Normally it’s not exactly big news when a PC maker releases a new keyboard or mouse. But when the Raspberry Pi foundation, maker of a line of tiny,

low-power PCs that sell for $35 or less does it? Well it’s still probably not big news, but it’s kind of interesting, because while the organization’s been selling Raspberry Pi computers for eight years, the group hasn’t offered an official keyboard or mouse… until now.

There are basically two interesting things about the accessories. First, they’re available in two colors: black and grey or white with red accents (and black text on the keyboard). Second, the keyboard is also a USB hub, with three USB 2.0 ports on the back.

Otherwise, these are pretty standard PC accessories, unless you count the Raspberry Pi key where you’d normally find a Windows icon.

The keyboard has 78 keys. Both the keyboard and mouse are wired, not wireless. And they’re relatively affordable, with the keyboard selling for $17 and the mouse going for $8.

Raspberry Pi offers six keyboard layouts including UK English, US English, Spanish, French, German and Italian, but there are plans to offer additional layouts in the future.

The keyboard and mouse join a growing number of accessories available from Raspberry Pi, including an official case, a universal power supply, a TV tuner, several cameras, and a power over Ethernet adapter.

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7 replies on “Raspberry Pi releases official keyboard and mouse accessories”

  1. The mouse looks meh (with a way too short cable), but the keyboard with the hub and the fact it has a connector on (so you can change the cable length to it) too bad there isn’t a power jack on the thing, so it could be a powered hub.

  2. Dang, wired? That’s inconvenient, your pi isn’t always on the desk in front of you.

    1. I thought it would have been wireless too given the limited ports.
      But i think the keyboard and mice would end up costing more than the Pi.

      Would be interesting if the made a Keyboard case for Raspberry Pi so your keyboard is part of the Pi.

      1. It all comes down to price.
        If they got something “off the shelf” from China, they could probably shave off a couple dollars whilst adding Bluetooth, and maybe an internal battery too. However, the compromise would be on the Quality Control of the device and feature set.

        So I kind of see why they went the direction they did.
        The Raspberry Pi reputation still means something to cheap out on.

      2. The keyboard acts as a usb hub, providing 3 ports, so it’s pretty useful with regards to the board’s limited number of ports.

  3. I can see how schools would like mice and keyboards without batteries, but once wireless keyboards and mice started lasting a year on a single set of batteries I can’t go back.
    I did not like their official case either. Their boards are frikkin great though. They should stick to boards.

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