Official Raspberry Pi 3 Case - Black/Grey
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- Official case for the Raspberry Pi from the Raspberry Pi Foundation
- Removable Lid provides easy access to the camera and display ports
- Removable Side Panels with easy access to the GPIO port
- Removable Top Frame
- Designed with Pi HAT's in mind
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|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 1.25 x 3 in||2.8 x 3.8 x 1 in||1.57 x 2.36 x 0.98 in||1.6 x 2.4 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||7.05 ounces||0.48 ounces||0.48 ounces||1.12 ounces|
The Official Case of the Raspberry Pi Foundation has been refreshed for the Pi 3. Designed with HATs in mind and featuring multiple removable panels. Enclose your board as much or as little as necessary to best suit your latest project.
Top Customer Reviews
The motherboard will only fit in the bottom one way and the top has tabs that hold it in place when snapped together. One of the side panels fits snugly over three exposed ports, and the other side panel is solid but it used to gain access to the accessory pins. The top cover is easily removed for access to the motherboard. Functional and has a simple high-tech design.
I decided to buy the official case to avoid compatibility issues. I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable price, considering that we are talking about an official case.
The case is perfect for my needs: it's light, it doesn't overheat and, once assembled, it's stable and provides access to all the main ports (USB, HDMI, power, micro SD, ethernet, audio jack). If you are a power user, don't worry: you can easily remove the side panels to access the GPIO pins and the top panel to access the camera and display ports.
I can confirm that the case doesn't interfere in any way with the Bluetooth and WiFi functionalities of the device.
There is only one thing that didn't really convinced me: assembling the case is kind of tricky without instructions, as it's difficult to align all the pieces and they keep falling apart. Once you understand how to assemble it properly (I had to watch a video), it's pretty easy, just follow these steps:
1- Place the device in the bottom part of the case
2- Place the top part of the case on the device
3- Snap the two side panels into place
4- Put the top cover onto the top panel
It is quite nice that you can see the lights through it though. The plastic also has a nice satin finish.
The only major issue is cooling. With the case fully assembled it's non-existent, resulting in a rather hot Pi. If you plan to run this partially uncovered then there aren't any problems.
Overall this is a pretty good case for the money.
Pros: Case fits perfectly, and feels very sturdy. I really like the look of the case when it is put together.
Cons: While compiling a package from source in RetroPie, the processor began to overheat, which I noticed because it displayed a thermal indicator on my monitor. Within 30 seconds of removing the top cover, the indicator went away. This tells me that the ventilation on this case is not sufficient for my needs. I doubt a heatsink would improve this, since the chip cooled immediately when I let the hot air escape. Also of note, all of my old 40-pin IDE cables prevent me from closing the case, and I don't mean just the top cover. I'll probably make some modifications with my Dremel to see if that helps with the cooling and 40-pin cables.