So let me be clear that when I say ‘Hands on’ I literally only mean ‘Hands on’. I have not been able to play around with the board yet. As for first impressions, it’s a bit bigger than I was expecting. I’m not quite sure why, but I expected it to be only slightly larger than the Raspberry Pi. If you’re thinking it’s in that size form factor, realize now that it’s not. I’d venture that it’s probably between 2 and 2.5 times larger than the RPi… . That’s not a bad thing though, since the board really uses all of that real estate. I am a bit bummed about the lack of SATA on this board.
While I refuse to call this board a ‘supercomputer’ as they do on their Kickstarter page, I do think it will be a great little development board for a lot of people. While I personally prefer the Odroid product line, I think this is a great way for people who have only worked on the Raspberry Pi and other various ‘Fruit Board Clones’, to spread the wings and work with a lot more powerful hardware. While I think I will personally put my money into the forthcoming Odroid C2 for size reasons, I still think the Pine64 is a great board for many people.
Remember Rule #1 of buying hardware: Decide what you need the hardware to do and then pick the best solution for your project. If that’s something other people don’t use or doesn’t have the same media buzz about it, who cares. Buy the best board for your goals. If that’s an old Raspberry Pi model A or a Pine64, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. It’s your money and your project, so its your choice!
But you’re probably sick of me talking so I’ll get right to the reason you’re here… Pictures.