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By now you've probably heard of the Raspberry Pi -- the credit card-sized computer that runs Linux. It has many of the capabilities of a traditional PC and can be used for word processing, spreadsheets, and games. It can even play high-definition video and hook up to a TV or monitor.

The Pi has been called many things (cheap, small, hackable, educational), but people seem to shy away from calling it "plug and play." That's because the Pi is not a consumer device as such, even though it's pretty easy to get something up and running on you TV. That's where our Raspberry Pi Starter Kit comes in: we've sourced all the proper peripherals and add-ons to get you up and running in all sorts of maker applications.

The board was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of bringing low cost, easy to program computers to young people all over the world. Once you get the "Raspbian" operating system loaded onto the kit's SD card, you can start programming right out of the box. The kit's selection of prototyping tools will also help you use the input and output capabilities of the Pi from your onboard programs.

You'll still need to add your own USB keyboard and mouse, but otherwise, the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit includes all of the necessary cables (USB and HDMI), MAKE 3.14 Breakout, a custom enclosure, a 8GB SD card, a breadboard for electronics prototyping, and plenty of common components to get you started.

All kits sold through the Maker Shed include both a print copy and a PDF download of the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book by Shawn Wallace and Matt Richardson.

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Average Customer Review: 3 of 5 | Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Pretty good, but needs some refinement January 2, 2014
Reviewer: Gary Clouse from Nashville, TN United States  
I bought ths at a local Radio Shack thinking the additional parts in the box would be worth additional cost.
After I opened it up the first thing I noticed was the short hdmi cable. I have several hdmi cables lying about.
Next the micro usb power cable was defective and would not fit so I used my spare cell charger.
 The instructions said I needed to download NOOBS, so I started the download and assembled the case. I found video for assembling the case and put it together.with ease.

 Using the Linux instructions, I formatted the sd card and unzipped  NOOBS to the card. plugged in the card, network, hdmi, usb keyboard, mouse, and power. Switch the tv to hdmi and had the NOOBS menu.
Selected the recommended Raspian distro and let 'er rip! After  I noticed the blinkenlights had stopped  flickering.I rebooted the raspi and saw the familiar boot messages and was surprised at how quickly it booted.

In summary, it's a god price for what you get, but could bear some improvement

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
A few problems January 2, 2014
Reviewer: Philip Martel from Salem, NH United States  
I got the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit for Christmas.  I agree with S.J. Edwards that the HDMI cable is too short.  The case was very hard going together as several people noted.  There was no how-to on the case in the printed manual.

My biggest problem was selecting a distribution off the NOOBS flash card.  I tried a few times with Raspbian and once with RaspBMC.  It would put up pictures indicating things were being configured for a few minutes, then the screen went blank.  When I cycled power there was a splash screen then the screen went blank.  Eventually I found on a Raspberry Pi wiki a note  that the 4 GB SD card (which  I thought I had) was too small.  I got a 8GB card and loaded NOOBS.  This got me into Raspbian with no problems.  I just looked at the SD card that came with the kit on my windows box. It is named RECOVERY and has 1.17 GB total space. Unless there's a chunk that got hidden, I got a too-small card.

Once past these difficulties, it's a lot of fun to play with.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Not ready for prime time December 22, 2013
Reviewer: S. J. Edwards from Mud Central, New Hampshire USA  
1.  When assembling the case, I manage to break a tab because the SD/power end piece upper pre-cut holes were mis-cut.  I figured I could repair the tab, but on second thought it's not worth it as the case is rather poor when compared to other enclosures I've seen.  So into the trash bin with it.

2.  The included HDMI cable is the shortest I've ever seen, and that's saying something.  If it were twice the length, then it still would be too short for some monitors and configurations.  Fortunately, I had a spare decent size (2 meter) cable.

3.  The SD card was properly formatted as a 4 GB FAT filesystem.  But it was otherwise empty!  So I had to locate the correct zip file online and do the needed dance, an hour down the drain.

I'm rather disappointed.  For the US$130 price, I had expected a decent case, a  long enough HDMI cable, and a properly flashed SD card.  Indeed, these were the main reasons I bought the kit instead of just getting the RaspPi board.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Mostly good product July 8, 2013
Reviewer: Bill Jones from O'Fallon, IL United States  
I am really enjoying my Raspberry Pi - Here's what's good about the kit:
The included "Getting Started" book is easy to follow, and has just enough content to make a new user comfortable with the capabilities of the device. The included electronic components are nice to have for someone brand new to DIY electronics who wouldn't have known what to buy in addition to the Pi.
Here's what's not so good: The acrylic case didn't *quite* fit together - I had to gently trim one of the tabs on the top plate with a razor blade so I could coax the case together - I could have easily broken it during this unfortunately necessary "modification". Also, the included power supply never worked. I had to replace it with a spare phone charger I had handy; this undermines the value of the kit. Finally, all of the supplied cables are as short as they could possibly be - this requires the new user to place the power supply and monitor almost on top of each other in order to use the Pi as a "workstation".

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
 
Pleased overall November 7, 2012
Reviewer: Russ from Encinitas, CA United States  
Unlike the previous reviewer, I am pretty well pleased with this kit so far.  I got everything I expected, including a 4GB Kingston SD card.

There is no mint tin...  so what?  Go buy some Altoids, dude!  And you have access to the promised chapters of the book, what did you expect?

My disappointment is limited to the acrylic case for the RasPi...  There were no instructions on how to assemble it, and I managed to break it trying to get it to snap together.  I'll have to buy another case for it, I guess.

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