It sounds too good to be true. A true media center capable computer for the low base price of $25?
That is what some people were hoping when they pre-ordered a Raspberry Pi, a small ARM based computing board that has an HDMI output, ethernet, and 256mb of ram.
The device originally was conceptualized as a little board students could play on in class, and was meant to be low cost so that the devices breaking would not be a big deal. (Students breaking stuff?? Never!!).
With the announcement that the pi would also have GPU acceleration for video decoding a lot of people thought that this may be the end all be all solution to their needs for small media playback devices for their home theater systems.
I ordered one as well, and am gonna post a set of videos showing you how the little device stacked up. As usual, I am going to stick with running XBMC, or a variant of it, since I simply like the software so much that I do not really understand why anyone would want to use something else for simple media management and playback. (I don’t DVR things, so that is probably why it works so well for me)
I will be posting the impressions of how the device fared with OpenElec 2.99.1 (3.0 RC1) Based on XBMC 12 “Frodo” shortly, so stay tuned!
There’s some more info about the device on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_pi) if you want to read a little bit more about it!