Raspberry Pi 3 in a Box - Review

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RoadTest: Raspberry Pi 3 in a Box

Author: ddip214

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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?:

What were the biggest problems encountered?: The biggest issue I encountered was an issue with the SD card, for some reason I was unable to use it. Luckily I have tons of them around the house so I installed Raspbian

Detailed Review:

Deluxe Raspberry Pi3 Starter Kit

Roadtest Review

David DiPonzio

May 2020


What is included in this kit?image

Kit Contents:

     • Raspberry Pi3 Model B

     • 8GB microSD card and SD adapter, preloaded with the NOOBS OS

     • Official red and white Pi 3 case

     • Multi-regional 2.5A power supply

     • 1m HDMI cable

     • Official USB optical mouse

     • Official scissor-switch action USB keyboard

     • “Adventures in Raspberry Pi” guide book



The kit came properly shipped with bubble wrap and other protective measures.

When opening the box I was met with a beautiful white box containing the Pi and the rest of the contents.






The setup was extremely easy, which is why Raspberry Pi's are becoming so popular. You can set it up anywhere, on a desk, on a shelf, anywhere. The learning curve is relatively easy and the user gets to decide how in-depth he or she wants to explore.




Thoughts on the Kit:

The kit is a great beginner kit, the price is right for the number of devices included. The purchaser has everything but a screen to get started. As for the book included in the kit (yes it is a little outdated) but for starters and young children is a great way to learn the basics and build a solid foundation in Python. I thought the mouse was well constructed and felt great in my hand during use. The keyboard is sleek and well built. I wish these input devices were wireless though. The case for the Raspberry Pi is beautiful, I love the red and white color scheme. When built the case feels very durable, and protected. There were also several different plug types for different nations.







Issues with the Kit:

The only issue I came across was the SD card. This is apparent in other tester's reviews also. I have several micro SD cards so I installed Raspbian on one of them.



What am I doing with my Pi:

I have dedicated my Pi to track airplanes through Flightradar24.com. I have purchased a USB ADS-B receiver to plug into my Raspberry Pi. So far I have tracked over 218 aircraft. I plan on running this system for some time. If anyone is interested my station name is: T-KROC55.





Top Comments

  • , it's good to go into detail, and here's some information I'd be interested in your opinion on with this hardware:


    - What's the key pressing on the keyboard like?

    o Is it similar to a mechanical keyboard, or perhaps more like a laptop?

    o Do you have to spend much effort to press the keys?

    o Are there any problems with bouncing on them?

    o How does the plastic of them feel? Good quality or poor?


    - How's the mouse?

    o Do you have to do a lot of effort with settings for mouse sensitivity?

    o Does it have any problems or issues on multiple surfaces? What surfaces have you tried?


    - How's the power supply?

    o Do you get any brownout warnings with it supplied?

    o Does it seem to throttle the performance of the hardware at all?


    - How's the Raspberry Pi?

    o Does it perform as well as you'd hope?

    o Does it overheat in the Pi Case you're using for the applications you're using it for?

    o Did you have any difficulties in setting it up or putting it into the case housing?


    - What's the book like?

    o Does it pace itself well?

    o Does it read clearly?

    o Did you do any projects from it, follow through with it?

    o Were there many errors or problems with following the book?


    - How's the SDCard?

    o What class is it?

    o Are there any performance limitations?

    o What software does it come with?


    - What do you need for your applications?

    o You've setup with FlightRadar, what internet connection do you need?

    o Does it need to always be on? Can you disconnect?

    o What does it give you? What're the benefits?

    o Do you have your Pi doing anything else while it's doing that?

    o How're you going to expand on that project?

    o How do the applications you've chosen use the rest of the hardware given in the kit? If not, why use it for that application?


    This would be a good amount of detail to enter for a review image

  • Dubbie,


    I downloaded the OS from flightradar24 and followed the steps here: https://www.flightradar24.com/build-your-own

    I also purchased an ADS-B receiver to plug into the Raspberry pi. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009U7WZCA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Once I got everything set up it started feeding data to flightradar. Very simple.

  • David,


    I am interested in details of the application. I have a Raspberry Pi already.



  • The detail in regard to the application? Or the kit?

  • I recommend this kit. The devices provided are of high quality in my opinion. I was able to hook up everything provided to my TV set.

  • Can you provide us with an assessment of the quality of the items provided, such as the keyboard, mouse and physical components?


    I look forward to seeing the results of your long term project, but I think many members would like to know if the basic kit is worth the money.



  • It is very nice packaging. Looks an interesting application. Is there any more detail?