However, I have some opinions about it that might help you before you go ahead and buy one.
Why did I buy one?
My friend bought two because there was free shipping if you did so. So, I took one off of his hands. Good deal; I didn't have to pay shipping.
- GPIO pins
- uses Python; good for educating about programming
- Easily implementable into permanent projects like arcades.
- Only two USB ports? It can't even power a regular USB stick
- No VGA?
- How do I plug in an LED into this GPIO pin...
- No keyboard
- How do I find an affordable HDMI monitor?
Okay, maybe I am complaining too much.
But what is this?
Laptops for about $40. Keyboard, USB, monitor, mouse, all included.
Maybe it doesn't have a GPIO pins, but it probably can program an Arduino
Debian can be easily installed on this computer.
This is the current setup of the Pi:
I'm using the analog video output to the monitor.
I decided that I wasn't going to buy female wires, so I just made this adapter.
In the end it's a good board for hobbyists to use, but for all the functions that it claims to have, there is always a better alternative.
I wouldn't say it's a terrible board, but I wouldn't go tell someone to buy it. There are alternatives.