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Raspberry Pi: No longer the fastest $35 computer but still the best

The past year has produced a steady stream of single-board computers that surpass the specs of the flagship Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, some of which have also matched its rock-bottom $35 price tag.

But getting hands-on with these boards reveals the specs sheet only tells half the story. Boot up one of these theoretically more powerful computers and you're likely in for a nasty surprise.

While they may look the part, all that latent power is largely useless if there isn't the software to take advantage of it.

A case in point is my experience with the Orange Pi 3, a recently released $35 board with a faster processor and double the memory of the Raspberry Pi 3, as well as modern features, such as USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0a.

But tapping into that power is another matter. Start up the version of the Ubuntu 16.04 operating system provided for the board and the problems soon become apparent.

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