It can be used as a computer for office work or a self-made media hub.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the fourth version of the Pi 4 miniature budget computer. It retained the form factor and remained cheap, but received a new processor, graphics and other hardware improvements.
The computer supports up to 4 GB of RAM – four times more than the previous version. In addition, the Raspberry Pi 4 runs on a faster LPDDR4 RAM than its predecessor.
Pi 4 also received a new Broadcom quad-core processor with H.265 support and a frequency of 1.5 GHz, two micro-HDMI ports, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 ports in addition to two USB 2.0 connectors. In addition, the device has updated the network card: now it supports speeds up to gigabit per second and Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac.
In Raspberry, the speed of the Pi 4 was called comparable to the entry-level PC on a 32-bit architecture. As noted in Engadget, in theory Pi 4 can be used as a self-made media hub: the device is capable of outputting video in 4K resolution and frame rates of up to 60 frames per second.
Tom’s Hardware site tested the Pi 4 and concluded that it copes with many basic tasks like Internet surfing. The computer supports up to 15 simultaneously open tabs in Chromium, allows you to make small image corrections in GIMP and work with documents in Libre Office.
At the same time, the device has some limitations – for example, YouTube videos begin to slow down when turning to full screen. It does not help even reducing the resolution to 480 pixels.
The cost of the device depends on the amount of RAM: the minimum version with 1 GB will cost $ 35 , the average with 2 GB at 45 dollars , and the maximum with 4 GB – at 55 dollars .