Until now, Raspberry Pi was the most powerful, handy and popular mini computer available to the users. However, in order to compete with the Pi, Asus has come up with a new device known by the name of “Tinker Board”, which offers better features as well as new upgrades to the consumers. The Asus Tinker Board costs only euro 55 or $68 and right now is only available in United Kingdom.
This small Asus Tinker Board comes with some impressive features. The board is powered by a 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-17 quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM. There are two USB 2.0 ports available in the board along with one gigabit LAN port and 3.5 mm audio jack. In addition to that, there is Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD slot, 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, a HDMI 2.0 port that supports 4K movies and a microUSB slot for power connection.
On comparing all these features with the available Raspberry Pi Model 3B, Tinker Board is expected to provide a lot better 3D performance because of more RAM and Mali-T764 GPU. However, the users will not be able to stream 4K video from the Netflix. This means that you need to have your own library of 4K videos is you wish to watch them via Asus Tinker Board.
However, one important and key feature of this new Asus mini PC is that it supports Debian Linux as well. So, there is nothing to worry if you are more comfortable in using Linux. Also, the design of the Board is almost similar to Raspberry Pi allowing the users to switch the boards as per their requirement very easily. However, you will have to pay a bit more if you are planning to buy the brand new Asus Tinker Board. The Raspberry Pi is available on Amazon for $40 when compared to Tinker Board which will be available for $55.