The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s flagship product, its $35 microcomputer, has now sold more than 10 million units in its standalone form. But to turn the Pi into something you can play Pong on, for example, you need a few extra items. Previously these were sold separately by the PiFoundation and other retailers, but now, the company itself has put together its own ‘unashamedly premium’ Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.
The starter kit comes in neat, white packaging and costs £99 (+VAT) or around $130. For that price you get all this:
- A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
- An 8GB NOOBS SD card
- An official case
- An official 2.5A multi-region power supply
- An official 1m HDMI cable
- An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
- A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition
Other companies have offered similar starting kits, including Kano, which released a colorful, snap together kit a few years ago along with its own coding software. The Pi Foundation’s kit is currently only available to order in the UK, but will be coming to other markets around the world "over the next few weeks." For purists it might make building a Pi a little too easy, but when it comes to teaching children how computers are put together, it’s leagues ahead of just handing over a tablet or smartphone.