CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit Review

What can you not like about this starter kit? Although I have a few negative points to draw attention to in a minute, the CanaKit Raspberry 3 Complete Starter Kit as a whole is wonderful.

Whether you want to use your Pi as a media server, a retro game box, VPN, or even host a personal website to grab data on the go, this thing can do it all. Now, you have to remember that the specs of the build are nothing to write home about, so you wouldn’t want to host anything too demanding on it, but that’s not the point of the Pi 3. These are disposable, quick, and so easy to setup that they’re even used in elementary school classrooms. If I were just reviewing the Pi 3 and not the CanaKit, I would have zero motivation to continue because if you don’t have a Pi 3 by now… GO GET ONE!

Now for the CanaKit. Despite it sounding like a marijuana starter kit, it comes with everything you need to boot up your new DIY board (Pi 3, software, cables, case, heat sinks, Wifi/Bluetooth, and more…). This is the perfect gift for yourself or your techie significant other. The kit only falls short on a few small details.

A quick note on my dislikes

While great as a starter kit for your first Pi 3 project, the CanaKit is a bit pricey if you have done a Pi 3 build before. You will not/should not buy 30 CanaKit Pi 3s to start your personal cluster, just go buy the boards for a cheap bulk price and deal with the software yourself. One other thing worth mentioning is the quality of the MicroSD USB reader that is included with the kit. This thing is garbage… luckily, you should not need it.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3










  • Complete kit
  • WiFi + Bluetooth connectivity
  • Setup is a breeze
  • Raspbian (OS)


  • Price is a bit higher than it should be
  • MicroSD USB reader is poor