Orange Pi 800 Computer Kit Review

Orange Pi 800 Computer Kit Review
Orange Pi 800 Computer Kit Review

I’m certainly not the first to review the Orange Pi 800 computer kit. It has been available for a while now. That’s exactly why I wanted to take a look at the Orange Pi 800 as a more mature product today.

In this review we’ll take a look at the packaging, build quality, specifications and test the performance of the Orange Pi 800 and see how well it has matured since it’s initial release.

Let’s begin!

Hardware Used

Orange Pi 800 Desktop Kit
Orange Pi 800 Desktop Kit

The Orange Pi 800 has a 6-core processor and 4GB of memory. It’s meant to compete with the Raspberry Pi 400 and comes in a keyboard-integrated form factor!

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Orange Pi Wireless Mouse
Orange Pi Wireless Mouse

The Orange Pi official mouse uses 2.4GHz wireless to give you a wireless mouse experience with the Orange Pi

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Orange Pi Portable Monitor
Orange Pi Portable Monitor

The Orange Pi monitor is meant to be a portable monitor you can take anywhere. It has a resolution of 1080P and features a hinge in the back that folds out to support the monitor.

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Specifications

CPU• Rockchip RK3399 (28nm HKM process)
• 6-core ARM® 64-bit processor
• Based on the large and small size core architecture of big.LITTLE
• Dual-core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8GHz (large core)
• Quad-core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4GHz (small core)
GPUARM Mali-T860MP4
RAM4GB (LPDDR4)
eMMC64GB
EthernetGigabit Ethernet
WiFiDual-band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
BLE
Video Output1*HDMI2.0
Supports 4K@60fps output
VGA*1
AudioOutput: 3.5mm Jack
HDMI 2.0
Speakers Input: MIC
Keyboard78-key QWERTY Keyboard
USB portUSB2.0*1
USB3.0*2
Power SupplyType-C
GPIO26 Pin
Orange Pi 800 Specifications

Packaging

The kit came in one box like this:

Orange Pi 800 - Packaging
Orange Pi 800 – Packaging

The scratch on the box was due to me not being careful enough with the scissors when opening the more plain box that it came inside of.

Once we open it up we can see the power adapter and Orange Pi 800 packed very nicely inside:

Orange Pi 800 - Inner Packaging
Orange Pi 800 – Inner Packaging

I moved the foam pad slightly so you could see the Orange Pi 800 packed underneath there.

Build Quality

The Orange Pi 800 is built really solid. The chassis doesn’t really flex if you try to bend it.

Here is the top view:

Orange Pi 800 - Top
Orange Pi 800 – Top

You can see that the keyboard itself looks very similar to the Raspberry Pi 400. It has everything you’d expect included.

Now let’s take a look at the bottom:

Orange Pi 800 - Bottom
Orange Pi 800 – Bottom

The most notable thing here is the model information as well as the ventilation holes for cooling.

Much more interesting to look at though is the rear I/O panel:

Orange Pi 800 - Rear I/O
Orange Pi 800 – Rear I/O

Here you can see the power connector on the far left as well as the 26 pin GPIO. We also have a headphone jack and interestingly a VGA output! Yes, it has a VGA output for some reason. That’s definitely a bit of a surprise but it may be handy for some people.

We also have the SD card slot as well as the Ethernet and the USB ports respectively. All of the connections feel solid.

Available Images

The official image download page for the Orange Pi 800 is here.

This includes the following selections at time of writing:

Orange Pi 800 - Downloads
Orange Pi 800 – Downloads

These include:

  • Orange Pi OS (Droid)
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • Manjaro

Testing Performance

You can verify the performance of your SSD on Pi Benchmarks using the following command:

sudo curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/TheRemote/PiBenchmarks/master/Storage.sh | sudo bash

Here are the results:

     Category                  Test                      Result     
HDParm                    Disk Read                 208.48 MB/s              
HDParm                    Cached Disk Read          208.54 MB/s              
DD                        Disk Write                137 MB/s                 
FIO                       4k random read            26459 IOPS (105839 KB/s) 
FIO                       4k random write           14504 IOPS (58016 KB/s)  
IOZone                    4k read                   47950 KB/s               
IOZone                    4k write                  37861 KB/s               
IOZone                    4k random read            36408 KB/s               
IOZone                    4k random write           34870 KB/s               

                          Score: 9,713                                        

The full Orange Pi 800 benchmark can be viewed here on Pi Benchmarks.

Holy smokes! This is excellent performance that far exceeds what you would get with a SD card. This is actually very fast for eMMC as well. Most Raspberry Pi eMMC tests (found in the Compute Module 4) score something like 5000-6000 points. This is much higher performance than that.

There’s almost no point in SSD booting this device because you won’t be able to get much faster performance than this board is scoring anyways without going to NVMe (which this board can’t do). The only reason you’d want to use a SSD is to get access to more storage than 64GB. It won’t really be for performance reasons on the Orange Pi 800.

Pros / Cons

Pros

  • Has onboard 64GB eMMC storage
  • Includes power adapter
  • Plug and play — comes pre-imaged with Linux

Cons

  • Doesn’t include HDMI cable

Conclusion

The Orange Pi 800 provides the same out-of-box experience as the Raspberry Pi 400 kit. Unlike the Raspberry Pi 400 though there is no SD card that you need to use with the device (although there is a slot for one of course). The device is plug-and-play and comes pre-installed with Linux (Orange Pi OS).

I can strongly recommend this device for beginners. It will come ready out of the box for you to use. All you have to do is connect everything and turn it on. The eMMC is also *smoking* fast on this device.

You are literally better off performance-wise (at least for storage performance) by nearly 10x by going with an Orange Pi 800 and the included eMMC vs. the Raspberry Pi 400 with the included SD card (slow). It is just about an order of magnitude higher than any SD card is going to give you (a score of around 900-1100 vs. the 9,713 of the Orange Pi 800).

For more advanced users I’d probably recommend the Orange Pi 5. It has an 8-core CPU instead of a 6-core CPU. It’s definitely not as easy to get started with as this one and is more similar to getting started with a Raspberry Pi 4. You’ll have to do some imaging and preparation for it. There are also memory configurations above 4GB available.

I’m excited to see what Orange Pi has in mind for their next version of this. I’d love to see an updated version with the 8 core CPU that they put in the Orange Pi 5 (the RK3588S). This version is definitely still worth picking up and has matured well!

Other Resources

I’ve reviewed the Orange Pi portable monitor (great for the Orange Pi 800) here

If you want an even more powerful SBC from Orange Pi then check out my review on the Orange Pi 5

You can see all of my Orange Pi related articles here

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Joe
Joe
5 months ago

Ok…I received the PI 800 and the monitor. They are not bad products and “look” well built…operationally, time will tell. The BIG problem is that the 800 I received is in Chinese, even though the keyboard is QWERTY. I don’t read Chinese, therefore, is there a way to select English? I looked through the settings menus, but, did not find a language selection – unless that, too, was written in Chinese. At this moment my Pi 400 is looking better every second. As I worked my way through the menus I could tell that the device is fast, although, so is the 400. I need the additional processing horsepower to run some graphic and analog-to-digital intensive software. So…where is the English selection switch or did Amazon send me the wrong one?

Reboots
Reboots
8 months ago

Hi James, great review on the OPI 800. Like most visitors, I’m a gadget enthusiast and was searching for help with this thing. I’ve been finding most of the documentation was written for the non american english audience so was hoping to find a forum-like spot to find pro and con conversations for this device. I’m still looking June 25th 2023! Anyways just wanted to leave a comment and let you know that there are plenty of people looking at your site for OPI info.

Jacsf
Jacsf
9 months ago

The Orange Pi 800 Computer Kit is a great way to get started with Raspberry Pi-style computing. It comes with everything you need to get started including an enclosure, an HDMI cable, a power supply, and an instruction manual. The kit also includes a pre-loaded Linux operating system, which makes it easy to get up and running quickly.

renaud
renaud
1 year ago

Thanks for your point of view. I would like to add some thoughts about the Pi800, because I tried to use one and I also have few Pi400.

First, maybe it is no more the case, but I did not found any documentation, especially after testing the eMMC I wanted to install my own choice of OS. I don’t know how to do that and I can’t read from orange-pi how to do that.

CPU side, there is no difference with the one in the Pi400 (overclocked at 2.2), I mean no gain to go from 4 to 6 cores.

Also, I am still waiting the OS from orange pi, not the Droid one, but the one based on arch.

Finally, I am not sure orange-pi will do anything for this product because the processor is old and there is so much demand for the OPi5 now.

And I add I would like a deeper review from your part…

renaud
renaud
1 year ago

Hahaha! thanks for your answer. But…

I like the product… I was plenty of enthusiasm before receive it and I found it was a bit deceptive. I thought the CPU was able to shine in comparison with the one in the Raspberry Pi400. And as I got the Pi800 quite early, at this time there was no user manual. I’ve just checked and the UM is available only since December and got the Pi800 in October.

I liked your article but I was hoping for a more “in-deep” review.

About Linus Tech Tips: I cannot see the videos, I am totally allergic to the adds. I do not have any tv (no add), I listen only radio without adds (ie FIP or France Culture) and I live in a country I cannot read the language (Chinese). So your website is on my criteria: no add.

About the web: information is completely hidden by noise. Google search is a search engine, but you have to search in the search results.

About ChatGPT. I am an early adopter. I work on IT, these 3 last months on Alerting & Monitoring with Grafana, Loki Prometheus promtail node-exporter Cadvisor etc… ChatGPT is an “answer engine” for me and it helps a lot for my subjects. It’s a really productivity tool. I got answers from it, most of the time I have to adapt / interpret / correct things but it’s hugely faster than: search with google, read the (ugly – my god, i write the doc only to be able to say “I’ve wrote the doc” but it’s unusable) doc, try all the possibilities to find to correct one.

Razor Burn
Razor Burn
1 year ago

Its great to see the OPi 800 review up and judging by the improvements such as audio jack, full HDMI and onboard eMMC its a strong competitor to the RPi 400 and having the option to add the 14″ monitor makes for the ideal desktop experience for a student.

Much like you I’d love to see a RK3588 variant with say 8GB RAM as I could see it replacing many peoples laptops but then again that brings with it added cost and for the price point the current model stacks up well against the more popular RPi 400 yet I get the impression that they missed a golden opportunity by going with the RK3399 as its fairly old by today’s standards and limited up to 4GB RAM so you’re looking at the same kind of limitations than if you went with the RPi 400 instead (streaming, mild video editing, web surfing, etc).

Another excellent write up and I hope you do some further testing as I’m certain the readers would be interested seeing how well the software works, especially Orange Pi OS (Droid) as its fairly new and hasn’t really been covered by other reviewers. Great work James!