The old Raspberry Pi gets an overdue price cut

If you've ever toyed with the idea of starting a DIY-computing project, chances are you will have considered (or bought) the Raspberry Pi. You're not alone: more than five million of the boards have now been sold. It's prompted companies like Intel and Imagination to try to match their features, while devices like the $9 CHIP are hoping to outdo them on price. With so many competitors snapping at its heels, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to take action. It announced today that it's cutting the cost of its former flagship board by reducing the Model B+ to $25/£16.

After it was replaced by the Raspberry Pi 2, the B+ hovered around $35, the same price as its successor. It made it feel like a pretty bad deal in comparison. The Foundation says that a "side effect of the production optimizations" for the new flagship has made the older model cheaper to make and we're now seeing the results. It might take a few days for the changes to be reflected in stores around the world, but if you've been putting off building something that doesn't require quite as much grunt as the Raspberry Pi 2, now might be the time to reconsider.