Review of Beaglebone Black


Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Demo was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 8
The price to performance ratio was good: 10

TotalScore: 58 / 60
  • dl_evans  dl_evans
     RoadTester since Apr 30, 2013

  • RoadTest: Beaglebone Black
  • Evaluation Type: Independent Products
  • Application you used the part in: BeagleBone Black Review
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes - Not required, but I bought a full hdmi to micro hdmi adapter so I could hook it up to my tv.
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Arduino Mega or Raspberry Pi.
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: The only problem I had with the BBB was that there are a lot of pins and they only labels are at the beginning and end of each row and that the rows are stacked two back. Following tutorials online, I had to count on the diagram and then count on the BBB what wire went to what pin at times is was frustrating.

  • Detailed Review:

    First off, thanks to Element 14 for allowing me to do my first ever RoadTest.


    The BBB is amazing for how small it is. It's a full blown computer that fits in an Altoids case.


    Here are a couple images I got from surfing the web.


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    I couldn't get YouTube videos or Vimeo videos to play but pretty much everything else worked. I went to and a couple of them worked, too. It wasn't very fast but it works.




    I've really only used Arduinos before and for my first Python program I didn't want to try anything above my head. I had also been asked about a project that I feel the BeagleBone will be perfect for. I took the push button tutorial from Adafruit ( and looked up how to launch applications from the command line. After a bit of searching I had my answer.


    I wired up the button and when I pushed it, a "Hello World" image popped up on my tv. Video:


    I really enjoyed working with the BeagleBone Black and I'm looking forward to learning more Python and exploring what the BeagleBone can do.


    For a really good video about the BeagleBone check out this video I found:


    I hope this helps you when thinking about a BeagleBone Black. If you have any questions please let me know. This is my first review and I wasn't exactly sure what to write about.


    Thanks for reading.


    -Dustin Evans