|Item model number||RPiModB+|
|Item Weight||1.41 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||4.96 x 3.23 x 0.94 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||Unknown|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 14, 2014|
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Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ (B PLUS) 512MB Computer Board (2014)
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- 700MHz Broadcom BCM2835 CPU / 512 MB SDRAM @ 400MHz / 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 on-board network
- Full size HDMI / 4 USB ports / Micro SD slot
- More energy efficiency (less power required) / Improved power management: manage more devices from your Pi
- GPIO header expanded (40 pins vs. 26)
- New 4-pole connector replaces the existing analogue and composite video port on the Model B
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As seen on the Manufacturer's website - MODEL B is the original Raspberry Pi, MODEL B+ is the higher-spec variant of the Raspberry Pi. It replaced the original Model B in July 2014. Compared to the Model B it has: More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B. More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour. Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version. Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W. Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply. Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes. Flags: Angry ( Show Removed Annotations)
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There are tons of great instructions on Pi everywhere, these are great ways to learn Linux/Unix and for around 80 dollars US for one complete card setup, it's fairly cheap as well
- Arrived quickly in anti static packaging
- Tiny form factor, can be taken anywhere
- Easy to setup even for beginners, with plenty of online guides
- The two extra USB ports on the B+ are a must
- No good way to shut down the device if it freezes except pulling the power (this is a limitation of all raspberry pies as they do not have a button with a shutdown script).
Great device for beginning projects and I look forward to turning one of these into a custom home security system or anything else I can dream of.
There are some horsepower concerns when it comes to actually playing video from the device, as the X GUI doesn't have enough memory (even when jumping the GPU RAM to its max) to load YouTube (just my example, as I had hoped to use this unit to play video from another web-based streaming video service) via Chromium. I haven't tried any sort of command-line playing of video, but I imagine that's a possibility.
All in all, if you have a bit of Linux know-how and an "what if" attitude, you can do a lot of cool thing with this li'l guy.
They've definitely addressed some of the more quirky and unsightly parts of the "B" and made the "B+" a force to be reckoned with.
1. Instead of using a huge SD card they've slimmed it down to a Micro SD which doesn't stick out at all.
2. 4x's USB ports. (nuff said)
3. Extra GPIO pins (Easier to get an entire project working with just 1 Pi)
4. No more SPIDER WEB of wires coming out of all directions
This is a quality product and something that anyone with the internet can sit down and figure out. Not only that, but it is a great tool for those of you who have an imagination, and the drive to see it come alive. This tiny inexpensive computer allows for everyone to get into something that will help them change the world if they so choose.
I have both a model B and model B+ and love finding new ways to use/customize them both. I highly recommend you pick one up and try to stretch your imagination!
Places to dink around once you've got one of these and are looking for a way to begin using it:
Somewhere that will teach you how to code *cough* codecademy *cough cough*
Raspberry Pi website
anywhere that sells robotics parts etc. (to see the fun stuff you can hook up to this) Then come back and buy it on Amazon ;)
instructables or any other DIY website that has an E-forum
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Firstly they mad this very much easier to mount in a case. They added 4 holes on the board and aligned all the sockets so you can now mount this in a case and it look in some way professional. They've moved some ports round so that now only two sides of the case need to have holes.
Secondly they've rationalized the IO provided. It now has 4 USB sockets instead of two. They've dropped the composit video out. One or two people with really old telly's might miss this, the rest of us just notice one less thing on the board that we were never going to use.
Finally (and this is the big one for me) they've upped the number of GPIO pins (the custom input / output pins). I originally bought one of these because I wanted to use it for a little bit of home robotics (that had some onboard CPU power that Arduino couldn't offer). But A/B versions however had too few GPIO to do anything I wanted to use it for. The B+ now has an additional 9 pins bringing the total to 26.
Summary: Do not buy these until the Raspberry Pi people have sorted this problem out.
At the beginning when I bought my first one and waited for 3 months to get one I was a little bit disappointed about the speed and everything but the I understood for real what it's meant to be used for.
Unfortunately I've started programming recently, but along with personal small projects, I use with huge satisfaction my RPi, for retro-gaming, HTPC, Host Web, Digital Signage and security camera...anytime I think about something I'd like to do with my RPis I discover that I can.
Thanks to the new power features and especially the extra 2 USBs the RPi is even better and you can now have a proper working station.
I have been 'tinkering' around with this product for ages now, installing different OS and attempting to program through the pre-loaded programs, like 'Python' (although I still don't have the hang of it)
If you're like me, curious to see how everything works, then get this product to simply see just how powerful a credit card sized computer really is!
There are plenty of tutorials out there to teach you the basic fundamentals of programming or electronics. All you need is this product, a little patience, a little creativity and then you can have a whole lot of fun!