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hpr2711 :: Raspberry Pi 3A+ Review

In this episode of HPR, I will do a quick review of the Raspberry Pi 3A+.

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Hosted by Yannick the french guy from Switzerland on 2018-12-24 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Raspberry Pi 3A+ review

In this episode of HPR, I will do a quick review of the Raspberry Pi 3A+, the latest release of the Raspberry Pi foundation.

Raspberry Pi 3A+ Raspberry Pi 3A+

Specs
The Raspberry Pi 3A+ has almost the same hardware as its big brother/sister the 3B+ :

  • BCM2837 BO SOC (system on chip), a quad core 64-bit ARM v8 processor, running at 1.4 GHz
  • On board wireless :
    • WiFi : 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11 c/y/n/ac
    • Bluetooth : 4.2 and BLE
  • MicroSD card for storing the operating system and the data
  • Full size HDMI connector
  • 3.5 mm jack connector for audio and composite video output
  • MicroUSB connector for the power supply
  • 40-pin header with the same pinout as every other Raspberry Pi

The differences are :

  • Only one full size USB connector, instead of four on the 3B+
  • No ethernet connector
  • Only 512 MB or SDRAM instead of 1 GB on the 3B+

Size
The Raspberry Pi 3A+ is 6.7 x 5.6 cm (2.6 x 2.2 in) and 11 mm high (.45 in). But if you plug a ribbon in the header, then it takes a lot of space.

Raspberry Pi 3A+

In this case, it’s probably better to unsolder the header, and solder a right angle header in place, so the pins are pointing to the side of the board and not upwards

Raspberry Pi 3A+ Raspberry Pi 3A+

With a bit of caution and the help of some desoldering wick, it’s not a complex operation, because there is no component near the GPIO header.

Of course if you plan on using a HAT, then you’re better off using the straight header. The Raspberry Pi 3A+ is actually the same size than a standard HAT.

Raspberry Pi 3A+ Raspberry Pi 3A+

Use case

Since the Raspberry Pi 3A+ doesn’t have an ethernet port, I think I will not use it for server stuff like Mosquitto or Pi-Hole, for which a good network connection is required. Also, those servers sometimes need a keyboard and a mouse, and with only one USB port, that’s not too practical.

For me, the A+ will be used to upgrade projects currently using a Raspberry Pi ZeroW, and for which I need a little more power. The on board WiFi and the small form factor, combined with the extra power, makes the 3A+ an ideal replacement for the ZeroW.

Credits

The sound used for the opening and closing sequence is Speaker X-Clash by Daniel H, and is released under a CC-BY-NC license.


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