The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a rather interesting bit of kit in the form of a keyboard that has an ARM-based computer built into it. This new offering is called the Raspberry Pi 400, and all it needs is a connected mouse and display to turn into a very compact and inexpensive desktop PC.
The new Raspberry Pi 400 will set you back $70 (~R1 137) if you’re Stateside, but local pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed, so we’ll have to see how much it costs when it arrives on our shores.
That should change early next year, which is when the Pi 400 is expected to launch across the globe.
For now, we can still take a look at some of the elements and features that this ingenious little keyboard touts.
To that end the company behind it explains that the inspiration for this device came from the home computers of the 1980s, utilising the recently revealed Raspberry Pi 4 as a base for which the keyboard is powered.
They’ve also seen the Raspberry Pi 4 board in particular being put to use for home and work study since the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown started. Perhaps if it were launched earlier in the year, it could be used at local schools, many of which simply do not have the necessary funds required for a fully fledged computer lab or room.
The keyboard also supports keyboard layouts in UK and US English, French, Italian, German and Spanish at launch, with more options potentially on the way.
Raspberry Pi is making the new keyboard available separately for the aforementioned $70, or part of a kit for $100 (~R1 627). The kit includes:
- A Raspberry Pi 400 computer
- Official USB mouse
- Official USB-C power supply
- An SD card with Raspberry Pi OS pre-installed
- A micro HDMI to HDMI cable
- The official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide