow you to meet all your needs, thanks to a range that is both fast and accessible, from 32GB to 256GB
You also get a ten years warranty and it displays read and write rates close to perfection (95MB / s read, 20MB / s write). It is much faster than the original card or the other ones in the market in this price range
It comes with an SD/micro SD adapter for easy connection to your PC.
If you do not have an SD port on your PC, know that there are USB adapters that can help you out at a meager price (see an example on Amazon)
A wireless keyboard
I also advise you to invest very quickly in this wireless keyboard. I bought it at the same time as my first Raspberry Pi and I was not disappointed
Indeed it’s just essential. It is recognized directly, it allows to type all the characters intuitively and has a “touchpad” mouse integrated
The batteries are long enough (can be 2/3 weeks for daily use), it charges with a micro USB cable
It automatically goes to sleep when you do not use it
I also tested it on Android, Windows and PS4. It has been well detected, so it’s a good investment, if you are afraid of not using it for a long time on Raspberry Pi, it will serve you for many other things later
The official screen
As much as the two previous accessories are just essential, as much we arrive in the most specific. But for a lot of projects, a screen will be very useful
In this case, it is likely that the official screen made by Raspberry Pi suits you
It is indeed effortless to install and perfectly compatible with all models
For optimal use, I also recommend this case, which allows you to keep everything together and to put it somewhere stable.
The last very useful accessory is this mini USB microphone. For a ridiculous price, it will allow you to do your tests without breaking the bank.
Just plug it into USB and select it in Raspbian’s audio options (see my article on this)
If it’s enough for experiments, I recommend you to move to a more professional model or more adapted to your project
For example, this conference microphone from Jabbra is perfect to capture the sound of a room (Alexa or baby surveillance for example)