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UK COMPUTING OUTFIT the Raspberry Pi Foundation has added the Raspberry Pi Model B+ computer to its range, which has additional hardware for the same low price.
The foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Model B+ on Monday morning, but we have had one since last week. We can confirm that it is fine little thing, with some obvious changes.
The firm has tinkered with the Model B+ and tailored it to include all of the additions that Raspberry Pi users have requested. In a blog post the foundation said that this isn't the Raspberry Pi Two, "but rather the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi".
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ computer has a new style, low noise power input, double the number of USB ports at four, a 40 pin GPIO header, which replaces a 26 pin unit, a click-in microSD slot that puts the card neatly into the side of the unit, and a general shuffling of content on the board.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is a very nice upgrade indeed. We found it easy to set up, asking a novice to do it, and we had no problems. Noobs, which came on an included microSD card, installed easily, and we incurred no problems with setup. Raspbian Linux remains a light, easy to use operating system, and the GUI is recognisable enough to keep even hardened Windows users happy.
Some things do not change and the general shape of the board remains the same. An HDMI slot that can work with the television or PC display is still there, and the Broadcom SoC processor remains the same and can still be overclocked, and the Model B+ has 512MB of RAM. There's a socket for an Ethernet cable, but we chose to use a USB WiFi adapter, which cost £15.
Some things are the same but different. The headphone jack is still there, but it also includes better audio and video. This means that the composite RCA socket, which would be redundant, has been removed.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ measures 85x56x17mm and costs around £25. µ
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