Raspberry Pi 4 Model B – Review

If you want to learn to program but don’t want to risk messing up your computer, the Raspberry Pi is a cheap and easy answer. Let’s take a look at the latest raspberry in the Pi family, the Raspberry Pi 4.

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • www.raspberrypi.org
  • From £34, $35, €31
  • Compatibility: Not applicable

Raspberry Pi is the glorious gadget that gave back-bedroom programming back to the world. Not since the Eighties with the Spectrum and the BBC has it been as easy to get started as a coder. It’s a single-board computer, that is, its processor, graphics, and in/out ports are all on a single motherboard, and it’s so cheap it’s almost disposable. But what does this fourth release of the Raspberry Pi bring to the legend?

The Pi 4 enjoys a 64-bit quad-core processor, specifically, a Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) running at 1.5GHz. This speed increase makes complicated processes easier to implement. New graphics capabilities bring support for dual monitors, with two mini HDMI-out ports. It can even handle 4K video.

RPi 4 CPU

USB 3.0 has arrived too; the new board has two high-speed USB ports, and two regular 2.0 outlets. The SD card reader is faster, and for networking, it has true Gigabit Ethernet as well as Wi-Fi ac. The Pi 4 board itself is available with 1GB, 2GB and 4GB on board memory, and obviously, you can buy various bundles with peripherals such as a case, mouse, keyboard and cables thrown in.

The new hardware gives a massive performance improvement over the Raspberry Pi 3, both in benchmark tests and real-world performance. Switch from the older board to the new one and you really do feel the difference, with everything being smoother, quicker, and more responsive. And these improvements haven’t taken a toll on the price, which is exactly the same as before.

In fact, our only criticism is the Raspberry Pi 4 gets very hot if you push it to its limits.

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • Overall
4

Summary

A definite step up for single-board computing, and a great addition to the Raspberry Pi family of devices.

+ Very cheap
+ Amazingly versatile
+ Great fun to use

– Gets hot when running

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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