How to Use a Raspberry Pi 4 as a Cheap PC

4. You Can’t Just Buy the Pi

The Pi is reasonable, however you continue to want a observe, a micro HDMI cable, a USB-C energy provide, an SDCard, a keyboard, and a mouse. Still, you could have a few of the ones issues already and even though you don’t you’ll nonetheless are available in at beneath $100 if you happen to pick out up a second-hand observe. Some corporations promote ready-made kits.

The Pi 4 runs sizzling, so it’s your decision a case and a fan, too. However, the 3-D published case within the image above runs high-quality with out a fan, and without or with the fan, instances are affordable and abundant. Just you’ll want to get one that may are compatible the Pi 4.

If you’ve got two displays, the Pi will force them each. Just remember, that there are limits on how prime a answer the Pi can force, so my Retina show isn’t getting the utmost use. Instead of shopping for a micro HDMI to full-size HDMI cable, I purchased somewhat dongle that converts a micro HDMI plug right into a full-sized socket. This is somewhat inexpensive if you have already got HDMI cables and it is usually extra flexible.