The Raspberry Pi is indeed a very capable machine for its price. The question remains.
Could it replace your current PC?
Let's find out!
We will be comparing a Raspberry Pi 3 to the average Dell used for web browsing and office work.
Let’s start off with a basic spec rundown.
|Raspberry Pi 3||PC|
|CPU||Broadcom BCM2835||Intel Pentium 3252|
|GPU||Broadcom VideoCore IV||Intel Integrated Graphics|
|Operating System||Raspbian(Debian Linux)||Windows 10|
As we can see, the PC is 4 times better than the Raspberry Pi in almost every way. The Raspberry Pi is going to have more than a little trouble beating out PC here.
Let's look at what each machine does in everyday applications.
|Raspberry Pi 3||PC|
|Web Browsing||8/10-Slows down at times||9/10-Slows down once in awhile|
|YouTube Playback||5/10-Can’t do it very well||9/10-Does the job, no 4k.|
|Average Number of crashes per day||3||4|
|Overall Performance||9/10-Fast. Sometimes not fast enough||5/10-Slow|
|Operating System||8/10-It's hard not to feel handicapped with linux||7/10-Not good for this type of machine|
The Raspberry Pi manages to do everything the PC does, just a bit slower. However, the Raspberry Pi has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. It can stay on 24/7. This opens it up to all kinds of new uses. You can download stuff overnight and wake up to see no smoke coming out of your machine.
It can overclock. I managed to overclock mine to 2Ghz.
It has software optimized for it. This allows it to be much faster than its competitor. During our testing, we had the Pi opening up google chrome, while the Dell was still starting up.
It has a whole community of members constantly making new software for it. This ensures it has a small piece of software for everything. This machine consumes as much as your phone does. Energy Savings!
The Raspberry Pi is a completely viable option when looking for a new computer. All you need is patience, courage, and the urge to learn and try new things. If you have linux experience, the road will only get smoother.