Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ £33.42 delivered @ Amazon
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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ £33.42 delivered @ Amazon

£33.42£34.072%Amazon Deals
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Found 10th Jan
The lowest price I've seen in a while for the latest version of the Raspberry Pi, especially as most other places also charge for delivery.

The 3 B+ has a few advantages over the previous releases, such as a faster 64-bit 1.4GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, faster dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, and significantly faster 300Mbit/s ethernet.
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I have the Pi 2 Model B. Does this represent a good upgrade if all I want to do is leave it in a drawer and never get round to actually using it for anything?
Pricklerickle1 m ago

wat do ppl use these for


No end of applications.

Some useful ideas here:

makeuseof.com/tag…pi/

I use mine as an emulator for old console / MAME games with RetroPie
This isn't a bad price if you need one today, but if eBay does a 15% discount code again in the near future, it may be worth waiting for that. I picked one of these models up for just over £27 in the last eBay 15% promotion.
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Dunno if to get or hold out and see if a pi 4 comes out.
neversay6 h, 33 m ago

Can anyone recommend the best way to control a Raspberry Pi from a Windows …Can anyone recommend the best way to control a Raspberry Pi from a Windows 10 box? Can you use a screenshare tool like Teamviewer?


Install the Windows 10 Linux subsystem or Cygwin then simply export the display on the Linux side using x11 forwarding to the windows ip address using xhost +.
This gives you the advantage that all software is being powered by the xserver on your Windows box and is not draining memory (shared ram can be configured lower) and CPU power from the pi. I'm not being factious here, Google it, it's more efficient performance wise than the framebuffer mirroring of VNC, but yeah if you're a rookie just use VNC.
Edited by: "monkeyboy2010" 10th Jan
bednim2 h, 10 m ago

Get firestick 4k. Kodi works brill!


can it be rooted to stop ads?


and can it play 4k files of a portable usb drive? i don't use kodi. just downloaded files and android apps.
Edited by: "oceanic" 10th Jan
MatsyLR8 h, 50 m ago

Cheap Kodi box for physical hard drive playback.Had one of years, never …Cheap Kodi box for physical hard drive playback.Had one of years, never been a problem, plays back anything I throw at it (apart from 4K ofc) powered directly from the TV and controlled via the TV's remote.Also have another with RetroPi on it.


I assume you can install retro-pi and get the tv usb to power it.

If yes, can you use bluetooth controllers with it?

(we have a TV in the kitchen which is wall mounted). It would be great if I could use it without having to plug in a console separately
Helpful5675 m ago

I assume you can install retro-pi and get the tv usb to power it.If yes, …I assume you can install retro-pi and get the tv usb to power it.If yes, can you use bluetooth controllers with it?(we have a TV in the kitchen which is wall mounted). It would be great if I could use it without having to plug in a console separately


From what I remember, for SETUP PURPOSES you need a controller plugged in as you have to setup a gamepad when you first boot and do the main setup.
Once that done though it has a bluetooth setup in the options which works fine.
Its been a long time since I set it up though, but bluetooth definatlly works.
Edited by: "MatsyLR" 10th Jan
These use more power than the old ones. I upgraded and needed to get a new power adapter. TV usb just wouldn't cut it for this pi3
Whammerhead8 h, 34 m ago

But I want it to go; down, down, deeper on down..


It’ll reach a Status Quo at some point.
I wonder how many of these are sitting in cupboards with people not knowing really what to do with them.
I use one with openmediavault feeding my media player with 4k movies and other rips. Works great.
Does this come with chips?
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Geddit? ..Pi & Ch... oh never mind..
A few apps I have running on RPI’s

openVPN - Inbound VPN server
TVHeadEnd - FreeView server using two cheap XBox TV Tuners
PiHole - Ad blocker
openHAB - Home automation system

Currently play with Windows 10 IOT.

Theres been no mention of the fact the new Pi 3+ also supports POE, yes another cost but makes a very nice self contained unit.
Pricklerickle19 h, 50 m ago

wat do ppl use these for


I have a few of these. I use them for:

Home Automation (home assistant)
Retropie pie
A web server
3d printer
Vpn router

These are just some of the things you can use the raspberry pi for, the possibilities are endless.
Anyone know if these are good for emulating the amiga? (using whdload)
Zaxxan8 h, 20 m ago

I wonder how many of these are sitting in cupboards with people not …I wonder how many of these are sitting in cupboards with people not knowing really what to do with them.


I’ve read every comment on this thread and the only ones I understood were yours and the joke about chips

I should definitely buy one...... right?
dirtyfrog16 h, 51 m ago

I have the Pi 2 Model B. Does this represent a good upgrade if all I want …I have the Pi 2 Model B. Does this represent a good upgrade if all I want to do is leave it in a drawer and never get round to actually using it for anything?


It does. If old one gathered too much dust on it, this is a good upgrade.
They are cool gadgets when you don't have another hobby, you have a busy life or you watch Coronation Street.
oceanic13 h, 46 m ago

can pi play latest 4k video files that are compressed or is too weak?After …can pi play latest 4k video files that are compressed or is too weak?After a cheap way to play 4k files. android boxes have too many issuea or are full of ads.


No chance. It doesn't have hardware HEVC decoding or a HDMI 2.0 port. An Nvidia Shield is the best way - plays everything you throw at it effortlessly. A cheap Android box will also not play Amazon Prime or Netflix in 4K resolution (they don't have the supported DRM).
r0nnie10 h, 2 m ago

These use more power than the old ones. I upgraded and needed to get a new …These use more power than the old ones. I upgraded and needed to get a new power adapter. TV usb just wouldn't cut it for this pi3


Yep, these need 5v 2.5a, so most phone chargers etc. Won't cut it.

So might need to factor in an extra £10 for power.
Helpful56710 h, 43 m ago

I assume you can install retro-pi and get the tv usb to power it.If yes, …I assume you can install retro-pi and get the tv usb to power it.If yes, can you use bluetooth controllers with it?(we have a TV in the kitchen which is wall mounted). It would be great if I could use it without having to plug in a console separately


I have a tv on the wall in my kitchen and put a fire stick In the back USB port as you can’t see it and it plays emulation games on it, snes, Atari VCS etc.
This or firestick 4k?
I plan to use it with my projector using apps such as show box, kodi and to stream off my NAS
Gordonator20 h, 26 m ago

By that logic you'd be waiting for everything, ever to come down in price.


She did say "This isn't a bad price if you need one today". If you don't need one now, you can chance it and see if you can get it even cheaper. If you do need one now, then go ahead and buy it.
matman05098814 h, 2 m ago

How easy is this to set up to play retro games? And it is literally just …How easy is this to set up to play retro games? And it is literally just one piece of software or do you have to add each game you want to play manually



One piece of software, download it, format microsd card, write to sd card, load it up and configure controller just by pressing corresponding button and then you'll be in the menu to load games up.

Check out drewtalks on youtube for reviews of images, he goes through how many games for each system etc.
cherrycoke-1 h, 14 m ago

Anyone know if these are good for emulating the amiga? (using whdload)


Yep the virtualman image has loads of amiga games as does the Darish Zone "Omega" image.
ContentTooShortError21 h, 26 m ago

I use one (the Pi 3) as a PLEX server and downloading torrents. It …I use one (the Pi 3) as a PLEX server and downloading torrents. It connects to my NAS to stream films etc. Been working without issue for a couple years now.


would this handle 4k rips @ ~50gb ?
I use this model pi with parsec and a cloud gaming subscription. Play all pc games at 1080 60 fps. Installed a driver for my ps4 controller too. Sit back and relax on the couch. Do not use this setup for online gaming though as there is a very slight input lag and you need high speed broadband.
Edited by: "tomt730" 11th Jan
sibeer19 h, 40 m ago

Hopefully the Pi 4 will be out in the next few months as it is nearly 3 …Hopefully the Pi 4 will be out in the next few months as it is nearly 3 years since the 3. I want something with a bit more power to build into an old X-Arcade tankstick as a portable retro console.


They recon it will be out in February
cherrycoke-2 h, 14 m ago

Anyone know if these are good for emulating the amiga? (using whdload)


I used an image on mine that has thousands of Amiga games, and the majority of CD32 games. Alien Breed 3D works great, I love D/Generation also. As well as 50 PS games and all the nes/snes/megadrive/gameboy/arcade games on a 64gb card. There was even room to load 200+ 30 second teasers for 80s/90s movies and games, one randomly plays as its loading.
I prefer my zero. Takes up less space in the drawer.
kneticz1 h, 18 m ago

would this handle 4k rips @ ~50gb ?


It will serve 4K remuxes over Plex if the client machine can decode them natively (like an Nvidia Shield). What it won't do is transcode the videos if the client can't decode them natively. However, there is another issue...The Pi only has 100Mb ethernet. Some of the 4K remuxes have a video bitrate of 70Mb/s and along with the audio tracks this means transmitting them over Plex will probably result in stuttering. I used to get stuttering over my network when I used Plex from my NAS until I upgraded my router to a gigabit model.
I got the old RPi 2, if anyone wants
Amarjit113 m ago

It will serve 4K remuxes over Plex if the client machine can decode them …It will serve 4K remuxes over Plex if the client machine can decode them natively (like an Nvidia Shield). What it won't do is transcode the videos if the client can't decode them natively. However, there is another issue...The Pi only has 100Mb ethernet. Some of the 4K remuxes have a video bitrate of 70Mb/s and along with the audio tracks this means transmitting them over Plex will probably result in stuttering. I used to get stuttering over my network when I used Plex from my NAS until I upgraded my router to a gigabit model.


This Pi has 300mbit ethernet.
lundapapa7 m ago

I got the old RPi 2, if anyone wants


What's the difference? Might be interested.
ContentTooShortError23 h, 5 m ago

I use one (the Pi 3) as a PLEX server and downloading torrents. It …I use one (the Pi 3) as a PLEX server and downloading torrents. It connects to my NAS to stream films etc. Been working without issue for a couple years now.


What about 4K stuff? If you are doing direct streaming is that OK. Do you mainly stream 720/1080p
paul_merton9 m ago

This Pi has 300mbit ethernet.


My mistake - I hadn't realised they'd upgraded it.
Amarjit149 s ago

My mistake - I hadn't realised they'd upgraded it.


That's one of the reasons I went for this one
neversay20 h, 46 m ago

Can anyone recommend the best way to control a Raspberry Pi from a Windows …Can anyone recommend the best way to control a Raspberry Pi from a Windows 10 box? Can you use a screenshare tool like Teamviewer?


You can use VNC as the latest Raspbian image includes a VNC server. It can be enabled using the raspi-config utility on the command line or via the config tool on the desktop. Then use RealVNC client on your PC.
Everytime a new PI has come out it has been released on a February. And it has all been confirmed a new PI 4 is due out this year.
Good price! Using it with Pi-Hole software as adblocker, router and firawall
Edited by: "_taurus_" 11th Jan
How does the current Raspberry pi compare to something like a S905W android box? You can install retro arch on those and they can be obtained for about £15. You get a quadcore 64bit arm at 1.5ghz, 1GB of memory, a ok mali chipset that does 4k and it has 8GB of storage built in although you may not use this for retro arch if your are booting it from an external card. It comes cased with a psu and has a lot of usb ports. It doesn't have bluetooth but if you use a gamecontroller with its own usb dongle (pretty cheap) you won't need it or if you use a usb cable joypad to improve input latency. Just wondered how they compare in actual performance.

What is the maximum limit of emulation on either? I've seen the s905w up to Dreamcast emulation with some frame skipping and guess that would be about the maximum, maybe some psp titles at full speed. Weaker systems run better of course and you can apply filters and upscaling to make those look much better than they did on the original hardware. I'm still using an original xbox for my emulation needs but it's not quite up to full N64 or PSX emulation so thinking of a small box for N64, PSX, Dreamcast and beyond. I guess I need a shield if I want to do this well and go up to gamecube/wii. I don't really want to use a pc for this prefer a simple small system which can be configured and forgotten about that will operate for years without problems. Keep it simple really. I dont' want to be fighting windows all the time trying to keep it operating properly.
bilbob10th Jan

Spell checkers.


Beautiful. Well played that man.
sibeer22 h, 4 m ago

it is nearly 3 years since the 3


Blimey, if some had asked me to guess when it came out I'd probabllly only gone for early 2018.
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