OrangePi Zero 2 Review

Introduction

OrangePi Kindly sent me a few of their SBCs to review including the OrangePi Zero 2. Whilst they sent me the hardware this is a honest non-sponsored review.

The OrangePi Zero 2 is an affordable small SBC with Bluetooth, WIFI and a powerful Cortex-A53 Quad Core 64 bit CPU at 1.5GHz.

Measuring just 6cm x 5.5cm it is almost half the size of a Raspberry Pi Model B although it packs almost as much punch as a Raspberry Pi 4!

The board design is compact but very functional featuring USB C power, Micro HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and a single USB 2.0 Port.

Android 10 is supported out of the box along with Debian and Ubuntu ports provided by OrangePi. I was slightly disappointed to find that the Armbian release for this board is not yet fully functional although it appears that it is actively being worked on.

OrangePi Zero 2 Benchmarks

As always I chose Unixbench to gauge the performance of this SBC.

The OrangePi Zero 2 Benchmarked against the other SBCs I have recently reviewed

Scoring 324 on the single core test and 808 Multi Core it comes in 6 points ahead of a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B!

This is a rather respectable score for a SBC priced at just $20

I always test using the same Sandisk Ultra A1 64GB SD card to ensure that the IO part of the test is fair.

You can checkout more of my benchmarks/reviews here.

OrangePi Zero 2 Power Consumption

Using my cheap but functional Laqiya USB power meter I performed two tests, Idle power consumption and power consumption under full load.

The Idle test was performed with the board booted into a base install of OrangePi Debian with no peripherals connected. The load test was ran using stress-ng

stress --cpu 10 --io 10 --hdd 10
stress: info: [2455] dispatching hogs: 10 cpu, 10 io, 10 vm, 10 hdd

I did face some stability issues whilst running stress using a cheap 2A USB power adaptor however these issues went away when I used my Anker IQ 4.8A power supply.

Pulling just 0.2A (1.35w) at idle and 0.51A (2.55w) under full load. The OrangePi Zero 2 is a very low powered SBC that can be ran 24/7 without hurting your electricity bill!

OrangePi Zero 2 Stability

I received this board just over 2 weeks ago. It has been running non-stop since with occasional usage and I’ve had 100% uptime to date.

Make sure you use a high quality power supply such as the Anker IQ 4.8A.

Conclusion

Are these better than the equivalent?

Although they are smaller than the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B they come out at about the same performance. You don’t get USB 3.0 however and whilst the OrangePi community is strong its not on the same level as the RPI community.

Did I face any issues?

During my testing the board was solid. I ran into no issues although I would like there to be Mainline Linux Support. An official Armbian Image would also be great!

Are there any Accessories available?

The 26 pin GPIO header should be compatible with most Raspberry Pi Accessories.

There are also USB and Analog audio break out boards available for just £15

Orange Pi Zero Interface board - OP0014
OrangePi Zero Zero 2 Interface Board

There is also a NAS board that supports mSata available for just £9

Orange Pi NAS Expansion board - OP0013
NAS Expansion Board

What about Cases?

Cases are available from as little as £2 on AliExpress.

I 3D printed a case created by  Murmuniukas that can be found on thingiverse here.

Orange Pi Zero 2 3D Printed case
OrangePi Zero 2 3d printed case

Using my Easythreed X1 3d printer.

Where to Purchase?

The OrangePi Zero 2 is available to buy from the official OrangePi Aliexpress and Amazon store.

Amazon US – $23.88 at the time of this post.

Aliexpress – $18.61 at the time of this post.

2 comments

  1. Would be nice to see the Orange Pi Zero in the benchmark test to see how it compares to the Orange Pi Zero 2. Do you have one of those kicking around?

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