I finally set up my Raspberry Pi today, and it got me thinking which was cheaper, the Pi or a Thin Client.
So I made an apples to oranges comparison, because under certain conditions, one or the other would be a better fit.
Here we go anyway, shipping and taxes are not included.
First the Raspberry Pi 4
Here you have a
- 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 which was $45
- Power Supply $10.99
- Pi 4 Case $15.99
- 32GB MicroSD card $5.49
- Micro HDMI to HDMI adapter (came in 2 pack, this is cost for 1) $4.00
Next you have a used HP Thin Client
- Used HP t520 Flexible Series TC 4GB of RAM $49.95
- Power Supply Included
- 16GB M.2SSD Included but I did purchase a 128GB M.2SSD $25.99
- DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (2 pk price is for 1) $6.49
I got have left the 128GB SSD cost off, but trying to be honest with what I spent.
Raspberry Pi Pros and Cons
- Less power draw
- Includes Wifi and Bluetooth
- Slower storage
- Less OS Choices
- SD card as storage not as durable
Thin Client Pros and Cons
- Runs X86 Compatible chip, will run Windows and Other Distros like Mint and CentOS
- More RAM and Up-gradable
- Faster Up-gradable Storage
- Supports VGA
- 4 USB 2 ports
- PXE Boot
- Supports X2Go
- Larger (Still small though)
- No wifi or bluetooth
- Draws more power
- Only 2 Core CPU
It is important to note that they are both quiet and I could have used reduced costs on both by going with a cheaper power supply and case for the Pi and not getting storage for the Thin client.
Both support dual monitors.
It is hard to compare CPUs but the Pi4 has a core clock speed of 1.5Ghz whereas the Thin client has 1 .4Ghz clock speed.
Overall I would say it depends on what you want to do.