The Best Raspberry Pi Cases
The Raspberry Pi, in case you haven't heard of it yet, is an amazing little computer. This little thing is only $25 and it furnishes you with a complete ARM GNU/Linux box that is only as big as a credit card. It is the perfect little PC for many tasks - ideally suited to things like casual internet browsing, a little spreadsheet editing, word-processing and gaming, as well as making a fantastic media server because it plays high-definition video. It also gives kids (and adults) an ideal environment on which to learn to program.
Accessories for the Raspberry Pi
The only problem with the Raspberry Pi is that it ships without peripherals, accessories and without and sort of case. Luckily, in the spirit of the Pi, people have started hacking away at creating all manner of accessories for the pint sized PC.
I'm not going to bother looking at peripherals like keyboards or mice or remote controls for the Raspberry Pi, because most people already have those from previous computers. However, getting a nice case for the Raspberry Pi - now there's something to really complete the unit.
Here then are the best cases for the raspberry pi
ModMyPi offers a plastic injection molded case in various bright colors to complement the funky Raspberry Pi. Cases cost about $12 each at the moment. They also offer a custom service if you want to upload your own case design. Prices for bespoke cases are obviouse on a case by case (ehem) basis.
Here's a case you can print at home and make out of cardboard. Trace the pdf of the punnet onto some stiff cardboard from your printed paper and snip away. This is great - a true do it yourself, make it yourself case. I wonder, if you could get your hands on a 3D printer, how this would translate.
A snap-fit case for the Raspberry Pi that has been designed by Marco Alici. A clean design with the ability to stack your pint sized 'puters. Prices start at about $46 making it a fairly expensive, though very tasty option.
PlyPi - The Custom Wooden Case
You are unlikely to get one of these on the open market being as it was mada as a one off by Stephen Whitehead. The case is beautiful and reminiscient of stunning guitars with their grain showing. This one was truly a labor of love.
Laser cut and finger jointed, this case is a self-assembly kit. There's a version with laser engraving as well. This has a more retro feel to me, still stunning though. Currently running about $9.
The Bramble Pi is made of Birch Plywood and you can also get a custom engraved version if you prefer.
Built To Spec Raspberry Pi Enclosure Kit
A rather tough looking enclosure kit for the Raspberry Pi - created by Built-To_Spec this one is an acrylic kit. You can opt to do it yourself http://www.built-to-spec.com/blog/kit-instructions/raspberry-pi-enclosure-assembly-instructions/ or order one off the shelf. This case has an industrial tank like feel to it, but at the same time it's shiny.
Simply the most beautiful case in my opinion. If the Pi had an official case, this one should be it. An easy to assemble kit made from durable, shatter-proof acrylic. The case is modular, so if anything breaks, you can just replace a piece of it - what a great idea! The case is colorful with a clear top so you can see the Pi in operation.
DIY Lego Kit
Keen legoist Biz is only 12 years old, but took it upon herself to build a case out of Lego! That's the stuff - true to the spirit of the Raspberry Pi. Full instructions are available and if you have a box full of Lego, as manay parents do, it would be an ideal little project to do with the kids. The version even has a little raspberry lego decal on the top! My vote for best value.
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