Raspberry Pi 4 Kit Hookup Guide
There are three versions of the kit available at SparkFun. Each version includes a Raspberry Pi 4 with a different size RAM. Check out below for the different kit versions available!
The basic kit offers the bare bones of what you need to get up and running. This is assuming that you have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and card reader  on hand. The connectors are different on the Pi 4 so the kit provides a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable and USB-C wall adapter at a minimum. The kits include a raw microSD card and SD card adapter so that you can flash your favorite Linux distribution. A Qwiic Shim is included to easily connect a I2C device to the Raspberry Pi. A Raspberry Pi 4 with either a 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB RAM is included in the kit. We also have a kit without a Raspberry Pi 4 if you already have one.
The desktop kit is pretty much the basic. However, a wireless keyboard with touchpad is included. We also include a heat sink case to keep your Pi cool as a cucumber when pushing your Pi's processing capabilities. The power supply included in this kit is provides a modular power system with the USB Type C wall adapter and Type C to Type C USB cable. Compared to the basic kit, the raw microSD card  included in this kit has a faster read/write speeds to take advantage of the Pi 4's processing power. This cuts the amount of time to flash or update the Linux distribution of your choice down significantly. A Raspberry Pi 4 with either a 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB RAM is included in the kit. We also have a kit without a Raspberry Pi 4 if you already have one.
The hardware kit is designed for those that are interested in prototyping a circuit on a breadboard. It includes components from both the basic and desktop kits. In addition, the hardware starter kit includes a breadboard, Pi Wedge adapter, IDC cable, LEDs, current limiting resistors, buttons, jumper wires, 2x20 extension header, 3.3V USB-to-Serial converter, and mini-B USB cable. A Raspberry Pi 4 with either a 4GB or 8GB RAM is included in the kit. We also have a kit without a Raspberry Pi 4 if you already have one.
Below is a table that shows the differences between the basic, desktop, and hardware kits.
|Raspberry Pi 4 Version||2 GB / 4 GB / 8 GB /
Without Pi 4
|2 GB / 4 GB / 8 GB /
Without Pi 4
|4 GB / 8 GB /
Without Pi 4
|Wall Adapter w/ Type C Cable||✓ (for the 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, and without Pi 4 versions)|
|USB Type C Wall Adapter||✓ (initial release in the older 8GB version)||✓||✓|
|USB Type C Cable||✓ (initial release in the older 8GB version)||✓||✓|
|HDMI Micro to HDMI||✓||✓||✓|
|MicroSD Card w/ Adapter
||✓ (initial release of the 2GB version)|
|High Speed MicroSD Card w/ Adapter
|Logitech N400 Plus Wireless Keyboard & Touchpad||✓|
|Heat Sink Case||✓||✓|
|2x20 Extension Header||✓|
|Raspberry Pi Wedge w/ IDC Cable||✓|
|M/F Premium Jumper Wires 6"
|M/M Standard Jumper Wires 7"
|Assorted Colored LEDs
|330Ω 1/4 Watt Current Limiting Resistors
|3.3V FTDI Basic Breakout||✓|
|Mini-B USB Cable||✓|