PiDesktop Case Review from Element14 – Raspberry Pi Case Review

PiDesktop Case Review from Element14 – Raspberry Pi Case Review


Element14 recently released their Pi desktop case of the Raspberry Pi But it’s got a lot of people asking why would you want it and what could be useful Stick around to find out. It’s TechWizeTime Hey guys, Johnathan here with TechWizTime I pre-ordered the Element14 PI desktop case when it was first announced being Australia often means we get things that well after the US The PI desktop was no different Eventually it did arrive though and since then I’ve had a chance to play around with it and figure out exactly who this is for And what you can do with it So you’re going to need a few things if you get this Pi desktop case You are going to need to supply your own Raspberry Pi and the two-and-a-half amp power supply and in order to get the most out Of your pI desktop, you will need an M sata drive I’ve included a link in the description to arranger drives from 32 gigabytes all the way up to one terabyte Before we get started though I wanted to ask you to consider becoming a Patron As a TechWizTime Patron you will receive exclusive access to a personal slack group and the TechWizTime video development book, $1.00 is all that it takes If you can’t become a patron then consider sharing this video on Facebook reddit and Google+ With that said let’s get into it The Pi desktop is a case and an addon board for the Raspberry Pi, the case itself is glossy black plastic that feels strong and sturdy Fingerprints are going to be the one downfall here The lid of the case is where things get exciting though Apart from the Element14 branding the case lid has an inbuilt power button that interacts with the add-on board or hat Held in for two seconds the button sends a signal through to Raspbian to safely shut down the Raspberry Pi Held in for a period of five seconds or more will force the raspberry Pi to shut down This can cause corruption on the micro Sd card, so only use it in times of extreme desperation During my tests I found that this work in Raspbian and Pixel but failed to safely shut down in other operating systems, so your results may vary Construction is quick and simple, before you start though make sure you have either inserted the micro Sd card with your system of choice or Set the Raspberry Pi 3 check bit to boot by USB, you can find out how to do that in the video description above Or down below in the description setting the check bit only works with the raspberry Pi 3, this allows you to boot by USB Which means that you won’t need the Micro Sd card inserted into the Raspberry Pi First you will want to attach the included Heatsink to the Raspberry Pi itself This will help dissipate the heat from the CPU Once that’s done we can install the Pi inside the case Using the long standoffs screw the raspberry Pi to the bottom of the PI desktop If you intend on using the Pi Camera now is the time to install that on the board and mount it to the inside of the Pi desktop case Next up is the add-on board, flipping it over we need to install the included CR2032 battery This is the power source for the RTC or the real-time clock Which keeps the time and date even when it’s turned off Now is the time to attach the add-on board to the Raspberry Pi by the GPIO pins Line up the pins and press firmly that wasn’t so hard, was it? With the add-on board now inside the case we can insert the insider drive into the key slot If you’re using a mini heart size MSATA SSD You will need to move the standoffs using the supplied screws attach the inserted to the add-on board Screw the four short standoff to the Raspberry Pi The lid needs some attention so you get the orientation right So make sure you line up the leads power button to the camera side of the raspberry Pi case and Then you’re right to clip it in Lastly around the back of the case we need to plug in the USB adapter for the pass-through required for MSATA Now the case is ready to be powered on and connected to a display Who wants the Pi desktop case, then? I see this case being the perfect addition to someone wanting to use the Raspberry Pi as a desktop system Another use case would be a retro gaming system with locally stored ROMs Otherwise the Media Center Like Plex or Kodi would be perfect for this case Especially when storing Metadata for lots of different media files If you’re looking to buy one yourself, Element14 is the supplier of the Pi desktop case Consider using the link in the description below to grab yours Are you thinking about purchasing the PI desktop? But you have some questions, then leave me a comment down below Consider subscribing to the TechWizTime channel if you love all things technology Are you already a subscriber? Then click on the bell icon to get some instant notifications of my new videos Like and share this video if you enjoyed it and as always Imagine, Lean, Create

11 thoughts to “PiDesktop Case Review from Element14 – Raspberry Pi Case Review”

  1. Definitely is nice knowing there are some options like this. It is slick looking. Not having a power button def sucks. I rigged up one from an old PC case and plugged it in to the GPIO. It's only software driven and shuts down the computer using a script once it's pressed. So having an actual power button in this case is great, and actually kinda complicated if you were to buy all the parts yourself.

  2. Does the case have the ability to mount a fan to circulate the air? If not then adding the heat sink to the PI is really not needed.

  3. I have a question. I loved your review. But i want to modify it a bit. I would like to add a fan and a battery and possible a hard drive other then the SSD. Do you think you could do a build like that?

  4. very good, great case! ..i have two of these BUT i have had to add a cooling fan otherwise my raspi 3 went too hot. Please add,in the next version of the case, a cooling fan! And another hint: let the user to add and remove the micro-sd card without dismantle all the raspi set-up… Many Thanks!

  5. nicely spoken but can you show the stuff youre talking about in the video more next time? this video was 90% you talking and 10% actual product.

  6. Why a bigger case?

    Well, the stock case that is sold as an add-on accessory, might just fall off the table and not work ever again.

    A larger case that can sit on a table (desk) would lessen the liklihood of this happening.

    I think this is so cool. I missed the PowerPC "revolution" of 1994 to 2005. Couldn't afford it.

    Now I see a RISC-based PC that is too small case. Make a bigger one, and people will flock to it.

    Good idea whose time has come mate.

  7. A musician, RUSH, had it right when they said … "show me don't tell me".

    Lots of verbal description but not enough showing how it is done.

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