THE RASPBERRY PI is becoming more and more like a real PC, particularity now that it's been given an official mouse and keyboard.
For those of you who don't know, a mouse is not only a furry rodent but also a smooth rounded device with a cable coming out of it that allows you to guide a cursor on a screen; it's a brave new world. A keyboard is also pretty special, as it actually takes the concept of a typewriter and re-jigs it into a set of letters, numbers, keys and functions that can be pressed to make something happen on a computer; mind blown.
And the Raspberry Pi Foundation has done its take on these wonderful peripherals. The mouse looks a bit like an oblong stone, with design cues that hark at the Surface Mouse and the Apple Magic Mouse. It sports a red and white livery with a candy red USB cable.
The Raspberry Pi keyboard also looks like its taken inspiration from the Surface Keyboard and Apple Magic Keyboard - it's not actually magic FYI, that's just Apple being its pretentious self. It sports the same red and white colour scheme and has a fairly dinky 79-key footprint rather than a full-size layout; there's no number pad, for example.
There are also some Raspberry Pi flourishes; instead of a Windows key, there's a Raspberry Pi logo that presumably fires up core functions of the pint-sized computer.
Claiming the "wait is over" the Raspberry Pi Foundation has put the keyboard and mouse up for sale today for a mere £22; lets that a round of drinks at a decent London pub.
You can get the keyboard in six language formats; UK, US, Italian, Spanish, German and French. And at some point, a black and grey take on both the keyboard and mouse will become available.
That's about it. If you've been hankering for a Raspberry Pi centric keyboard and mouse for your Raspberry Pi computer then today is a good day. Go forth and do things. µ
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