Over the years I must’ve had every cheap plastic case going for my various Raspberry Pis, from clear cases through bright red expensive looking perspex, black, orange, you name it. Until now, sizes were pretty much universal and would even fit some of the Not-Raspberry PIs. But now, all change.
Update June 21, 2020: One of the fans on the RPi4 version got noisy – not happy (the sound is annoying). I just happened to have spares so replaced both fans. Original blog and purchase date was October 2019. End of update.
I’ve had several of the widely available multi-part cases which are fine until they break (and they do). Not only am I getting more ambitious with what I expect from my Pi3 devices – and don’t get me started on the more expensive cases and fans you see in the UK (though it is worth mentioning you can choose to have this delivered from the UK or China depending on your need for speed).
Hence this LOVELY Armor Aluminum Alloy Case Protective Shell Metal Enclosure from Banggood – which only works with the Pi4 but is superb quality, good looking and not expensive. Also available in gold colour and also without fan – I prefer black.
Call me impatient but I’ve already put in the fan screws even though I’m still waiting for my PI4 to arrive – there are 8 bolts with small heads for the fans and 4 with larger heads for the base (didn’t I go and get that wrong the first time) and here’s me thinking the fans would sit above the chips with a gap – no gap, you also get 2 conductive pads for an overall tight fit.
There is also a version for earlier PIs such as the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ which you see below (more on that when it arrives – again you get the bolts and base along with Allen key. This particular model does not use fans but then the PI3 is less hungry for juice particularly if not using a monitor. The brand in both instances here is Geekcreit.
And here it IS – my new RPI4 with the new Geekcreit case… LOVELY.