Raspberry Pi Model A £18.88 inc VAT with Free Delivery at CPC
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Raspberry Pi Model A £18.88 inc VAT with Free Delivery at CPC

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Found 4th Feb 2013
Best deal yet on this little baby. The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer with thousands of possible uses.

For the hard of reading, for free delivery from Monday 4th to end of Friday 8th Feb read this which says:

"To take advantage of the free delivery / handling simply add WEBFREE as an order comment when
placing your order. Please note this offer is only available on UK deliveries."

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For the hard of reading, for free delivery from Monday 4th to end of Friday 8th Feb read this
cpc.farnell.com/jsp…jsp
which says:

"To take advantage of the free delivery / handling simply add WEBFREE as an order comment when
placing your order. Please note this offer is only available on UK deliveries."
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Just a word of warning that this is the older 256mb version A, not the latest 512mb version B.
Still a bargain
Cold not touchscreen or apple!!


Raspi FTW
model a so no ethernet port.
has anyone actually learned to program on one of these yet? I'd love to learn as a hobby, but I see most people just smash XBMC or something on them and that's it. What programming languages can you use on this?

Thanks!

whytrigg

has anyone actually learned to program on one of these yet? I'd love to … has anyone actually learned to program on one of these yet? I'd love to learn as a hobby, but I see most people just smash XBMC or something on them and that's it. What programming languages can you use on this?Thanks!

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slinger

Just a word of warning that this is the older 256mb version A, not the … Just a word of warning that this is the older 256mb version A, not the latest 512mb version B.



Almost totally wrong except for the RAM spec. The model A is brand new, launched only today. Model A is lacking ethernet and only has one USB port and "consumes roughly a third of the power of the Model B".

Different things for different needs - if you want to build, for example, a low-cost solar-powered data-logger that you download from via USB every few days, then Model A is for you. If you want something like XBMC then Model B is yours. Of course, you can always plug a USB hub and USB ethernet adaptor into it and you'd pretty much have a Model B just with half the RAM.

But to say it's an "older" version is totally incorrect.
Edited by: "digitaltoast" 4th Feb 2013
Not that great without Ethernet but still handy for some uses
The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but now I've changed. Still though, a nice little piece of kit.
eek

model a so no ethernet port.



That is the killer for me. I have a model B running as a squeezebox server but wouldn't like to have to mess around trying to find a wifi adapter that works. These are cheap as chips though and probably better for use in schools and learning programming (like the Pi was originally designed for).
whytrigg

has anyone actually learned to program on one of these yet? I'd love to … has anyone actually learned to program on one of these yet? I'd love to learn as a hobby, but I see most people just smash XBMC or something on them and that's it. What programming languages can you use on this?Thanks!


Depends on what you want to do. Its basically a mini computer with open GPIO pins.
The major OS(s) support most languages from the off or have libraries available.
The official forums and the MagPi publications should have more then enough information to get you started.
ChampionshipManager

Can you replace the hard disk with a crucial M4?



No, it doesn't use SATA it uses an SD Card.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 4th Feb 2013
Am I missing something here, I can understand the many uses these things can have, but if you intend buying a Model B solely for XBMC use would not a tidier package such as an Android 4.0 Mini PC be better or is it not as powerful?!?
digitaltoast

Almost totally wrong except for the RAM spec. The model A is brand new, … Almost totally wrong except for the RAM spec. The model A is brand new, launched only today. Model A is lacking ethernet and only has one USB port and "consumes roughly a third of the power of the Model B".Different things for different needs - if you want to build, for example, a low-cost solar-powered data-logger that you download from via USB every few days, then Model A is for you. If you want something like XBMC then Model B is yours. Of course, you can always plug a USB hub and USB ethernet adaptor into it and you'd pretty much have a Model B just with half the RAM.But to say it's an "older" version is totally incorrect.


The 'A' model *has* been around for ages; it used to be 128Mb but they upgraded it to 256 when the Model B got an upgrade. Ref here from last Feb.

I think this'll be the first time it's released in Europe though. Not 100% sure.
Edited by: "warlockuk" 4th Feb 2013
ger_ryan22

The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but … The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but now I've changed. Still though, a nice little piece of kit.



None of those can run XBMC with hardware accelerated H264 afaik tho...
warlockuk

The 'A' model *has* been around for ages; it used to be 128Mb but they … The 'A' model *has* been around for ages; it used to be 128Mb but they upgraded it to 256 when the Model B got an upgrade. Ref here from last Feb.I think this'll be the first time it's released in Europe though. Not 100% sure.



No, the model A has been talked about for ages, but only went into production last month. The foundation believed that Model B's would be more widely wanted due to built in Ethernet.
warlockuk

The 'A' model *has* been around for ages; it used to be 128Mb but they … The 'A' model *has* been around for ages; it used to be 128Mb but they upgraded it to 256 when the Model B got an upgrade. Ref here from last Feb.


No, this is the first time the model A has been available for sale anywhere.
Source ? raspberry pi foundation themselves: raspberrypi.org
fishmaster

No, it doesn't use SATA it uses an SD Card.


You might want to have another go at editing that.
bez

None of those can run XBMC with hardware accelerated H264 afaik tho...



A lot easier to get USA netflix running through them though.
Was going to order but they added a £5.95 handling charge! wtf is that all about and can it be taken off? Because if not the post does not reflect the actual price. And it charged £15.73 plus £4.34 VAT which makes it £20.07 not £18.88.
Edited by: "flaviafishcake" 4th Feb 2013
flaviafishcake

Was going to order but they added a £5.95 handling charge! wtf is that … Was going to order but they added a £5.95 handling charge! wtf is that all about and can it be taken off? Because if not the post does not reflect the actual price.



No handling charge on anything this week

The price will still be shown while ordering, and in your confirmation email but it'll taken off before we despatch the order and won't be shown on the invoice
bez

None of those can run XBMC with hardware accelerated H264 afaik tho...



My cheap android dongle runs xbmc very nicely
superivanho

OP should have included the handling price on the title.



There isn't one - See above!

We don't charge a handling charge full stop on the Raspberry Pi Model B - We've yet to confirm this for the Model A but we've got free shipping on everything this week anyways
cpctweet

There isn't one - See above! :)We don't charge a handling charge full … There isn't one - See above! :)We don't charge a handling charge full stop on the Raspberry Pi Model B - We've yet to confirm this for the Model A but we've got free shipping on everything this week anyways



What about the price plus VAT (£20.07 not £18.88)
ger_ryan22

The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but … The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but now I've changed. Still though, a nice little piece of kit.


Which dongle did you buy / will you get?
JezUK

A lot easier to get USA netflix running through them though.



ah come on - you've only got to install wine, mono, silverlight, a few patches, openvpn..... X)

as for dodgy postage charges, CPC has some weird thing where they promise to remove that for uk addresses, you don't get that said anywhere in the checkout process though, only on your credit card bill lol. (edit: that was for model-b only) other suppliers however seem to be charging a rather large percentage.

i got my model-b with a case for £31.50 all in from CPC, i'd advise against using their case (the official one) if you want to do any hardware stuff as you can't access the gpio pins.
Edited by: "sej7278" 4th Feb 2013


The main advantage, I suppose, is that this is an open platform with full documentation (well, mainly so), which makes programming and adaptation a lot easier. The Android dongles are more powerful, but seem limited in what they can be used for - full hardware HD decoding being one of the problems with most chipsets.

cicobuff

Am I missing something here, I can understand the many uses these things … Am I missing something here, I can understand the many uses these things can have, but if you intend buying a Model B solely for XBMC use would not a tidier package such as an Android 4.0 Mini PC be better or is it not as powerful?!?

ger_ryan22

The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but … The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but now I've changed. Still though, a nice little piece of kit.

I think that it is supported on those with AMLogic chipsets. Most on the market seem to have Allwinner or RK3066 chips which are not supported.
Edited by: "spraint" 4th Feb 2013
Went all through registering and card details then wanted me to confirm order at £26 not £18.88. Cold from me!
flaviafishcake

Went all through registering and card details then wanted me to confirm … Went all through registering and card details then wanted me to confirm order at £26 not £18.88. Cold from me!



So you'll vote something cold because you can't follow instructions properly? I mean, FFS, it's a MASSIVE red and blue banner on the right hand site. It leads to cpc.farnell.com/jsp…jsp and says:

"To take advantage of the free delivery / handling simply add WEBFREE as … "To take advantage of the free delivery / handling simply add WEBFREE as an order comment when placing your order. Please note this offer is only available on UK deliveries."



Capiche? If you're not following that, then I really think a PI isn't for you...
bbgun24

Cold not touchscreen or apple!!Raspi FTW



Grow-UP !!!

ger_ryan22

The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but … The Android TV dongles are captivating me, I was in for a Pi before but now I've changed. Still though, a nice little piece of kit.




Dongle or Pi ........ Depends what you want to do with it
I have a Pi running DMX lighting system(with touch screen)
I have a Pi in a retro arcade machine
I have a Pi for development projects
I have a dongle for internet on the tv
I want to use it as a Minecraft server for up to 4 players? Will this machine cope with task?
Hin3K, and anyone else interested, don't be so lazy and try using Google? A few seconds Googling gave me this link:
raspberrypi.org/php…889
Short answer: Yes but it's slow and has some other issues.
I like the Pi however it seems to lack a lot of things. The USB ports are shared with the ethernet port and (on the B model) so throughput is very slow for both USB and networking. I do enjoy playing about with the Pi but don't expect a easy ride. If you plan on getting one for programming using the GPIO pins then go for it.
flaviafishcake

What about the price plus VAT (£20.07 not £18.88)



No, £15.73 plus VAT @ 20% = £18.88

flaviafishcake

Went all through registering and card details then wanted me to confirm … Went all through registering and card details then wanted me to confirm order at £26 not £18.88. Cold from me!



The website will display the price including handling but will be removed before dispatch. There are full instructions and explanations on the site (It'll even show the handling on the confirmation email, but it won't be on the final invoice you receive with the Pi)

bez

None of those can run XBMC with hardware accelerated H264 afaik tho...



they simply struggle on HD movies - rest play fine. I have a RK3066 dual core android 4.1 Finless Rom - XBMC works fine
I have a Model B running Openelec XBMC . I had it playing a 12gb 1080p mkv via ethernet no problem . Runs smoothly.
This has taken place over my Apple TV 2 which only plays 720p. Fantastic piece of kit. Most Smart TV remotes can control the XBMC function too.
Nothing will match this for XBMC in terms of price, power consumption size and silence. Works amazingly well. Plug this thing into the USB port on your TV then HDMI-CEC is the coup de grâce. No need for a separate remote or power supply.

Also - to my knowledge, very few chipsets are currently supported for hardware accelerated decoding with XBMC on Android. My nexus 4 (with its adreno 230 and quad core A9 CPU) can't play blu ray rips. Until hardware decoding is enabled on the majority of chipsets - XBMC for Android is not worth worrying about. (unless you only have SD content of course).

Anyway - yeah, I have the model B with 512mb of ram. I'm not using either of the USB ports on my pi so wouldn't be too much trouble to use a USB-Ethernet adapter and 256mb of ram is also more than enough for an XBMC device. I'm actually tempted to pick one of these up for the living room (current pi is in the bedroom).
cpctweet

The website will display the price including handling but will be removed … The website will display the price including handling but will be removed before dispatch. There are full instructions and explanations on the site (It'll even show the handling on the confirmation email, but it won't be on the final invoice you receive with the Pi)



which is pretty naff lets face it. why advertise offers if your website can't handle it? you'd actually be better off including the handling charge and reducing the price, at least so cart/email shows what you're going to pay.

i almost didn't order my model-b from yourselves as it does stink of bait'n'switch a bit - not that it is, but if i didn't know cpc i'd never have gone for it.
sej7278

which is pretty naff lets face it. why advertise offers if your website … which is pretty naff lets face it. why advertise offers if your website can't handle it? you'd actually be better off including the handling charge and reducing the price, at least so cart/email shows what you're going to pay. i almost didn't order my model-b from yourselves as it does stink of bait'n'switch a bit - not that it is, but if i didn't know cpc i'd never have gone for it.



Well, in all honesty we'd never say it was a perfect system but unfortunately it's the only way we can make it work at the moment - Various options are being explored that will make it work cleaner in the future, but for now we're doing what we can...

Pretty sure that most of our customers would rather us put the offer on this way than not at all
Will it run Battlefield 3 or will I need to change the graphics card ?
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