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Raspberry Pi RPI3CASE-BG 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 superior hat's in mind
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 1.97 x 0.79 inches||5.12 x 5.12 x 2.76 inches||4.72 x 2.36 x 1.57 inches||4.30 x 2.90 x 1.30 inches||2.36 x 1.57 x 0.98 inches||4.30 x 2.90 x 1.30 inches|
|Item Weight||0.71 ounces||1.41 ounces||1.12 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.48 ounces||0.32 ounces|
Just like the Raspberry and white version except in sleek black, this official Raspberry Pi foundation enclosure is all about style and functionality. Removable side panels allow unrestricted access to all the pi's ports and a removable top cover and frame allow you to use the case with hats in place.
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Please do not buy if you are using Pi 3 Model B+
I would definitely recommend this case for Raspberry Pi 3B+, it fits perfectly.
The color of the main frame is black and the removable pieces are a dark shade of gray, so it's not really entirely black, but it still looks cool.
This Pi 3b case will also hold a Pi 2b. All connections and port openings are the same EXCEPT for the placement of the small display Led's.
The Pi 3 case and board has the LED's on the right side of the back case.
The Pi 2 case and board has the LED's on the left side of the back case.
If you have a Pi 2 case and would like to use this Pi 3 case do not expect to see the LED's
- nice design
- no screws to put it together (5 pieces that click together)
- sd card easy accessible and not sticking out of the case
- lid can come off easy for piface or gpio access or cooling
- rpi2 board fit very difficult force required to jam in in place or else the case doesnt close
- no holes on the back to mount on surface, velcro required
Other than that, great case. I love the modular design and the sleek black/gray look.
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.
Great case for the Pi 2. No screws and everything snaps together. Room for a top board like a DVMEGA - just drill a hole in the top lid for the antenna opening. A Pi 3 will fit in this case BUT the 2 display LED's are on the opposite side of the back board on a Pi 3 compared to the Pi 2 - all other ports are identical. So if you do not care about viewing the blinking lights this case will work with a Pi3 even though it was designed for the Pi 2.
I also have the black and dark gray Pi 3 case. And again it is identical to this red and white case except for the location of the clear plastic lens. .
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It’s a lovely little case that simply snaps on within seconds and fits like a dream. It has certainly added a layer of protection for my Pi and I can now also sit things on top of it which is just great.
Summary, a nice looking case which fits perfectly. Add stickers for personalisation. 👍🏻
Being the 'official' case, it obviously fits the Pi well. In fact my only complaint is that the lid fits tight so you either have the lid on and nothing connected to the board or you have to have the lid off so cables can make their way out.
Edit: after dropping my case, I discovered the side panels click off providing easy access to the GPIO header, etc. Also having taken the lid off a few times the case sometimes comes apart instead of the lid coming off which can be annoying. I've ended up gluing mine together to stop this happening.
Both sides of the case and the top come apart, giving easy access to fit the Raspberry Pi 3 and all ports onboard.
It has a very nice matte finish all around and everything fits perfectly.
Mine came with 4 high quality feet that come on a strip (check packaging for it), so you can choose to install them or not depending on how you want your setup to be.
- Great build quality
- Perfect fit for Raspberry Pi 3
- Matte finish
- Easy to assemble/take apart
- Room for all kinds of attachments
- Good price
- Would have liked a small gap between the top two pieces to allow for faster heat escape (device runs fine regardless of this without getting hot)
- May damage SD card on installation if not careful, be sure to remove SD card before inserting or removing Raspberry Pi. (not really a fault of the case as it's designed to hold the SD card once secured, I think many people just forget about the card)
Having used other cases before, I'd say this is definitely the best. Just what you'd expect from the official case!
I'm giving 4 stars only due to the lack of a proper air intake for dissipation.
In fact, according to the intenal CPU temperature sensor, the raspberry stays constantly around 40/50 degC (and even 60 when under stress) and I need to maintain open the top section to help the ventilation.
The one caution would be if you are running heavy loads on the RPI. The ventilation is pretty bad in this case, and when using it for something like Retro Pie, it got quite hot. I ended up getting a better cooled case for this purpose, and will instead use this case for my "home server" RPI that won't get quite as hot and this will be a much better use case for this.
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Good quality plastic but nothing fancy like what you would see an iPhone or Samsung phone made of.
There are no slots for the camera, screen and GPIO pins. Only the power, hdmi, audio/video, rj45 and usb ports are exposed. You would have to drill through the case to get to the GPIO pins.
It's a really nice case actually. It's made of plastic and comes apart, so if you need to get to the top pins on the Pi the top of the case comes off, and so do the white sides. Your Pi kind of clips inside the case, allowing access to all of the ports through perfectly positioned holes and recesses, and the memory card slot can also be accessed without dismantling the case. The top of the box has an embossed Raspberry Pi logo too.
A well-designed and well priced case. What's not to like?
Just one quibble: the light pipes are a small piece of translucent white plastic - mine was rattling around loose when it arrived and could easily have been discarded with the packaging, hence the missing star. As long as you don't lose it, it's easy enough to fit and once the Pi is installed the board holds it in place.
I would buy another.
I think it will fit the Raspberry Pi 3, but cannot confirm.
The quality is really good, and aesthetically pleasing.
The board won't come loose very easily.
A small problem is occasionally when inserting a Micro SD card, you'll miss the socket and it will go beneath the board, meaning you will have to take the Raspberry Pi out of the case to retrieve it.
Also the top of the case is not flat. This won't usually be a problem. If you're stowing it away in a project, who needs the case anyway?
Tip for disassembly, always pry the panels from the side closest to the USB and ethernet ports as this will give you the best leverage.