The Raspberry Pi 400 is not a simple keyboard

By now it has become clear to us that the Raspberry Pi has many applications, going from microcomputers to supercomputers ; and including himself in ways to hack NASA itself . Now this device returns to your home desk with a new concept that reminds me of certain consoles of yesteryear : a desktop computer that is inside the keyboard itself .

Its name is simple: Raspberry Pi 400. And its idea is to simplify the work for those who want a Raspberry Pi to use as a desktop computer and not to experiment with their small motherboard. For this, the keyboard itself already has its internal plate and a good assortment of ports to cover basic needs.

The simplest Raspberry Pi computer to date

The specifications of the Raspberry Pi cover the basic navigation and file management needs that a general user may need: ARM Broadcom quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM , Bluetooth 5.0 low energy, USB 2.0 ports, 3.0 and USB-C for charging, Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 5 and enough hardware performance to decode 4K and 60 fps video using the H.265 codec. They also don’t forget the GPIO port that many programmers will want to keep on hand.

The size of the keyboard is nothing exaggerated. With its 78 keys and its white color on the upper part it is reminiscent of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, although with a much greater thickness to be able to house the computer and its dissipation system. We also have two micro-HDMI ports, capable of supporting one screen each. The operating system is, how could it be otherwise, Raspberry Pi OS .

The Raspberry Pi 400 can already be reserved at some authorized dealers for € 102.95 including taxes, an HDMI to Micro-HDMI adapter and a USB-C power adapter; in addition to the Spanish keyboard layout. The first shipments start from next week.

For those who only need a very basic desktop PC and do not mind doing without Windows, this Raspberry Pi presents a very interesting alternative with the main advantage of being fully prepared for general use. Plug in cables, connect and go.

John Hartshorne
Senior IT engineer by the UPM of training and technical editor by profession, I have been writing in print and online media since the late 90s.