They basically took the Raspberry Pi 3 A+ – which was a replacement for the original Raspberry Pi Zero W, for those who wanted a smaller form factor, but still more oomph than what you got with the normal Raspberry Pi Zero W – squeezed it into the smallest Raspberry Pi non-micro-controller form factor they have available, toned down the specs acceptably but significantly and delivered the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W.
What I find most remarkable about these pieces of hardware is the price the original Raspberry Pi Foundation selects for these pieces. They are so extremely popular and beloved all around the globe, they could easily increase the price for them. Yet, they still stay stable and hold to their original principle and goal, since so many years.
Imagine a company like Apple would own that brand… They would slap a silver looking mini-PC case around it, would remove all the connectors, except a single USB-C one, and then sell it for 20 times the original price. And do not forget to buy a $100 Apple dongle, since they removed all the connectors on purpose, so you are forced to buy expensive dongles. And if you buy 3rd party dongles, that are significantly cheaper but not worse, then you will still get connectivity issues.
The prices for the Raspberry Pi things vary a lot, across countries, legislatures and even shops.
From my experience, these are the rough prices (may vary a lot) for some of the hardware available (only including base versions, without any extras):
- Raspberry Pi Zero W → 12 to 26 bucks
- Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W → 16 to 22 bucks
- Raspberry Pi 3 A+ → 22 to 28 bucks
- Raspberry Pi 3 B+ → 36 to 40 bucks
- Raspberry Pi 4 B (4 GB) → sold out all the time, 45 to 55 bucks when available
The problem with our society today is, that people are getting ripped off literally every day from a majority of companies and a majority of them don’t even understand that; they don’t even see that.
Just because they think it’s “normal”. I think, only normal things are “normal” and not the things you have to endure every single day, just because you have no choice. These aren’t things that are “normal” but rather things that should be changed and are not “normal”.
Imagine the USSR would’ve succeeded in their plan to take over a majority of the world, to spread communism everywhere. Imagine what would happen then, every single day in our lives. Is that “normal”, because it happens every day? No!
Same with the company screws you over shit.
That’s why I am leaning in a very positive way toward companies or other types of organisations, who at least try to be better. I know, it’s very hard in this world to be a good company and still make enough money, but it is possible! So, even if an organisation isn’t perfect – when I see them really try and do good, even if it doesn’t work all the time, I try to help them. (Good example for this is CD Projekt Red, where it gets 1 thing wrong and then the whole company is thrown publicly into the trash bin, even though it has done good for decades and has only extremely failed one single time.)
So, it’s easy for me to complain about prices, because most companies are simply ripping you off. Period. People don’t even know how much of their money does NOT go into research or other investments, but instead straight into the marketing department, where you personally finance the next big marketing gag and christmas commercial, with your own, hard earned, money. For examples, look at any big company, like Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc.
In the case of Raspberry Pi hardware, the prices really all have been pretty fair. It’s hard for me to complain there. They are very reasonable and I can understand them well. This is a very important reason why I support the people responsible for the hardware. They are doing good.
Having said that… I’ve never seen a Raspberry Pi commercial or ad in my entire life.
Fuck ads, fuck apples and fuck microgoggles!
Almost forgot to mention one point I don’t like about those Raspberry Pi Zero W replacements:
Instead of increasing CPU speed, they should increase RAM. The problems I had with those smallest and weakest Raspberry Pi hardware pieces was not the CPU speed! It was fine! Even the single core Raspberry Pi Zero W was weak, but not impossible to handle. The only thing I always ran into, that was blocking me like the wall, was the extremely small amount of RAM! Give me dual or single core, but bump the RAM to 1 or 1.5GB, please!!
There is barely a Linux app that will complain about too little CPU speed. However, I know plenty of use cases where not enough RAM is a big deal breaker, where you are simply not able to run specific software.