ASUS takes on Raspberry Pi with its 4K-capable, Kodi-ready Tinker Board


If you love Raspberry Pi, but require a little more power for your projects, then ASUS’s Tinker Board could be just what you’re looking for.

Although there’s no shortage of Raspberry Pi alternatives, the low-cost Tinker Board is better than most because its quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 processor has the oomph to handle 4K video and 24-bit audio, and it comes with twice as much RAM as the latest Pi.

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The Tinker Board is around the same size as the Raspberry Pi 3, and includes 2GB of RAM (the Pi 3 has 1GB), built-in gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and 4x USB 2.0 ports. It has an HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution, and a DSI port supporting HD resolution.

It runs a variant of Debian Linux with Kodi, making the Tinker Board perfect for creating a home media center.

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It’s priced at just £55 ($68) and available now.