If you’re on the prowl for a Raspberry Pi case–and if you read our Raspberry Pi media center guide, we know you are–you’ve found that cases are in short supply. This laser-cut case is cheap, sturdy, attractive, and ships quickly.
The Rapberry Pi is so popular most shops can’t keep up with the demand for accessories. This case, from Built-to-Spec, costs a scant $12.50, ships in about a week (as oppose to the 4-6 week leads at most shops), and looks pretty darn good if we do say so ourselves. It even includes custom-cut light-pipes for the LED indicators on the board–something most competing cases charge and extra $2-5 for. We received ours earlier this week and it’s a definite upgrade from the colorful but a little wobbly LEGO enclosure we’d cobbled together.
When you order one, be smarter then we were and check out the assembly instructions–while we enjoyed the puzzle-like adventure that putting the laser-cut panels together sans instructions entailed it would have been a lot speedier to follow the creator’s assembly guide!
Note: the creator of the kit has generously shared his design files so, if you have access to laser cutter and some suitable materials, you can cut your own. For lack of a laser cutter, we were happy to pay $12.50.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 08/3/12