RasPad review

RasPad review

Raspberry Pi tablets are one of those Pi projects that took a little while to catch on in the early days, as the hobbyist electronics suppliers had to catch up a bit with the potential of the Raspberry Pi after its runaway success. It’s been a few years now since people have been able to create their own tablet-esque Pi computers, made easier with the introduction of 7-inch touchscreen displays and such. This article first appeared in The MagPi 69 and was written by Rob Zwetsloot The RasPad aims to cut out the DIY part and leave you with a functional, very usable, Raspberry Pi tablet. The only construction you need to do is slot in the Raspberry Pi – or one of many other popular microcomputers/single-board computers. The finished product looks and feels great; it’s solid and has a decent heft to it. The big case makes it pretty easy to hold while also doubling as a way to angle the screen on your table towards you. Like any good tablet computer, the RasPad has an internal battery which makes it portable. As there’s no battery indicator in Raspbian, battery life is handled via some LEDs on the bottom of the case – a more visual reminder that in our opinion works a little better than a normal tablet or laptop percentage. It’s possibly a little too heavy to use in some traditional tablet capacities, though, especially with it using desktop software over smartphone apps; you won’t be using it to catch up on Twitter in bed in the morning, for example.

A tablet for makers While that’s a bit of a shame, it’s not really designed for an early-morning social media catch-up. What it is designed to do is give you a bit of a head-start with using a Raspberry Pi to make some creative projects. The microSD card comes pre-installed with a compatible version of Raspbian, and even in its case the Raspberry Pi Camera Module connector and GPIO pins are easily accessible (although using a ribbon cable instead of individual jumper cables works a bit better). Performance on such a device is incredibly important – after all, you’re going to get a bit frustrated using the RasPad for projects if it’s laggy and slow. We’ve been pleasantly surprised just by how silky smooth it runs; while the Raspberry Pi Desktop isn’t exactly optimised for…
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