Introducing the 4té,
your next RISC OS computer
He costs just £250 inc VAT, so...
What are you waiting for?
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The 4té is a high performance, low cost, silent computer system. It aims to
deliver performance that can rival our top-tier systems such as Titan and TiMachine, for a fraction of the
The computer is aimed as much at new RISC OS users as existing ones - there's something for everyone here.
It packs not only cutting edge hardware, but also a generous software bundle to get you going, that would cost as much as the 4té
if bought separately. You could even say that the computer comes free with the software!
As you can see from the RISC OS Direct logo on the front of the case, the computer is designed to be the
perfect partner for exploring our favourite OS.
The goal of the 4té project was to deliver a complete, first class computer experience, on a budget.
Taking the features that make our other systems (ARMX6, ARMbook, TiMachine etc.) stand out, and compacting
them down into an affordable system was quite a challenge, and required a completely fresh mind set here
at RCI HQ. It is very exciting (if a little scary)!
With that in mind, the 4té is designed with a tough plastic shell, expertly crafted using the latest CAD/production techniques, using environmentally friendly plastic (PLA). This gives the unit a pleasing heft and weight whilst also having attractive curves. Into this we packed some of the
latest tech, and enough accessories and expansion to deliver a great experience.
With RISC OS Developments' Direct promotion running to make RISC OS more accessible to new users, we felt
that a system that linked in with the videos and social media elements of that project would be a terrific
fit. For people of a certain age, it almost harkens back to the BBC Micro era and Micro Live!
We also wanted to ensure that existing RISC OS users would love the 4té too. You'll note hints
of the RiscPC in the design language of the chassis, whilst the emphasis on latest hardware and software
advancements should excite anyone with a love for RISC OS. Read on to get the techy detail...
About the Hardware
Let's break things up a bit with a few tech-specs:
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are updates free of charge?
Yes, we provide regular updates to both the OS and disc software for the lifetime of the product, and
(where practical) beyond. We have special software that makes it super-easy to upgrade your computer's
OS in just a few seconds (four clicks, including two to double-click on the upgrade program!).
This also lets you roll back to the previous version at any time, if you wish.
Can I upgrade my 4té?
Yes you can, although the number of internal upgrades are somewhat limited. As you've read, we offer
RISC OS storage up to 512GB across a twin drive system. Technically you could add more, physical
space permitting. There's a free internal USB connection and a secondary graphics output for future
expansion. The case has been designed with several easy-to-remove panels should you wish to bring
out further ports/expansion.
The motherboard has GPIO pins which allow various "HAT" expansions to be added (such as Wifi). There
is plenty of room (height) internally for these, but we can't predict the physical port access needs of
third-party HATs for obvious reason.
The computer can be disassembled fairly easily - instructions are supplied in the printed manual.
Once inside, you can access all main parts, and spares are available for each board and component.
However, be aware that whilst storage is upgradable, CPU and memory are fixed.
But ultimately, it's just a Pi in a Box, right?
And with an Intel CPU/chipset, Macs are just PCs in boxes (wink)? You are, of course, correct,
but with the extra hardware and software present, with think this is one of the best Boxed Pi(e)s
outside of Melton Mowbray (famous for Pork Pies in England)! That, and Cherry Pie from Twin Peaks!
(And they don't run RISC OS!)
I already own a Pi 4 - can I upgrade to a 4té?
Yes, we offer up to £65 discount depending upon which parts you already own. Please contact us
by phone or email to discuss this.
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