Raspberry Pi 3 Single Board Computer Starter Kit

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Review Content & Focus:

  1. Company Introduction
  2. Product Introduction
  3. Product Overview video
  4. Specifications, Package Content
  5. Optional Accessories
  6. Full Package view
  7. Unboxing the Board
  8. A Closer Look at the Board (Hardware platform)
  9. Final Verdict

 

Company Introduction

52pi (52pi Technology Co., Ltd) is a high-level open source provider and design company that offers All-in-one market place for various development boards, including special focus in customized accessories and Kits for the Banana Pi and Raspberry Pi Brand Products. Among their accessories, you can find special modules, Screens, Audio circuits, flash memory cards, Electronic wireless switches, Computer peripheral devices, heat-sinks, keyboards, TFT Display Panels, Case Enclosures, game pads accessories and more.

 

Product Introduction

One of 52Pi most popular products is their Starter Kit package, containing all the essential accessories every Pi DIY Geek may need for designing and developing open source projects. This All in one package contains nine items in total. A plastic case with a 30 mm Fan, The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B single board computer, 5v/2.5A Power supply Unit, two heat-sinks, one Cooling Pad, HDMI Cable and a 16GB Micro-SD Card for loading the image system files. The Starter Kit is currently selling for a retail price of $63.99 and can be found in 52Pi AliExpress store link posted below:

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Pi52 Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit Overview

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Specifications:

  • Soc: Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53  1.2GHz (Peak).
  • System Memory: 1GB LPDDR2
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dual core Video core IV ® Multimedia Co-processor
  • 1x Micro-USB connector for power supply
  • 1x 10 / 100 Ethernet port RJ45
  • 1x Status LED
  • 1 x HDMI video / audio
  • 1 x RCA video / audio Jack
  • 1 x CSI camera connector
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x 40 GPIO pins
  • 1x Chip Antenna
  • 1x DSI display connector
  • 1x Micro-SD card slot
  • Dimensions: 85 x 56 x 17 mm

 

Software Support:

  • Supports all the popular ARM GNU / Linux distributions.
  • LibreELEC (KODI Media Center OS)
  • OSMC (Alternative KODI Media Center OS)
  • Windows 10 IoT Core

 

Package Content:

  • 1x Raspberry pi 3 model B.
  • 1x 16GB Micro SD Card with Adapter.
  • 2x High quality copper heat-sinks.
  • 1x High quality Copper Cooling Pad
  • 1x HDMI Cable.
  • 1x Small (30 mm) cooling fan.
  • 1x High Quality Plastic Case.
  • 1x 5V 2.5A Power supply Unit (Note: Specify Type when placing order: US / UK / AU).

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Starter Kit Package 

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Optional Accessories:

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Kit Items & Packages

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Raspberry pi 3 Board Package

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Raspberry pi 3 Starter Kit Accessories

  • 52Pi Starter Kit Case
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  • 52PI Starter Kit HDMI Cable
  • 52PI Starter Kit Heatsinks and Cooling Pad
  • 52PI Starter Kit MicroSD card

 

Unboxing the Raspberry pi 3 Board

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Board Case

The Starter Kit comes with a black color plastic case and plastic case with a 30 mm fan, two copper heat-sinks, and one cooler pad. Assembling the board inside the case was very easy without a need to use any bolts. Both parts of the cased are connected with Snap type plastic connections that also give the user flexibility in separation of both parts of the case, even after they are assembled.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Case

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  • 52Pi Raspberry Pi 3 Buttom view inside Case
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Optional Accessories

LCD TFT Touch Screen – 52Pi company offers two types of display screens. The 7 inch panel with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels that comes with a separated PCB with on-board interfaces which include: VGA, AV and HDMI, Power and the 5 inch model that comes with a lower resolution of 800×480 pixels panel with a built-in, integrated PCB with HDMI and micro USB interface, located on the back of the unit.

Both display panels can work with any single board computers, including all of the Raspberry boards series by connecting the screen directly to the board via standard HDMI Male type cable. This basically makes life much easier connecting to an external screen with HDMI compared to using special flat cables or interfaces that occupy ad use the GPIO header pins. Very useful feature if you are planning on building a mini media center / workstation based console.

 

Interfaces / Connections

The 5 inch screen panel uses a very low power supply source (5V-170mAh) and comes with a built HDMI and a Micro USB interface to the power. To connect the board to it you will need to use a standard USB to Micro USB cable and the HDMI cable. You can use any USB host port as a power source. For example: PC, Mini PC, External USB Hub or connect directly to on of the raspberry Pi 3 USB ports.

5 inch Touch Screen panel 

  • 52Pi 5 inch Panel Screen
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  • 52Pi 5 inch Screen view

 

5 inch Screen with acrylic stand

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  • 52Pi Screen stand Supporter
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A Closer Look at the Board (Hardware platform)

The board provided in the kit is the known Raspberry Pi 3 board, and it’s also important to mention that there are two versions of this board exist in the market. One type, produced in china, and the original model, produced in the UK. That said, Based on the package writing and the board provided with the package I can confirm it a genuine Raspberry Pi product.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Top Board View
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Board Micro SD Socket
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Board 40 Header pins View
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | OTG, HDMI, Audio Jack
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Board USB, LAN
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Board Display Interface
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    52PI Raspberry 3 Pi Kit | Board Full View

 

Final Verdict

Because this board was reviewed numerous times, in many Blogs and media websites I didn’t see any point doing the same. Based on my impression, all of the items provided in this Kit where high quality and well designed. Bottom line, I recommend it and It’s a Great Buy for the price of $63.99. For further information you are welcome to check 52Pi Website and Official AliExpress store link posted below:

 

 

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