Raspberry pi 2 £24.27 @ GearBest
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Raspberry pi 2 £24.27 @ GearBest

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Found 12th Nov 2015
cheapest I could find an rpi2.

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Cracking deal, just buy the case and you have everything to upgrade your pi 1 starter kit. amazing bit of kit for kodi..
Good price. ordered thanks!
openELEC on the Pi2 is amazing!
bargainbuyer29

Cracking deal, just buy the case and you have everything to upgrade your … Cracking deal, just buy the case and you have everything to upgrade your pi 1 starter kit. amazing bit of kit for kodi..



Do you have link to the case? Can't see it in my phone
I thought these were made in Wales.
Surely it's more ethical to spend the extra £5 and buy it from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. They do good work here in the UK to promote computer literacy, they can't help kids and schools without the support.
I ordered a Pi from them on 26/10 and I got an email on the 31/10 saying it had been shipped, so "Shipped" within the 3-5 business it says on the listing, however the email also states "The package should normally take 10-25 business days to arrive (approximately).". It's now the 12/11 and I'm still waiting, not an issue for me as it's a Xmas present but if you're wanting it quickly this isn't the deal for you.
If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android box.
I found the Pi2 slow as hell with Kodi + you will need to buy power supply,case,sd card,remote,wifi dongle,bluetooth dongle.The android box has all that for the same price as the Pi alone.
Plus on the S805 chips you can also install Openelec.
not enough of a saving to get from china with no real warranty
cold imo
SilverBlack

If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android … If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android box.I found the Pi2 slow as hell with Kodi + you will need to buy power supply,case,sd card,remote,wifi dongle,bluetooth dongle.The android box has all that for the same price as the Pi alone.Plus on the S805 chips you can also install Openelec.


You don't really need a case, wifi dongle or Bluetooth dongle and lots of people will already have an old SD card and old phone charger they can use.
Edited by: "paulj48" 12th Nov 2015
paulj48

You don't really need a case, wifi dongle or Bluetooth dongle and lots of … You don't really need a case, wifi dongle or Bluetooth dongle and lots of people will already have an old SD card and old phone charger they can use.


Why bother if you can have it all on an android box for less.
SilverBlack

If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android … If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android box.I found the Pi2 slow as hell with Kodi + you will need to buy power supply,case,sd card,remote,wifi dongle,bluetooth dongle.The android box has all that for the same price as the Pi alone.Plus on the S805 chips you can also install Openelec.



​Can you recommend any good Android boxes
if all you want is a android box for cheap look at this
Pi2 is a nice bit of kit, I've got one myself and it is a lot quicker than the Pi1, however I do agree that if you only want it for Kodi then a Android box maybe better. I know that some people may already have most of the bits laying around but not everyone does so by the time you factor in a case, SD card, PSU & possibly most importantly in some cases, a remote control, it can start to add up. The Pi2 cannot be easily turned off/on by remote either

I'd personally recommend a FireTV Stick, runs Kodi very well, but there are plenty of others to choose from though.
Pretty good considering raspberries are out of season
JarrodWRX

Pretty good considering raspberries are out of season



Les Dawson just came back from the dead so he could laugh at that
SilverBlack

Why bother if you can have it all on an android box for less.


can you get an Andriod box for £24?

My Pi is just cable tied to the back of my TV, wired to the network and uses my normal TV remote to function.
Skybird

​Can you recommend any good Android boxes


Shouldn't need to spend more than about £25 delivered for a decent Android box ex-UK.
Examples fulfilled Amazon s805 amazon.co.uk/dp/…I0/ or upgraded s812 amazon.co.uk/dp/…206 , both possibly cheaper if you're OK with the slow boat from China as per thread deal
paulj48

My Pi is just cable tied to the back of my TV, wired to the network and … My Pi is just cable tied to the back of my TV, wired to the network and uses my normal TV remote to function.


How does that work? How does the pi pick up transmissions from your TV remote?
Does anyone have on resource links to good websites for these things? Things like projects and such?
Josh Rogan

26.86 delivered from Farnell: … 26.86 delivered from Farnell: http://uk.farnell.com/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi-2-modb-1gb/sbc-raspberry-pi-2-model-b-1gb/dp/2461029


That price excludes VAT?
The imported unit do not have VAT applied.
That is the price difference: UK VAT

The link you posted did not work.

£24.94
£29.93 inc VAT

Order Code: SC13793

For Cases AliExpress has the black mini Skybox type ones for 81p delivered (from China) or £1.29 for the laser cut perspex + 2 x aluminium heat sinks with 3M adhesive pads.

The Rasberry Pi is very different from an Android Box

PVR (e.g. using USB terestrial digdial) RP Wins
The RP does not come with a remote or flash memory so these need to be added to the cost.
The range of options for the RP are huge and the software updates more plentiful.
Android boxes while less extensible are a better "click and go" option.
Remotes for the Pi are £5 to £3 delivered from China.

Edited by: "frownbreaker" 12th Nov 2015
paulj48

can you get an Andriod box for £24? My Pi is just cable tied to the back … can you get an Andriod box for £24? My Pi is just cable tied to the back of my TV, wired to the network and uses my normal TV remote to function.


Here you go even comes with an HDMI cable and you can install openelec.
m.gearbest.com/tv-…tml
Edited by: "SilverBlack" 12th Nov 2015
Dodge62

How does that work? How does the pi pick up transmissions from your TV … How does that work? How does the pi pick up transmissions from your TV remote?


Certain TV's use CEC control that allows the normal TV remote to control Raspberry PI through the HDMI cable. I use it on my Samsung TV using the Anynet function so I can control everything from one remote.
See here http://kodi.wiki/view/CEC
paulj48

can you get an Andriod box for £24? My Pi is just cable tied to the back … can you get an Andriod box for £24? My Pi is just cable tied to the back of my TV, wired to the network and uses my normal TV remote to function.



This really ^^^^
Even if you factor a case and usb cable, stil nowt out there does the job so well this cheap. If your not connecting external HDDs or planning to download or fussed about using another external remote and want WIFI, the Amazon FireStick is prob best bang for buck
SilverBlack

If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android … If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android box.I found the Pi2 slow as hell with Kodi + you will need to buy power supply,case,sd card,remote,wifi dongle,bluetooth dongle.The android box has all that for the same price as the Pi alone.Plus on the S805 chips you can also install Openelec.



really? mine's fine. 1080p - works great. which elements of yours is slow?
fighting_stupidity

Surely it's more ethical to spend the extra £5 and buy it from the … Surely it's more ethical to spend the extra £5 and buy it from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. They do good work here in the UK to promote computer literacy, they can't help kids and schools without the support.



your joking right? a good % of people on this site would step on their granny to pick up a fiver they spotted on the floor.

deepmenace

really? mine's fine. 1080p - works great. which elements of yours is slow?


Agree. I am on the original Pi B and mine does 1080p just fine (did need a little tweaking in order to run smoothly).
SilverBlack

Here you go even comes with an HDMI cable and you can install … Here you go even comes with an HDMI cable and you can install openelec.http://m.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_94470.html



Spend £6 more for 2GB ram, better software support gearbest.com/tv-…d=3
SilverBlack

If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android … If all you need is Kodi you would be better off just getting an android box.I found the Pi2 slow as hell with Kodi + you will need to buy power supply,case,sd card,remote,wifi dongle,bluetooth dongle.The android box has all that for the same price as the Pi alone.Plus on the S805 chips you can also install Openelec.


I think openELEC on the Pi is way more stable than the Android version. Most people have an old microusb charger lying around. Mine is connected by ethernet but you can always get a wifi dongle on fleabay for a couple of quid. Add another 2-3 quid for a case & you're all set. You can use the excellent Yatse remote control app on your phone to control it or you may find that your TV remote just works because of the pulse eight CEC settings. Kodi is buttery smooth on my Pi2 and much better than on my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
Dodge62

How does that work? How does the pi pick up transmissions from your TV … How does that work? How does the pi pick up transmissions from your TV remote?


Its called HDMI-CEC and has been part of the HDMI standard for years
dwl99

openELEC on the Pi2 is amazing!


I've got a rp with openelec and a Amazon fire stick with Kodi. Fire stick overall was cheaper (no hdmi, remote, power supply, SD card, case if you don't have them) and if you have a good WiFi connection, IMO it runs smoother too.
Can you still get Saturday 3pm premiership football on these for free?

If so how, and what's the quality like?
BustyB293

Can you still get Saturday 3pm premiership football on these for free? If … Can you still get Saturday 3pm premiership football on these for free? If so how, and what's the quality like?


Yes, but I probably can't post the addon names here as they aren't legal
Quality is pretty good with the right addons
Edited by: "lukeo44" 12th Nov 2015
dwl99

I think openELEC on the Pi is way more stable than the Android version. … I think openELEC on the Pi is way more stable than the Android version. Most people have an old microusb charger lying around. Mine is connected by ethernet but you can always get a wifi dongle on fleabay for a couple of quid. Add another 2-3 quid for a case & you're all set. You can use the excellent Yatse remote control app on your phone to control it or you may find that your TV remote just works because of the pulse eight CEC settings. Kodi is buttery smooth on my Pi2 and much better than on my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.



Have to agree with you here. The pi2 I have is connected to my TV USB port for power, so comes on with the TV, I use CEC to control the PI, using openelec latest version which is now updated to KODI 16.0? I think... it is really quick to start, maybe 15 seconds if that and it's ready to go at streaming files from my NAS. The ONLY thing media wise that I can't play are x265 files.
Now for contrast I have an android box MXQ, tried openelec latest version available at the time for it, played x265 fine, but had tearing really badly with x264 files. Admitedly I didn't try the "stable" version. But anyway, went back to using android on it and have problems with kodi not liking x265 files and some x264 files... it is only 14.2? I think. Anyway, so found a workaround for it by using ES file explorer to navigate to my files and playing them with MX player and it plays both x265 and x264 smoothly, so problem solved? well kind of, the remote with the mxq doesn't have play/stop/pause etc, so you have to use the onscreen menu for controlling playback, not something I like personally after being able to just press play/stop etc with CEC, anyway will come back to that. Also, to use ES file explorer properly you can't do it with the remote either, so not a problem will use my mouse, but again it's something extra that I have to do that I didn't before... ok, back to CEC, yes it can be used with the android box, enabled in the "extra" menu of settings... BUT, then I get complications when I want to use my PI2 AND it still doesn't control ES file explorer well/at all, so back to using mouse again.
The pi2 is so much easier on the whole.. and you have more options for playback such as setting the refresh rate of the monitor/TV to match the playback so it doesn't have to drop frames or sync audio so much/if at all, control by CEC, power by USB from the TV too.. and is fast. The MXQ takes about 30 seconds or more possibly to start and then you have to navigate to your app and wait for that to start too etc etc. OK there's not much in it over all, but there's still something. I like the MXQ, but it's not as user friendly... BUT it does play back x265 files that are much smaller file size for the same or even higher resolutions than the x264 equivalent, and you have all the extras that you can do on android.
I personally have taken to using my pi2 still for most of my media playback, and then switching to using the mxq android box when I want to watch x265 files, even though I have to use a mouse and wait a bit

If you just want to watch the current standard which is still x.264 at the moment then I would get the PI2 (if you have a TV with a USB port and micro USB cable spare and the TV has a media remote), then you only have to get a case for it. SO approx £30 all-in) - but don't forget that the PI2 is a developer board, so with just the change of microSD card can do so much more (if you want to)
If you want to be a little future proof media wise, then get an MXQ or similar, but be prepared to have to factor in a wireless mouse/keyboard and know some workarounds for getting your media to playback smoothly is my advice.
Edited by: "paddy.stone" 12th Nov 2015
Amazon fire sticks are brilliant for Kodi.
BigDaveuk

Amazon fire sticks are brilliant for Kodi.


yeah and go for £19 when on sale! (black friday) beat that everybody!
paddy.stone

Have to agree with you here. The pi2 I have is connected to my TV USB … Have to agree with you here. The pi2 I have is connected to my TV USB port for power, so comes on with the TV, I use CEC to control the PI, using openelec latest version which is now updated to KODI 16.0? I think... it is really quick to start, maybe 15 seconds if that and it's ready to go at streaming files from my NAS. The ONLY thing media wise that I can't play are x265 files. Now for contrast I have an android box MXQ, tried openelec latest version available at the time for it, played x265 fine, but had tearing really badly with x264 files. Admitedly I didn't try the "stable" version. But anyway, went back to using android on it and have problems with kodi not liking x265 files and some x264 files... it is only 14.2? I think. Anyway, so found a workaround for it by using ES file explorer to navigate to my files and playing them with MX player and it plays both x265 and x264 smoothly, so problem solved? well kind of, the remote with the mxq doesn't have play/stop/pause etc, so you have to use the onscreen menu for controlling playback, not something I like personally after being able to just press play/stop etc with CEC, anyway will come back to that. Also, to use ES file explorer properly you can't do it with the remote either, so not a problem will use my mouse, but again it's something extra that I have to do that I didn't before... ok, back to CEC, yes it can be used with the android box, enabled in the "extra" menu of settings... BUT, then I get complications when I want to use my PI2 AND it still doesn't control ES file explorer well/at all, so back to using mouse again.The pi2 is so much easier on the whole.. and you have more options for playback such as setting the refresh rate of the monitor/TV to match the playback so it doesn't have to drop frames or sync audio so much/if at all, control by CEC, power by USB from the TV too.. and is fast. The MXQ takes about 30 seconds or more possibly to start and then you have to navigate to your app and wait for that to start too etc etc. OK there's not much in it over all, but there's still something. I like the MXQ, but it's not as user friendly... BUT it does play back x265 files that are much smaller file size for the same or even higher resolutions than the x264 equivalent, and you have all the extras that you can do on android.I personally have taken to using my pi2 still for most of my media playback, and then switching to using the mxq android box when I want to watch x265 files, even though I have to use a mouse and wait a bit :)If you just want to watch the current standard which is still x.264 at the moment then I would get the PI2 (if you have a TV with a USB port and micro USB cable spare and the TV has a media remote), then you only have to get a case for it. SO approx £30 all-in) - but don't forget that the PI2 is a developer board, so with just the change of microSD card can do so much more (if you want to) :)If you want to be a little future proof media wise, then get an MXQ or similar, but be prepared to have to factor in a wireless mouse/keyboard and know some workarounds for getting your media to playback smoothly is my advice.



You really should install OpenELEC on the MXQ. Flawless H.264 and H.265 playback with CEC support.
Not sure if there are workarounds available for them, but pretty sure that Firetv sticks and chromecast are just streaming players, so need a device to stream from or stream from the internet, which has many less functions than the Pi2 or android boxes.
rev6

You really should install OpenELEC on the MXQ. Flawless H.264 and H.265 … You really should install OpenELEC on the MXQ. Flawless H.264 and H.265 playback with CEC support.



I did try openelec on the MXQ, tried both from the internal memory and on the SD card... on both they had problems playing back x64 files with massive amounts of tearing. Tried everything in the kodi settings to try and limit or negate the tearing and nothing worked. That was on openelec 5.95 latest build. I was going to try openelec stable build, but had had enough at that point after 2 days of fussing with it and just flashed the internal mem back to android. The pi2 works absoloutely flawlessly on openelec which is now on 6.0.0 and kodi 16... I'll keep an eye on the available builds for the MXQ with openelec, but at the moment the PI2 wins hands down. I'll try openelec on the sd card with the stable build, but definitely not messing with the internal mem again at the moment, hahaha
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