5 Raspberry Pi Alternatives: Rock64, PocketBeagle, Banana Pi, Odroid

What would you get if you chopped off the screen of your laptop and threw the keyboard in the trash? You’d get something close to the Latte Panda Alpha. It’s a low-end Windows 10 PC on a single card: an Intel 7th-generation Core m3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of flash memory, two M2 slots, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3, and as many inputs and outputs as you are ever likely to need. There’s also an Arduino-compatible coprocessor for low-power applications. That’s all housed in a board not much bigger than a pack of cards. Just plug in a 5V power source and you’ve got a full-fledged Windows PC.

The downsides? Windows, and the price. Microsoft’s operating system sucks up a lot of the processing power, sometimes leaving not that much for the apps. You can install Ubuntu Linux on it instead, which runs a bit leaner. Either way, it ain’t cheap: At $449 for the base model with Windows 10 and $409 for Ubuntu, this is the most expensive of our SBC picks by a wide margin. But if you want to run Windows apps, it’s a great, compact PC.


Author: showrunner