British company Raspberry has been making very affordable single port computers for years. It has won multiple awards for delivering cheap PCs and laptops to students in third world countries. In its latest iteration of Pi-Top laptop, the company is betting on modular design.
The new Pi-Top comes with a sliding keyboard that reveals a large magnetic rail. This gives tinkerers and coders an ability to come up with interesting DIY projects and inventions. The idea is to pursue kids into creating things rather than simply consuming the content on their computers.
The laptop comes with a 14-inch Full HD screen. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM cortex A53P CPU. It has 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, HDMI port, Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. The machine comes with 8 GB internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot to add more. The battery offers up to 8 hours of run time.
The Pi-Top runs Pi-TopOS Polaris operating system, which is highly optimized to run on not-so-powerful machines. It come loaded with LibraOffice and Minecraft Pi Edition. The Pi-Top is priced at $320, which is a bit expensive.