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Orange Pi PC H3 - £14.42 @ GearBest

£14.42 @ GearBest
No power supply included (use a PSP power supply) https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=video&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjyyPTf7PbRAhXpAcAKHWnXCTwQtwIIHTAB&url=https%3A%2F%2F… Read More
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Price showing as £16.40....
#2
PS Can anyone explain this in comparison to the Raspberry PI?
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IamMT
PS Can anyone explain this in comparison to the Raspberry PI?


get a raspberry pi
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There are plenty of better, faster hardware but nothing beats or even comes close to the Raspberry Pi for official support and a huge active community around the world.
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Good price. Brought one a few weeks back from amazon for 27.00.

As long as you know what your doing its just as good as a raspberry pi. Using mine for retropie. Plays psx and most n64 games I've tested.

Edited By: Richdotward on Feb 04, 2017 17:56
#6
Depends what you want to use it for. If you just want a faster SBC to run Debian, these work well. If you want guaranteed hardware compatibility use a Pi
#7
Richdotward
Good price. Brought one a few weeks back from amazon for 27.00.
As long as you know what your doing its just as good as a raspberry pi. Using mine for retropie. Plays psx and most n64 games I've tested.

Totally agree
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IamMT
PS Can anyone explain this in comparison to the Raspberry PI?
It is a small single board computer with I-O that is nearly, but not quite totally different from an RPi.
If all you want to do is load Kodi or goof around with software, it'll probably do the job and be a bit cheaper (once you sort out the different operating system you need).
if you want to make lights flash, it's different but the basic operations can be made to work - eventually.

If you value your time at £0 per hour, it'll save you money. If you want to save between a day and a week of your free time, get a Pi. The hardware works, but the support is minimal.
But you can get other SBCs like the NanoPi Neo that are even cheaper.


Edited By: pete_l on Feb 04, 2017 21:02
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If you don't know anything about SBCs, get a Raspberry Pi.
If you know about SBCs and are buying one to play around with, get a Raspberry Pi.
If you know exactly what functionality is required and that this will accomplish it plus you don't mind no support whatsoever from the manufacturer, get one of these.
If none of the above, get a Raspberry Pi.

The support for this board is so bad, that you're reliant on a 3rd party to provide images for it. If they stop deciding to support it, you could be SOL when it comes to the software side.
#10
If you know what you are doing this distro works fine:

https://www.armbian.com/orange-pi-pc/

At half the price of a RasPi might be worth it.

PS: I've got 2 x RasPi 1B for hardware audio, 2 x Orange Pi Pc for software ADSB, and 2 x RasPi 2B for testing things. So the latter 2 are wasted (_;)
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IamMT
PS Can anyone explain this in comparison to the Raspberry PI?

While the above comments are correct that if you aren't *super* clued up and want to try these things out you should buy a Raspberry Pi over this, they miss out an actual hardware comparison.

CPU:
4 x cortex A7 at 1.3GHz vs 4 x cortex A53 at 1.2GHz. The raspberry pi wins this one with its newer, more powerful architecture

RAM:
1GB on both, DDR2 on raspi vs DDR3 on orange pi. Orange pi wins due to greater memory bandwidth

Networking:
both 10/100mbit ethernet, raspi has 802.11n wifi too. Raspi wins for having wifi but the ethernet port on the orange pi isn't hanging off a USB port so may be faster sometimes

Power:
Barrel jack on orange pi vs microUSB on raspi. Raspi wins here but only because microUSB cables are commonplace. Watch for thin cables causing voltage problems, the orange pi's less likely to suffer from those.

Storage:
microSD cards on both, orange pi wins though as raspberry pi's reader has abysmal speeds.

If I were going for a chinese board to compete against the raspberry pi I'd go for the Orange Pi Plus 2E. It has the same processor as this board so loses in a fight against the raspi but it does have 2GB of RAM, gigabit networking, 16GB of fast onboard storage meaning no need for slow microSD cards, and 3 USB 2.0 ports that are entirely separate from each other giving a potential ~1500mbit of bandwidth for attached devices like HDDs. It costs $35 so is roughly the same price as a Pi.
#12
Recently got the Orange Pi One (basically this but less memory) for a friend to use as a media player, with openelec on it runs smoother than my firestick and cost £9 at the time. You would be hard pushed to find a cheaper Kodi enabled media player anywhere.
#13
Main selling point at least in my opinion is this has H.265/HEVC 4K support, which is missing from the RPi. However, you'll need to know what your doing as there isn't the community support around it like RPi.

The reason I'm not interested in this model is that it requires a 2.1mm DC power adaptor i.e. you can't power it via the micro USB port.

Still a good price though.

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