Archive for the 'Reviews' Category

That was a great vacation…

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been crazy busy over the last three months with a few consulting projects that needed to be done by specific dates.

Hobbit @

Wifey also thought I was working too hard took me on a vacation, who would have thought that being away from work and my lab could have been that relaxing?

Serving Raspberry Pi #7 has been delayed until the October issue of Servo, and #8 should be in the November Issue.

ODROID C2 Review, new Python API for RoboPi, updated Python API for PiDroidAlpha, Berry the Robot, and much more coming soon!

Raspberry Pi 3 Review – with a ton of benchmarks and hardware tests!

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

The review took longer than I expected, but it is finally complete!

Raspberry Pi 3 Review @
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Weighing in at 11 large pages, this is quite possibly the most comprehensive Raspberry Pi 3 review on the net.

Review Contents

Introducing Raspberry Pi 3
A Closer Look at Raspberry Pi 3
Feature Comparison, Operating Systems
Software Compatibility, Common Applications, Multimedia, Kodi
Hardware Compatibility, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth
GPIO: WiringPi, pigpio, Add-On Board testing
More testing: RoboPi, Pi Droid Alpha, SchoolBoard ][
More testing: Pi Rtc Dio, Pi Jumper, EZasPi
Benchmarks: Booting & Launching Apps, Compiling GNU Emacs
More Benchmarks: iperf client & server, NBench, Unix Bench, hdparm, dd
Power Utilization, Documentation, Support, Conclusion

Link: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Review

Raspberry Pi Zero Review Published!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

It was a lot of work, but it was worth it!

Raspberry Pi Zero Review @

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I compared the Pi Zero to many other single board computers, with a ton of benchmarks – I even checked gpio and some add-on boards!

Article Index

  1. Introducing Raspberry Pi Zero
  2. A Closer Look at Pi Zero
  3. Feature Comparison, Operating Systems, Software Compatibility
  4. Common Applications, Multimedia, Kodi, Hardware Compatibility, USB Hubs, WiFi
  5. Ethernet, GPIO: WiringPi, pigpio, Add-On Board testing, RoboPi
  6. More testing: Pi Droid Alpha, SchoolBoard ][, Pi Rtc Dio
  7. More testing: Pi Jumper, EZasPi, Benchmarks: Booting & Launching Apps, Compiling GNU Emacs
  8. More Benchmarks: SysBench 0.4.12, iperf client & server, NBench 2.2.3
  9. More Benchmarks: Unix Bench 5.1.3, hdparm, dd, Power Utilization, Documentation
  10. Support, Conclusion, What I liked, What I did not like

LeMaker Guitar & Base Board Review

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

How does Guitar compare to Raspberry Pi 2, ODROID-C1, Banana Pro, ODROID-XU4 and more?

LeMaker Guitar Review @

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This review was a LOT of work, as you will see when you read the 10 page monster.

Click HERE to read LeMaker Guitar Review


ODROID XU4 Shifter Shield Review with GPIO compatibility tests posted

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

ODROID-XU4 Shifter Shield Review @

I recently reviewed Hardkernel’s new ODROID-XU4 Big.little eight core single board computer – and I was very impressed by its performance.

The only real issue was the 1.8V GPIO spread between two connectors with 2.0mm pitch, which is obviously incompatible with all those nice add-on boards designed for Raspberry Pi’s, Banana Pi’s, and other similar SBC’s.

Fortunately, HardKernel has released a “XU4 Shifter Shield” to address this issue.

Click HERE to read my thorough review of the XU4 Shifter Shield

I even tested a few add-on boards designed for the Raspberry Pi with the XU4 Shifter Shield :)