The Raspberry Pi 400 is a complete Raspberry Pi 4-based personal computer, integrated into a keyboard. By incorporating the board into a keyboard, it removes the need for a case and other accessories normally needed to run a Raspberry and creates a more clean configuration. It makes for the perfect configuration for a public machine or in an educational setting including the incorporation of a Kensington lock (Locking port used on laptops for security in public spaces).
The Raspberry Pi 400 features a Broadcom 1.8GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 CPU with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. VideoCore VI graphics (OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan) and 4kp60 HEVC decode provide the ability to run a 4k monitor at 60FPS or 2x 4k monitors at 30FPS through the two micro HDMI ports. An Ethernet port provides true Gigabit Ethernet support and there's two USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 ports available for accessories and HIDs. A USB-C port is used for power and supports 5V, 3A operation. Finally the standard Raspberry Pi 40 pin connector is present on the back of the keyboard for HAT support.
This product is the keyboard only. You will need to provide the rest to operate it (Mouse, MicroSD card, Power Supply). For a more complete solution, check out the Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 4 ratings:
I wanted to get the regular tiny Pi, but it was sold out. I'm using this as a headless server, and it works perfectly. I did have to hook it up to the monitor for the initial setup, so have a mini HDMI cable handy in case you need to do that.
Only run it 7ish hours. Like what I got, trying to find more time to use it more.
No unpleasant surprises yet. Pleased to find Micro SD Card slot is spring-loaded to aid in removing it.
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I researched this a little and there are a couple of notes on this new product: 1. The board is a little more spread out than the standard-topology Pi 4 B; also there is a large metal plate under the keyboard that serves as a thermal dump, so it runs much cooler. 2. It natively clocks and can overclock faster than the standard Pi 4 B.
I look forward to working with this.