|Item model number||RASPBERRY-PI-STK|
|Item Weight||0.16 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||11.1 x 8.7 x 2.2 inches|
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit (9-Items)
|Price:||$79.99 + $13.84 shipping|
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- Includes Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2) Model B Quad-Core 900 MHz 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB Micro SD Card (Class 10) - Raspberry Pi Recommended Micro SD Card pre-loaded with NOOBS
- CanaKit WiFi Adapter 150 Mbps - Supports Access Point Mode (AP) to allow for WiFi Hotspot hosting
- CanaKit 2.5A USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 2 (UL Listed)
- High Quality Raspberry Pi 2 Case, Premium Quality HDMI Cable, Heat Sink, GPIO Quick Reference Card, CanaKit Full Color Quick-Start Guide
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|Item Dimensions||—||1.6 x 9.2 x 5.7 in||7.7 x 9.5 x 2.2 in||5.8 x 7.2 x 1.5 in||7.6 x 9.5 x 2.1 in||7.9 x 9.8 x 2.2 in|
|Item Weight||0.16 ounces||7.41 ounces||1 lb||0.55 lb||1.65 lbs||1.41 lbs|
NOTE: The 8 GB MicroSD card may appear as 1 GB when inserted into a PC as it is pre-partitioned. The remaining space can be expanded as desired.
The CanaKit Raspberry Pi Starter Kit is covered by CanaKit's 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty offering hassle-free replacements.
An exclusive Starter Kit from CanaKit that includes the the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (Version 1.2) and everything you need to get up and running within minutes in the exciting world of Raspberry Pi!
This Raspberry Pi 2 Kit includes the CanaKit WiFi Dongle which has been tested for reliable operation on the Raspberry Pi 2 and supports Access Point Mode allowing it to function as a WiFi hotspot.
Also included in this Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit is a high quality Raspberry Pi 2 case as well as the recommended Raspberry Pi 8 GB Class 10 MicroSD Card pre-loaded with NOOBS. Just Plug and Play!
When you boot up your Raspberry Pi with NOOBS for the first time, you'll see a menu that allows you to install Raspian. Other operating systems and popular Media Center platforms can also be easily installed from the NOOBS menu with a wired internet connection.
The kit also includes a CanaKit 2.5A Micro USB power supply (UL Listed) specially designed and tested for the Raspberry Pi 2. This power supply incorporates a noise filter to provide the highest stability.
- Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2) Model B (Version 1.2) Quad-Core 900 MHz 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB MicroSD Card (Class 10) - Raspberry Pi Recommended MicroSD Card with NOOBS
- CanaKit WiFi Adapter / Dongle (RT5370 chipset)
- CanaKit 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply with Noise Filter (UL Listed) specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 2 (5-foot cable)
- High Quality Raspberry Pi 2 Case
- Premium Quality HDMI Cable with CEC support (6-foot cable)
- Heat Sink
- GPIO Quick Reference Card
- CanaKit Full Color Quick-Start Guide
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Okay, now for the long version:
I ordered the Raspberry PI 2 the day that it was announced from Element 14. The $35 Pi cost me $10 in shipping + Tax. I had never owned a PI but had a monitor, keyboard and mouse ready to go. I figured I would be ready to rock, I was wrong. When my "kit" arrived it was useless. The chargers I had didn't work and their was no MicroSD card.
I spoke with CanaKit about an opportunity to review their Complete Starter Kit and they accepted. My review is of a product that was provided to me but it is an unbiased one nonetheless. Furthermore, I can do a direct comparison between the two purchases.
The Complete Starter Kit is just that, complete. Within minutes I was up and running. Note that this doesn't include a keyboard, mouse or monitor which all will be required to use the PI, however it does come with everything else you would need to get started. As an added bonus it's prime eligible so that takes $10 off my purchase right off the bat (also a lot faster shipping than from Element14).
At a $35 base price for the standalone unit Ill walk through the other included items. Note that some of these are worth their time in gold, such as the preloaded MicroSD card.
1) Raspberry Pi 2 - $35
2) Hard case $7-20
3) SD card $7-20 depending on Capacity. This comes with a preloaded 8gb card which runs about $7, if you value your time having the software preloaded is worth at least $10 extra dollars.
4) Wi-Fi Dongle $10
5) HDMI cable $5
6) Power Supply - $10
7) Head Sink - $2
8) Pin diagram - Nice Touch
In doing some searching it looks like their is a case / heatsink combo very similar, if not identical to the one in this kit. That case costs $9 so i'll use that in calculations:
Total Price - CanaKit $79.99
Total Price separate: $78 - Without preloaded software, which again I value at atleast $10.
Total Price from Element14 - $47 without the $43 of additional hardware.
It's not just about price. Canakit is branded well and well organized. The presentation of the shipment was excellent. Yea, I get it, presentation doesn't really matter...but to me it's an indication of a companies inner workings. A clean presentation hints are efficient operations. The total package felt well put together and properly managed. That gives me that extra boost of confidence in the product.
As for the PI 2, it's a beautiful little device. I have one MicroSD card running a Kodi mediacenter and another for basic programming. The PI has surpassed my expectations in every way. The 4 USB ports are key in that I have BT connected peripherals. It is the same dimensions as the PI B+ and can be swapped into existing projects.
Sidenote: The WiFi Dongle was the hidden gem for me. I didn't think that I would need one but after using it I wouldn't go back.
Please feel free to ask questions below.
Thank you for reading!
I picked up the Started Kit with WiFi; it had everything I needed to build a media streamer. Everything came beautifully packed and included not only quick instructions but directions to the CanaKit website where they have video instructions as well. Primo.
Long story short, everything was included, all good quality, everything works, and I had a fully functional, control-from-my-phone, 1080p without a hiccup streaming media player for under a hundred bucks and one hour of my time.
Next project? Mini Arcade Cabinet.
It did not come with a "General Assembly Guide" as they claimed, so I had to do some reading about the Raspberry Pi online.
The problem was that it came with an 4GB SD card that is supposed to contain the operating system as stated: "4GB SD Card pre-loaded with Raspbian "wheezy"
However, the SD card was brand new in its package and contained nothing. It was completely blank, so the Raspberry Pi sits there and does nothing.
This is likely going to cause a lot of frustrated people to return this kit thinking they have a dead Raspberry Pi.
I had to download the OS from the Raspberry Pi website, and load it onto the SD card myself. I was lucky that that I had a laptop with an SD Card reader. After all that, it did boot and it does work now.
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny little computer and its cool to get it working, but this 'kit' does not give you what it claims it will.
You're better off buying the parts yourself.
Don't be fooled by the small size. The Raspberry Pi-2 is a very capable computer! It is 11x faster than the top supercomputer in 1971, which was 20,000 times heavier, and used 11,600x more power, and cost 100,000x more money! (Photo of the Pi with the Cray has a different case than the one in this kit)
If you have always wanted to learn Linux, or wanted to learn how to program computers, this is a great choice (but you do not need to program to use this! Raspian/Noobs is very easy to use). I use my system as the core of an audio/music workstation. (Note: the photo shows Pi-2 in a slightly different case than sold with this kit) There are tons of free/Open Source apps which run on Raspbian Linux for audio and sound processing. LMMS for beats, Csound, SuperCollider, Sonic Pi, Mixxx, Audacity, ChucK, and my favorite, Pure Data! Get one of these tiny computers and with some time and cleverness, you can build inexpensive customs music instruments, and effects, which sound as good as gear costing 100x more. If you know of teenagers, there are many great science fair projects which this kit can form the basis of. The possibilities are limitless. If you want to get into an entry-level Raspberry Pi -2 Quad-Core Linux system, this is a great choice.