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Raspberry Pi's have come a long way with the RPi4 8G RAM. I am running Ubuntu-Mate booted from a USB SSD. It is set up with dual monitors. I use it for surfing the web and programming. It is just adequate for these pursuits.
The really nice thing about this is that it is silent. I have it in a metallic, heat sink case. It does not have a fan. The temperature stays below 56 degC most of the time. I can force it into the mid to upper 60's with a system load test. But day to day use temperatures are not likely to kill this RPi until well after the next version comes out.
I am using this as my primary Linux desktop in a headless mode running Berry Boot and Bitvise from my Windows 10 computer. Works like a champ, running the free Wolfram Mathematica 12.1 remotely even though I have the purchased 11.0 under Windows. I have not been able to get the Bluetooth working yet but assume I will figure that out when I make time.
Quality of build is exceptional. I bought the Argone One case for this which provides space for an M.2 SATA SSD. All of this is higher performing and more costly than typical predecessor products but that is Okay as I intend these to be used as personal workstations. When I finally get around to building electronics projects I will use the smaller, cheaper and lower power offerings.
Bluetooth broken right out of the box, hdmi audio won’t work, hdmi video is locked down to half its size. As usual Linux is “better” as long as you blatantly ignore the 50 ways windows 95 outperformed it decades ago in basic functionality. By 2050 I hope that Linux power-users can turn up audio without typing “CTL sudo $ pretty please turn audio up 5 points_true 1”. Im amazed the amount of things you can’t do with a Pi4 right out of the box that’s listed as working out of the box.
Linux will be taken seriously when it deserves to be, so just a few hundred years more when I don’t need to manually type in a command prompt to change resolution, then I think it’ll be ready for practical daily use.
Thanks CannaKit for sending me a brand new "bricked" Pi :-( Took me a whole day to figure out that this Pi had an outdated bootloader version installed on the EEPROM and fix it by having to manually install a new bootloader. That's a whole day I could have been working on my project instead of fixing the "bricked" Pi you sent me :-( It till doesn't appear to be working correctly since it requires me to plug it into a monitor to set the WiFi country BEFORE it will allow me to SSH into it running headless?!?!?! I've NEVER had this issue before. Wondering if this is a faulty or defective unit?
I have mine set up with Debian 10 with desktop and it is working great so far. Pretty responsive compared to previous Pis I own. Would be a waste for retropie IMO but desktop use is working well. If you are looking for retropie, I would consider either the 2gb version or previous versions of the pi (have a a 1 and 2 3s and they work great with retropie).
Not a lot to this - just a power plug, heat sink, and the Pi 4. It's my first Pi so I'm still blown away by the compute capabilities of this thing. Everything works as hoped for, not the slightest problem after running it for about 5 weeks now, 24/7 , showing video.
You get a power adapter, switch, and small heatsinks for less than the official kit. What's more to ask for? Everything seems high quality and works as advertised. I run one of these as a home automation server, and I plan on buying another for a flight aware tracker.
Great mini PC for anywhere you want to add one. Very energy efficient as well. I have been using TwisterOS and an Argon M.2 case and Samsung Evo sata ssd and it works very well for streaming and general surfing etc. This was my 3rd one for the house.
This was very easy to put together and start up. The kit it comes with was very useful to bring everything together. The installation of the OS and using it couldn't be easier. Now I just need to figure out more uses for it! :)