Raspberry Pi Starter Kit – is the new £100 bundle actually any good?

Forget Apple and Google, the Raspberry Pi Foundation might be the biggest tech success story of the last five years.

The Foundation has just announced the ten millionth Raspberry Pi sale and is celebrating with a new £99 (+VAT) bundle proving all the accessories you need to get started.

The bundle features the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (worth £33) along with an 8GB microSD card (with SD card housing) loaded with the Raspbian-based NOOBS operating system.

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The company is also bundling an official case to keep the motherboard and ports safe, while buyers will also get an official power supply and a HDMI cable for connecting to an external display.

Finally there’s an optical mouse and a keyboard along with a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition.

It’s only available in the UK for now, but the Foundation says it’ll be available worldwide over the course of the next few weeks.

The starter kit is definitely aimed at those who want an all in one solution, as shopping prudently for many of these components would save you a few bucks, although can involve taking a punt on lower-end components.

It’s certainly recommendable to use the official 2.5A power supply to ensure the Pi receives ample power for your endeavors.

Many folks already have all or a combination of spare HDMI cables, micro USB power supplies USB mice and keyboards, which is one of the things that made the Pi such good value in the first place.

However, if you want to take the official route on everything, then this is certainly the bundle for you.

The fact the foundation’s folder Ebon Upton calls this an “unashamedly premium product” that still costs under £100 speaks volumes about the value the Pi offers.

It even comes in a pretty white box!

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