We've been waiting almost half a year for the Raspberry Pi Foundation to release the Pi 4. For $ 120, the Pi 4 Desktop Kit is a killer deal.
The Raspberry Pi 4 is a much-needed refresher from the proven Pi 3. It has two USB 3.0 ports (besides two USB 2.0 ports), a Gigabit Ethernet port, two Micro HDMI ports (with 4K Dual monitor support) and a USB-C port for power. It also has an upgraded Broadcom BCM271
The basic $ 35 model of the Pi 4 comes with 1GB of RAM, just like the high-end Pi-3 boards. But you can also get a board with 2GB of RAM for $ 45 and a board with 4GB of RAM for $ 55. Of course, the 4 GB RAM card is best for desktop applications. That's why it's included in the Pi 4 Desktop Kit.
For $ 120, purchasing the Pi 4 desktop kit is like buying a super low-cost computer. It comes with a 4 GB RAM card, a keyboard, a mouse, a USB-C power adapter, a computer case, a manual, a preloaded 32 GB microSD card with NOOBS and Raspbian, and two Micro HDMI to standard HDMI cables (double) supplied – monitors straight out of the box, baby). This set is perfect for anyone just starting Linux, or for big Linux fans who want something cheap and new.
Of course, you do not have to buy the Pi 4 Desktop Kit if you already have a keyboard, mouse, external memory, and Micro HDMI cable lying around. The $ 55 board with 4GB of RAM is the best choice for desktop use and a bargain in and of itself. Whether you have a cheap and entertaining Linux desktop, a Plex server, a power-efficient NAS or whatever you can think of in your brilliant brain, the Pi 4 is a murderous and affordable way to make it happen.