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The Raspberry Pi 400

The Raspberry Pi 400

A few days ago, I bought a Raspberry Pi 400, via Amazon US, being difficult to find a model with an American keyboard in Japan. This version of the Pi, was not officially distributed here until recently. A version is now available with a JIS keyboard.

For a few years now, I have regularly acquired the different models of Raspberry Pi when a new one come around. I mainly use them for different build projects oriented towards retro gaming and old home computers' emulation. For example, to make arcade sticks with integrated Raspberry Pi, using RetroPie or Recalbox OS distributions.

It had been a while since this Pi 4 with its redesigned PCB, directly integrated into a keyboard, had been eyeing me.
I just couldn't find a simple, inexpensive way to get one delivered to me in Tokyo. Finally, Amazon US, which delivers smoothly to Japan, at no major additional cost and on short notice, was the ideal option for me.

The Raspberry Pi 400 comes in a rather compact box, quite sleek but quite decent for an ultra-affordable price of $100 for the complete kit.

What's inside the box?

  • A USB-C format power adapter in white
  • A Micro HDMI to HDMI cable of one meter, also white
  • A basic quality optical mouse in Raspberry colors
  • A Micro SD to SD adapter, decorated with the brand logo
  • The guide Raspberry Pi Beginner's Guide 4th Edition of 252 pages and nicely illustrated to get started with the device
  • The Raspberry Pi 400 itself, with the Micro SD card containing the pre-installed Raspberry Pi OS system inserted into the Pi.

I find the kit really generous for the price, as always with the Raspberry Pi Foundation the hardware is very accessible at an unbeatable cost / performance ratio.

This is the ideal Raspberry Pi to start with, for children or someone who would like to start learning programming, or how to use a Linux OS (you can also install different distributions, Ubuntu for example is easy to install on another Micro SD, via the Raspberry Pi Imager tool provided by the foundation.

The Raspberry Foundation
https://www.raspberrypi.org/

The Raspberry Pi 400
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/

Raspberry Pi OS
https://www.raspberrypi.org/software/operating-systems/#raspberry-pi-os-32-bit

Author

Cédric Ricci

French Art Director, UI/UX Designer & Game Developer based in Tokyo, Japan Working with Forever Entertainment, Highball Games & T.A. Publishing

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