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Which Pi?

nickytonline profile image Nick Taylor (he/him) Originally published at iamdeveloper.com Updated on ・1 min read

Hey all. I'm looking at purchasing a Pi, but I'm honestly overwhelmed with all the models. There's even "Orange Pi"s!

I don't know what I want to do with it quite just yet, but will most likely program it in Node.

If anyone whose done work with a Pi has suggestions for a starter model, it'd be greatly appreciated.

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Meghan (she/her)

I would definitely get the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B since it usually runs at about the same pricepoint as the 2 nowadays and (over the 2), has a 64bit processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and updated MicroUSB.

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Nick Taylor (he/him) Author • Edited

Cool, thanks for the info Sean. Super helpful. Do you have a case you recommend for it as well?

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Meghan (she/her)

I personally haven't got a case for mine actually, but many vendors will suggest a number of cases when you go to buy one. Hope this helps, and good luck :)

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Ezequiel Falcón

I also recommend the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Mostly because it's Linux distro (Raspbian) is super stable and solid. That's very important when you need to get going with your projects. I use it as a LoRWAN gateway and it's rock solid.

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Gergő Móricz

If you're looking to play around with one, RPi Model 3 B would be my choice too.

If you're looking to actually integrate it into a project, I would look into the RPi Zero, and the Compute Modules.