Previous Gen Raspberry Pi Model B+ Falls To $25 Amidst Growing DIY Competition

Give credit to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for helping to popularize the tiny and affordable PC movement that has makers and programmers of all skill levels tinkering with do-it-yourself projects. Millions of boards later, others have jumped into the category, including CHIP, the world's first $9 computer and one that could give Raspberry Pi a run for its money. In response, the price of a previous generation Raspberry Pi Model B+ has been cut to $25.

That's a $10 price cut compared to its original $35 price tag. It's a long overdue one. Officially, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says that production optimizations have made the Raspberry Pi Model B+ cheaper to produce, hence the price cut, though it's not a coincidence that it comes on the heels of CHIP making a splash in the media.

Raspberry Pi Model B+

"The Raspberry Pi product line now stretches from the Model A+ at $20, via the Model B+ at $25, to the top-of-the-range Raspberry Pi 2 at $35. The new pricing will take effect across our partners’ websites over the next few days, but right now RS Components in the UK and MCM Electronics in North America look like your best bet," the Raspberry Pi Foundation said.

As a refresher, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ features a 700MHz single-core ARM11 chip, 512MB of RAM, microSD card slot, HDMI and Composite RCA outputs, 10/100 Ethernet, and four USB 2.0 ports. The Raspberry Pi 2 is a newer model that ups the ante with a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortez-A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM, four USB 2.0 ports, and various other improvements.