With the recent news that the Raspberry Pi microcomputer has shifted 1.75 million units since its debut in March 2012, there are now similar devices that aim to offer us an alternative. However, there is more to these small computers than just their cheap price, as there are so many other factors to consider as well, something the Pi has managed to balance very well.
Three Raspberry Pi alternatives — There has been a burning question, and that is how long will the Pi be able to dominate the microcomputer market for hobbyist? We would not like to take a guess, but looking at a recent article into the competitors that are ready to pounce, it might not be that long.
The Raspberry Pi specs are humble, but they are efficient, something these contenders need to be as well.
First up is the Utilite, which is an ARM-based computer powered by a Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip. There is also a core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and the option of up to 4GB of RAM. Connectivity is not bad either, with four USB 2.0 pots, two Ethernet ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and more. While the specs average and could take the fight to the Pi, the price tag is an issue, and so has a very slim chance of challenging the PI.
BeagleBoard is more of a match for the Raspberry Pi because of its style and price. Specs are very similar as well and so could be a great contender to the current market leader.
Finally, Gooseberry is a little more expensive and again falls short of competing with the Pi because of some issues, all of which are explained in a full breakdown of these devices.
Another reason why the Pi is so popular is due to the number of cases available, giving your microcomputer individuality. There is a Raspberry Pi case to suit all tastes, and you can even opt for a Raspberry Pi DIY case as well, something many of you have already chosen to do.