>My father in law turned up at my birthday BBQ bash on Sunday with an unexpected present. Dessert!
That’s right, folks, my very own Raspberry Pie 🙂
>Suddenly occurred to me that if I can control one of the onboard LEDs of the Raspberry Pi, I should be able to get it to “tap” out the IP address of the Pi, which would be a great help when accessing it remotely. Might even be able to tap out some status messages… might need two LEDs to do that, but might still be able to do something cool. Hmmm… Web interface… 🙂
So, did a quick search and this post on the Foundation site came up:
Let the tinkering begin!
>Raspberry Pi Model B: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories:
Just a pity it’s priced at almost £50!
A much-delayed review of the version 2 beta case from IP Adelt. I was naughty as I didn’t do a review after I used it. Sorry guys! It was a free beta test, and I’m very happy to have been part of the test. (I did send comments via live chat, so my guilt isn’t too high!) This is an excellent way of testing a case as the RPi is very community-based.
I was going to do a video review, but to be honest theirs was far superior. To view their in-English assembly video, please visit:
Review (personal opinion)
I really like the case, which is really an “enclosure” due to the material it’s made from. It is plastic and, while not a protective ‘hard’ case is fairly sturdy and does a good job. It’s see-through, as you can see, which is nice as you can still see your Pi-Goodness ™ inside with lights n stuff.
It came flat, attached to a cardboard sheet. I pressed out the bits of plastic (which is easier than, say, all Airfix kits). It was a slight bitch to assemble. Now, I don’t mean that you shouldn’t buy one, not at all. The instructions were occasionally confusing as to which bit folds which way, but I think they’ve probably fixed that in the new instructions. It will always be difficult to show assembly on a product that you can see through!
When assembled, the various tabs and flaps go to make a very solid-feeling box. I wouldn’t want to sit on it, but you can drop it and know the Pi won’t disintegrate. To give you an idea on how well-made and high-quality it is, I assembled and re-assembled it 4 times, and not gently, and not once did any of the holes or tabs tear. Quite impressive for a ham-fisted person like me!
Anyway… as you can see, it’s decorated with the Raspberry logo and also their logo which is very Tron-like!
The Pi itself slides in and sits on a ‘shelf’. This adds a bit of height to it, which can be a pain if you want to put it inside something else, but should be no problem if you just want to use it standalone. Having said that, the shelf does act like a ‘spring’ so if you do drop it, it provides a cushioning effect, unlike some of the more solid cases.
All the ports were in the correct place, with the exception of the HDMI port which was workable, but was offset by about 3-4mm. This has been fixed for the new version in the shop.
The only thing I didn’t like, and this is a problem in almost all the cases, is that the SD card sticks out for easy access. Happy to say, however, that the GPIO pins are easily accessible via a hole in the top.
Overall, I’d give the case a solid 4/5 for the beta test. I’ve just ordered a new model (see below)
You can buy one!
To buy the case, please go to their shop. It costs €2.95 (about £2.30) and does a decent job of protecting your Pi. I just did and I’m going to write how to do it as the site is in German and Google Translate fails to do an auto-translation. I’ve got to commend IP Adelt on their very responsive customer service – they have live chat, a well-monitor Twitter account and fast fulfilment process.
Instructions for English people trying to read German and failing…