How to Choose a Raspberry Pi Starter Kit (2022)
We've all been there: you have an idea for a cool Raspberry Pi project, or you've seen one online, and you don't know where to start. Well you can either buy everything individually, or choose from one of the many, many, many starter kits out there.
What is a starter kit?
A starter kit comes with a set of components, including a Raspberry Pi computer, that you’ll need to complete a project. They usually include cables, adapters, a case, and everything else you need to get started.
Should I buy a starter kit or just buy each component individually?
The answer is a resounding "that depends". Much of the time, you can save a lot of time and money by buying a starter kit rather than buying each component individually. Whether or not a starter kit is worth it largely depends on three factors:
- What you plan on using the Pi for.
- Whether the individual components in the kit are up to snuff.
In this guide, I will briefly explain which components your starter kit should contain, what's important to watch out for with each component, and how the cost stacks up. Even if you don't want to buy a starter kit, this guide should teach you about everything you need for your Raspberry Pi.
To help us in our analysis, I bought what seems to be a pretty good starter kit on Amazon (you can check it out here). I chose it because it looks to use quality components and because it includes the bare minimum of what you'll want for any Raspberry Pi project. This Canakit kit is also a great choice and also includes the newer Raspberry Pi 4. Check out our full Canakit Raspberry Pi 4 starter kit review to learn more!
Watch the video or read on!
I created both a video and written version of this guide. CHOOSE YOUR PATH, BRAVE WARRIOR. Or, check out both, because they contain slightly different information presented in a slightly different way. :)
Watch the video:
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