You do not to have buy a case for a Raspberry Pi, but it makes the experience even more enjoyable. This is particularly the case if, for example, you plan to use a Pi 3 B + as a home theater computer or even as a secondary desktop computer.
A multitude of options exist however, ranging from simple acrylic cases to richly carved wooden shells. So we dug into the mix to find the best of the group at different prices – and have come up with a selection that should delight minimalists, HTPC fans, gamers, hardware hackers and even hot-rod fans.
The best cases of Raspberry Pi
Price: $ 15
C4 Labs sells a sleek looking wooden case that features 1950s hot-rod flames and the Chevrolet Bel Air symbol. The case uses laser-cut birch wood and works with Raspberry Pi 3, 2 and B + models. The enclosure has appropriate access to all ports, including room for a GPIO ribbon cable.
If this is not your case, ModMyPi also offers an interesting Helix case made from medium-density 'flame-burnt' fibreboard. It works with the Raspberry Pi 3, 2 and the B + model. This case does not require any screws because it uses quick-adjusting pins to assemble. The manufacturer recommends users to avoid disassembling often this case, in order to avoid damaging the pins properly fitted.
Official Rasberry Pi 3 Case
Price: $ 6
Raspberry Pi Foundation
The official Raspberry Pi 3 case is pretty basic, but we just had to include it because it's the "official" way to dress up your RPi 3.
The case is quite attractive, and the main idea is to make it as affordable as the Raspberry Pi itself. The regular price for the official box is $ 9, but you can usually find it for $ 6 from third-party resellers on Amazon.
Super Nintendo case
Retailer: Pigmented (via Etsy)
Price: $ 110
Here's one for the ultimate Raspberry Pi Zero and Super Nintendo fans: The Etsy Pigminted manufacturer will turn your favorite Super Nintendo game into a custom-made case for your Raspberry Pi Zero. These cases are not cheap at $ 110 each, but just look at the details.
In addition to the case, you also get support for the device. Pigmented also sells a $ 180 version of this kit that also includes a Raspberry Pi Zero W (an improved version of Zero with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support), the various cables needed for its operation, and a controller.
Price: £ 12.95 (16.76 USD at this writing)
Sometimes a single Raspberry Pi is not enough. For cases where you are working on a dual-Pi project, the Multi-Pi stackable case is a useful option. The case consists of two acrylic shelves for mounting your Raspberry Pi cards. There are no sides, which allows for an outdoor design to keep your PISP working hard at the expense.
Work with more than two tips? You can buy more cases to stack on top of each other for a tricky and affordable computing power tower.
Price: £ 16.00 ($ 20.71 at this writing)
A case that will appeal to project enthusiasts, the Pi PIR motion camera case is an all-in-one case for a motion sensor camera powered by Raspberry Pi. This ModMyPi case has enough space to accommodate the Raspberry Pi, the Pi camera module and a PIR motion sensor. There is also room for a magnetic camera lens for those who are so inclined. It is also designed so that the red light from the Pi camera does not affect the "ambient light captured by the camera" and comes with a mounting bracket if you want to place the new camera on the wall somewhere.
The purchase price of the case includes the PIR motion sensor, but you will need to get yourself a Pi camera (and a RPi3 card).
Price: $ 20
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Use your indoor retro gamer with this mini replica Super Nintendo entertainment system. The case, called Super Kintaro, features the same classic buttons on the top –and they are functional. It also comes with a custom heat sink to make sure you do not experience a meltdown during a Super Mario World session. This particular case is compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B +.
If you need help creating your classic console once you've got the SNES folder, check out our construction guide of the classic SNES RetroPie emulator.
Price: € 24.75 ($ 28.06 at this writing)
RasPiPC based in Spain has a case of Nintendo entertainment system. You can find all sorts of versions of a NES box online, but this particular model is made from Lego. It works with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.
Be warned that this case is for Lego fans because you will have to build the thing yourself. (Want a simpler and cheaper NES-themed option? Try the $ 16 Kintaro-made option.)
Retailer: VagrantInd (via Etsy)
Price: $ 70
This 3D printed Raspberry Pi case is intended for lovers of Fall series of video games. This option is a portable replica of the personal computing device Pip-boy, a central part of the gear used by the main characters of the game. Fall series. This particular model is based on the Pip-boy 3000 Mark IV of Fallout IV. Anyone ordering this box will need to provide measures to ensure that the item is properly adjusted.
To make this case a real Pip-boy, you'll also need a touch screen, Pi camera, Pip Boy software and your Raspberry Pi card (the Raspberry Pi 2 or 3).
Commodore Amiga 500 Retro Raspberry Pi Case
Retailer: retropicases (via Etsy)
Price: $ 32.56
While the Raspberry Pi is a modern PC, retro gamers love this software because it is cheap and older software can work as well. If that's the reason you bought a Raspberry Pi 3, 2 or B +, this 3D printed case might suit you: it looks like a computer and an Amiga 500 keyboard. even a replica monitor, a disk drive and a mouse.)
This particular case fits together, so you will not have to worry about screws or other delicate little parts. It also provides access to all ports.
Price: $ 8 ($ 5 for the case, $ 3 for the cover)
Adafruit has its own range of polycarbonate housings for the Raspberry Pi 3/2 / Model B +, which are simple basic units with snap lids. The base costs $ 5 and comes in a wide variety of colors: light, gray, orange, blue, green, purple and pink.
Snap-on covers ($ 3) are optional because DIYers may want to have a base to rock their board, while having easy and free access to all components of the board, mainly GPIO pins. The beauty of buying the base and lid separately is that you can mix and match to create your own unique color scheme.
Retailer: the C4Lab
Price: $ 15
Etsy houses a variety of unique cases for a Raspberry Pi, and this one is particularly interesting. Compatible with Pi 3 B + and Pi 3 models, this is a puck case with a radiation symbol on top (unless it's supposed to be a ribbon tape) that looks pretty compact.
Since this acrylic case with metal fasteners is made to order, it will not be shipped the day you order it.
Thor Hammer Pi Case
Retailer: 3dWholesalePCLLC (via Etsy)
Price: $ 46
Thor may have lost Mjolnir in the Marvel film universe, but chances are you'll lose the tiny Raspberry Pi contained in this custom-made replica.
The case is sold by 3dWholesalePCLLC but was designed by Darren Furniss. It has enough space to house the Pi, a fan and a side door for the SD card. You will need a 2.5mm hex screwdriver for the screws.
DeathStar Pi Case
Retailer: 3dWholesalePCLCC (via Etsy)
Price: $ 50
You'll have a hard time finding a softer version of the planet's destructive planet space station, let alone the one that can accommodate your Raspberry Pi 3.
Another special pop culture for 3dWholesalePCLCC's Raspberry Pi 3 and Darren Furniss, this replica of the Death Star includes a hole in the Pi camera, instead of the Alderaan death ray. There is also a vent at the top for 30mm fans.
Media Pi Plus
Retailer: sb components
Price: $ 50
This case straddles the world of Raspberry Pi enclosures and kits. The Pi is an excellent media player when Kodi software is installed, and this Media Pi Plus case takes a notch.
Although its black box appearance is as bland as a standard cable decoder, it offers a 5-port USB hub, a built-in power switch, room for a hard drive (DVR!), An integrated infrared and a remote control. And yet, despite all these features, it only needs a 5V power supply.
The Media Pi Plus works with Raspberry Pi 3 B + and 2.
More from Raspberry Pi
These are our favorite cases we've found so far, but there's a whole world of interesting cases for Raspberry Pi to explore, especially on Etsy. Games-themed options include aluminum hulls and even mixed-material frames engraved à la carte.