Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-17-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 25
Default Another raspberry pi question

Hi all.

I've looked and seen people have said that these raspberry pis can't really be used as an everyday computer, but would it work to just run excel or equivalent just to write up a few invoices. The work PC is broke but that's all it's used for so was hoping to save a bit of cash and spend about 30 on one of these. Also it takes up no space. So any ideas?
__________________

stefan-west1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
Golden Master
 
BK_123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,529
Default Re: Another raspberry pi question

Depending on the specs, I think they can only run Linux OS's but I think most of them come with Libre Office or Open Office so yes it should be fine for general word processing but I wouldn't consider it as a replacement for your work PC, You'd be able to get a decent refurbished system for a bit more that would be more than capable of running what you want to do.

---------- Post added at 10:52 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:49 AM ----------

Something like this would do PACKARD BELL DT.U7HEK.062 Refurbished Barebones Desktop PC Deals | Pcworld
__________________

BK_123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
Fully Optimized
 
strollin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 1,940
Default Re: Another raspberry pi question

The Raspberry Pi was designed to be an inexpensive learning computer for school kids. You could use it with Libre or Open Office suites (the Pi runs Linux so no MS Office) to create/edit Excel compatible spreadsheets but I think you would be disappointed in the performance since it has a very underpowered cpu and limited memory.

Once you buy the Pi you still need to provide a 5V power supply, SD card, mouse, keyboard and monitor. Although not totally necessary, you would probably also want a case for it. The OS doesn't come with the Pi, you'll need to download the OS and install it on your SD card. Depending on what else you need it to do, you may need a USB hub since the Pi has only 2 USB ports. My point is that unless you have all the stuff you need laying around, it will cost more than 30 to put a Pi in place.
strollin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 08:44 AM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
ssc456's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 4,279
Send a message via MSN to ssc456
Default Re: Another raspberry pi question

Yeah although you probably could do it with a Pi you are going to be miles better off getting something like this: Cheap and Reliable wireless DELL OPTIPLEX WINDOWS XP COMPUTER DESKTOP | eBay

or this: Acer Aspire Desktop Pc Tower Windows 7 - 1GB Ram - 160GB HDD - Working | eBay

or this: Intel Pentium 2.52Ghz Dual-Core New-Build PC With XP Pro | eBay
__________________
He who has never failed has never attempted anything worth succeeding at.

Dont Eat Animals, Its Not Good For Them And They Dont Like It!
ssc456 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2014, 05:09 AM   #5
Golden Master
 
BK_123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,529
Default Re: Another raspberry pi question

I could go with the 2nd one that Ssc suggested..
BK_123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0