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Can't wait to get my hands on a Plusberry Pi

Did you see the Plusberry Pi project at Indiegogo? It's a media box solution for the Raspberry Pi and features a HDD bay, USB HUB, and a smart on/off switch.

Plusberry Pi case in black and white

I found out about the Plusberry Pi somewhere in October 2015 and was immediately excited! I had been using my raspberry Pi rev B for a number of months as a media player (with OpenElec) and was getting increasingly pleased with its performance with every new OpenElec upgrade. For such an extremely affordable piece of hardware I found its performance very fulfilling. There were just a few minor annoyances: The fact that I had to use a external USB HDD means I had to also use a USB HUB (to power the HDD). This meant that I was looking at a truck load of hardware sitting in my living room: I just didn't look like the great piece of technology I was telling my friends about.

What my current Raspberry Pi media box sort of looks like

The other minor annoyance is that the Raspberry Pi does not have an on/off switch which means that the USB HDD connected to the USB HUB is always turned on (I'm still not sure whether that has a negative or positive impact on the life expectancy of the USB HDD).

The Plusberry Pi should solve both these minor annoyances. I ordered mine immediately and have been following the Plusberry Pi updates anxiously. It looks like it will be shipped within a couple of weeks and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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