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Raspberry Pi Kit

Postby FranBlakes » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:19 pm

Has anyone seen this offer:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/raspberrypi

Is it worth it, will anyone be taking up the offer?
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Postby SpecialStuff » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:59 pm

Hmm, I don't know much, but that looks overpriced to me. You probably have half of that gear lying around, and the stuff you don't have won't cost much. Just buy the Pi and get the other stuff you need separate. ;)
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Postby nelz » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:26 pm

If you've bought any sort of mobile device in the last 4-5 years, you'll already have a micro-USB cable and charger. Most computer enthusiasts also have old mice and keyboards lying around, probably the odd USB hub too. So all you're getting for your 70 quid is a 30 pound Pi and a wireless dongle.

Also note that they are only taking pre-orders, the exclusivity deal Pi have with Farnell and RS still has a while to run.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:19 pm

If you do have an old phone charger, make sure it is the correct voltages! Mine weren't! :(
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Postby nelz » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:30 am

MicroUSB is 5V, that's the spec. There are some that don't deliver enough current, but they should all be 5V.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:21 pm

voltages, current, its all the same to me :D
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Postby Ram » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:23 pm

bobthebob1234 wrote:voltages, current, its all the same to me :D


Just be careful with them amps :wink:

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Postby nelz » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:31 pm

bobthebob1234 wrote:voltages, current, its all the same to me :D


But not to your hardware :(
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:16 pm

Well so long as the little numbers and units match up, all is good :D
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Postby Bruno » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:57 am

bobthebob1234 wrote:voltages, current, its all the same to me :D


It's the volts that jolt but the mill(iamp)s that kills 8)
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Re: Raspberry Pi Kit

Postby einonm » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:42 am

FranBlakes wrote:Has anyone seen this offer:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/raspberrypi

Is it worth it, will anyone be taking up the offer?


Certainly not! The ad has in it the magic phrase, several times, that tells you it's overpriced - "Gold-plated connectors".

Also, once it's up and running you usually don't need the extra mouse and keyboard, for example - http://bit.ly/JVKvOk
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Postby heiowge » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:00 am

If I were looking to buy a kit for the pi, for £70 I'd expect to see an HDMI cable, case for the Pi, 8GB SD card (minimum) and cheapy wired keyboard and mouse.
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Postby heiowge » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:05 am

Ram wrote:
bobthebob1234 wrote:voltages, current, its all the same to me :D


Just be careful with them amps :wink:



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Postby peterr88 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:15 am

There are some that don't deliver enough current, but they should all be 5V.
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