The tendency with technology is to go big. Phones have gotten bigger, TV screens have gotten wider, computers have gotten more powerful. That’s why it’s a little surprising that Raspberry Pi, a British-based company that produces tiny, credit card-sized computers, has become one of the most successful British computer companies. In a time when computers are able to do more and more things, why build a machine that’s designed to run a handful of basic functions?
Like the computers themselves, the company’s motivation is simple but surprisingly powerful. In response to declining interest in computer science, the developers behind Raspberry Pi wanted to create an affordable computer that schools could use to teach students about the basics of computing.
The tiny computers may just seem like a novelty, but they can actually be used to run a desktop, and they’ve made their way into real-world applications. At $35, a Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive introduction to computing for students or hobbyists. The Raspberry Pi can be bought directly from the Raspberry Pi website, but we’ve rounded up some accessories on Amazon to go along with the computer.
1. Smraza Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Case
This case comes with a fan, heatsinks, and a power supply. That way, you’ll be able to make sure the computer runs smoothly and keeps cool. It’s available in a clear case that makes it easy to see to the components, or a sleeker looking all-black case.
Pros: Comes with clear instructions, includes three heatsinks and one fan for effective cooling. Power cable comes with an on/off button.
Cons: May require extra work to make sure all the parts are properly aligned.
2. CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+
This case has a power supply and heatsinks, and it also comes with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+. Since it comes with the computer itself, the unit can be fully assembled right out of the box. There’s also an on/off switch with an LED indicator.
Pros: Easy assembly, it comes with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ in the box.
Cons: Case doesn’t have active cooling.
3. Kintaro Classic – NES Inspired Raspberry Pi Case
This affordable case pays homage to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The charming, retro design evokes something you might see in Netflix’s retrofuturistic Maniac. The case is modular, meaning you can install an LED light, functional buttons, and a cooling fan.
Pros: Retro aesthetic. Modular design makes it possible to install a cooling fan and an on/off light.
Cons: Some reviewers found the screws difficult to work with during assembly.