The bare-bones Raspberry Pi board is great for looking at and being generally tactile with technology, but it’s sometimes equally nice to try and keep it away from prying fingers To this end I decided to see what cases are available for the Pi.
Naturally, I turned to eBay and quickly found a Raspberry Pi case that sounded just right – a clear acrylic case that covers the top and bottom but allows full side access to the ports. The bottom piece of acrylic is in the spare of the Raspberry Pi logo and, because it’s clear, you can still see everything. It cost me £8, which included P&P.
I ordered Thursday night and Saturday morning it arrived. There are no instructions with it, but it’s simple enough. You get the 2 pieces of acrylic, 4 plastic “legs” which separate the acrylic (these legs have a notch in them so the circuit board sits on these), 8 screws to hold it all together and 4 rubber feet. All you need it a Philips screwdriver and a couple of spare minutes to put it all together.
It works brilliantly – it’s a bit tight in some places (the SD card is difficult to get in and out, as is the Ethernet cable) but still perfectly usable.
The case is made by SK Pang Electronics in the UK, a company run by Sukkin Pang, who is both the Design Engineer and Director. Sukkin came up with the design for the case himself and uses a laser cutter to manufacture it. Because of a lack of fixing holes in the circuit board (something that Sukkin hopes will be changed in later releases of the Pi!) he came up with the idea of it sitting on the plastic separating legs.
The cases are sold via eBay, Amazon or the SK Pang Electronics website, along with other Raspberry Pi components and other electronic items. They sell a red version of the case, a Pi power supply (very useful!) and special development cases that can house a secondary circuit board next to the main one.
Summary of Raspberry Pi CaseA brilliant case for the Raspberry Pi, showing off the hardware to full effect. The fact that, unlike the Pi, this is both designed and made in the UK is a real bonus.
Reviewed by David Artiss on 14th May 2012.