Hackboard 2 is a new single-board computer (SBC) designed from the ground up to be one of the most powerful and affordable Windows-capable, Intel-based computers ever. With optional 4G or 5G connectivity, it is ideal for students, teachers, families, makers, and hobbyists alike. Unlike the Raspberry Pi, Hackboard 2 is based on a powerful Intel processor capable of running Windows. Unlike other Intel-based SBCs, Hackboard 2 is incredibly affordable.
Hackboard is a reliable, high-performance platform that is well suited to a large and diverse set of possible projects, including:
Hackboard 2 running Windows 10 Pro
The standard version of Hackboard 2 comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Pro, a full-featured version of Windows that retails for more than the price of Hackboard 2 itself. It also comes preinstalled with the powerful Python programming language for accessing Hackboard 2’s GPIO.
Hackboard 1 shown in all photos. Hackboard 2 swaps out the microSD card slot for a SIM card slot and second M.2 slot, and has an upgraded processor.
A version of Hackboard 2 that is preinstalled with Ubuntu Linux is also available, but doesn’t come with a power supply. The board itself is identical — it just comes with Linux instead of Windows.
Hackboard 2 has the following high-level features:
Left to right: DC power jack, 3.5 mm audio jack, Ethernet port, HDMI output
Hackboard 2 has three USB 3 ports
|Product||Hackboard||Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 8 GB||LattePanda Delta 432|
|Price||$99 Linux* / $140 Windows 10 Pro||$98.29 Linux**||$188 Linux / $228 Windows 10 Pro|
|Processor||Intel Celeron N4020 Dual-Core 64-bit up to 2.8 GHz processor||Broadcom BCM 2711 Quad-Core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5 GHz||Intel Celeron N4100 Quad-Core up to 2.4 GHz processor|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||64 GB + up to 4 TB via two NVMe M.2 slots||16 GB microSD card (sold separately)||32 GB + up to 2 TB via one NVMe M.2 slot|
|OS support||Windows 10 Pro, Linux||Linux||Windows 10 Pro, Linux|
|OS can be updated||Both Windows and Linux||Linux||Linux only (Windows requires min 64 GB storage)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi (1.73 Gb/s), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet, optional 4G and 5G||Wi-Fi (433 Mb/s, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, PoE||Wi-Fi (433 Mb/s), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Power supply||included||sold separately||included|
|Battery backup||Small cell BIOS backup for up to two years||no||no|
|Heatsink||included||sold separately||included + fan|
* The Linux version of Hackboard 2 is a Crowd Supply exclusive and will not be available after the campaign.
** The price for Raspberry Pi includes the cost for additional required parts to run: $75 for RPi + $8.19 PSU + $9.90 16 GB microSD card + $5.20 heatsink = $98.29. All prices from authorized manufacturer OKDO.com as of December 3, 2020.
Hackboard 2 in injection molded ABS case included in Starter and Complete Kits
|1. BIOS backup battery||7. Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)||13. 40-pin GPIO header|
|2. 4 GB DDR4 RAM||8. 3.5 mm CTIA audio jack||14. 5-pin USB 2.0 header|
|3. CPU||9. DC power input||15. USB 3.0 Type-A port|
|4. Stereo speakers connector||10. Red & green LED||16. USB 3.0 Type-A port|
|5. Power button||11. Rechargeable battery connector||17. USB 3.0 Type-A port|
|6. HDMI 2.1 output||12. Power management unit|| |
|1. Dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth||4. NVMe M.2||7. eDP connector|
|2. Fan connector||5. NVMe M.2||8. 6-pin touchscreen connector|
|3. BIOS programming connector||6. Microphone||9. 64 GB eMMC|
The Hackboard 2 Starter Kit has everything you need to hook up Hackboard 2 to your own monitor or TV and be productive right away. It includes a Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro, a 12 VDC / 3 A international power supply, a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, a protective ABS plastic case, a 1080p USB 2 video camera, and a wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, all slim and lightweight enough to take on the go. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.
The Hackboard 2 Complete Kit has everything you need to be productive right away. It includes everything that comes with a Hackboard 2 Starter Kit, plus a portable 13.3" IPS 1080p HD display with integrated speakers, USB C and HDMI inputs, a mini USB B power supply (5 V / 3 A), and protective cover that doubles as a stand, all slim and lightweight enough to take on the go. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.
Between the three core members of the team (Mike, Jon, and Dean), we have over 22 years of experience in the manufacturing and logistics of single-board computers, including working directly with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Kano, pi-top, Micro:bit, and the BeagleBoard Foundation, not to mention countless partners for accessories and components.
Hackboard 2 was developed with our in-house engineering, design, layout, fabrication, and software resources, calling on proven local contractors for specialized tasks such as board fabrication and assembly. Hackboard 2 production will take place in China, overseen directly by Mike, CEO of Hackboard.
Every Hackboard 2 comes with a 12 VDC, 3 A international power supply
We successfully manufactured a pilot run of the first version, Hackboard 1, which used the Intel Celeron N3350 processor. The version being offered here, Hackboard 2, has some key improvements, such as removing the microSD card slot to make room for a SIM card slot and a second NVMe M.2 slot, and upgrading to the more powerful Intel Celeron N4020 processor. Throughout the last year of design and validation, we’ve worked closely with Intel and Microsoft to ensure Hackboard 2 unleashes the power of both.
Our manufacturing plan includes full safety compliance and testing against global standards, such as FCC, CE, CCC, C-Tick, RoHS, and Proposition 65. In addition, we’re working toward certifying Hackboard 2 as a Microsoft Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) platform.
All orders will ship to backers worldwide via Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics. For details, see the Crowd Supply Guide.
Members of our team have previously played critical roles in delivering similar products, such as successfully delivering Kano’s original Kickstarter campaign computer kits to backers in 86 countries.
Hackboard 2 product box
There are three main kinds of problems we might encounter in the course of manufacturing Hackboard 2 and getting it into your hands:
Regardless of what comes up along the way, we commit to being transparent with our backers about any problems we encounter and what we are doing to mitigate them.
Hackboard 2 with two included antennas