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Raspberry Pi Board and Starter Kit

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  • Includes Model B Raspberry Pi mainboard plus the approved Raspbian OS supplied on a 4 GB SD card
  • The operating system includes LXDE desktop GUI, Midori web browser plus lots of development tools
  • Full 1080p HD video output via HDMI
  • Exempt from vouchers

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Raspberry Pi Board and Starter Kit

• Includes Model B Raspberry Pi mainboard plus the approved Raspbian OS supplied on a 4 GB SD card
• The operating system includes LXDE desktop GUI, Midori web browser plus lots of development tools
• Full 1080p HD video output via HDMI
• RCA (phono) video output plus 3.5 mm audio output socket for connecting with older TVs
• On board General Purpose Input/Output pins (GPIO) to be used with break-out boards (not included) to connect with electronic circuits
• Twin USB ports and an RJ45 10/100 network socket add connectivity with many external devices
• To help you learn computer programming Python and Scratch programming languages are included with the operating system
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What is it?
The Raspberry Pi Foundation developed this device to encourage children to learn to tinker with computing, both in software (there's plenty of free material available for the Pi to help you learn more about programming, whether you're a total beginner or already pretty experienced), and in hardware. This Kit comes with the Model B, has been developed to help children or you learn programming
The 26 pin GPIO port means you can easily connect sensors and electronics to your Pi board and develop your own computer code to control them. It’s got a powerful CPU at the heart of the board giving you amazing opportunities to be really creative with your code. You could write your own code to create games, music apps, video players. You can add electronics and build your own media centres, home automation or robotic projects. Just about anything that your imagination can think of you could build and program
There are various programming languages to choose from if you want to try the Pi; but the main ones you'll hear about are Python and Scratch. If you use the Official Foundation OS software then these programming languages are included.
Scratch is brilliant for children, and is most likely the very same 'language' that your children will learn first at school. Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in America, Scratch is a graphical based language that allows children to build programs using graphical blocks of instructions, which at first sight may look very different to your perception of a programming language. However, underneath the cartoonish feel and the obligatory cat (that's Scratch himself) is a very powerful drag and drop language that can be used to build games, utilities, movies and lots more.

This kit comprises of the Original Pi Model B Board with keyboard, mouse, SD card software and cables to get you started, just follow the instructions and you and your children can start programming. This kit represents fantastic value compared to buying the components separately and its a very convenient way to get acquainted with the Pi.

To download the latest software for your Pi or play around with alternative Operating Systems then click here
For instructions on how to install a Raspberry Pi Operating System please read this guide
Board Specifications:
CPU Broadcom BCM2835 SOC 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV
Memory 512 Mb (shared with GPU)
USB 2 Integrated A sockets
Video Composite RCA (PAL & NTSC) HDMI (1.3, 1.4) and DSI socket
Audio HDMI and 3.5 mm Jack
Storage SD Card slot (Kit supplied with 4GB SD)
Network 10/100 Mb/s
Power Micro USB 5 V 700 mA for the Pi board. Kit supplied with 2.1 A PSU
Dimensions 85.60 x 53.98 mm
OS Kit supplied with Wheezy Linux, certain other Linux, FreeBSD and RISC operating system could be used
I/O 16 pin GPIO customisable pin array
Kit Specifications:
Input Standard UK USB keyboard and scroll mouse
USB 4 Port USB Hub with power supply
Power 2 port USB PSU supplied with micro usb cable
WI-FI N150 nano dongle
Supplied with HDMI Cable


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  • A+ little peice of kit the raspberry pi offers endless uses and fun its such a great peice of equipment and the starter kit provided by maplin is 2nd to none

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  • The pi is an excellent concept, but greatly let down by poor accessories bundled. HDMI was inactive, so I enabled it in the config settings on the Sd card plugged into my PC. The quality of the mouse is shocking and worst of all the power supply supplied in the starter kit caused the pi to crash constantly, changed to a MS mouse and Blackberry phone charger and hey presto 6 hours later all up and running. I would defiantly recomend buying a pi but, please please buy a decent power supply 5v mini USB. It will save hours of disopointment

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  • This starter kit did not work for me. I tried two and ended up returning them both. I suspect that the power supply is simply not up to the job. It could not deliver enough power to maintain the correct 5V level on the Pi - it only managed 3.7V with both kits. So in my tests the Pi couldn't even run the mouse and keyboard or even the externally powered hub!

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  • Just helped my young nephew set up his Raspberry Pi. I have built Gentoo web servers so I know a bit about Linux. However, all I brought to the party was confidence: my nephew could easily have done the setup on his own. If (when!) I get my own, this starter kit is a good idea. So many people have Macs or laptops and no spare keyboards or mice. This really will be ready to go on Christmas day with nothing to add except a screen. It is worth checking that whatever screen you want to use has either an HDMI or RCA (round yellow) connector. VGA is no good. We had an additional book that really helped, the included leaflet will certainly get you started but no more than that. It took about an hour and a half from plugging stuff in to a rather disturbing multi-creature fight animation in Scratch! Make sure your book takes you at least to programming in Scratch. I was very impressed with the Linux distribution - I love Gentoo, but Raspbian is good for getting kids into Linux. When I get my own I'll put Gentoo on it. Don't forget that this is about tinkering with computers not using them! This is a modern replacement for the Z80 machines my generation learnt on. If you give it to a teenager who is not really interested in how computers work they may not see the point. You can't play Halo on it. Our only issues were: we did not notice that the second power supply was for the USB hub. You need the power to make it work. When we rebooted after configuration it refused the password about three times before mysteriously accepting it. I think we may inadvertently have been putting a space in - it does not echo so you cannot tell.

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  • I bought this kit from a local Maplin a couple of weeks ago, and although I now have it working, it does not work straight out of the box as the leaflet included suggests. The operating system on the SD card was not compatible with the latest pi (there are some web articles on this) and your best bet is to go onto the pi website and download the latest operating system and reformat and then re-blow your SD card. The hub also was not recognised by the latest operating system - and although it works with a PC , it does not work with the pi and latest OS. I bought a seperate hub, from the web and it works fine.

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  • Great little kit, just need to save up for an HDMI equiped TV to get the most from it. Currently using ssh to control it via my laptop. Liked the WiFi dongle but it would help if that was more specific detail on the necessary RPi drivers for it. Detail is now appearing in the support forums. Any chance of Maplin including the Gert or other IO boards in future?

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  • Great piece of kit, hours and hours of fun and learning. Just seen the RAM has been increased from 256 to 512Mb for the same price! Might buy another one.

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  • I got this kit a few months ago from maplin, it is a great product the only thing i can say is the keyboard that comes with it the space bar is too sensitive and does not always work Another problem is the usb hub, when devices are plugged in the usb hub the devices are not always working/showing

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  • Delighted with the kit. All the bits I needed to set up an independent Raspberry Pi workstation without having to borrow bits from other PC setups. All I had to find was an old monitor, which I connected using a HDMI-DVI-D adaptor from my local store in Lincoln. It all works like a dream and is going to give me lots of fun and challenges over the Winter exploring Linux and Python. A great buy for the money and PS I love my Pibow Rainbow case. Sooo Cool!

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  • The Raspberry Pi is a brilliant tool for engaging children with the "nuts and bolts" of computing and my 7 and 9 year olds both want one for Christmas having used mine. A little disappointed that the Pi supplied in the Maplin kit (as at 15th Nov) is the older 256MB memory one rather than the current 512MB one - admitedly Maplin did not claim to supply the 512MB Pi

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