Raspberry Pi (Model B) - £25.39 - Sold and Dispatched by Amazon
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Raspberry Pi (Model B) - £25.39 - Sold and Dispatched by Amazon

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Found 27th May 2014
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If you can do without the Ethernet port and less RAM (256MB), you can get the model A for about £20 from CPC
Great price, maybe lowest price from Amazon but I am pretty sure when I bought mine from Aria that have this on offer recently on their daily deals it was around this price.

Regardless, good deal! Heat added.
Wrong. The lowest price was the £17 deal on Amazon.
Damn it.....paid 26p more on Friday - could kick myself
adam_holcombe

If you can do without the Ethernet port and less RAM (256MB), you can get … If you can do without the Ethernet port and less RAM (256MB), you can get the model A for about £20 from CPC


And its only £31 for the Camera AND model A in a bundle...
cpc.farnell.com/ras…RPi

Hot deal though.. £3 saving on the normal model B price
Jumped on this last time it was posted. Flubit offered a great deal (£21). Excellent bit of kit, this.
erm sorry to sound like a numpty...what are these?!
I took the plung with the free £5 Amazon code when you bought a £20 gift card recently. As usual no idea what I'll do with it but I have one that's the main thing.
Even if people buy a B first an play about with it.
Your not limited to only wireless networking on the A, at additional cost.

If you have a specific use then get an A but it's a false economy for some. The camera bundle does intrigue me though
lecr

erm sorry to sound like a numpty...what are these?!



Where have you been the last 2 years?

If you don't know what they are, you probably don't need one
How much difference does the extra 256mb make for xbmc? I've got original model but found bit slow...curious if anyone has older vs new one!
I have the original 256mb version is their going to be much point in getting the 512mb or is it a waste of money.
cantonbean

How much difference does the extra 256mb make for xbmc? I've got original … How much difference does the extra 256mb make for xbmc? I've got original model but found bit slow...curious if anyone has older vs new one!



Thats the question i want to know, i found the 256 unusable it was so slow when using the addons that i packed it up in a box and didnt use it.
Anyone interested in a nice 9 layer case from bang good for £2.75 Here delivery took one week
cantonbean

How much difference does the extra 256mb make for xbmc? I've got original … How much difference does the extra 256mb make for xbmc? I've got original model but found bit slow...curious if anyone has older vs new one!


I've been using a model b as a media centre connected to my LG 3D TV. Works a treat, can be a bit slow occasionally if downloading libraries etc but all in all very good. Even copes with 3D HSBS movies.
Will these handle 1080p MKV's comfortably?
lecr

erm sorry to sound like a numpty...what are these?!




raspberrypi.org/hel…pi/
Shadow-360

Will these handle 1080p MKV's comfortably?



Yes my 256 plays 1080p and 1080p sbs 3D without issue.
I've got both the 256 and 512. The 512 runs so much better, I used to have XBMC on the 256 but it could be so slow at times when running various plugins (even to the extent that I thought it must have crashed). The 512 has not given me any issues.
Does anybody know if this would be able to comfortably run flash and work with streaming sites?
bluenosebignelly

Not quite true, at least I do know what they are...really cheap, simple … Not quite true, at least I do know what they are...really cheap, simple computers......I dont know what they are used for. I have seen magazines for them on the mag racks and have always been curious. Am I correct in saying that they could be used as a Media player?



They can be used for various things. From remote video recorders (needs accessories), NAS (network attached storage, like a personal dropbox) to media centres.

If youve got some spare time go over to instructables.com and search for raspberry pi and see what people have done with them.
Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along with it, just buy a fire tv when they come out, you'll be glad you did. Doddle.
Probably not the place to discuss how well playback works on xbmc with the 256mb model. Head over to xbmc forum.

However, saying it plays 1080p without any problems is going to depend on your setup - local, NAS, USB. Are you offloading the audio work to a receiver using bitstreaming. One of the biggest tipping points between good playback and not so good is the bitrate of the video stream in your file. 1080p at a high bitrate is not the same as 1080p at low br.


Having said all that my personal experience having both 256 and 512 models is that there's a marginal performance gain but nothing major. Can be fairly slow if you have a large library but there are ways to optimise your setup.


This is a bargain...buy it.
meathane

Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along … Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along with it, just buy a fire tv when they come out, you'll be glad you did. Doddle.



Nonsense. One in the bedroom running perfectly. OpenElec is so good now will pick up another for the living room and move my noisy server/HTPC hybrid up into the loft. Android boxes look great but not quite there yet IMHO.
Got one the other week... I have loads of PC's, nas boxes, streamers, media players.... and while the raspberry is a mighty marvel in techonolgy, it bored the pants off me..... if you want a device for a specific job, buy that device... unless you have time on your hands and some basic computer knowledge... 10 yr ago I'd be a Pi pro.... too old now
hmm i might take the plunge with this to use as xbmc but is this better than something like google chrome cast?
Edited by: "chubuking" 27th May 2014
Just to say, yes, runs XBMC okay...(not great, but useable in that browsing and looking for things can be slow, but once 'playing' is fine).

But not limited to XBMC. Lots of good work going on with people using this is a squeezebox/dac and can get proper hi fi dacs attached...google is still your friend if want to know more.
dangermouse74

I've got both the 256 and 512. The 512 runs so much better, I used to … I've got both the 256 and 512. The 512 runs so much better, I used to have XBMC on the 256 but it could be so slow at times when running various plugins (even to the extent that I thought it must have crashed). The 512 has not given me any issues.



Thanks for the info! Might pick up another one next pay check!
meathane

Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along … Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along with it, just buy a fire tv when they come out, you'll be glad you did. Doddle.



Utter nonsense!

With a little tweaking and even just a mild overclock these devices are very responsive and capable XBMC rigs that will flawlessly play 30-40GB MKV's with DTS.
If you're just wanting a basic xbmc player, a £30 android stick is better for most people. Choose one with a rockwell dual core and it works spot on, also has advantage of things like netflix, blinkbox, mobdro (which is probably the best app i've used, can see why google banned it) and i think nowtv works on non rootet devices. And if steam streaming comes to android next year it will be even better
PiPlay is an awesome use for these.
This may be a daft question but can these be linked up with IP cameras to record video online? Looking for a cheap cctv setup, got the Easy N Cam recently but not got round to setting it all up

Edited by: "Lemmin83" 27th May 2014
another +1 for the pi on xbmc. Very frequent updates and speedy enough for a bedroom media player.
As a project, I stuck one up the tree on my driveway, connected a battery which I linked up to a small solar panel. I used motion and a piezo speaker to output audio in an attempt to stop the birds from dumping on my car. Results have been mixed but I've not given up.
In the spring/summer I have to wash my car everyday.
jsw72

another +1 for the pi on xbmc. Very frequent updates and speedy enough … another +1 for the pi on xbmc. Very frequent updates and speedy enough for a bedroom media player.As a project, I stuck one up the tree on my driveway, connected a battery which I linked up to a small solar panel. I used motion and a piezo speaker to output audio in an attempt to stop the birds from dumping on my car. Results have been mixed but I've not given up.In the spring/summer I have to wash my car everyday.



Now that is a unique use!
jaydeeuk1

Where have you been the last 2 years?



Must have been abducted by aliens. They probably introdcued & implanted him with the raspberry pi z model, so small its invisible to the naked eye. That's why he's confused about the excitement over these dinosaurs we are getting excited about
Lemmin83

This may be a daft question but can these be linked up with IP cameras to … This may be a daft question but can these be linked up with IP cameras to record video online? Looking for a cheap cctv setup, got the Easy N Cam recently but not got round to setting it all up



I would have thought it was pretty much ideal for that kind of task. Low power, always on. Stick Linux on it eg raspbian and find some webcam server software and you should be good to go. Your camera though may already have a web server/streaming built in thus an rpi may be overkill depending on what you want to do.
lecr

erm sorry to sound like a numpty...what are these?!


So glad I'm not the only 1 who doesn't know lol
polly69

Thats the question i want to know, i found the 256 unusable it was so … Thats the question i want to know, i found the 256 unusable it was so slow when using the addons that i packed it up in a box and didnt use it.



try running it on openelec instead.

I've got 2 model A, an old model B and anew model B. the differences aren't massive to be honest
leicesterfan

Does anybody know if this would be able to comfortably run flash and work … Does anybody know if this would be able to comfortably run flash and work with streaming sites?



No it won't. it loads webpages at a snail's pace.
meathane

Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along … Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along with it, just buy a fire tv when they come out, you'll be glad you did. Doddle.



What are you chatting about? If you use OpenElec, run from USB and use too many plugins, it runs perfectly..
meathane

Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along … Garbage for xbmc, please believe me. And all the geekery that goes along with it, just buy a fire tv when they come out, you'll be glad you did. Doddle.



Provided you do some performance tweaks, like install on a USB stick & overclock it's very good. I prefer running XBMC off my Pi over my HTPC as the Pi works with my TV remote (via HDMI cec), is silent and uses little power
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