The original Raspberry Pi Model B+ receives a long overdue price cut

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Sure, the quad-core processor in the supercharged Raspberry Pi 2 runs circles around its predecessor, but don’t forget: The original Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ was a massive inspiration for the development board movement that flourished in its wake, and still a fine machine in its own right—especially if you’re looking to use it as the brains for a maker project rather than a cheap mini-PC.

But the O.G. Raspberry Pi has had a problem since the Pi 2’s launch. The Model B+ still sold for $35, a.k.a. the exact same price as the Raspberry Pi 2. No more.

On Thursday, Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton announced that the original Model B+ is receiving a price cut to $25, which should help differentiate it from its successor as well as make it more attractive when compared to competitors like the $9 Chip PC currently being crowdfunded.

Here's Upton:

“A side effect of the production optimizations that allowed us to hit the $35 target price for Raspberry Pi 2 is that the Model B+ is now much cheaper to manufacture than it was when it was introduced. With this in mind, we’ve decided to drop its list price to $25. If you’re looking for a Raspberry Pi with networking and multiple USB ports, and don’t need the extra performance or memory that the Raspberry Pi 2 brings, you might want to check it out.”

The Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+—which lacks ethernet connectivity and offers fewer USB ports than the Model B+—is still available for $20, as well.

“But what can you do with the original Raspberry Pi if you’re not going to use it as an ultra-cheap Linux PC?” you ask? Well, it still works wonders as a low-cost networked media streaming device, especially once you’ve loaded OpenElec on it