Raspberry Pi

Which Raspberry Pi Device is Best for Me?

Raspberry Pi is a small computer board that contains RAM, a processor, and can connect other peripheral devices of a computer like a USB, keyboard, mouse, and headphones to this small computer board. Raspberry was initially launched for teaching basic computer concepts in schools but later on, it is used in advanced projects like robotics and in weather monitoring.

In this write-up, we will discuss all the basic models of Raspberry Pi and then decide which one is best for us.

What are the different models of Raspberry Pi

There are different models of the Raspberry pi which are listed down below with a concise description and these models can be used for different applications depending on their technical specifications.

Raspberry Pi 4: This is the latest release of the Raspberry which is launched with three types of RAM: 2 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB. It can support the display on two LCD monitors using the HDMI ports as well as it can support USB 2.0 and 3.0. A Gigabit Ethernet port is also embedded on the board which is used for ethernet connections to the Raspberry Pi, moreover, it consumes less power and works faster as compared to older models.

Raspberry Pi 3: This release is the advanced form of the Raspberry Pi 2 and was launched in 2016. It can support the 1080p MP4 video and also it can be used for lightweight applications, moreover, it is low in cost as compared to the Raspberry Pi 4. The Raspberry Pi 3 also supports WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity as well as it can be connected to the TV and LCD using the HDMI cable. If interested to run lightweight apps and for simple gaming, Raspberry Pi 3 would be a cost-effective choice.

Raspberry Pi Zero: The Raspberry Pi zero was in very small size and its specifications are also less as compared to the other boards of the Raspberry Pi family. It contains 512 MB RAM and has no Ethernet port which means the Ethernet communication is not supported by the Raspberry Pi Zero. As it comes with fewer specifications as compared to Raspberry Pi 4 and Raspberry Pi 3, it’s obvious it has a low cost as compared to both of them. The Raspberry Pi Zero has been launched in two further models that are Raspberry Pi Zero W (which supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity) and Raspberry Pi Zero WH (which contains the pre-soldered GPIO pins).

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 is the upgraded form of the Raspberry Pi zero, moreover, it is almost five times faster than the Raspberry Pi zero having the wireless LAN card, a 512 MB SDRAM, and a processor of 1 GHz, other than these, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 contains the OTG USB port, mini HDMI port, and a CSI-2 camera connector.

What are the technical specifications of different Raspberry models

The differences in technical specifications of the different Raspberry Model are:

Model CPU RAM I/O ports
Raspberry Pi 4 1.5-GHz, 4-core Broadcom BCM2711 (Cortex-A72) 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB 4 USB ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, and 2 micro HDMI port
Raspberry Pi 3 1.4-GHz, 4-core Broadcom BCM2837B0 (Cortex-A53) 1 GB 4 USB ports, 3.5 mm audio jack, and HDMI port
Raspberry Pi Zero W 1-GHz, 1-core Broadcom BCM2835 (ARM1176JZF-S) 512 MB 1 micro USB port and 1 Mini HDMI port
Raspberry Pi Zero WH
Raspberry Pi Zero
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W 1GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 CPU 512 MB SDRAM 1 OTG USB port, 1 Mini HDMI port, micro SD card slot, and a CSI-2 camera connector

 Which Raspberry Pi is best for me

As we discussed the major models of the Raspberry Pi with their technical specifications, now it’s time to decide which board is suitable for me. Every board is recommended for different applications, some of the applications and recommended Raspberry Pi boards are:

Raspberry Pi Boards Applications
Raspberry Pi 4 To learn the basics of the Raspberry Pi
To play games using emulator
To run a web server
To learn machine learning
Raspberry Pi 3 To play games using the emulator
To watch videos
Raspberry Pi Zero For the automation of security cameras
To be used in robotics
To be used in wearable applications


Raspberry Pi is the coolest invention of this century which can be used for learning computer concepts as well as for the automation of the security cameras and designing of the robotics. There are different models of the Raspberry Pi which are used for different applications and in this write-up, different applications of the Raspberry Pi models are discussed on the basis of which a user can choose the Raspberry Pi for himself.

About the author

Hammad Zahid

I'm an Engineering graduate and my passion for IT has brought me to Linux. Now here I'm learning and sharing my knowledge with the world.