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The latest Raspberry Pi alternatives for you to try

Raspberry Pi alternatives

As versatile as the $35 Raspberry Pi is, it is just one of many single-board computers available to buy today.

The Raspberry Pi strikes a fine balance between performance, price and usability that is difficult to match, particularly since the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B added up to 4GB DDR 4 memory, a faster CPU and GPU, and support for USB 3.0 and dual 4K displays.

But new competitors to the Pi are released on a regular basis, some ramping up the price to add more PC-like features — such as support for fast SSD storage and Intel Core processors — while others trim specs to cut costs.

These boards are generally aimed at software developers, hardware hackers, and tech enthusiasts working on projects like home media servers. However, it's worth pointing out that few boards are as accessible or offer the same breadth of stable software as the Raspberry Pi.

Here are the most interesting single-board computers revealed or released in recent months.

SEE: Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the world (TechRepublic cover story PDF)

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.