Connect the HDMI monitor, USB keyboard, and USB mouse, power up pcDuino3 through the USB port with a 5V/2A wall adapter, we are ready to explore pcDuino3!
First, same as pcDuino v2, pcDuino3 also has a on-board WiFi card. It can automatically scan for the available WiFi AP. We just need to configure the password, and we can connect to Internet.
The Chrome web browser is much smooth compared to that of pcDuino v2. We can switch tabs without any glitch.
The browser is still very smooth even when we browse the website without many more pictures:
There is a 3.5mm analog audio jack. pcDuino3 supports many different formats of audio files. It can even support APE format.
Now let’s look at camera support. We plug in a web cam, and use the software guvcview that comes with pcDuino3 to check the real time video steam. What we found is that the CPU usage is around 10%, when we capture and view the video at 30fps with a resolution of 640×480.
pcDuino3 supports video playback with 720p and 1080p. We downloaded two videos with 1080p and 720p to check how pcDuino3 is doing with them.
With current setup, it is smooth to play 1080p. But there is tail when the pictures change very fast. It is really smooth when playing the video at 720p.