For many projects, dedicating an entire PC to a project is overkill. This is where single-board computers come in handy.
The best know SBC is, without a doubt, the Raspberry Pi. It’s known the world over for its versatility, low power consumption, reliability, and ease of use. But there are a number of alternatives to the Raspberry Pi available that can be used to bring their own uniqueness to a project, whether you want more performance, AI, VR support, or a board that is rated for industrial use.
Or maybe you want something smaller than the Raspberry Pi!
Let’s take a look.
ASUS Tinker Board S R2.0
Best Raspberry Pi Alternative: Top SBC overall
- Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288 1.8GHz processor
- Arm Mali-T764 GPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 dual-channel
- 16GB eMMC
- 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR
This board has a number of nice touches that make it great for hobbyists. I particularly like the color-coded GPIO header, which makes it easy to recognize respective pin headers. I also like the detailed silk-screen print on the face of the board that makes it clear where everything goes.
- Color-coded GPIO for ease of use
- Packed with features
- Great finish
Libre Computer Board AML-S905X-CC (Le Potato)
Best cheap SBC that’s still capable: Great set of features
- Amlogic S905X SoC
- Mali-450 GPU
- Up to 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 4x USB 2.0 Type A
- 100Mb Fast Ethernet
- HDMI 2.0
- MicroSD Card Slot
- eMMC Interface
A good SBC at a price that won’t break the bank. You’re not going to be breaking any speed records, but this board does offer a great set of features.
- Great price
- Solid performer
- Well made with great documentation
- Budget performance