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Raspberry Pi unboxing

The wait is over. After months of anticipation the $40 Raspberry Pi computer is in the hands of the public.

Deliveries of the first boards began last week and TechRepublic was lucky enough to get its hands on one.

This unboxing gallery explores the hardware of the board in detail – from the chipset through to its ports.

The packaging for the Pi is minimal, however take a closer look at the envelope and you’ll spot the telltale raspberry logo, a clue that it contains one of the most anticipated computers of 2012.

Anyone wanting to buy a Pi should register with distributors Premier Farnell or RS Components, although boards are currently sold out and there are reportedly more than 350,000 people on the waiting list to get one.

If you've already got a Pi and are unsure what to do with it then check out our 10 coolest uses for the Raspberry Pi, or if you're planning an interesting project of your own then tell us about it by emailing nick dot heath at techrepublic.com.

 

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18 comments
DT2
DT2

"The Pi shouldn???t be powered by plugging it into another computer or USB hub, according to the documentation." I wonder why...

Brian.Buydens
Brian.Buydens

Maybe its just me but when I see the RCA jack I think of mounting this thing in an old Apple II or Vic 20 case. I wonder how hard it would be to adapt a usb keyboard to fit into something like that. ;-)

Nick Heath
Nick Heath

Hi, This is Nick, I've added in links to the story where you can register your interest in getting a Raspberry Pi, you can't order one directly because they're sold out at the moment. @neil the address is the publicly available CBSi address in London, not my home address.

Regulus
Regulus

I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, could have used a Blog or Text story o this. I do NOT do Slide Shows. PLEASE !!??

Smart_Neuron
Smart_Neuron

I'm in the USA and world like to know 2 things... 1) Where can I buy onein the USA? 2) When will a case be available for purchase (if price is reasonable) and from where? KIndly provide ordering links if they are available. TIA :)

guy
guy

any pix of the Pi plugged in to a monitor? I know it'll just be standard *nix screen, but it proves the Pi is cooked I guess...

Systems Guy
Systems Guy

So, is this board a solution looking for a problem or did Raspberry have something in mind for it's use?

scoobygt4
scoobygt4

Or even the photo not photoi ;-)

Glenn from Iowa
Glenn from Iowa

I know this would reduce your click-count (on which I assume ad revenues are based), but an option to see all the pictures on one page (not just thumbnails) would be awesome!

sb1323
sb1323

Well, the wait is a little long now, but Newark has them at http://www.newark.com/raspberry-pi/raspbrry-pcba/raspberry-pi-model-b-board-only/dp/83T1943?ref=lookahead They are definitely back ordered. Sounds like you'd get one July-ish if you ordered now. As for the case, none yet for sale, but there's one on Shapeways that the author will release for sale as soon as the author gets a Raspberry Pi to test and make sure the case fits properly. They built the case design on expected dimensions. The author appears to have put in for a board about the same time as I did (early March) and should probably get it May-June. http://www.shapeways.com/model/486999/raspberrypi-case-20120224.html

Badboyabout
Badboyabout

....cos there is ya answer! Pop round to your local Lego shop and grab some bricks. Ha! smart_neuron indeed ;-) Kevin

JCitizen
JCitizen

Ya gotta wonder if that HDMI output is really 1080p supported? Just hard to fathom with my pea brain, I guess!

thebaldguy
thebaldguy

...a nice clump of clay, ready to mold into whatever your imagination can come up with. I wish i had a little more spare time, I'd invent SOMETHING!

Realvdude
Realvdude

Hopefully they will test heat buildup too. I haven't seen anything in regards to heat specs of the PI, but in a full enclosure, even the power regulator could cause a good temperature rise if it is plugged in long enough. Slick looking case though.