RoadTest Review a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B ! - Review

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RoadTest: RoadTest Review a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B !

Author: powderjockey

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Evaluation Type: Independent Products

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: 7" Touchscreen, case

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Raspbian upgrade crash, several times

Detailed Review:

Raspberry Pi 3 Review

 

2016-05-03: Received the Pi 3 today. It was left at my door step when I arrived home from work.?

Not much packing in the box! But it arrived safe.

 

Loaded the Raspbian Jesse 16-03-14 image on to a 16 GB micro SD card. The first thing I noticed was the Micro SD slot is not spring loaded like Pi 2. Thought maybe the card was in wrong. Took some time to figure out what was wrong.

I had a case left over from my Raspberry Pi 2 which I used to house the Pi 3. The case shown below, fit on the Pi 3 fine. The only problem I had was getting the Micro SD card out of the Pi board with the case on. I think if the slot was spring loaded, it would eject just fine.

 

  • SoC  Broadcom BCM2837
  • CPU  4× ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2GHz
  • GPU  Broadcom VideoCore IV
  • RAM  1GB LPDDR2
  • Networking  10/100 Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless
  • Bluetooth  Bluetooth 4 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Storage  microSD
  • GPIO  40-pin header, populated
  • Ports  HDMI, 3.5mm analogue audio-video jack, 4× USB 2.0, Ethernet, Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI

 

 

  Connected the HDMI cable, the keyboard fob (iPazzPort) and powered the unit up. The HDMI cable was attached to a 32" Samsung TV. Everything fit the screen resolution and framing without any adjustments. 1920 x 1080/60. I'm running Raspbian Jessie, May's image.

Setup the Wifi without any problems. The SSID was located and connection was instantaneous. Ran apt-get update and apt-get upgrade to get the latest packages for the distro.

Raspberry Pi Configuration was run, to get the correct time zone, languages and keyboard. It required a reboot to which it failed to restart. Then every time I did an apt-get upgrade, the Pi would crash and I was back to square one. Starting back installing the Raspbian Jesse image. Several re-imaging of the Raspbian OS did the same thing on upgrading. After the third time, I decided not to upgrade. The crashing after the upgrade has since been corrected.

 

 

    Next I wanted to attach a BlueTooth keyboard to the unit. To check to out the connectivity of the BT. I have a Blackberry BT keyboard with track pad which I want to give a go first. The keyboard was connected to a Blackberry PlayBook which I use. That way I wouldn't need to attach a keyboard or mouse separately. Keyboard shown above.

The Bluetooth connecting was no where as easy as the Wifi. I estimate I spend 2 to 3 hours playing with different ways to connect. This isn’t the first time I’ve connected a Bluetooth device. Some are a snap and others take a bit of fiddling around. It was somewhat frustrating. The crashing of the OS didn’t help things either.

The Wifi does seems faster than the Raspberry PI 2, but the Pi 2 I have, is using a USB Wifi connector from Cana Kit.

2016-05-17: I placed the newest Raspbian Jesse image on the Micro SD. I had early update the Pi 2, and noticed the Bluetooth icon on the task bar, unlike the March image. I used GPart to expand the system to the full 16 GB on the Micro SD card. Again the Wifi connected to the SSID spot on. I reviewed the "Setting up Bluetooth on the Raspberry Pi 3" found on the Element14 Community website. This time the keyboard connected right a way and functions as it should.

I then installed some software to try and play with the software and see how the Pi 3 responded.

 

Software added to the system:

Kodi

Streaming video. The speed of the wifi helps this package to work well. Screen resolution is great and the videos show no lag.

Iceweasel

Not a fan of the stock browser. Iceweasel functions fine for me.

Synaptic

Like to use the GUI to install packages from time to time. Works well.

 

OMXPlayer - To watch videos.

Image Image 1 - Raspberry Pi 3 Board

Image 2 - Micro USB/HDMI/Audio

Image 3 - Ethernet/USB's

Image 4 Micro SD Card/Bottom

 

I then paired the Pi 3 up with the 7" Touchscreen from Element14. I had the display previously attached to the Pi 2. The Pi 3 matches up very well with the display. The two were the placed into a display case also purchased from Element14. All in all, the Raspberry Pi 3 seems to very versatile and the setup is done with ease.

 

Edmonton

    KPMG

 

 

Conclusion

Overall this small form factor harnesses a large punch. It runs smooth and quick with very little lag. The improvements over the Pi 2 are worth the price to upgrade. This is a must have micro-computer. Plans to add a weather station to this unit is happening this summer.

 

I want to thank Element14 for choosing me to give the Raspberry Pi 3 a spin and write about it. This is something I’ve never done and found it rewarding.

 

Powderjockey (aka Scott)

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