The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a new mini PC for Pi Day, but it’ll cost you a little more than $31.40. The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is available for $35.

The new version of the mini PC includes dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, meaning it offers the versatility of 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless. The processor is a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor—a 200MHz bump over the 1.2GHz processor in the Pi 3 Model B.

For the new board, the Raspberry Pi Foundation uses an updated version of the processor in the Pi 3 Model B. The new version can hit higher clock frequencies, and more accurately monitor and control the temperature of the chip, according to a blog post by Raspberry Pi chief Eben Upton.

The new board also has Bluetooth 4.2, a faster gigabit ethernet connection (over USB 2.0), and Power-over-ethernet compatibility if you also pick up the PoE HAT accessory.

One important thing to note with the new Raspberry Pi is that users are strongly advised to use a “high-quality 2.5A power supply.” In other words, don’t just buy the cheapest adapter you find online. The reason is that the Pi 3 B+ needs “substantially more power than its predecessor.”

Despite this special version’s rollout, little is changing with the Pi lineup in terms of pricing. The Raspberry Pi 1 B+, Raspberry Pi 2B, and Raspberry Pi 3B are all still available for $25, $35, and $35, respectively.

Obviously, unless you have specific hardware needs, your $35 are better spent on the new Pi 3 B+. The other $35 models are mostly there for business customers who need to keep using a specific device.

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.





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