RASP­BERRY PI?

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Ah, that old fa­vorite of ours, the Rasp­berry Pi—modern-day insane com­put­ing made man­i­fest in a tiny de­vice that fits in the palm of your hand. Ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing 4K res­o­lu­tions on the cheap, you can in­deed in­stall the likes of Kodi on a Rasp­berry Pi with lit­tle fuss, and it’ll run iden­ti­cally to its other, big­ger, Win­dows 10 broth­ers, seen be­low. It’s su­per-af­ford­able, too, com­ing in at $35 for the Pi 3 Model B. The only down­side is that the vast ma­jor­ity of your me­dia will need to be stored on an ex­ter­nal hard drive or some­thing sim­i­lar, and con­nected via USB 2.0, mean­ing at max the only con­tent you’ll be able to drive through it is stan­dard 1080p stuff, out­side of stream­ing, of course.

There’s a wealth of other stream­ing boxes avail­able from some of the big names, in­clud­ing Ama­zon’s Fire TV Stick, Roku’s Stream­ing Box, Google’s Chrome­cast, and even the Ap­ple TV, if your bud­get can stretch that far.

If you’re dead set on us­ing Kodi, though, your best bet is to grab a Rasp­berry Pi. A lot of the third-party sticks we've men­tioned run pro­pri­etary soft­ware and in­ter­faces, and al­though they may pro­vide you with some of the utility of Kodi, in­stalling it on there af­ter the fact is a bit of a night­mare.

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