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Cables, Monitors, and Raspberry Pi Enclosures: What Should Be On Your Shopping List

The Raspberry Pi unit is an amazing computer the size of a credit card, and it is made to be used for a wide variety of computing functions. When you order your Raspberry Pi unit, though, there will be a few things that you'll need to pick up to get it up and running. Here is what you'll need to get started:

  • An SD card. You'll want to install NOOBS on this card, which you can download from the company's website. You'll want to get a 4GB or 8GB card. There are also Raspberry Pi partners that sell cards pre-installed and ready to go.
  • Power supply. The unit requires a micro USB connector, which coincidentally, is also probably what your Android phone uses. You can use the charger from your phone to power your Raspberry Pi.
  • Keyboard and mouse. For those inclined to clicking and typing.
  • A display. Many people are hooking up their televisions to their Raspberry Pi for an awesome over-sized display, but you can hook up just about any monitor. Anything with an HDMI output is optimal.
  • Ethernet cable. Use this to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet.
  • A case. Some people consider a Raspberry Pi enclosure to be an optional piece, but when you see the size and fragility of the unit, you'll see that having a case is a must. A good enclosure will give you access to ports while protecting your unit from accidental drops and jostles.

That's it! Hook it all up and you'll have a powerful mini-computer that is ready to go. You’ll be amazed at the computer power you get from such a small unit. Be sure to check out our online store for the perfect Raspberry Pi enclosures to protect your investment!