I like raspberry pi PCs because they (were) cheap when I bought them (around $25) and they’re the size of a deck of cards, and use little electricity. The alternatives are now a better bang for the buck since 2019 when availability went down and they started being scalped. Hopefully later this year or next year the production runs will go up and bring the prices back down.
I currently have 4 running Raspy Pis:
- 2 in a local realtor’s offices displaying Lake County Ca properties (using a boot-time chrome to display the houses using a webserver I maintain)
- 1 running a DIY nas in my office
- 1 running a music webserver (volumio) in the bedroom
Here’s a short youtube video on the Raspy Pi alternatives.