The raspberry Pi 400 is not an ordinary keyboard. It’s more than a keyboard. This compact ‘accessory’ packs a capable computing system under its keys and a generous amount of ports at the rear. Hook a monitor and a mouse to this revolutionary piece of tech and you’ll have yourself a full-blown PC.

We live in a world of innovations, where technology is embedded in almost everything, including cars, TVs, and keyboards. The Raspberry Pi 400 comes out as one of the most innovative products of our time. It breaks the old rules and sets a new pace in the world of computing by packing a computer in a keyboard. It’s not just a computer, this keyboard is a raspberry pi 4, the world’s most popular single-board computer. That means you can not only use it as a replacement for your desktop PC but also as a powerhouse for your IoT projects.

raspberry pi 400 ports

Innovation at its finest

Keyboards are generally perceived as peripheral devices for keying instructions into a computer. Therefore, a keyboard with computing capability is hard to come by. The fact that the Raspberry Pi 400 offers what most desktop keyboards don’t is why it appeals to me. Of course, it’s not the first keyboard of its kind. A company from Germany called Sirkom has been selling keyboards with embedded PCs for some time. Some computers of the past also had computing components under their keyboards.

Raspberry-Pi-400-front view

Even so, the Raspberry Pi 400 is adapted for science hobbyists, specifically those who want to switch between general computing tasks like browsing and programming tasks such as controlling robots. It also packs more power than any other device of its kind.

The Raspberry pi 400 changes how we perceive PCs. It proves that computers don’t have to be the bulky and power-hungry boxes that we have come to know. Thanks to advances in technology, it’s now possible to fit a computer in a keyboard form factor.

The Pi 400 also changes how we use computers. By integrating a computer in a compact accessory, you can hook it to any compatible computing system to extend productivity to the max.

Computing capabilities

The Raspberry Pi 400 does not have the best processor in the world, but it’s capable of handling daily computing tasks like browsing, document processing, and watching movies on the web.

The onboard processor is clocked at 1.8 GHz and can be overclocked to 2.2 GHz without overheating the device. That performance range is similar to the one you’d find on the fastest smartphones of today.

Obviously, there’s a limit to what you can do with a tiny mobile CPU and 4GB of RAM. But taking account of that threshold, this keyboard is nothing short of revolutionary.

Where the Raspberry Pi 400 Shines

What makes the Raspberry Pi 400 a unique computer? To begin with, it comes with all functionalities of a typical raspberry pi, meaning you are not just buying a PC but a single board computer that can be connected to other devices and electronic components, including diodes, sensors, and system-on-chip modules.

What’s is more, the raspberry pi 400 is mobile. You can carry it around in your bag and extract it when you need it. And the good thing is it only uses 5 volts of power. Add a minimal price of $70 to that. The raspberry Pi 400 truly stands out as a unique product.

CPU

Broadcom BCM2711

CPU speed

1.8GHz

CPU architecture

Cortex-A72

RAM

4GB

RAM type

LPDDR4-3200

WIFI

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

WIFI bands

2.4GHz, 5.0GHz

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5.0

Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

USB

USB 3.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0

Video output

micro HDMI port, micro HDMI port

Max video output

4Kp60

Graphics

OpenGL ES 3.0

Storage

MicroSD card slot

GPIO

40-pin GPIO

Dimensions

286 mm × 122 mm × 23 mm

Release date

November 02, 2020

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