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Raspberry Pi 3 review: The revolutionary US$35 mini-PC cures its biggest headaches

Brad Chacos | April 20, 2016
The Raspberry Pi 3's subtle improvements add up to a major usability and performance upgrade.

On paper, the Raspberry Pi 3 is just a more capable version of its predecessors, but it’s so much more than that in reality. While the Raspberry Pi 2 cured the original model’s pokey performance and paltry port selection, the Raspberry Pi 3’s extra oomph and new wireless capabilities help push it over a crucial usability hump. The connectivity hassles are gone. The slow and stuttering core experience feels smooth—or at least smooth enough—now. You no longer have to fight with the Raspberry Pi just to use it.

And the Raspberry Pi 3 manages to achieve all that despite sticking to the same $35 price point. If you’ve ever had any interest in picking up a Raspberry Pi to tinker with, or simply want a dirt-cheap productivity computer, HTPC, or file server, the Raspberry Pi 3 comes highly recommended. It’s delicious.


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