Hackboard 2

by Hackboard

A powerful & affordable Windows 10 Pro SBC with optional 4G or 5G connectivity

View all updates Dec 30, 2020

Case Available, Four Displays, and More

by Mike Callow

Thank you for all of your support and overwhelmingly positive feedback for Hackboard 2. A bunch of people asked for a case, so we made the case available separately from the starter and complete kits. We’ve also had some questions about the GPIO pinout, using multiple screens (we’ve managed four so far), and the battery connector on the board.

Four Simultaneous Displays!

Some of you have asked whether Hackboard 2 will support multiple displays. So, to answer the question, we had some fun connecting four 13.3" 1080p IPS screens (the same used in the Complete Kit) to a single Hackboard 2. One screen used the Hackboard 2’s full-size HDMI connector and the other three used the three USB 3 ports in conjunction with USB 3-to-HDMI 1080p adapters and the Windows 10 driver included with the adapters. Each of the screens was powered by its own 5 V, 3 A power supply. Because our standard wireless keyboard takes up a USB 3 port with its receiver nub, we instead used a Bluetooth keyboard so that USB 3 port could be used for a screen.

As you can see above, initial results looked good! Apps can be dragged and dropped between the screens and one screen was able to play video while another screen was about to stream, and stream without issues, although the sound did confuse Windows somewhat. There was no real lag present, and the processor was not apparently stressed.

Protective Case

If you’ve already ordered your Hackboard 2 and want to add a case to your order, contact Crowd Supply support. If you’ve already placed a separate order for a case, your orders will be combined so they ship together.

Power Connector

By popular demand (and because we’d like to see it ourselves), we’re looking at options to replace the barrel connector with a USB C connector to supply power to the entire board. It’s looking like we will need a fully functional USB C unit (no a dumb charging port), but this might have space limitations with the existing footprint so we are carefully evaluating the implications.

GPIO Pinout

The pin ordering on Hackboard 2’s 40-pin GPIO connector is identical to that commonly used for Raspberry Pi HATs, but the connector itself is smaller — a simple pass-through adapter is all that should be needed to connect RPi HATs to Hackboard 2.

About the Author

Mike Callow

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Product Choices

$140

Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro

This Hackboard 2 single-board computer comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. Along with the board itself, you'll receive a 12 VDC / 3 A international power supply, a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, an instruction pamphlet, and stickers. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$99

Hackboard 2 with Ubuntu Linux

This Hackboard 2 single-board computer comes preloaded with Ubuntu Linux. Along with the board itself, you'll receive a heatsink, two board-mountable antennas, an instruction pamphlet, and stickers. Power supply not included. Optional 4G and 5G cellular modems available separately.


$12

ABS Plastic Case

This custom, protective, injection-molded plastic case keeps your Hackboard 2 safe and cool, thanks to its built-in low-profile fan. Hackboard 2 not included.


$180

Hackboard 2 Starter Kit

This kit has everything you need to hook up Hackboard 2 to your own monitor or TV and be productive right away. It includes everything that comes with a Hackboard 2 with Windows 10 Pro, plus 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.


$299

Hackboard 2 Complete Kit

This 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.


$50

4G Cellular Modem

This NVMe module can be installed directly onto your Hackboard 2 and fits comfortably within the protective case. Slide a SIM card with a data plan (not included) into your Hackboard 2's SIM card slot and you're connected to a 4G network (where available).


$299

5G Cellular Modem

This NVMe module can be installed directly onto your Hackboard 2 and fits comfortably within the protective case. Slide a SIM card with a data plan (not included) into your Hackboard 2's SIM card slot and you're connected to a 5G network (where available).

Credits

Hackboard

We're a passionate team of experienced designers, engineers and marketers based in Austin, London, and Shenzhen. We create affordable, powerful technology for hands-on education and invention.


Mike Callow

Jon Prove

Dean Kline

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