Raspberry Pi 4 review: The most powerful Pi ever stakes its claim on the mainstream desktop

Everyone’s favourite pico-computer takes a quantum leap forward – but keep your expectations realistic

I won’t lie. When I heard that the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B would – according to its creators – deliver “desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems”, I experienced a frisson of nerdy excitement.

The Raspberry Pi’s lightweight design has tended to restrict it to hobbyist projects and IoT roles, rather than primary desktop or home server duties but the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is arguably the most significant upgrade in the platform’s history. Could the humble Pi really be about to conquer the desktop?

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