So I ordered a Pi 4 - not 1 but 2, I got the big Mama expecting good things. Spoiler - This is the biggest Turd of PC I’ve recently experienced.
First I tried to download “Buster” the new OS - It only took 6 hours. I tried to download Noobs, the package is incomplete and won’t boot. That was only 4 hours to download. After trying 4k HDMI cables that work with my other video tools, No 4K screen, I must have tried 30 diffrent combinations. Finally I say F*ck it - I hull out a 22 inch 1080p monitor - Bingo it boots. I get a desktop and 3 seconds in the PI locks up. Basically it keeps overheating, I’m using the PI Foundation case and Power Brick. I took the top case off. I can keep it running if I blow on it. I’ve rebooted at least 35 times getting through a basic boot, config, browsing. I got to a config option to “enable 4k” not impressed, 4k is no go on a 40 inch 4k LG Computer Monitor, & a 50 inch Vizio TV even after Enabling 4K support.
It’s 80F degrees where I’m at. I’m totally disappointed, if I have to buy a $35 cooling solution for a $35 computer it’s a wash. I think they let this one out too soon. No doubt a better management profile will come out later, it will throttle back the “upgrades” to drop the heat. Every 2 minutes the USB bus froze my keyboard required a unplug and plug to gain a UI again.
I think I will try to return both of them and eat the $60 in shipping. Hardware has big problems, software is not ready. Don’t buy this.
Be ware currently USB booting is not available on the new hardware. Also the CPU will burn to the touch at idle usage the entire board gets hot.
All of the peripherals I’m using work with the Pi 3B+, The range on the keyboard dropped from 20 ft to 3 inches. There is some seriously bad interference coming off this board.
Take my review with a grain of salt. With a heat sink and fan it might work better, but a pig with lipstick isn’t a date.