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 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

bluetooth keyboard raspberryI 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.

A microphone

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)