Meet the ‘best-selling UK computer’ that costs just £30

Meet the ‘best-selling UK computer’ that costs just £30

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A faster model of the “best-selling UK computer ever” has been released at a cost of £30.
The Raspebrry Pi 3 has been launched, containing a 64-bit processor to make its performance 50% better than the previous model, to celebrate the company’s fourth birthday.

The credit card-sized gadget has built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth which enable users to link their devices, such as smartphones and tablets, together in a single hub.

A model was recently sent to the International Space Station with Tim Peake.
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny single-board device that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

It has all the capabilities of a desktop: going online; playing high-definition video and games; and making spreadsheets and word-processing.

Project founder Eben Upton said: “This is the first Pi you can stick behind your TV and completely forget about.”

As children and hobbyists quickly learn how to use the cheap gadget, it has reportedly become the most popular computer built in Britain.

Upton said the Raspberry Pi has sold more than eight million units, overtaking Amstrad PCW’s record.

“We’re calling it, we’re the best-selling UK computer ever,” Upton said.

A “few hundred thousand” units are being sold online at element14, RS Components and other resellers.

Developed in Cambridge and manufactured in Pencoed, South Wales, the computer was originally designed to help introduce people to programming and is now used in education and industry.

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