Raspberry Pi 400 | Is it really for you? -thebytewise

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Okay, I know this is old news actually very old and I am pretty sure that you might already have read an article about the Raspberry Pi 400 getting all into the technical details and whatnot. But after flooding your mind with all that information you might land at the question, "Do I actually need it?".

Well, worry not, this article will dive into this exact same discussion and I will try to clear all your doubts about who exactly the Raspberry Pi 400 is for, and whether or not you should consider buying it or perhaps upgrading.

Some technical specification

This section is for those readers who do not know about the Raspberry Pi 400's technical details. If you don't fall in that section feel good about yourself and skip to the next part.

Quick specs

  • Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.8GHz

  • 4GB LPDDR4-3200

  • Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

  • Bluetooth 5.0, BLE

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • 2 × USB 3.0 and 1 × USB 2.0 ports

  • Horizontal 40-pin GPIO header

  • 2 × micro HDMI ports (supports up to 4Kp60)

  • H.265 (4Kp60 decode); H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode); OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics

  • MicroSD card slot for operating system and data storage

  • 78- or 79-key compact keyboard (depending on regional variant)

  • 5V DC via USB connector

these specification details are taken from the raspberrypi.org website so if there is something wrong blame them.

What changed in the new Raspberry Pi 400

Well, to be completely honest there isn't really much of a difference if not any when compared to the Raspberry Pi 4.

  • The Raspberry Pi 400 is running on the same BCM2711 ARM SoC but clocked at a little higher 1.8GHz vs 1.5GHz on the Raspberry Pi 4, which practically speaking won't really have any noticeable performance improvement.

  • Raspberry Pi 400 comes in only one variant with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM.

  • The Raspberry Pi 400 unlike the Pi 4 does not include any MIPI DSI display or MIPI CSI camera ports but comes with the usual 40pin GPIO headers.

Apart from the specifications the only major change with the Raspberry Pi 400 is that it comes with a different approach than previous models.

The Raspberry Pi 400 comes integrated into a keyboard, actually the Raspberry Pi 400 comes in a whole learning package which consists of a starter's guide, a mouse and a keyboard which is basically the heart of the whole package because the whole Pi is integrated into that.

So the final question still stands that, is it really for you?

See, the answer to this is really subjective, a Raspberry Pi is supposed to be for those who wants to learn about computers in a fun and economic way, well ofcourse the Pi can be used for a whole army of other applications but thats another topic on its on.

For the matter of the Raspberry Pi 400, the truth is that it is not aimed towards developers and people who wants to build cool projects with it ofcourse you can build cool things with it anyway but then buying another version of the Pi will be smarter.

Whereas the Pi 400 is for people who are new to programming and computers in general, the Raspberry Pi 400 is built in a way such that the user can get started with it as soon as he/she unboxes it.

The Raspberry Pi 400 can prove to be a very useful thing to gift your child, as it will be a really nice learning material, the Raspberry Pi 400 can be used as a guest computer which you can just set up at a corner which is low powered and is good enough for basic works.

The Raspberry Pi 400 can be also used in schools as a substitute for expensive computers.

Uses of a Raspberry Pi 400

I know some of you just skipped right to this point, but its alright just do me a favour in return and click some ads... LOL JK. (wink wink)

Well I have pointed out all the possible uses of the Raspberry Pi:

  1. As a gift to your siblings or childern: as it is a very useful learning material for a very cheap price.

  2. As a guest computer: The Pi 400 can be set up as a guest computer which can be cheap alternative.

  3. Can be used in schools: It can be used in schools as a cheap alternative.

  4. Can work as a secondary computer: At last it can also work as an secondary computer for your not so much important works.


At last it will be perfect to end the discussion by saying that if you are someone who wants to build cool projects then it is for sure that the Raspberry Pi 400 is not for you probably get a Raspberyy Pi 4 or a Pi 3 is still good enough.

But if you are someone who is just getting started with the whole idea of computers and programming then the Pi 400 is for sure the perfect gadget for you as it is very easy to setup and everything you need already comes in the same package so it is very easy to get started with.

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