In Pictures: 16 matchbox PCs - small but powerful

These tiny systems, ranging from bare-bones boards to full-blown, ready-to-run PCs, are ideal for hackers and hobbyists who want to create their own powerful machines.

Basic boards: Part 2 Other devices have surfaced in the wake of the success of the Raspberry Pi and its peers, each a variant on the theme.

Clockwise, starting at top left: The Gooseberry (£40 or about $62) is a repurposed printed circuit board assembly originally developed for tablets rather than an original design like the Pi, but no less use useful for that. The Rascal Micro ($199) eschews video connectivity in favor of networking, so it can be used as a miniature headless system for controlling other devices.

The PandaBoard (and PandaBoard ES, its successor), at around $175, is pricier than the Pi; it sports a few more connectors and slightly more expandability.

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