• CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)

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  • Includes Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM
  • On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • CanaKit 2.5A USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 (UL Listed)
  • Set of 2 Heat Sinks
  • CanaKit Quick-Start Guide

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Power supply woefully inadequate... I debated on how to review this since it's a bundle. But it really only has two things, and one of them it is a know quantity, the PI. So this is really about reviewing the power supply that comes with it. So this is really about reviewing the power supply and said supply doesn't put out enough juice.I have dozens of power supplies and micro USB cables just laying around in junk drawers but they don't supply adequate power to the RasPi. Unfortunately neither does this adapter which is consistently giving me the yellow lightning bolt icon saying that the supplied current is inadequate.You would think that because it comes bundled with the Raspberry Pi that it would provide adequate power but it does not.So you up paying 18% more than necessary and still need to buy the proper power adapter. Computer itself is awesome as usual, but that's not why I bought this little bundle. Two stars because one just seems too low, but three would imply it actually works properly. 2I am having great fun with Raspberry Pi 3 I am having great fun with Raspberry Pi 3. I've bought 6 Pi's so far from CanaKit. 5 out of 6 came with great performance. Some made in the UK, some from PRC. One of the Pi's in the batch must be a bad luck which I didn't check the USB upon receiving. The USB ports did not work at all. The rest are working without any issue on different applications (Sprinkler system, AI, LED driver, 3-D printer, etc..)
The bad Pi experienceThe unfortunate Pi (from UK) was running fine except the USB function and kept logging "usb 1-1-port2: over-current change" (via dmesg). I used a multimeter to find out that the USB V+ pin (expected to be +5 VDC) was shorted to GND. I had checked various websites for remedy. Even tried to tear down the capacitors C97 and C98, removed IC U13 (AP2553) to no avail. A close up inspection to the USB shell near the capacitor C98 showed that there was a big blob of solder which actually grounded the USB shell to the V+ pin. Which explained why all USB ports did not work and the poor IC AP2553 (which got removed) constantly complained about over-current. In order to fix the USB port problem, I had to use the solder gun to melt the solder blob then detached the USB back shell which covered the data and power connectors for the 2 port USB sockets to eliminate the short circuit. After that I solder the PP27 pad to the +5 VDC GPIO pin to power the USB ports instead.
Bottom line: Perform visual check on the Pi before power on. Make sure you test all the standard functions on the Pi.
Note: there seems to be a distinctive difference between the boards from the UK vs. the ones from PRC. All the test pads from the boards from PRC are bare copper un-soldered vs. soldered from the UK. (light bulb!? ;-)
4
Performs well, responsive vendor The Raspberry Pi 3 performs nicely with the included power supply and Raspbian Jessie. I connected a 2.5" 1TB harddrive in a USB 3 enclosure which is powered by the Pi, as well as a wireless receiver for the Logitech K400R keyboard/touchpad combo. I'm using the Ethernet port for a stable connection, so I can't comment on the built-in wifi and bluetooth capabilities. The DSL Reports speed test showed 85 MBit/s downstream - more than what my laptops get via WiFi. That was when I used Iceweasel as the browser, I only got around 1 MBit/s with the pre-installed browser. I used my Full HD TV as a monitor without any problems, though YouTube videos on fullscreen are not smooth at all. Other than turning off overscan to get rid of the black borders, all of this worked out of the box with the Raspbian Jessie image, including sound via HDMI. There were no crashes at all.I'm using a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32 GB. Make sure to use raspi-config to extend the root partition on the SD card - after installing Iceweasel, the graphical interface refused to start, simply because the root partition was full. Initially, it only has 4GB of space.I'm using the heat sinks that came with a Raspberry Pi 2 case I had ordered months prior. The case fits perfectly and the heat sinks seem to work well, outside of the case the Pi got only lukewarm.The package I received did not contain heat sinks as advertised, but other customers report having gotten theirs. Canakit responded to a previous version of this review and issued a $15 refund - very generous! They also planned on sending me a replacement set, but I feel completely compensated already and asked them not to.I had also commented on the price being a tad high. I ordered it for $54.99, free two day shipping via Amazon, while the Pi 3 was on sale elsewhere for $35, with 2.5A power supplies available for less than $10, and heat sinks available for less than $5. However, the Pi 3 was sold out everywhere else, and the $35 offers did not include shipping, so I went for Canakit's offer. Canakit says they are paying for overnight shipping from Europe, and then again when shipping to Amazon, explaining the higher price.The printed Quick-Start Guide (revision 1.2) still shows photos of the Raspberry Pi 2. The sticker on the front mentions a URL to get the latest version. Initially, that was even older (revision 1.0), but got later updated to revision 2.1. The cover still shows the Pi 2, but the picture on the inside got updated to show the Pi 3. Honestly, I would have been fine with just a link to an online manual, and I stuck with the instructions on the Raspberry Pi website.Other than the hickups with the missing heat sinks and the outdated manual on their website, I can recommend this package. Thanks go to Canakit for the generous refund! 4Amazingly capable, but some effort required I'm really enjoying exploring all the things the Raspberry Pi can do. In a pinch, it could be a desktop replacement. You can boot it into a LibreELEC, which is a stripped down version of the OS that just runs the KODI media center (leaves enough overhead to stream HD). That is surprisingly cool - all the various sources of free video on the web, for instance. Haven't tried subscription stuff like ESPN3 but have read somewhere that Netflix will not work with it because of DRM and how it conflicts with open-source software. Something like that. The Raspbian desktop OS seems to work fine. It isn't pretty, in the sense of translucent windows, elegant border shading, and so forth (it's visually sparse, like Windows 3.1 or 95) but it works just fine and runs a modern office suite (LibreOffice, which I use on my Windows desktop). Even got wireless printing working.I've set up a VPN server on it, though I'm still working on configuring the client side (my travel laptop). Also, I've not yet been able to get KeePass (2 or X) working on it, though I did find a command line interface that can read my KP database. Anyway, with Linux, Raspbian, and so forth, it's all part of the learning process, which is what I expected anyway. At this price, it's not about what the thing cannot do (or can't do without a lot of research, trial and error, etc).; it's amazing what it can do, and for me, the fun is seeing how far you can push it. 5Not the best for running MAME I'm going to save you countless hours of heartache if you plan on using this to run an arcade emulator like MAME. First, you're going to have power issues. I've purchased three different 3A power supplies and it still gives me low voltage issues. The keyboard, monitor, speakers, trackball/mouse etc. will suck up the power it needs to operate smoothly, but you need all these things to play games. Second, these things have a mind of their own. They lock up regularly and can easily lose hours/days worth of already saved settings when you need to cycle the power. Third, it won't play 25% of your games. If playing Ms. Pac-Man is all you care about, then go for it, but it won't even try to play half the games made in the mid to late 90's. And you can completely forget about games that use 3D shading. I abandoned this project and went back to using my old laptop to run MAME. It works 100% better. 1Awesome little computer... makes all sorts of things possible. So I'm new to the whole raspberry pi and arduino scene... and now thanks to my 3D printer I have been getting into both. It started off with the Arduino a month or two ago because I needed to flash my 3D Printer's main board with a boot loader in order to load Marlin on it. And now thanks to my 3D printer becoming more and more useful in things I do, I needed one of these raspberry pi's to load Octopi on it to be able to remotely control and view my printer (thanks to a pi cam v2) from anywhere in the world. (let me just tell you now, this is QUITE an in depth process)But it's doable, even with zero experience. Trust me haha. I even just ordered a second Rpi 3b, thanks to how cool these little things are. I also ordered a 4 channel relay board so that my Rpi with Octopi can even turn On and Off my printer, as well as a light, again... from anywhere in the world using my phone. It's just amazing.So if you're on the fence about getting one of these to hook up octopi to your 3D printer, or whatever you want to do really... get one. They are amazing, and the people who make the different plugins and OS's for them are amazing. 5Excellent for 3D printers, very simple setup! I already have one of these hooked up to my CR-10S 3D printer and and have Octoprint installed on it, this opened up a whole new world of accessibility and changing settings on the fly remotely! Recently I purchased a Anycubic I3 Mega printer and needless to say, I had to have one for it as well...Hello Canakit!This little circuit board is (length & width) just slightly larger than a credit card, yet it can do all sorts of amazing things. I love the way I can re-purpose this for playing games on or running a Linux based GUI by simply changing out the Micro-SD! For its size it really packs quite a punch performance wise. No, you're not going to be able to play your 3D graphics intensive games, but you can sure play some of the old Nintendo, Atari and other classics on it.If you have a 3D printer, buy this version of the CanaKit and download and print your own case for it, there are a lot of them available with all sorts of features and configurations to suit your tastes. If you've been thinking about buying one, now is the time, trouble is brewing on the horizon with international trade and you may see this go way up in price in the near future. 5Great for DIY tech enthusiast, students and tinkers This is a great little computer with a lot of potential for DIY tech enthusiasts or just someone looking to learn by tinkering. I work in the tech industry but have very little linux knowledge and just looked up information online. Within a few days I was using it as a local DNS server for network-based ad removal (search "pi-hole" for the project repo) and planning to link up some IP cameras via zoneminder or motion. Since I'm using this one for DNS, I may buy another one for all other things I want to do so I don't cut off my internet whenever I screw something up. I have the Raspberry Pi directly connected to my switch with a static IP and mostly putty or xrdp in but added a small touchscreen LCD to it after an incident in which I needed to troubleshoot the boot sequence.In the questions area I see quite a few "is this good for gaming?" type questions so I want to add that this thing is anywhere from 1/4 to 1/10 the power of a flagship cell phone and is NOT going to play any modern games what-so-ever, there is a light version of minecraft in the default raspbian OS and this can handle probably handle all the DOS or retro emulator games you throw at it if you're willing to put in the time to install/build that type of machine. You should really buy this for specific projects (retro gaming cabinet, home security console, MIDI synced Christmas lights, robotic arm, the possibilities are endless) or just to explore hardware, software, networking, etc. 5Nice Support, Troubling Quality I purchased the kit as I heard good things about CanaKit. The Raspberry Pi worked fine, but the power supply was giving me undervoltage warnings, I had to swap it for a different supply I had. CanaKit was nice enough to refund a portion of the cost. I also was experiencing overheating issues. I did not realize until I bought a new case with new heatsinks that the ones provided in this kit use a foam double sided tape and not the 3M adhesive. So in essence, my heatsinks were insulating the chips. When I switched to heatsinks with 3M tape the temp dropped 20 degrees C. Maybe just buy the parts separately. 3Nifty little board for testing and learning! :D Notice: This is a review of my own making, I did NOT receive any compensation or product voucher or free item. I purchased this for my own independent usage and research.Summary:Nifty little board that can do quite a bit with just a little effort. I was interested in acquiring a Raspberry Pi 3 for use as a "dedicated server" for an application I was developing. I wanted to see how lightweight I could get my application, and if it could be sustainable on a small form factor, low power device. I've got a long way to go to get my application ready for prime time, but this should enable me to more rapidly test and optimize against a target set of hardware.Pros:*Compatible with all of the hardware I've thrown at it so far. (Details below)*Provided directions were nice to have to point me in the right direction (if I hadn't known where to go prior to purchase).*Included power supply provides ample power, and I've had no issues with it so far.*Markup from third-party retailer is reasonable, considering shipment from Element14 costs more than the markup and this item ships with free prime shipping (At the time of writing).Cons:*Although the Pi was in an anti-static bag within the box, the bag itself was not sealed in any way... I'm unsure if this will have any large impact on the efficacy of the anti-static bag.*CanaKit (through their own research) determined that users did not understand that the board may not ship with an SD card, or an OS, in some cases. As such, they place a very large sticker over the front of the box, defacing much of the front of the box. Personal preference, I didn't like the sticker defacing the box.*Heat Sinks provided are largely ineffectual depending on your use-case. (See testing/info below)Untested/no comment:*I did not make use of the ribbon-display port, camera port, or GPIO pins. I have no comment on their functionality at this time.Installation:*Installed NOOBs onto MicroSD card using the adapter below, then installed Raspbian and OSMC to test each, then decided to fully allocate the MicroSD card to Raspbian.Hardware:Pi + Power: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)Keyboard: AmazonBasics Wired KeyboardMouse: AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse (Black)MicroSD Card: SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-032G-GN6MA)MicroSD Adapter: Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Certain Android Systems - Supports SD , SDHC , SDXC , MMC / MicroSD , T-Flash [Black] (CR-UMSS)Case: SB Components Clear Case for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Quad Core/Pi 2 Model B/Pi Model B+ CasesThermal Testing:To test the thermal performance with/without the heat sinks, I printed the initial temperature reading, then used sysbench running on all four cores for four sets of two minutes, printing the temperature readings following each run of sysbench.These tests were conducted using the latest version of Rasbian (Jessie) and sysbench, as of 6/11/2016.Without the heat sink, from idle of 55c (+/- 5c) the device achieved 82.7c within 4 minutes, and in excess of 83c by the end of the test. Raspbian (Jessie) attempts to throttle/warn of performance issues if the temperature exceeds 82c (orange icon in the upper right).With the heat sink, from idle of 50c (+/- 5c) the device achieved 81.7c within 6 minutes, and just over 82c during the last two minutes.With the heat sink, it took longer to reach 82c (Raspbian's threshold/comfort zone), and cooled down faster when the device was no longer under full load. However, any situation you experience full load over 7 minutes long and the device will be beyond its ideal operating threshold.Script:clearecho CPU Stresstestecho sysbench running on 4 cores, for 2 minutes,echo then printing temperature readings, 4 times.echo Initial Temperaturevcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 1, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 2, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 3, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 4, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempCanaKit Customer Service/Support:Prior to reviewing the item, I contacted CanaKit for their thoughts and information on the sticker defacing the box, and the use-case for the heat sinks. Below are their replies:Question 1: The 'brand/notice' stickers Canakit places on the Raspberry Pi box itself defaced the Raspberry Pi branding/Box/Information, and seemed incredibly unnecessary. I was hoping to take a photo for review/publishing purposes... and the box is a little unsightly as a result.CanaKit Reply: The label is prominently placed on the Raspberry Pi box of this bundle for two reasons below: - The Raspberry Pi does not boot due to use of older software being used (ie. a memory card from the users Pi 2) - Customer is used to older Pi boards which have a spring loaded MicroSD mechanism and believes the new Pi 3 board (which includes a friction-fit design) is defective.Question 2: The heatsinks... Under full load, for approximately 10 minutes, the heatsink makes at most 1c degree of difference (between not having a heatsink and having one). It did take 30-90 seconds longer to reach peek temperature during benchmarking while using the heatsink. However, it did not prevent the system from ultimately hitting 82c and throttling performance under Rasbian (Jessie).CanaKit Reply: Thank you for the test and for your feedback on this. We have used larger sized heat sinks in the past but it caused other problems at the time (ie. customer incorrect installation resulting in the heatsink touching adjacent components resulting in a circuit short for example). The current set of heat sinks include official 3M thermal adhesive to transfer as much heat as possible but we understand there may be better alternatives in the market and are actively testing alternatives. Note that, for your reference, the Raspberry Pi Foundation still suggests the heat sinks are optional and not required for operation unless the board is being overclockedThey should help reduce the heat, but I'm not sure if it would eliminate reaching critical temperatures depending on the tasks being performed. 4
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Description
  • Includes Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM
  • On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • CanaKit 2.5A USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 (UL Listed)
  • Set of 2 Heat Sinks
  • CanaKit Quick-Start Guide
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Customer Reviews

Power supply woefully inadequate... I debated on how to review this since it's a bundle. But it really only has two things, and one of them it is a know quantity, the PI. So this is really about reviewing the power supply that comes with it. So this is really about reviewing the power supply and said supply doesn't put out enough juice.I have dozens of power supplies and micro USB cables just laying around in junk drawers but they don't supply adequate power to the RasPi. Unfortunately neither does this adapter which is consistently giving me the yellow lightning bolt icon saying that the supplied current is inadequate.You would think that because it comes bundled with the Raspberry Pi that it would provide adequate power but it does not.So you up paying 18% more than necessary and still need to buy the proper power adapter. Computer itself is awesome as usual, but that's not why I bought this little bundle. Two stars because one just seems too low, but three would imply it actually works properly. 2I am having great fun with Raspberry Pi 3 I am having great fun with Raspberry Pi 3. I've bought 6 Pi's so far from CanaKit. 5 out of 6 came with great performance. Some made in the UK, some from PRC. One of the Pi's in the batch must be a bad luck which I didn't check the USB upon receiving. The USB ports did not work at all. The rest are working without any issue on different applications (Sprinkler system, AI, LED driver, 3-D printer, etc..)
The bad Pi experienceThe unfortunate Pi (from UK) was running fine except the USB function and kept logging "usb 1-1-port2: over-current change" (via dmesg). I used a multimeter to find out that the USB V+ pin (expected to be +5 VDC) was shorted to GND. I had checked various websites for remedy. Even tried to tear down the capacitors C97 and C98, removed IC U13 (AP2553) to no avail. A close up inspection to the USB shell near the capacitor C98 showed that there was a big blob of solder which actually grounded the USB shell to the V+ pin. Which explained why all USB ports did not work and the poor IC AP2553 (which got removed) constantly complained about over-current. In order to fix the USB port problem, I had to use the solder gun to melt the solder blob then detached the USB back shell which covered the data and power connectors for the 2 port USB sockets to eliminate the short circuit. After that I solder the PP27 pad to the +5 VDC GPIO pin to power the USB ports instead.
Bottom line: Perform visual check on the Pi before power on. Make sure you test all the standard functions on the Pi.
Note: there seems to be a distinctive difference between the boards from the UK vs. the ones from PRC. All the test pads from the boards from PRC are bare copper un-soldered vs. soldered from the UK. (light bulb!? ;-)
4
Performs well, responsive vendor The Raspberry Pi 3 performs nicely with the included power supply and Raspbian Jessie. I connected a 2.5" 1TB harddrive in a USB 3 enclosure which is powered by the Pi, as well as a wireless receiver for the Logitech K400R keyboard/touchpad combo. I'm using the Ethernet port for a stable connection, so I can't comment on the built-in wifi and bluetooth capabilities. The DSL Reports speed test showed 85 MBit/s downstream - more than what my laptops get via WiFi. That was when I used Iceweasel as the browser, I only got around 1 MBit/s with the pre-installed browser. I used my Full HD TV as a monitor without any problems, though YouTube videos on fullscreen are not smooth at all. Other than turning off overscan to get rid of the black borders, all of this worked out of the box with the Raspbian Jessie image, including sound via HDMI. There were no crashes at all.I'm using a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32 GB. Make sure to use raspi-config to extend the root partition on the SD card - after installing Iceweasel, the graphical interface refused to start, simply because the root partition was full. Initially, it only has 4GB of space.I'm using the heat sinks that came with a Raspberry Pi 2 case I had ordered months prior. The case fits perfectly and the heat sinks seem to work well, outside of the case the Pi got only lukewarm.The package I received did not contain heat sinks as advertised, but other customers report having gotten theirs. Canakit responded to a previous version of this review and issued a $15 refund - very generous! They also planned on sending me a replacement set, but I feel completely compensated already and asked them not to.I had also commented on the price being a tad high. I ordered it for $54.99, free two day shipping via Amazon, while the Pi 3 was on sale elsewhere for $35, with 2.5A power supplies available for less than $10, and heat sinks available for less than $5. However, the Pi 3 was sold out everywhere else, and the $35 offers did not include shipping, so I went for Canakit's offer. Canakit says they are paying for overnight shipping from Europe, and then again when shipping to Amazon, explaining the higher price.The printed Quick-Start Guide (revision 1.2) still shows photos of the Raspberry Pi 2. The sticker on the front mentions a URL to get the latest version. Initially, that was even older (revision 1.0), but got later updated to revision 2.1. The cover still shows the Pi 2, but the picture on the inside got updated to show the Pi 3. Honestly, I would have been fine with just a link to an online manual, and I stuck with the instructions on the Raspberry Pi website.Other than the hickups with the missing heat sinks and the outdated manual on their website, I can recommend this package. Thanks go to Canakit for the generous refund! 4Amazingly capable, but some effort required I'm really enjoying exploring all the things the Raspberry Pi can do. In a pinch, it could be a desktop replacement. You can boot it into a LibreELEC, which is a stripped down version of the OS that just runs the KODI media center (leaves enough overhead to stream HD). That is surprisingly cool - all the various sources of free video on the web, for instance. Haven't tried subscription stuff like ESPN3 but have read somewhere that Netflix will not work with it because of DRM and how it conflicts with open-source software. Something like that. The Raspbian desktop OS seems to work fine. It isn't pretty, in the sense of translucent windows, elegant border shading, and so forth (it's visually sparse, like Windows 3.1 or 95) but it works just fine and runs a modern office suite (LibreOffice, which I use on my Windows desktop). Even got wireless printing working.I've set up a VPN server on it, though I'm still working on configuring the client side (my travel laptop). Also, I've not yet been able to get KeePass (2 or X) working on it, though I did find a command line interface that can read my KP database. Anyway, with Linux, Raspbian, and so forth, it's all part of the learning process, which is what I expected anyway. At this price, it's not about what the thing cannot do (or can't do without a lot of research, trial and error, etc).; it's amazing what it can do, and for me, the fun is seeing how far you can push it. 5Not the best for running MAME I'm going to save you countless hours of heartache if you plan on using this to run an arcade emulator like MAME. First, you're going to have power issues. I've purchased three different 3A power supplies and it still gives me low voltage issues. The keyboard, monitor, speakers, trackball/mouse etc. will suck up the power it needs to operate smoothly, but you need all these things to play games. Second, these things have a mind of their own. They lock up regularly and can easily lose hours/days worth of already saved settings when you need to cycle the power. Third, it won't play 25% of your games. If playing Ms. Pac-Man is all you care about, then go for it, but it won't even try to play half the games made in the mid to late 90's. And you can completely forget about games that use 3D shading. I abandoned this project and went back to using my old laptop to run MAME. It works 100% better. 1Awesome little computer... makes all sorts of things possible. So I'm new to the whole raspberry pi and arduino scene... and now thanks to my 3D printer I have been getting into both. It started off with the Arduino a month or two ago because I needed to flash my 3D Printer's main board with a boot loader in order to load Marlin on it. And now thanks to my 3D printer becoming more and more useful in things I do, I needed one of these raspberry pi's to load Octopi on it to be able to remotely control and view my printer (thanks to a pi cam v2) from anywhere in the world. (let me just tell you now, this is QUITE an in depth process)But it's doable, even with zero experience. Trust me haha. I even just ordered a second Rpi 3b, thanks to how cool these little things are. I also ordered a 4 channel relay board so that my Rpi with Octopi can even turn On and Off my printer, as well as a light, again... from anywhere in the world using my phone. It's just amazing.So if you're on the fence about getting one of these to hook up octopi to your 3D printer, or whatever you want to do really... get one. They are amazing, and the people who make the different plugins and OS's for them are amazing. 5Excellent for 3D printers, very simple setup! I already have one of these hooked up to my CR-10S 3D printer and and have Octoprint installed on it, this opened up a whole new world of accessibility and changing settings on the fly remotely! Recently I purchased a Anycubic I3 Mega printer and needless to say, I had to have one for it as well...Hello Canakit!This little circuit board is (length & width) just slightly larger than a credit card, yet it can do all sorts of amazing things. I love the way I can re-purpose this for playing games on or running a Linux based GUI by simply changing out the Micro-SD! For its size it really packs quite a punch performance wise. No, you're not going to be able to play your 3D graphics intensive games, but you can sure play some of the old Nintendo, Atari and other classics on it.If you have a 3D printer, buy this version of the CanaKit and download and print your own case for it, there are a lot of them available with all sorts of features and configurations to suit your tastes. If you've been thinking about buying one, now is the time, trouble is brewing on the horizon with international trade and you may see this go way up in price in the near future. 5Great for DIY tech enthusiast, students and tinkers This is a great little computer with a lot of potential for DIY tech enthusiasts or just someone looking to learn by tinkering. I work in the tech industry but have very little linux knowledge and just looked up information online. Within a few days I was using it as a local DNS server for network-based ad removal (search "pi-hole" for the project repo) and planning to link up some IP cameras via zoneminder or motion. Since I'm using this one for DNS, I may buy another one for all other things I want to do so I don't cut off my internet whenever I screw something up. I have the Raspberry Pi directly connected to my switch with a static IP and mostly putty or xrdp in but added a small touchscreen LCD to it after an incident in which I needed to troubleshoot the boot sequence.In the questions area I see quite a few "is this good for gaming?" type questions so I want to add that this thing is anywhere from 1/4 to 1/10 the power of a flagship cell phone and is NOT going to play any modern games what-so-ever, there is a light version of minecraft in the default raspbian OS and this can handle probably handle all the DOS or retro emulator games you throw at it if you're willing to put in the time to install/build that type of machine. You should really buy this for specific projects (retro gaming cabinet, home security console, MIDI synced Christmas lights, robotic arm, the possibilities are endless) or just to explore hardware, software, networking, etc. 5Nice Support, Troubling Quality I purchased the kit as I heard good things about CanaKit. The Raspberry Pi worked fine, but the power supply was giving me undervoltage warnings, I had to swap it for a different supply I had. CanaKit was nice enough to refund a portion of the cost. I also was experiencing overheating issues. I did not realize until I bought a new case with new heatsinks that the ones provided in this kit use a foam double sided tape and not the 3M adhesive. So in essence, my heatsinks were insulating the chips. When I switched to heatsinks with 3M tape the temp dropped 20 degrees C. Maybe just buy the parts separately. 3Nifty little board for testing and learning! :D Notice: This is a review of my own making, I did NOT receive any compensation or product voucher or free item. I purchased this for my own independent usage and research.Summary:Nifty little board that can do quite a bit with just a little effort. I was interested in acquiring a Raspberry Pi 3 for use as a "dedicated server" for an application I was developing. I wanted to see how lightweight I could get my application, and if it could be sustainable on a small form factor, low power device. I've got a long way to go to get my application ready for prime time, but this should enable me to more rapidly test and optimize against a target set of hardware.Pros:*Compatible with all of the hardware I've thrown at it so far. (Details below)*Provided directions were nice to have to point me in the right direction (if I hadn't known where to go prior to purchase).*Included power supply provides ample power, and I've had no issues with it so far.*Markup from third-party retailer is reasonable, considering shipment from Element14 costs more than the markup and this item ships with free prime shipping (At the time of writing).Cons:*Although the Pi was in an anti-static bag within the box, the bag itself was not sealed in any way... I'm unsure if this will have any large impact on the efficacy of the anti-static bag.*CanaKit (through their own research) determined that users did not understand that the board may not ship with an SD card, or an OS, in some cases. As such, they place a very large sticker over the front of the box, defacing much of the front of the box. Personal preference, I didn't like the sticker defacing the box.*Heat Sinks provided are largely ineffectual depending on your use-case. (See testing/info below)Untested/no comment:*I did not make use of the ribbon-display port, camera port, or GPIO pins. I have no comment on their functionality at this time.Installation:*Installed NOOBs onto MicroSD card using the adapter below, then installed Raspbian and OSMC to test each, then decided to fully allocate the MicroSD card to Raspbian.Hardware:Pi + Power: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 with 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UL Listed)Keyboard: AmazonBasics Wired KeyboardMouse: AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse (Black)MicroSD Card: SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-032G-GN6MA)MicroSD Adapter: Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Certain Android Systems - Supports SD , SDHC , SDXC , MMC / MicroSD , T-Flash [Black] (CR-UMSS)Case: SB Components Clear Case for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Quad Core/Pi 2 Model B/Pi Model B+ CasesThermal Testing:To test the thermal performance with/without the heat sinks, I printed the initial temperature reading, then used sysbench running on all four cores for four sets of two minutes, printing the temperature readings following each run of sysbench.These tests were conducted using the latest version of Rasbian (Jessie) and sysbench, as of 6/11/2016.Without the heat sink, from idle of 55c (+/- 5c) the device achieved 82.7c within 4 minutes, and in excess of 83c by the end of the test. Raspbian (Jessie) attempts to throttle/warn of performance issues if the temperature exceeds 82c (orange icon in the upper right).With the heat sink, from idle of 50c (+/- 5c) the device achieved 81.7c within 6 minutes, and just over 82c during the last two minutes.With the heat sink, it took longer to reach 82c (Raspbian's threshold/comfort zone), and cooled down faster when the device was no longer under full load. However, any situation you experience full load over 7 minutes long and the device will be beyond its ideal operating threshold.Script:clearecho CPU Stresstestecho sysbench running on 4 cores, for 2 minutes,echo then printing temperature readings, 4 times.echo Initial Temperaturevcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 1, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 2, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 3, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempecho Phase 4, 2 minutes of sysbench running on 4 cores.sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 --num-threads=4 run >/dev/null 2>&1vcgencmd measure_tempCanaKit Customer Service/Support:Prior to reviewing the item, I contacted CanaKit for their thoughts and information on the sticker defacing the box, and the use-case for the heat sinks. Below are their replies:Question 1: The 'brand/notice' stickers Canakit places on the Raspberry Pi box itself defaced the Raspberry Pi branding/Box/Information, and seemed incredibly unnecessary. I was hoping to take a photo for review/publishing purposes... and the box is a little unsightly as a result.CanaKit Reply: The label is prominently placed on the Raspberry Pi box of this bundle for two reasons below: - The Raspberry Pi does not boot due to use of older software being used (ie. a memory card from the users Pi 2) - Customer is used to older Pi boards which have a spring loaded MicroSD mechanism and believes the new Pi 3 board (which includes a friction-fit design) is defective.Question 2: The heatsinks... Under full load, for approximately 10 minutes, the heatsink makes at most 1c degree of difference (between not having a heatsink and having one). It did take 30-90 seconds longer to reach peek temperature during benchmarking while using the heatsink. However, it did not prevent the system from ultimately hitting 82c and throttling performance under Rasbian (Jessie).CanaKit Reply: Thank you for the test and for your feedback on this. We have used larger sized heat sinks in the past but it caused other problems at the time (ie. customer incorrect installation resulting in the heatsink touching adjacent components resulting in a circuit short for example). The current set of heat sinks include official 3M thermal adhesive to transfer as much heat as possible but we understand there may be better alternatives in the market and are actively testing alternatives. Note that, for your reference, the Raspberry Pi Foundation still suggests the heat sinks are optional and not required for operation unless the board is being overclockedThey should help reduce the heat, but I'm not sure if it would eliminate reaching critical temperatures depending on the tasks being performed. 4
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