Your PC has broken down, and you can’t get to the repair shop until the weekend. A deadline is due, and all you have is a Raspberry Pi single-board computer.
What do you do?
Well, you use the Raspberry Pi. But what about all those important office and productivity apps? Incredibly, all the office software you need is available on Raspberry Pi, from word processors and spreadsheets to video conferencing and cloud storage.
Can You Really Use a Raspberry Pi as a Main PC?
Let me explain…
A standard Raspberry Pi Model B, or even B+ or Raspberry Pi 2 aren’t going to cut it. The Raspberry Pi Zero is also unsuitable (although you might have some joy with a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W).
The Raspberry Pi 3B+ and the Raspberry Pi 4, meanwhile, can be used as a desktop. Indeed, I spent a week in 2019 using the Raspberry Pi 3B+ as my main computer.
Since the release of the Raspberry Pi 4 in 2020, things have improved. With 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB options, the computer is more than adequate for most office tasks.
So, the hardware is sound. But what about the software? Well, the Raspberry Pi OS comes with Chromium installed as the default browser. With many productivity tools now web-based, this is the ideal primary tool for any office tasks.