Raspberry Pi zero + cable adapter set + 3 issues of MagPi Magazine
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Raspberry Pi zero + cable adapter set + 3 issues of MagPi Magazine

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Found 19th Jan 2016
Go easy on me, this is my first deal on here.

The raspberry pi zero is a nightmare to get hold of and they are selling for silly money on auction sites. The Pi zero was given away free with MagPi magazine, this magazine (issue 40) sells for >£20 on auction sites by itself. You can get a Pi Zero, a cable adapter set and three issues of MagPi magazine for £12.99. I called them earlier and they confirmed you would get issue 40 (with free Pi), issue 42 and issue 43. The magazine in shops sells for £5.99 an issue.

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This is good because you also get 3 copies of MagPi too, which a £5.99 each at newsstands.

However, a bit of patience will get you a Zero for £6.50 (£4.00 + £2.50 postage) as production is being increased now to meet demand.
If you need the cables, then another £4.00.

This deal starts to look very good!
Edited by: "androoski" 19th Jan 2016

do you have to set up a direct debit or just pay the 13.99 from a card?

Original Poster

From what I was told you just pay £12.99. If they do set up a direct debit just cancel it, I have done this with many magazine subscriptions

I called and paid the £12.99 from my card. I was specific in saying I just wanted the three issues.
Edited by: "emmsie27" 19th Jan 2016

androoski

This is good because you also get 3 copies of MagPi too, which a £5.99 … This is good because you also get 3 copies of MagPi too, which a £5.99 each at newsstands.However, a bit of patience will get you a Zero for £6.50 (£4.00 + £2.50 postage) as production is being increased now to meet demand.If you need the cables, then another £4.00.This deal starts to look very good!



Where from for £6.50?

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superfreddy

Where from for £6.50?


That is RRP but as there is no stock anywhere you won't get one for that price for a while. When stock is released I imagine it will just fulfill pre-orders. Here you can have the Pi Zero, three magazines and the adapter set. If the Pi Zero was selling at RRP this still would be valued at about £28!

The PiHut and PiMoroni are the two resellers who have stocked the zero.

But as I said, a little patience is needed because production is being increased and stock will arrive soon. Neither of those two resellers are taking pre orders. They will notify if you register an email.

£4.00 is RRP, £2.50 is delivery.

Also, modmypi and the swag store.

Edited by: "androoski" 19th Jan 2016

androoski

The PiHut and PiMoroni are the two resellers who have stocked the … The PiHut and PiMoroni are the two resellers who have stocked the zero.But as I said, a little patience is needed because production is being increased and stock will arrive soon. Neither of those two resellers are taking pre orders. They will notify if you register an email. £4.00 is RRP, £2.50 is delivery.



Is the Zero actually any good though?

superfreddy

Is the Zero actually any good though?



Depends what you want to do with it. It has its place in projects, being very small, light and needing very little power and almost a throwaway price.

But for most purposes, especially beginners a Pi2B is a better choice.

Edited by: "androoski" 19th Jan 2016

androoski

Depends what you want to do with it. It has its place in projects, being … Depends what you want to do with it. It has its place in projects, being very small, light and needing very little power.But for most purposes, especially beginners a Pi2B is a better choice.



Can't find anywhere to notify me when it's back in stock

superfreddy

Can't find anywhere to notify me when it's back in stock



Well, on PiMoroni it will be the big red button with "Notify Me" on it.

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Here is what I plan to do with mine Link

Mine is currently on test as the hub to my heating system. I was going to put a cheapo microcontroller in each of my electric radiators too, but the Zero is so cheap I may as well by half a dozen of them and put them everywhere.

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GuigsyUK

Mine is currently on test as the hub to my heating system. I was going … Mine is currently on test as the hub to my heating system. I was going to put a cheapo microcontroller in each of my electric radiators too, but the Zero is so cheap I may as well by half a dozen of them and put them everywhere.


That was one of my many ideas, a timer/thermostat which referenced the external temperature and could be controlled from outside the home. So many ideas so little time.

androoski

The PiHut and PiMoroni are the two resellers who have stocked the … The PiHut and PiMoroni are the two resellers who have stocked the zero.But as I said, a little patience is needed because production is being increased and stock will arrive soon. Neither of those two resellers are taking pre orders. They will notify if you register an email. £4.00 is RRP, £2.50 is delivery.Also, modmypi and the swag store.



I do not really understand why it takes them so long to mass produce the zero. I haven't seen any stock at all for a long time. I start to think that they are doing this as a marketting purpose...

wildcolor

I do not really understand why it takes them so long to mass produce the … I do not really understand why it takes them so long to mass produce the zero. I haven't seen any stock at all for a long time. I start to think that they are doing this as a marketting purpose...



​The boards are British made. Companies capable of making these are few and far between and those that can, have commitment other than the Pi, and no they cannot devote more production time to the Pi as it is a finite product and the market will soon top out.

tinca

​The boards are British made. Companies capable of making these are few a … ​The boards are British made. Companies capable of making these are few and far between and those that can, have commitment other than the Pi, and no they cannot devote more production time to the Pi as it is a finite product and the market will soon top out.


That's exactly why they need to do mass produce when people are still loving it now and the Pi Zero is the top in the market.!!

From playing around with my Pi Zero, I found its possible to play SD video in MP4 format fullscreen providing you use the omxplayer app that utilises the built-in GPU core. VLC will play mp3 but wont play mp4s as in VLC everything is done in software (not GPU).
As a basic media playback device the Pi Zero would probably be fine. Haven't tried streaming yet.

The limited RAM can be a pain if you are doing internet stuff, so if you plan to use it as a general purpose machine I would go with the Raspberry Pi B2 as the increased RAM and Quad cores handle the web better. Sadly the lack of flash support prevents a lot of the media-rich sites like iplayer this affects all variants because there us no ARM support for Flash.

Edited by: "R37R0" 19th Jan 2016

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wildcolor

That's exactly why they need to do mass produce when people are still … That's exactly why they need to do mass produce when people are still loving it now and the Pi Zero is the top in the market.!!


The Pi's were meant for education and possibly a very niche market. They were never intended to be popular. I think it is amazing they have produced something so good, well made, value for money, and not chinese made!

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R37R0

From playing around with my Pi Zero, I found its possible to play SD … From playing around with my Pi Zero, I found its possible to play SD video in MP4 format fullscreen providing you use the omxplayer app that utilises the built-in GPU core. VLC will play mp3 but wont play mp4s as in VLC everything is done in software (not GPU). As a basic media playback device it would probably be fine. Haven't tried streaming yet.The limited RAM can be a pain if you are doing internet stuff, so if you plan to use it as a general purpose machine I would go with the Raspberry Pi B2 as the increased RAM and Quad cores handle the web better. Sadly the lack of flash support prevents a lot of the media-rich sites like iplayer this affects all variants because there us no ARM support for Flash.


If you use raspbmc or other kodi/openelec OSes on the Pi you will notice MUCH better playback. I have had raspbmc running and streaming fine on a Pi 1 which has lower specs than the zero so it should be fine.

Can anyone tell me what is the latest most powerful PI, im yet to buy one of these gadgets..(_;)

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ukez

Can anyone tell me what is the latest most powerful PI, im yet to buy one … Can anyone tell me what is the latest most powerful PI, im yet to buy one of these gadgets..(_;)


The Pi 2 is the newest/fastest. The newer models are not only faster but also more power efficient

rorrism

The Pi's were meant for education and possibly a very niche market. They … The Pi's were meant for education and possibly a very niche market. They were never intended to be popular. I think it is amazing they have produced something so good, well made, value for money, and not chinese made!



Exactly, it's for education and any model is easy to play and adapt with. Even the small bits of soldering you can do to it.
Edited by: "poopscoop" 19th Jan 2016

rorrism

The Pi 2 is the newest/fastest. The newer models are not only faster but … The Pi 2 is the newest/fastest. The newer models are not only faster but also more power efficient



Thanks bud.. What's a good price to pay for one?

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ukez

Thanks bud.. What's a good price to pay for one?


£25.99 on Amazon now which is the cheapest they have been on there. Not really looked into it though. You need to factor in whether you want a case, PSU, SD-card etc. and it may work out better as a bundle.

rorrism

£25.99 on Amazon now which is the cheapest they have been on there. Not … £25.99 on Amazon now which is the cheapest they have been on there. Not really looked into it though. You need to factor in whether you want a case, PSU, SD-card etc. and it may work out better as a bundle.



Thanks again..

Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?
I have an original one and the best things was rplay, I have kodi as well but the stream quality was pretty terrible!
I liked the idea of an interactive calendar.

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no1ally

Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an … Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an original one and the best things was rplay, I have kodi as well but the stream quality was pretty terrible!I liked the idea of an interactive calendar.


If you see my earlier comment in this thread I'm looking at putting a zero inside a nintendo NES controller and running retropie as an all in one emulator!

I am planning to use mine to make a air-gapped Bitcoin-Armory bitcoin verifier (https://bitcoinarmory.com)
An unnetworked (offline) computer is necessary to store bitcoins and verify transactions

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no1ally

Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an … Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an original one and the best things was rplay, I have kodi as well but the stream quality was pretty terrible!I liked the idea of an interactive calendar.


Sites like instructables and magazines like MagPi are full of ideas to make your own projects. Kits are available from the likes of PiHut or Amazon have a few to purchase from simple flashing LEDS to robots, printers etc.

I saw someone use a Pi to make a fart detector into a chair. Every time someone broke wind whilst sat in that chair it tweeted

On the MagPi site, you can download old copies of the magazines and a "Projects Book" to give you ideas.

no1ally

Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an … Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an original one and the best things was rplay, I have kodi as well but the stream quality was pretty terrible!I liked the idea of an interactive calendar.


The Mag Pi Project book can be found @ raspberrypi.org/mag…pdf
...that might be a good place for some inspiration

rorrism

The Pi's were meant for education and possibly a very niche market. They … The Pi's were meant for education and possibly a very niche market. They were never intended to be popular. I think it is amazing they have produced something so good, well made, value for money, and not chinese made!



Please explain why not chinese made important to you? I think the Chinese made products made the the market diversity. If you still use the old thinkings, ie Chinese products = Cheap low quality stuff, I would then strongly disagree with you. Probably people always link Chinese products to cheap products. But if you stpend more money, you can buy very good quality stuff, such as Lenovo, Huawei, etc.

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wildcolor

Please explain why not chinese made important to you? I think the Chinese … Please explain why not chinese made important to you? I think the Chinese made products made the the market diversity. If you still use the old thinkings, ie Chinese products = Cheap low quality stuff, I would then strongly disagree with you. Probably people always link Chinese products to cheap products. But if you stpend more money, you can buy very good quality stuff, such as Lenovo, Huawei, etc.


I don't disagree there are well made Chinese products, but there is rubbish out there as well. China is somewhere where manufacturing can be done cheaply which has contributed to Britain changing from a country which made goods thing to one which engineers good things which are made overseas for a lower price. It's nice to see companies from Britain supporting British industry even though it will probably lead to lower margins. This is a fully functioning computer engineered and made in the UK which I think is absolutely amazing, That is all.

Ian2014

On the MagPi site, you can download old copies of the magazines and a … On the MagPi site, you can download old copies of the magazines and a "Projects Book" to give you ideas.


Cool, I will just download this one next month and get my Raspberry Pi zero free that way.. No-brainer X)

rorrism

That is RRP but as there is no stock anywhere you won't get one for that … That is RRP but as there is no stock anywhere you won't get one for that price for a while. When stock is released I imagine it will just fulfill pre-orders. Here you can have the Pi Zero, three magazines and the adapter set. If the Pi Zero was selling at RRP this still would be valued at about £28!



I was hoping to get a copy of the MagPi issue 40, went to the WH Smith at St. George's shopping centre in Harrow about an hour after it opened. Was informed that someone had come in at opening time and purchased all 100 copied they had in house. Within the next few hours, there were hundreds of these magazines on ebay.
This is the sad face of capitalism.

rorrism

I don't disagree there are well made Chinese products, but there is … I don't disagree there are well made Chinese products, but there is rubbish out there as well. China is somewhere where manufacturing can be done cheaply which has contributed to Britain changing from a country which made goods thing to one which engineers good things which are made overseas for a lower price. It's nice to see companies from Britain supporting British industry even though it will probably lead to lower margins. This is a fully functioning computer engineered and made in the UK which I think is absolutely amazing, That is all.



I'd like to see the renaissance of British heavy industry (Jaguar). But sadly things change. Even without Chinese products. there would be India, Pakistan etc. Similarly, like the air polution, we now all blame China. But really it seems to be a bit unfare to them because we (UK, US...) have already done exactly the same thing many years ago..

ukez

Cool, I will just download this one next month and get my Raspberry Pi … Cool, I will just download this one next month and get my Raspberry Pi zero free that way.. No-brainer X)



You can't get the Pi from downloading the digital edition of the magazine.

emmsie27

You can't get the Pi from downloading the digital edition of the magazine.


I was taking the pi** mate LOL X)

ukez

Can anyone tell me what is the latest most powerful PI, im yet to buy one … Can anyone tell me what is the latest most powerful PI, im yet to buy one of these gadgets..(_;)


That's two questions - the Zero is the latest, the Pi 2 Model 2 is the most powerful. Which you buy will depend on what you want to do with it, but if it's your first Pi go for the 2 - it'll run everything smoothly and I doubt there's anything you would absolutely need the small form factor of the Zero for (I'd like one to put in my coffee machine so that I can activate it over the internet and make sure I have fresh coffee waiting for me when I get home - the smaller the better for that purpose, and I wouldn't need the power of the Pi 2 to do that, but I have no idea where to start with wiring it up!)



no1ally

Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an … Are there any cool projects you can do with the pi these days?I have an original one and the best things was rplay, I have kodi as well but the stream quality was pretty terrible!I liked the idea of an interactive calendar.


What do you want to do? Multimedia is a common use - you're obviously aware of things like Kodi - and I've currently got my Pi 2 setup with a wireless Xbox 360 controller on my living room TV using recalbox, which is a suite of emulators, so that I can play SNES, Mega Drive games, etc. I've modified the original setup to add Kodi and Moonlight, which connects to my desktop PC, starts Steam in Big Picture Mode and streams it to my TV (so it basically does the job of a Steam Link), so that's a pretty good gaming setup!
But I've also got other plans - like the coffee machine one I mentioned above (I've seen examples of it done before), and I'd like to use it with my DSLR camera and slider to do motorised timelapses (like this - http://blog.davidsingleton.org/raspberry-pi-timelapse-controller/) and I'd also like to add a Pi NoIR (infrared) camera and make it motion triggered to get some night time photos/video of the wildlife in my garden. And I also need some kind of new audio player for my kitchen and I was thinking of using a Pi for that too - just hook it up to some speakers and use it to stream music from my media server.
Basically, if you can think of something you'd like/need to do that would require a small computer to power it, you can build it.
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