The Raspberry Pi is one of the most versatile and understated computing platforms you can find. Priced at around $36 for the basic board, it can be outfitted and turned into a low-budget media center PC, a classic gaming station, or an Internet of Things (IoT) base station for your smart home.
In terms of hardware, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B packs a 1.2GHz, 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU paired with 1GB of RAM. There’s also onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a MicroSD slot, four USB ports, and a full-size HDMI port. Overall, it provides a solid foundation for all types of DIY projects.
Below, we’ve rounded up a few deals on different Raspberry Pi 3 bundles. So whether you’re into retro gaming or hoping to build a Raspberry Pi-based coding machine, we’ve got something for everyone. Once you’ve built your computer and you’re ready to learn more, check out our Complete Rasbperry Pi 3 Training Bundle available from the DT Shop.
If you already have a spare HDMI cable and MicroSD card laying around and just need a basic kit to get started, then this Raspberry Pi bundle is for you. Like most kits, this starter bundle from Vilros includes the Raspberry Pi 3 B, two heat sinks, and a 2.5-amp USB power supply, as well as an attractive black plastic case. Available for just $49, this top-selling bundle is the cheapest kit on this list and makes a great starter package for those who already have an HDMI cable and MicroSD card and don’t want to pay extra for those components.
For a near-complete computer setup and a great project for kids and students, check out the Kano Computer Kit. Along with the Raspberry Pi 3 computer and enclosure, this bundle includes HDMI and USB cables, an 8GB MicroSD card, and a wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad. Assemble the computer, hook it up to an HDMI display, and you’re ready to dig into the pre-installed games, coding apps, and learning software. The Kano Computer Kit is great for teachers, home-schoolers, computer clubs, and young tech enthusiasts, and is currently available for $150 from ThinkGeek.
For those of you who want to make a dedicated Raspberry Pi emulation machine, the Old Skool Tools NES case should be right up your alley. This retro-inspired case is styled after the classic Nintendo Entertainment System and the cartridge slot opens to reveal your Pi’s USB and Ethernet ports. Load up your emulators and ROMs to an SD card, plug in your controller, and get gaming (no blowing into cartridges required). The Old Skool Tools NES case is $20 on Amazon while a standalone Rasbperry Pi 3 computer comes in at $36, letting you build your own retro console for less than $60.
If you love DIY projects like the Kano computer but robots are more up your alley, check out the Picar-V robot kit from Sunfounder. This package includes a Raspberry Pi 3 and all the materials necessary to construct your own little rover which you can control via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The robot also boasts a built-in webcam that can stream images and video to your device in real time. The complete Picar-V bundle is available on the DT Shop for $150, but if you already have a Raspberry Pi 3, you can get the robot kit without the computer for $110.
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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:24:53 +0000