12 Days of #BTChristmas, Ep. 1: Raspberry Pi 400

While I was peacefully reading the first issue of Citadel 21 (which I unboxed in this older video), the Spirit of #BTChristmas Past took advantage of my terrible opsec to enter my room and make me review all the Bitcoin products that I recommend as Christmas gifts.

Truth to be told, I’ve received and bought a lot of items over the last few months and some of them are still in the box because I’ve been too busy to produce content about them. But now the time has come to do justice to everything that I own and happens to be a useful purchase for other bitcoiners.

For the first episode of this #BTChristmas special, I’ve decided to talk about the Raspberry Pi 400. It’s a rather inexpensive computer which is built inside a keyboard case and brings you a lot more convenience than the previous model of the Raspberry Pi. It comes with an overclocked processor which makes it faster in applications, 4 GB of RAM, and all the connectivity you need.

And if you’re willing to pay $100 for the extended package, you also get a mouse, an HDMI cable, an SD card with the OS, and a book that will help you learn more about using the Raspberry Pi.

You can use the Raspberry Pi 400 to run a full Bitcoin and Lightning node, but also learn to code or emulate video games. Of course, you can’t do it all at the same time, as the system isn’t mighty enough to handle this kind of multitasking. But the configuration is mighty enough to handle all sorts of tasks.

The greatest accomplishment of the Raspberry Pi 400 is the fact that is solves the overheating problems of its predecessor. The large case and the lengthy metal plate underneath the hood create a more efficient heat dissipation system, which keep the system cool and quiet. No active ventilation is required, and you no longer have to buy a heatsink case either.

So for about $70, you get a powerful system which also comes with a built-in keyboard and requires no extra expenses for fancy cases and fans. It’s efficient, it’s all-encompassing, and it’s quiet. You will just need a mouse, a monitor, an SD card on which you install the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS (or Raspbian, call it what you want), and optionally an SSD on which you validate and store the entire Bitcoin blockchain.

If you get a Raspberry Pi 400 computer by virtue of my #BTChristmas recommendation and you want to effortlessly run a full Bitcoin node with Lightning, then I recommend RaspiBlitz. It’s completely open source, it has been around for a long time, many bitcoiners have successfully installed the software, and it just works. Also, the process is described step by step and you can even find a few videos which answer all of your questions.

Stay tuned for 11 more Bitcoin product recommendations! This #BTChristmas is going to be really special 🙂

Watch out: I’m also mentioning FartFace2000 and the song that you hear in the background is called “To The Moon”, was written and recorded by me, and you can download it for free.

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