The $5 computer

If you’re still racking your brains on what to buy someone this Christmas, how about a brand new computer – for just $5!

No, you read that right. You can now buy a fully functioning computer for $5.

No, you read that right. You can now buy a fully functioning computer for $5.
It doesn’t matter how many times we say that, it still sounds impossible. Raspberry Pi have been making budget computers for a few years now, bringing coding and computing to everyone at an affordable and accessible cost. The aforementioned $5 computer is a powerful little tyke about the same size as a credit card. It weighs in at just 9g with dimensions of 65x30x5mm. It features a mini HDMI port and two USB on-the-go ports so you can easily connect up a monitor, keyboard and mouse. It boasts 512MB of RAM and a 1Ghz single core CPU.

So what can you actually do with it?

The Raspberry Pi interface is simple and user-friendly. With the powerful processor, you can quickly access programmes, games and the internet – they even have their own version of Minecraft!

Included on this computer are a lot of incredible programmes such as Scratch, a visual programming tool which allows users to create animations and games and Sonic Pi, an open-source programme designed for creating sounds.

The limits are seemingly endless.

Five dollars doesn’t usually buy a lot these days, but in this case it buys a huge window into the world of computing. Anyone who wants to learn coding, how to create games or just simply wants a portable computer would surely love the Raspberry Pi Zero.

For novice users and people new to the Raspberry family, their website is chock-full of information and easy to follow how-to guides. You can also pick up the Zero and other Raspberry products with links from their online shop. There is also a monthly magazine called The MagPi you can buy online or at your local supermarket. This month you get a Zero FREE with the magazine!

We found this informative review of the Raspberry Pi Zero which shows you just how awesome this little PC is.

 

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