Sure, the quad-core processor in the supercharged Raspberry Pi 2 runs circles around its predecessor, but don’t forget: The original Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ was a massive inspiration for the development board movement that flourished in its wake, and still a fine machine in its own right—especially if you’re looking to use it as the brains for a maker project rather than a cheap mini-PC.
But the O.G. Raspberry Pi has had a problem since the Pi 2’s launch. The Model B+ still sold for $35, a.k.a. the exact same price as the Raspberry Pi 2. No more.
On Thursday, Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton announced that the original Model B+ is receiving a price cut to $25, which should help differentiate it from its successor as well as make it more attractive when compared to competitors like the $9 Chip PC currently being crowdfunded.
“A side effect of the production optimizations that allowed us to hit the $35 target price for Raspberry Pi 2 is that the Model B+ is now much cheaper to manufacture than it was when it was introduced. With this in mind, we’ve decided to drop its list price to $25. If you’re looking for a Raspberry Pi with networking and multiple USB ports, and don’t need the extra performance or memory that the Raspberry Pi 2 brings, you might want to check it out.”
The Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+—which lacks ethernet connectivity and offers fewer USB ports than the Model B+—is still available for $20, as well.
“But what can you do with the original Raspberry Pi if you’re not going to use it as an ultra-cheap Linux PC?” you ask? Well, it still works wonders as a low-cost networked media streaming device, especially once you’ve loaded OpenElec on it. But if you want to really get creative and start putting those GPIO pins to work, check out PCWorld’s guide to 10 insanely innovative, incredibly cool Raspberry Pi projects. You can even make a fully functional magic mirror with this itty-bitty PC.