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Wednesday, 4 January 2017
A tiny computer for play and more
The Raspberry Pi showed that a simple circuit board could inspire more digital creativity than a full-blown PC. Hobbyists, kids and professionals alike have been using the Pi for nearly five years now to program gadgets, games, robots and all kinds of video, music and automation projects. The BBC micro:bit serves similar purposes, but with some notable differences.
The novelty’s wearing thin
The ‘S’ in the name might stand for ‘slim’: at 12.8mm, this touchscreen laptop-tablet hybrid is one of the skinnier options. It’s also light, shaving 300g off of the Yoga 900, Lenovo’s top-end model. This is the company that took over IBM’s laptop division, so although it’s become known for its endless variety of budget two-in-one hybrids, it also wants to sell durable mid-range systems to people who don’t mind spending a bit extra for quality. And quality is what you see when you open the box.