Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W
|Brand||Raspberry Pi Foundation|
|Maximum Purchase:||1 unit|
Building on the success of the current Zero family, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is built around a Raspberry Pi-designed System-in-Package, which integrates the BCM2710A1 die used in Raspberry Pi 3 with 512MB of RAM.
• 1GHz quad-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
• VideoCore IV GPU
• 512MB LPDDR2 DRAM
• 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
• Bluetooth 4.2 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
• MicroSD card slot
• Mini HDMI and USB 2.0 OTG ports
• Micro USB power
• HAT-compatible 40-pin header
• Composite video and reset pins via solder test points
• CSI camera connector
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is footprint-compatible with earlier members of the Raspberry Pi Zero family.
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You need to understand who this is for, its not a Pi for desktop computing use, its not got enough RAM for browsing the web, but it can easily do simple computing tasks. This device is geared for the makers hat need small but powerful SBC. In the testing I've done, its faster than a Pi3 for most things but not up to the Pi4 speed again lack of RAM is the main factor. But thats not the point of this Pi. Excellent purchase if you just want to see what the Pi is all about and don't want to pony up for the Pi4. If you have Pi zero projects built this is basically a drop in replacement and gets your 3-5 times more speed. Draws a bit more current under full load than the previous gen, but thats to be expected with more cores to feed. Over the previous versions this feels snappy and responsive. Highly recommended.
I've purchased several Pi's over the years, and was very excited to see this little guy come out. I've only had it for a couple of days, but have tested it with Raspberry Pi OS, as well as RetroPie.
As expected, it was very slow in Raspberry Pi OS. Not as bad as the earlier Pi Zero's, but essentially unusable as a computer, even for basic web browsing.
It is a bit better in RetroPie, but I could notice some stutter in a couple N64 games, which I am surprised at. For example Mario World 64. I thought for some reason it might be playable. I don't remember if it played OK on my Pi 3 or not. I've been using an 8GB Pi 4 for the past year or so.
It was also a bit of a pain to get RetroPie to work. I had to download the weekly build of RetroPie and manually copy ROMs over the network to the Pi. I found the file transfer very slow (about 1MB/sec). The Pi 4 is a LOT faster and is in the same location.
Anyways. It is better than the Pi Zero and Zero W, and only costs a couple dollars more. For small projects, people are going to love this.
It probably deserves a 5 out of 5 star, but it isn't perfect.
For the cost, it probably deserves a 10 out of 5 star :-)