Just curious as to what others think about this. I consider the Raspberry Pi, as a general purpose PC, to essentially be obsolete, at least as it's current price point. Compared to the price of a refurbished Mini PC, I'm curious as to how anyone can justify going with a Raspberry Pi. I really don't think the cost of the Pi has kept up with the pace of the PC market.
The original Pi released almost 10 years ago was $35. And today the price of a low end Pi is still $35, the biggest difference being the CPU and amount of RAM, 700Mhz/512Mb vs 1.4Ghz/2Gb. And, you still have to add, shipping, power supply, cooling, case, and SD card. It's hard to set a minimum price because there are a lot of options at different price points, but it's hard to imagine coming in at a full PC for under $50, and $60 is more reasonable.
Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago, I got a refurbished NUC with no HD for $60 (i3 1.7Ghz, 8Gb RAM), picked up a 64Gb mSATA SSD for $13, so that's $73 for a PC ready to go on my doorstep. Yes, it's a used PC, and yes, it still probably costs more, and yes I had to shop around. But what you're getting is way more powerful and solid. And once you add in a keyboard, mouse, screen, and a place to put it all, the savings is negligible. IMHO, it makes way more sense to put a little extra money to get something a lot better.
Granted, I do still see a use for the Pi, just not as a general purpose PC. It's still a better option for small electronics projects, robotics, home automation, etc. where the size, weight and power requirements matter, or if you need the GPIO pins.
Edited by gmiller123456, 13 June 2021 - 06:49 PM.