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Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

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Raspberry Pi Starter Kit is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 49.
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  • Starter kit with Raspberry Pi model B board including a USB mouse, a USB keyboard, a power supply and a USB hub
  • A full computer as small as a credit card that is full of potential for beginners and experts alike
  • BCM2835 CPU running a 700MHz processor giving you a good performance
  • Exempt from vouchers

Product details

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

• Starter kit with Raspberry Pi model B board including a USB mouse, a USB keyboard, a power supply and a USB hub
• A full computer as small as a credit card that is full of potential for beginners and experts alike
• BCM2835 CPU running a 700MHz processor giving you a good performance
• 512MB memory chip giving you a quick response for such a small device
• Comes supplied with Raspbian operating software on a 4GB SD card

Special Features
• Can be used for building robots, arcade games and much more
• Aimed at teaching novices how to program and develop their own software

What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card sized computer that plugs into any normal TV or monitor. It enables people to explore computing, whether they are old, middle aged or young. It can also be used to teach computer programming which uses special computer languages such as Scratch and Python. Raspberry Pi came from the idea that, without an affordable solution, children of the future would grow up without being computer literate in the new age of technology.

What can I do with a Raspberry Pi?
What you can do with the Raspberry Pi vastly outweighs what you can’t do. The possibilities are practically endless. From something as simple as using it as a normal computer with an office package and an internet browser to making your own retro games console. The GPIO (General-purpose input/output) terminals can be used in the same vein as a switch to turn objects on and off or even using it as a quick reaction game. You can see what other people have been making by clicking here.

Why should I buy this?
This Raspberry Pi starter kit could start you on the way to being a skilled programmer. The kit comes with the added benefit of having everything you need to start learning in one box. It comes with a keyboard and mouse to set everything up as well as a power supply and Wi-Fi dongle to get connected to the Internet. This saves you having to buy everything separately and it comes with the operating software already installed on to a 4GB SD card. This will save you time meaning you can get straight on with your learning experience.

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.

Specifications
CPU Broadcom BCM2835 SOC 700MHz
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV
Memory 512 MB (shared with GPU)
USB 2 x USB 2.0
Video Phono (RCA), HDMI (up to 1.4 compatible) and DSI socket
Audio 3.5 mm jack
Storage SD card slot
Network 10/100 Mbps
Power Micro USB DC 5 V @ 800 mA for the Pi board
Dimensions 85.6 mm x 53.98 mm
Operating Software Supplied with Raspbian
I/O 26 pin GPIO customisable pin array
Package Contents
Raspberry Pi Model B board
Wi-Fi dongle
USB keyboard
USB mouse
4 port USB hub
2 port USB PSU @ 2.1A
Micro USB cable
SD card with Raspbian OS pre-installed
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bit of kit bought the starter pack today.. up and running in about 5 minutes... Standard Linux commands so anyone used to using Debian or Ubuntu will Love it... 2 Things I feel would make this better ... 1. It comes with a nice USB hub which has a power socket for 5v power ... This would be better plugging into the dual usb power adapter that also powers the Pi(that is just my opinion} 2. It litterally took 5 mins get out the box plug it in and go... But for some reason my right shift key doesnt work... not realated to the pie and just a little thing.... Still worth the money....... not 5 stars cos the keyboards not working.....
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I bought the Maplin starter kit at Christmas 2013 thinking it would make the perfect present for my eldest. It did but Maplin lets itself down with the average quality of the non-Pi components. As other reviewers have noted, the power supply is patently not up to the job. However, a Blackberry charger substitutes perfectly. Also the USB Hub does not work but can be substituted with cost-effective alternatives from your local Maplin. On the positive side, I did not experience the issues with HDMI or keyboard that other have. Also found cheap HDMI to VGA converter online (???7) worked a treat to enable use with an older monitor.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Raspi is a nice bit of kit and I have one currently controlling our central heating and immersion heater, plus monitoring oil and electricity consumption. It is well worth considering getting a kit, like this, as I found that most of the USB bricks that I had lying around *wouldn't* power it reliably. Getting the kit means that you know that it will work first time, out of the box. Which is why I assume that they produced a kit - too many perfectly good Raspi being returned because the OS wasn't set up right, or the power supply wasn't suitable.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Maplin for putting together this Raspberry Pi kit. I received mine a few days ago and have been having fun playing around with it. Everything works straight out of the box. Linux can be a bit daunting to people who have not experienced it before, but a little perseverance and you should be fine. Folks new to the Pi should remember that is isn't going to be as powerful as a your average PC. It only has a 700 MHz processor speed and 256 Mb of Ram that is split between the CPU and Graphics. However it is a very capable little computer. I am using mine to write this review as it happens. I would recommend buying a case with the kit as it is easy to spill or drop something on it and short it out. The Pibow case (Order code P18OW) is fine but there are alternatives available on the internet if you look round. Another useful addition is the Raspberry Pi User Guide (Order code N78NJ) which is also available in eBook form for the Kindle. Hope you found this little review useful.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just purchased the this kit containg the 512Mb version.A great kit full of high quality parts and a great way to get started with the Raspberry Pi. The supplied raspbian wheezy O/S works fine as does the raspbmc media centor O/S that I installed on an 8Gb class 10 SD card also purchased from Maplin.I would like the kit to have included a case for the RPi - essential for protecting the board and the user! All in all, great value for money and a good way to get started with the Pi
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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Can I buy the keyboard separately? I bought this pack a while ago and the keyboard has become my favourite to use.

Asked by: Simon
Unfortunately we do not have the exact model keyboard anymore, however we do have it's replacement which is a similar design and dimensions which can be found at the following link; http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/maplin-essentials-wired-keyboard-a03nf
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-06-03

Is this a Pi 2 with the Starter kit?

Asked by: Timotei
This is not Pi 2 as the description clearly states it is Starter kit with Raspberry Pi model B board including a USB mouse, a USB keyboard, a power supply and a USB hub
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-12-01
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