OK, I'll give it a shot. A used "slim" one is nominally 1.5x to 2.5x as expensive as pi with a case and PSU. Maybe at some point, large companies start to blow them out, but that doesn't appear to be happening yet. It doesn't have the same user group support, but than again, it's much closer to a PC. Its really feels like a laptop someone put in a server box.HI all, I joined to get involved with the 5070 thread here, I currently run home assistant but have like many others have, been plagued with sd fails, so we are looking to migrate to an alternative, after much study these wyse machines seem to be the best bang for buck, out pricing the Lenovo m600 and nuc. I found out about this machine today (i brought mine from ebay UK) and it seems there is not much known about these machines as a viable step up from pi. Would like to ask you all if you could share any information about the 5070 that i can report back to the home assistant group it would be great, all the best
You can't really expand the I/O on the slims - theoretically there are options, but they really don't exist in the aftermarket. You might be able to add wireless, but you're better off buying one already configured (instead of running wires to antennas, etc.) - the antennas are standard RP-SMA. The power brick is ubiquitous (the same as current Dell laptops). The base ram is 4GB. You'll probably want to add an SSD, but the emmc reads at about half? the speed of an SSD and there is a minimum of 16GB on board (no idea about endurance on that). Multiple displays, USB, etc. Oh, and the BIOS can be locked up, which might want to check before you make a large buy.
I have a pi running as a general server box: DNS, dhcp, time, plex, nextcloud, etc., and I'm going to be changing over, and hopefully adding a few things.