Raspberry Pi: 7 top cases for hacking, stacking and customising your Raspberry Pi

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Whether you’re looking for additional capacity, heat-absorption or a gaming-inspired retro throwback, we’ve picked out seven great cases to adorn your Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi packs a lot of power for a price that won’t break the bank. It also prides itself on being extremely customisable, allowing you to hack, stack and tweak this $35 single-board computer to perform all manner of ingenious functions, limited only by your own imagination (and, presumably, your coding skills).

The same can be said of its aesthetics. Aside from giving your pocket-sized PC a fresh new look, a new case can provide your Raspberry Pi with added protection, cooling or additional capabilities. Whatever your reasons for investing in a new case, here are 7 of TechRepublic’s top picks.

RetroFlag MEGAPi Case

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3B



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RetroFlag MEGAPi Case

(Image: The Pi Hut)

Raspberry Pi cases in the shape of beloved retro gaming consoles aren’t particularly hard to come by, and this RetroFlag MEGAPi Case in the design of the 16-bit Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis for those in the US) makes us yearn for the pixelated joy of our treasured childhood pastimes. We’re particularly keen on the hinged top, with offers access to a LAN and 2 USB ports, as well as the Mega Drive inspired shutdown and reset buttons.

Price: £25 / $32.30


The Pi Hut

Cluster Case (with fan)

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4



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Cluster Case (with fan)

(Image: The Pi Hut)

This cluster case is a great option for Raspberry Pi power users – specifically, those running multiple Pi boards simultaneously, which is often done when using Pi boards as a server cluster or other high-intensity functions. Each case comes in a set of two, which can be stacked onto another set until your Pi power needs are satisfied. Of course, those looking to mount several Raspberry Pis on top of each other need to ensure they don’t overheat – again, the cluster case has you covered thanks to its built-in fan.

Price: £10 / $12.90


The Pi Hut

NESPi Case

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and B+



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NESPi Case

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Another entry sure to please retro gaming fans, the NESPi Case for the Raspberry Pi 2, 3, and B+ is inspired by the original NES, sporting the same iconic design as Nintendo’s debut home console all the way down to the working power and reset buttons. In an added strike of ingenuity, the base of the NESPi Case features space to install a ventilating fan to keep the board running cool in extended use – perfect for marathon gaming sessions using a NES emulator (sadly not included).

Price: £9 / $11.60


Cool Components

Candy PiBow Case

Compatible with Raspberry Pi B+, 2, 3 and 3B+



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Candy PiBow Case

(Image: The Pi Hut)

This technicolour case is available for Raspberry Pi models B+ through 3B+ and is constructed of multiple layers of laser-cut cast acrylic. With a stylish clear base and lid sporting the iconic Raspberry Pi logo, the lightweight design makes it ideal for mounting and leaves plenty of room on the inside for additional Pi boards.

Price: £12 / $15.50


The Pi Hut

Picade Console

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4



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Picade Console

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Now this is where things get serious: the Picade Console isn’t so much a case for the Raspberry Pi as it is a full-blown, arcade-inspired gaming system. The Picade Console comes with an array of equipment to make your Pi-powered gaming experience as close to that of an 80s-era coin-op arcade cabinet, all the way down to the stick-style controller. Its makers reckons it takes an hour in total to put together – which we think is a more than worthy time investment for the hours of fun you’ll get out of it.

Price: $75 / $97


Pimoroni

Raspberry Pi Zero Case

Compatible with Raspberry Pi Zero



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Raspberry Pi Zero Case

(Image: The Pi Hut)

This sleek glass-topped case for the Raspberry Pi Zero has been designed in-house by the folks over at The Pi Hut and will give your board a space-age twist, featuring a rubberised base for added stability and a honeycomb-like vent for cooling. The cover needs to be screwed on, so it’s perhaps not ideal if you need quick and easy access to the Pi Zero’s GPIO pins, however the remaining mini HMDI, USB and power ports remain easily accessible.

Price: £5 / $6.40


The Pi Hut

Aluminium Heatsink Case

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4B



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Aluminium Heatsink Case

Pimoroni

For those who regularly travel with their Raspberry Pi or are just looking for some added protection, the Aluminium Heatsink case offers a sturdy shell that not only keeps your pocket-sized PC safe from the bumps and scrapes of modern life, but also doubles as a heatsink that claims to offer 10°C -15°C of passive cooling. Be warned: due to the thermal pads designed to absorb heat from the CPU to the case, it will get hot, so handle with care.

Price: £12 / $15.50


Pimoroni

As COVID-19 cases spike, survey captures concerns about return to normalcy

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Just 31% of respondents to a recent survey said they would feel comfortable returning to the workplace.

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Each country and US state is facing a different phase of reopening or reclosing now that we have reached the seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a new survey from Qualtrics found that no matter where people are, they still have grave concerns about any effort to return to work or high-interaction activities. 

Researchers with Qualtrics surveyed 2,003 people in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia between June 16 and July 1, 2020. Respondents in the US hailed mostly from the South (35%), Northeast (29%), West (18%), and Midwest (18%). Researchers compared the results of the most recent survey to answers gleaned from another survey conducted in May

The report shows that the vast majority of people have no interest in returning to work, live events or travel and would only feel safe doing any of these activities if there were concrete healthcare measures in place to protect people from the virus. In May, just 24% of people said they would feel comfortable returning to the workplace and that number has increased to 31% in early July, with the majority 61% still reporting discomfort. 

SEE: The new normal: What work will look like post-pandemic (TechRepublic Premium)

To feel safe returning to work, 93% of respondents said they need employers to enforce social distancing, 90% want employers to limit the number of in-person meetings, and 87% want masks to be a requirement. Another 82% want temperature checks done on everyone who enters the work building.

“Leaders across the globe are faced with difficult decisions as COVID-19 surges in some areas and drops in others. Many are working to—or have already—reopened businesses and workplaces. But people are still hesitant. While most organizations look at measures like hospitalizations, new cases, and testing rates, it is equally important to understand perceptions—how people feel,” Qualtrics researchers wrote in the report. 

“At the beginning of May, we ran a study of more than 2,000 Americans and asked people what needed to be true for them to feel confident returning to the workplace, dining at restaurants, and visiting other public establishments. Two months later, in July, we ran the same study to see how perceptions in the U.S. have changed.”

The study breaks down the numbers by gender and race, revealing that Black Americans are 44% more likely than white Americans to feel uncomfortable returning to work right now. More than 30% of men are comfortable returning to work while just 23% of women reported the same feelings. 

In the US, almost every region outside of the Midwest had more than 90% of respondents who said mask wearing in the office is important. Midwesterners came in a bit lower at 77%. The discomfort with returning to work spans people of all ages and 44% of Americans think that the country may never return “to normal” after 48% held the same belief at the beginning of May.

Comfort levels with things like attending live concerts, religious services, sporting events are increasing compared to the results from the May study and there have been even steeper drops in “discomfort” for things like going to retail or grocery stores. 

The survey found that discomfort levels for actions like eating at a restaurant, voting, attending in-person conferences, and staying at hotels have all fallen below 50%, but people are still wary of public transportation, air travel, going to the gym or playing team sports. 

Respondents also expressed interest in continuing to work from home, with three out of every five saying they now prefer teleworking. Just 25% of employees want to go back to work and nearly 40% say their productivity has increased since working from home. 

For those who have already returned to working in offices, 33% said they were uncomfortable being back but felt financial pressure to return. 

The survey makes an interesting note of breaking it down by region, finding that higher percentages of people in the South and Midwest are eager to return to work. More than 30% of respondents in each region said they were comfortable going back to work and the South saw the biggest change in feelings from May to July. 

One other strange trend noted in the report was the difference in priority for mask wearing based on race and sex. Almost 100% of Black respondents said it is important that organizations require employees to wear masks when they return to work, while 79% of white people say the same. Around the world, more men (82%) said masks are important as people return to work compared to 74% of women. 

Returning to activities

The survey also delves into what it would take for people to return to activities like concerts, sporting events, and conferences. When ranked, survey respondents want mandatory masks for everyone there, social distancing enforced, and temperature checks done on everyone. About half of respondents said they would still feel uncomfortable with eating at restaurants. 

To return to restaurant eating, respondents said eateries will need to separate tables significantly, have all staff wearing masks, temperature checks, and only outdoor seating. 

Many of the same things apply for things like flights and public transit. Most respondents would need social distancing, mandatory masks, temperature checks, and more to feel comfortable returning to those activities, while more than 60% of respondents said they would not feel comfortable using either mode of transport any time soon. 

Respondents also made similar comments about voting, citing many of the same rules that would need to be established before they felt safe going to the polls. 

For those who have already returned to in-person employment, the survey found that the top four things making people worry were coworkers who were not taking the virus seriously, a lack of testing for employees, employees not wearing masks, and rising coronavirus infection rates across the country. For them to feel better about this, respondents cited many of the same desires as with other tasks, but also called for their employers to provide hand sanitizer and ban handshakes or hugs.

Potential relocation and mental health were other topics the study touched on as well, highlighting the mental and physical toll of the pandemic.

“43% of people have considered moving away from the city or state where they live because of changes to remote work policy, and 17% have already temporarily relocated during COVID-19. Of those who have relocated, 30% said they would move if they could make their relocation permanent; 50% said they would maybe move,” the study added.

“67% of people say their stress level has increased since COVID-19, mostly because of money worries, uncertainty, job insecurity, and fear of the virus itself. Those who say they’re less stressed say it’s because of less pressure, more free time, and no more commute. 85% of those who are unemployed say their stress levels have increased, while only 66% of employed respondents said the same. 62% of people say their anxiety level has increased since COVID-19, for much the same reasons reported for stress.”

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