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The Raspberry Pi may have taken the computing world by storm, providing a cheap and simple computer for all sorts of home projects, but it’s also a rather bare product. In fact, when you buy it you only get the circuit board. David Ludlow, Editor of Expert Reviews, takes a look at six of the best accessories for the computer.
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Edimax EW-7811Un Wi-Fi adaptor

Edimax EW-7811Un Wi-Fi adaptor

RRP: £10
The Raspberry Pi only has wired Ethernet networking as default, but there’s no reason why you can’t make it wireless with a USB dongle. There are plenty out there to choose from, but the Edimax EW07811Un is one of the best. This tiny adaptor barely sticks out from the USB port, so you don’t bulk up your Pi. It’s great value, too, costing around £10 from most shops. It supports wireless speeds of up to 150Mbit/s and while that isn’t the newest and fastest wireless standard, it’s more than fast enough for anything you’d want to do with your Raspberry Pi.
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Raspberry Pi Camera Module

Raspberry Pi Camera Module

RRP; £20
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module turns your mini computer into so much more, capturing live images. You may want to turn it into a webcam, a security camera or even into a device for capturing the wildlife that enters your garden.
This cheap camera kit plugs directly into the Raspberry Pi’s circuit board. There are plenty of applications out there that people have already written, so you can start to use it immediately. For the hobbyist, this is a great additional tool to help you get more out of your computer.
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Cyntech Case

Cyntech Case

RRP: £7.00
The Raspberry Pi doesn’t ship with a case, leaving you with a rather messy circuit board that you need to find somewhere to place. For neatness, as well as protecting the delicate board, you need a case.
Few come better than the Cyntech Case. It’s cheap, looks great and gives you external access to all of the internal ports. Add a USB charger into the mix and your Raspberry Pi goes from being a rather basic board to a fully fledged computer that you can carry around and use anywhere.
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PiTFT Mini Kit

PiTFT Mini Kit

RRP: £27
Although the Raspberry Pi is tiny, to use it you need to plug it into a large screen. Well, you did until the PiTFT Mini Kit came along. This is a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240.
That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s plenty to see what’s going on. If you’re looking to use your Raspberry Pi in a project where you can’t naturally place it next to a monitor, this integrated screen will let you both view and control what’s going on. It’s a valuable and powerful addition, although you’ll need to be handy with a soldering iron to get it working.
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D-Link DUB-H7 7-port USB hub

D-Link DUB-H7 7-port USB hub

RRP: £20
You only get one USB port with the Raspberry Pi, which really isn’t enough. Just think about it, you’ll need keyboard and mouse at a minimum, although add in a Wi-Fi card and you’ll need even more.
Don’t starve your Pi of connectivity and buy this D-Link DUB-H7 7-port hub. As the name suggests, it provides you with seven USB 2.0 ports, dramatically extending your Pi’s capabilities. It looks neat and is small enough to sit alongside your Pi, whether it’s in a case or out. 
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PiGlow

PiGlow

RRP: £9.00
As the Raspberry Pi is a little light on on-board features, it can be hard to tell what it’s up to. This is a problem that you won’t have with the PiGlow. This handy little add-on board has 18 controllable LED lights, so you can programme it to show you what’s going on.
For example, if you’re mentioned in a Tweet you might want one pattern, or you can configure it to show the current system load. In fact, you can pretty much programme it to show you anything you want. In addition, as a way to learn Pi accessories, this is a handy and cheap add-on.
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