What am I missing - that might persuade me to part with ££
i think i remember that you have said that you do well with Python. Rpi has Python libraries (so i am told) that can directly interface with the GPIO.
and the point of my post was "open your mind, and try new things".
the benefit of using a raspberry pi instead of a laptop is that you can set the raspberry pi and then do other things with your laptop.. and the raspberry pi is considerably less expensive than a laptop.
Why would I want to stick an RPi behind a speaker?
If you do find an application, I would warn against doing too much on a laptop first. You could end up in a corner, relying on some functionality which is not available or runs too slowly in the Arm environment.
For one day only, a glimpse of my latest SoC project