The PiGear Nano Compute Module 4 carrier board is the new USB king

PiGear’s Nano, a $200 Mini ITX-sized Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 carrier board, is now available on Uugear’s store. It comes with all the usual Raspberry Pi accessories, but increases the number of USB ports from 3 to eight.

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The PiGear Nano board

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The PiGear Nano board

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The PiGear Nano board

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Available on its own, with a compute module, and even with a nice black case, the PiGear Nano is perfect for anyone hoping to use a Raspberry Pi as a “real” computer, but don’t like the Pi 400. You get a lot connectivity with Compute Module Wi-Fi (when available, due to shortages only cards with 2GB RAM and no Wi-Fi were in stock at time of writing) supplemented by Gigabit Ethernet, a mini PCIe slot for an LTE module, and a SIM card slot. There’s an NVME interface for an SSD, and getting the right compute module also gets you a micro SD slot. The number of HDMIs is reduced to one, but you still get the MIPI interfaces for the display and the camera.

And, of course, all those glorious USB 3.0 ports are great for peripherals and extra storage. Each port connects to an LED, so you can tell if the device is active. Power is provided by an additional two-port DC input, as the USB-C port does not supply enough juice to initialize the SSD. The usual Pi GPIO can be accessed via a green block that protrudes outside the case, and there’s a programmable red, amber, and green LED indicator on the back.

Starting at $201.45 for the bare backing board without an enclosure, the PiGear Nano is in stock in limited quantities. Software installation instructions are available on the Ugear website. Additionally, Jeff Geerling, Pi enthusiast and friend of Tom’s Hardware Picast, added it to his Github list of Raspberry Pi PCIe devices, going deeper into the specifics of the board.