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Here's a great way to start creating intelligent, computer-driven electronic projects. Make's blogger Matt Richardson's fantastic book, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and an assortment of 60+ electronic components for prototyping will keep you happily occupied. Walk through the whole Pi setup process, from installing Linux on the included SD card to powering it up for the first time.
512MB Raspberry Pi Model B
MAKE 3.14 Breakout
MAKE: Pi Enclosure
USB wall charger (2A) and USB cable
8GB Class 4 SDHC flash memory card preloaded with the NOOBs (New Out Of Box) image from the Raspberry Pi foundation.
Deluxe full-sized breadboard
Mintronics Survival Pack Guts with 60+ components (tin not included, just the guts)
HDMI high-speed cable
Deluxe breadboard jumper wires
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Print book and PDF download.
All parts needed to start using the Pi are included
Includes an assortment of 60+ electronic components for prototyping
Matt Richardson's book, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi walks you through the whole Pi setup
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What's in the box
Includes an assortment of components for prototyping
Includes Matt Richardson's Getting started with Raspberry Pi
While this is more expensive than the $35 dollar (depending on how long your willing to wait) board only option, you get everything you need in this kit to get started and more.
When I first attempted to load the OS, there was a write failure to the SD card, but this is most likely due to attempting to power the device using USB from my computer (not enough amps). Once it was powered from the included power supply, I had no issues.
While there are some other options that have faster processors, they are a little more complex as the pi guys made setting up the OS very easy. With the fan base of this product, there is also ample of support to be found in different forums and blogs.
Dare yourself into getting into some low level systems programming without bricking your costly PC!
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend