The Raspberry Pi is a small computer that is able to be produced for a very low cost. Although intended for mass educational and learning use, They also are a fantastic gadget to use for your own personal hacking around and learning in many different computer areas.
I’m writing this though to talk about the variety of casings that are available for it. Much like the unique situation the Raspberry Pi is in, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to have a case for it. For example, using thick paper, you can print your own case. You can even have a 3D Printed case.
I decided to try out the PiBow case, designed by Paul Beech, who also designed the Raspberry Pi logo itself.
The unique thing about this case is it can be easily sent via post, because it is arrived in layers. Like lego parts, you stack them on top of each other to build it.
Here is a video review I made of it, you can also click to read more about my impressions
Collection of photos:
Firstly, the case looks great. Ignoring the garish rainbow pattern, holes are done well and the perspex on the top and bottom lets you keep that “weird gadget” look to it.
Compared to the paper case I had prior, this one is a lower form factor. It is also much easier to take with me, I do not have to worry about the case becoming crushed and then snapping it during transport. In terms of weight, it does feel slightly heavier. This is partly a good thing, as when it is connected with all sorts of devices it is less likely to slip around.
Another fun part is the underside of the case is also clear. Multiple times with the paper case, I had to take out the SD card (top in the image above) out and insert it back in. Without a audible click or resistance however, I never knew if I had put it upside down or not! This solves that problem in a fun way. I also noticed that I seemed to have lost one of my lives while building this – looking at the heart meter in the bottom left.
Another reason for that could be that I built the case up the first time around without taking the white paper sheeting off each piece. I felt silly discovering that at the end when looking at the “frosted lighting” version compared to what it should have looked like on the website.
Nothing is perfect however, which comes to the first gripe I ran into after having it assembled. With the power connection, Raspberry Pi uses a Micro USB adaptor. Due to mobile phones adopting the standard as well, these cables are around in heaps of varieties. Some however, will not work with this case design, as the recessed hole is not wide enough for some cables – my Samsung Galaxy S3 Charger for example. This is a bit of a shame, and I have not found a solution besides using ones with a standard connection.
Overall though, the case is fun and if you are looking for an permanent way of casing up your Raspberry Pi when the Punnet just won’t do anymore, this could be it.