If you want to stray true to the most authentic RISC OS experience possible, then native is definitely the way to go.

Now there are two further decisions to be made if you’re going down this route, you can either opt for an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution that is already fully built and a full operating system with accompanying software is included, or you can build your system from scratch and tailor everything to your needs.

If you’re looking to run RISC OS on modern hardware, you can purchase something like the ARMX6, a complete ARM based, native RISC OS computer from R-Comp Interactive. But if you prefer the more Do-It-Yourself approach, you can run RISC OS on a number of ARM based devices, namely the BeagleBoard, Touchbook and Raspberry Pi.

A guide to pre-built RISC OS computers: What’s out there

Pre-built computers:

Standalone boards:

Discontinued computers:

32-bit systems:

  • Ident Micro One from Ident Computers (2016)
  • Rapido Ig from CJE Micro’s (2015)
  • Baby PandaRO from CJE Micro’s (2015)
  • PandaRO from CJE Micro’s (2013)
  • PIK (Pandaboard) from A4Com (2013)
  • ARM-in-One from R-Comp Interactive (2013)
  • BIK (Beagleboard) from A4Com (2012)
  • ARMiniX from R-Comp Interactive (2012)
  • ARMini from R-Comp Interactive (2011)
  • A9Home from Advantage Six (2005)
  • Iyonix from Castle Technology (2002)

Noteable 26-bit legacy systems:

  • Omega from MicroDigital (2003)
  • Mico from MicroDigital (1999)
  • R7500 range from RiscStation (1999)
  • A7000(+) from Acorn Computers and later Castle Technology (1995)
  • RiscPC range from Acorn Computers and later Castle Technology (1994)

Discontinued boards:

  • IGEPv5 (2013)
  • Raspberry Pi 1 (2012)
  • Pandaboard (2011)