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

ASUS Tinker Board S R2.0Tech specs:

  • 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.

Pros:

  • Color-coded GPIO for ease of use
  • Packed with features
  • Great finish

Cons:

  • Pricy

Libre Computer Board AML-S905X-CC (Le Potato)

Best cheap SBC that’s still capable: Great set of features

Libre Computer Board AML-S905X-CC (Le Potato)

Tech specs:

  • 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.

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Solid performer
  • Well made with great documentation

Cons:

  • Budget performance