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Raspberry Pi B+ Starter Kit - £35.50 The Pi Hut on Amazon / The Pi Hut
Raspberry Pi B+ Starter Kit - £35.50 The Pi Hut on Amazon / The Pi Hut

Raspberry Pi B+ Starter Kit - £35.50 The Pi Hut on Amazon / The Pi Hut

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Kit comes with -

Raspberry Pi Model B+
8GB SD Card (preinstalled)
Black Case
Power Supply

The 8GB SD card comes with the "NOOBS" operating system installed - this gives you a selection of a few different operating systems to try, including XBMC

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so can you install plex or xbmc on this ?

rexyrex360

so can you install plex or xbmc on this ?



Yes.

Original Poster

It comes with

rexyrex360

so can you install plex or xbmc on this ?



I'll update the description - it comes with a copy of the "NOOBS" operating system - which lets you chose between a variety of operating systems, including XBMC

dcx_badass

So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get … So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get much better for less money.



I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs live TV, football and has access to any variety of streaming sites such as Movies4k. Also, with the right scripting it works well with VPNs. Okay, it's not a NUC but at £35 it's pretty damn good.

just recently got a B+ and popped Raspbmc on
so simple to set up and even runs with telly remote

so worth the money for a versatile bit of kit

dcx_badass

So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get … So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get much better for less money.



Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your pretty bad attitude.

numanoids

Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your … Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your pretty bad attitude.



erm think you were one the one with the attitude...

Owned one of these for a while and total set-up including case, 8gb USB and 8gb SD cost me £49. Now with the Amazon Fire TV available for £69 plus the £10 voucher a lot of people got sent to their email addresses from Amazon you can get that for £59. It's much better when it comes to speed and has the option of rooting and sideloading apps to open up even more options. The Pi is getting on a bit now and is sluggish compared to the XBMC on my phone, tablet and this Fire TV. Openelec still runs great on the Pi but the sluggishness can be very frustrating to impatient people waiting for a 1500+ movie list to load up on their favourite add-ons.

Also...R.I.P Mash-Up.

google Mashed Up on how to load the last version before the update which stopped Mash Up from working.

I've been reselling this box since it was the B model running openelec xbmc and everybodys completely happy.overclocked to max. movie4me,moviestorm and Phoenix addon are great new addons

dcx_badass

So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get … So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get much better for less money.

Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running openelec and one in a home made arcade table running retropie/emulationstation. Incredibly versatile piece of kit and at a great price.

for people wanting to stream onto tv, showbox, and a chromecast is pretty awesome to be honest...

I love these things. I have played around with the old model B, but I've been looking at getting myself a B+ since I heard about them being released, this seems like a really nice price. The cheapest base unit is at around £24.25 right now too (for just he Pi), with the extras it really is worth the purchase.

For anyone new and looking to just get into using these things, this would be a good purchase too! Heat added from me, thanks for sharing, I will definitely try an grab one...


- NB
Edited by: "NekoBlade" 1st Dec 2014

This only has a class 4 micro SD card , you can get the whole kit from different seller with a class 10 at almost the same price.
There returns policy is a most interesting read too , you can't cancel your order once placed even before its shipped.
Please be warned of this company their customer support so far for me has been non existent , hope this helps some one before they buy.


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gordonthegopher84

I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs … I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs live TV, football and has access to any variety of streaming sites such as Movies4k. Also, with the right scripting it works well with VPNs. Okay, it's not a NUC but at £35 it's pretty damn good.

numanoids

Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your … Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your pretty bad attitude.

rich139luck

Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running … Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running openelec and one in a home made arcade table running retropie/emulationstation. Incredibly versatile piece of kit and at a great price.



Once you have the Pi set up it's really great. It's when you have to do things like install add-ons and stuff you really see how slow it is.
And yes I've used XBMC on a much more powerful device.

gordonthegopher84

I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs … I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs live TV, football and has access to any variety of streaming sites such as Movies4k. Also, with the right scripting it works well with VPNs. Okay, it's not a NUC but at £35 it's pretty damn good.

numanoids

Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your … Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your pretty bad attitude.

rich139luck

Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running … Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running openelec and one in a home made arcade table running retropie/emulationstation. Incredibly versatile piece of kit and at a great price.


Could you please advise on the android stick? There are so many, I have been waiting for some good feedback. thanks

dcx_badass

I never said it doesn't run or work, it does, it just runs terrible, if … I never said it doesn't run or work, it does, it just runs terrible, if you think it performs well, you've clearly never used XBMC on any decent hardware, the Pi is horrible in comparison, slow, and generally not pleasant. Maybe ok if you don't use it much or have a tiny film library and don't bother with cover art, but claiming it runs great, you're just kidding yourselves. And my Pi is overclocked and running off a fast USB3.0 stick. Well it was, until I got a sub £25 quad core android stick that obliterates it performance wise.



Care to elaborate?

It's the versatility of pi and its educational resources (both software and hardware) that make it desirable. You can run multiple operating systems on it. Firefox OS is coming plus there are loads of existing operating systems. I've got Risc OS, Raspbian and openelec xbmc etc installed on mine. I mainly bought it to get a faster Risc OS computer but since then have expanded its use. While the cpu isn't that great the gpu performance is surprisingly respectable. I think the gpu overclocked is about 80 gflops performance but with strong video decoding performance. The cpu is only a single arm core of 700mhz but upto 1ghz overclocked. For someone like myself coming from a 233mhz strongarm processor its brilliant but clearly lags behind massively compared to later multi-core arm chips. Still the raspberry pi can be used for all sorts of devices including robots plus there are a huge number of support boards to extend its functionality.

gordonthegopher84

I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs … I disagree. I have OpenElec running with mild overclocking and it runs live TV, football and has access to any variety of streaming sites such as Movies4k. Also, with the right scripting it works well with VPNs. Okay, it's not a NUC but at £35 it's pretty damn good.

numanoids

Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your … Completely disagree but I'll let you prattle on regardless and with your pretty bad attitude.

rich139luck

Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running … Gotta totally disagree also. Have 3 Rpi's. Two as media players running openelec and one in a home made arcade table running retropie/emulationstation. Incredibly versatile piece of kit and at a great price.

dcx_badass

I never said it doesn't run or work, it does, it just runs terrible, if … I never said it doesn't run or work, it does, it just runs terrible, if you think it performs well, you've clearly never used XBMC on any decent hardware, the Pi is horrible in comparison, slow, and generally not pleasant. Maybe ok if you don't use it much or have a tiny film library and don't bother with cover art, but claiming it runs great, you're just kidding yourselves. And my Pi is overclocked and running off a fast USB3.0 stick. Well it was, until I got a sub £25 quad core android stick that obliterates it performance wise.




Rotoq

Care to elaborate?



Deja vu?.

joe9003

This only has a class 4 micro SD card , you can get the whole kit from … This only has a class 4 micro SD card , you can get the whole kit from different seller with a class 10 at almost the same price.There returns policy is a most interesting read too , you can't cancel your order once placed even before its shipped.Please be warned of this company their customer support so far for me has been non existent , hope this helps some one before they buy.


If its the official recommend card then the following applies.
Lisa @ RaspberryPi Foundation

Yes. (Anyone who buys a Class 10 card for their Pi just because the … Yes. (Anyone who buys a Class 10 card for their Pi just because the number 10 is higher than the number 4, deserves everything they get.)The class numbers are a bit of a fudge: a good class 4 will be far more use to you than a bad class 10. I’ll copy and paste what we said last time we were talking about these cards: A note on SD card nomenclature. The card we’re offering here is rated as Class 4 – in some metrics, Class 4 means slow. This is not the case with this card, which has outperformed many Class 6 and Class 10 cards in our tests – classification seems not to correlate well with random read/write performance. Samsung’s unusual focus on random-access performance on their SD memory means that this card performs very fast and very reliably: we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!


In other words a branded class 4 will outperform a unbranded or low end class 10 for what the RasPi does.

joe9003

This only has a class 4 micro SD card , you can get the whole kit from … This only has a class 4 micro SD card , you can get the whole kit from different seller with a class 10 at almost the same price.There returns policy is a most interesting read too , you can't cancel your order once placed even before its shipped.Please be warned of this company their customer support so far for me has been non existent , hope this helps some one before they buy.

Lisa @ RaspberryPi Foundation

Yes. (Anyone who buys a Class 10 card for their Pi just because the … Yes. (Anyone who buys a Class 10 card for their Pi just because the number 10 is higher than the number 4, deserves everything they get.)The class numbers are a bit of a fudge: a good class 4 will be far more use to you than a bad class 10. I’ll copy and paste what we said last time we were talking about these cards: A note on SD card nomenclature. The card we’re offering here is rated as Class 4 – in some metrics, Class 4 means slow. This is not the case with this card, which has outperformed many Class 6 and Class 10 cards in our tests – classification seems not to correlate well with random read/write performance. Samsung’s unusual focus on random-access performance on their SD memory means that this card performs very fast and very reliably: we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!


the Samsung evo's class 10 are far superior to the Kingston class 4 ,you also pay a premium for the noobs card. so you may as well just buy the evo and download an image like openelec and do it your self.
But your right about unbranded cards vs the noobs card.

dcx_badass

So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get … So can you use google?Anyway, you can, and it runs like crap, you can get much better for less money.



you may not like the way dcx_badass is putting it but he is right

the rest, stop kidding to yourself and to the "pros" : STOP LYING

running xbmc on PI - IS SLOOWWWW , if you like to watch grass grow this setup will allow to exercise that hobby

overclocking the PI - I killed one (no it's not that easy if you don't know a bit of linux and OC-ing is rarely safe)

yes installing xbmc on the PI is easy, but so is corruption on the SD card (I had to format /re-install multiple times) , running it of an USB port ? - you might have problems, the power drain is higher than what an USB 2.0 might be able to provide (specially if overclocked) - check forums !! (I used a proper external power supply )

cost : "it's cheap bla bla bla" - think again - compared to what? have you done any research?

sorry for the rant but I'm getting tired to see people lying and claiming the PI works perfectly as an HTPC - it works , yes - but barely

If you want/need an HTPC (home theater pc) do some research - there are better alternatives, the PI is great but it wasn't designed for this.

After a year running xbmc on the PI (and pulling my hair) - I now have a NUC (core I3) as HTPC , removed Xbmc (unstable - kept freezing , also getting minimized was annoying - windows 7 OS) and running Plex that casts to a Chromecast
So, NUC with Plex , output to Chromecast (so you have netflix and other stuff running properly + you can stream your movie collection to other devices : tablet, phone - outside your house, say when you are on holiday - you will need a decent upload, I got 10mb upload and 720p/1080p work flawlessly)

This is not cheap but if you want to go cheap you still have other options , better than the PI...just do some research









Edited by: "blackice8r" 1st Dec 2014

given that the b+ itself is retailing for around £24 shipped these days, you've got to decide if the case, psu and 8gb microsd are worth £11

blackice8r

you may not like the way dcx_badass is putting it but he is rightthe … you may not like the way dcx_badass is putting it but he is rightthe rest, stop kidding to yourself and to the "pros" : STOP LYINGrunning xbmc on PI - IS SLOOWWWW , if you like to watch grass grow this setup will allow to exercise that hobbyoverclocking the PI - I killed one (no it's not that easy if you don't know a bit of linux and OC-ing is rarely safe)yes installing xbmc on the PI is easy, but so is corruption on the SD card (I had to format /re-install multiple times) , running it of an USB port ? - you might have problems, the power drain is higher than what an USB 2.0 might be able to provide (specially if overclocked) - check forums !! (I used a proper external power supply )cost : "it's cheap bla bla bla" - think again - compared to what? have you done any research? sorry for the rant but I'm getting tired to see people lying and claiming the PI works perfectly as an HTPC - it works , yes - but barelyIf you want/need an HTPC (home theater pc) do some research - there are better alternatives, the PI is great but it wasn't designed for this.After a year running xbmc on the PI (and pulling my hair) - I now have a NUC (core I3) as HTPC , removed Xbmc (unstable - kept freezing , also getting minimized was annoying - windows 7 OS) and running Plex that casts to a ChromecastSo, NUC with Plex , output to Chromecast (so you have netflix and other stuff running properly + you can stream your movie collection to other devices : tablet, phone - outside your house, say when you are on holiday - you will need a decent upload, I got 10mb upload and 720p/1080p work flawlessly)This is not cheap but if you want to go cheap you still have other options , better than the PI...just do some research



I have to say I'm not so sure you can draw a comparison between a NUC priced @ £200+ and a Pi @ £25.

I wanted a cheap HTPC and the Pi provides me with just that, albeit at limited performance. I have the B+ which I've overclocked with no problems, and have OpenElec XBMC installed. The GUI may be slightly sluggish when initially booting up my media collection, but it's not all that bad at all.

As for bricking it, I'm not sure how you managed that as it's designed to be overclocked, maybe you had a faulty bit of kit?

I've installed Yatse app on my android phone which serves as my remote control and allows me to stream to other devices (phone & chromecast included).

So for anyone considering buying a Pi, don't be put off by the negative comments... I've had mine for some time now and would 100% recommend it.

Was looking at getting another pi for controlling some lighting, this looks just the job. For 4 pounds something more there's this which also has heat sinks, wireless adapter and an hdmi lead.

Got one ages ago to work with the weather station, tried it on the telly but it was a bit slow for me -usable- but I'd say spring for a roku or chromecast.

Bought a PI last night for my son's birthday, but didn't go for the bundled deal, as you could get the same with some flexibility in case choice.

PI B+ - £24.50
amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

After reading this thread i am hoping I've not made a mistake in ordering a kingston SD card
Kingston Technology 8 GB microSDHC Class 10 - £3.46
amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

From a previously posted deal, got the BlackBerry Portable PlayBook International Travel Charger - £3.55
amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

Green case, just cause my son's favourite colour is green - £3.99
amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

Even if it might be a bit slow at times, I had to build my brother's XBMC box around a RPi as the alternative Android dongles don't have a composite output and so won't work with my brother's old CRT TV. No, not everyone has the money to buy a flat-screen TV that doesn't look like crap compared to their old CRT TV.

The USB stick on it did die recently but it's running OK from just the SD card for now and it will only cost a few quid to replace the USB stick.

Anyway, the B+ is a nice upgrade from the original B, particularly the extra USB sockets, so I might build my brother a new box around one sometime.

To anyone running a Raspberry Pi B+, is there no issues using an alternative to the official charger which costs around £7? The Blackberry Playbook International travel charger for example (link above)?

what do I need to control it. do I get a keyboard, also do I plug it into the tv.? via usb or hdmi?

cheekster

To anyone running a Raspberry Pi B+, is there no issues using an … To anyone running a Raspberry Pi B+, is there no issues using an alternative to the official charger which costs around £7? The Blackberry Playbook International travel charger for example (link above)?



The charger quoted above would do. So long as its 5V and c.1.2 amps

eye will

what do I need to control it. do I get a keyboard, also do I plug it into … what do I need to control it. do I get a keyboard, also do I plug it into the tv.? via usb or hdmi?



You would need a keyboard/mouse which would plug in via usb. Output to tv is via HDMI

eye will

what do I need to control it. do I get a keyboard, also do I plug it into … what do I need to control it. do I get a keyboard, also do I plug it into the tv.? via usb or hdmi?



You can choose between a USB connected keyboard or a wireless one (for which you'll need to plug in a USB wifi adaptor). Connection to TV will most likely be using a HDMI.

can someone advise which is the best to buy - as Amazon have several kits for sale? A+ or B+???
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