I’m planning on buying a pi4 but with a fan . Still waiting a bit, the store I plan to buy got consumed by a fire this summer. While they’ve managed to reopen and restock most items already, they haven’t restarted their own production yet. Definitely planning to go for one of their own cases, with fans or heatsink but likelier a fan based one. And as long as I don’t have urgent need for it yet I keep everything running together on my pi3b+
Just picked up a second one for myself, since I keep leaving my personal 4gb model at my office. We're in the process of vetting them as a WYSE thin client replacement. Must say, I've been surprised with what I've been able to pull off so far, even with the 3b+ (got it to the point of more actually usable than some of our windows PCs for clinical workstations.) The biggest issue so far has been the lack of an RTC.
Working on a remote management tool for easier care and feeding by our non-linux-speaking helpdesk (thrown together using node-RED of course) so we can move to the next phase of testing.
I'm also still considering a mini PC. My NAS is almost full and will soon stop receiving software updates. Synology are about to lose a very disappointed customer. I'm thinking that a mini PC for around £130 might be interesting as a project. Not built my own PC in years.
It would be really interesting to get a write-up of this.
That's part of the plan once done. It's part of an overall larger project I'm calling "HERCULES" (highly economical rolling computers utilizing less expensive systems.) IF it goes well I'll likely submit it to some journals. Original challenge from my CMIO was to get the cost of a medical rounding cart to below $1500 (usual price for standard hardware is closer to $5000.)
I'm shooting for something more purpose built. I've been including stuff more unique to our environment, such as a big green status display of whether specific peripherals are detected, such as barcode scanners, signature pads, etc. (Also threw in a switch to enable/disable SSH.)
Most of our help desk is fresh out of college, or still in college, so I'm shooting for as simple as possible. Current prototypes are using dashboard, but this now has me exploring a different project from some other guy to implement multi user capability and credentialed escalation of capabilities.
I'm considering upgrading, but just stepping back a while to see how others get on
I'm also 'fan' averse, but as I have a RFM board piggybacked on the pi, I'm just cautious about how much room I'd have for a heatsink, and also fitting it in a case.
A while ago I bought a refurb Lenovo M92 tiny, you can find those in bulk on the 2nd hand market for cheap, fast i5 with 120GB SSD, similar to the shuttle, 12W idle, running Debian. Great compromise between a full blown nas and a Pi.
In general I’m on the fan-averse side for Pi(e)s too, but I’m currently running a Pi 3B+ that’s doubling as snips base station and media server and it gets quite hot under load. As I’m still designing a case that would fit both the pi and microphone and keep its great range at doing so, it’s currently sitting without a case in my bookcase, on a sheet of paper to “protect” the bottom of both objects. So I don’t want to experience really the temperature of w pi4 under load. A heat sink case might work too but who am I kidding I’m far too accident prone to stop burning myself on those. So a fan sounds better.
We've had good success with the Fitlet2 - https://fit-iot.com/web/products/fitlet2/ - not too expensive - no fan - plenty of ports... wide range of voltage inputs including battery backup. Actually we ran VMware ESXi as the base platform with various VMs (with Node-RED of course) on top.