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15 Awesome Raspberry Pi cases

The Raspberry Pi ranks as arguably the most popular single board computer (SBC). Almost as important as selecting the proper operating system (OS) and Raspberry Pi board is snagging the right case for your Pi. Considerations include which Raspberry Pi version you’re using, as well as what you plan to use your Pi for. Check out the 15 best Raspberry Pi cases available!

Best Raspberry Pi Cases: Considerations

Although most Raspberry Pi boards, except for the Zero, are compatible with almost any case, there’s a bit of variety. Most Raspberry Pi 3 cases are compatible with Raspberry Pi B+ and Pi 2 boards as well. The primary factor dictating which case is best for your Raspberry Pi is form factor. If you have any newer Pi board, you’re usually fine with any case. But what you plan to use your case for shapes what design and functionality elements you’ll need. For instance, if you require a hard drive, you’ll want a different case than for a retro gaming console. A Raspberry Pi board array will differ from a single Pi setup. 

Considerations:

  • Number of Raspberry Pi boards used in conjunction
  • Storage: Hard drive vs flash drive
  • Use: Retro gaming, cryptocurrency mining, home theatre PC (HTPC), general use

NES Case

Among the easiest but most satisfying Raspberry Pi projects is a retro gaming console. There’s no shortage of means to accomplish this feat, from RetroPie to Recalbox or Lakka, and even a roll-your-own method. While Nintendo’s NES Classic is a neat console, a Raspberry Pi offers greater functionality through additional emulators, more ROMs, and the ability to serve other purposes, such as doubling as an HTPC. However, the NES does come in an original Nintendo shell. With the Retroflag NES Case, you can transform your Pi into an NES Classic clone. Bonus points for working power and reset buttons. Additionally, the bottom of the console features a microSD card holder. However, note that the reset and power buttons simply cut the power, performing a hard shutdown. Therefore, you may consider properly shutting down your Raspberry Pi. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic case for the Pi that will let you game in style.

Best for: Retro gaming, HTPC use

Super Tinytendo Case

Similarly, the Super Tinytendo case brings a Super Nintendo (SNES) aesthetic to the Raspberry Pi. As such, this case makes the Pi a true SNES Classic competitor. It’s available in configurations with a cooling fan and without. For those planning to overclock, the cooling fan is recommended. Otherwise, sans cooling fan is fine. The Tinytendo Case allows for full access to USB, power, HDMI, and Ethernet components as well as the microSD card slot. On the front, you’ll find a red LED which lights up when powered on. On top, there are aesthetic power and reset buttons. Unlike on the Retroflag NES case, these don’t work. Still, it’s one of the best looking cases and a solid choice for gamers.

Best for: Retro gaming, HTPC use

Rasptendo Retro Gaming Case

Similarly, the Rasptendo offers a SNES look. However, the Rasptendo differs from the Super Tinytendo in that its power and reset buttons actually work. You’ll first need to install a Python script, but this is a particularly neat touch. There’s full access to the microSD card, and rear access to power cables, HDMI port, and Ethernet. Further, the front features a pair of USB ports which is perfect for hooking up USB controllers. Since this case uses a Python script, it safely reboots or resets the Raspberry Pi making this an excellent option.

Best for: Retro gaming, HTPC use

MediaPi+ Case

Most Raspberry Pi cases lack any room for a standard hard drive. However, the MediaPi+ case provides a hard drive bay, extra USB to power the hard drive, and an integrated infrared (IR) hub for using the included media remote, or most universal remotes. Since it includes a hard drive bay and IR sensor, as well as additional USB ports, the MediaPi+ is a top choice for home theatre PC enthusiasts. Simply install a media centre OS such as Kodi, OSMC, LibreELEC, OpenELEC, or even retro gaming OS like Recalbox and RetroPie, hook up your hard drive with your media, and you’re ready to go. 

Best for: HTPC use, retro gaming

Raspberry Pi Case (Black)

The CanaKit Raspberry Pi case in black is a barebones but well-constructed and sleek Raspberry Pi case. You’ll find heat sink openings, an easily-removable lid, and glossy surface that’s mountable. All connections including the microSD card reader are accessible. This is the first case I snagged along with my Raspberry Pi board, and it’s held up well over several years of use. Though it’s not necessarily flashy, it’s simply a durable, pleasant-looking case. 

Best for: General use

Raspberry Pi RPI3CASE

Like the Canakit Raspberry Pi case, the Raspberry Pi Foundation official case is an affordable, sturdy solution to housing your Raspberry Pi. Onboard, there’s a removable lid and removable side panels for quick GIPO access. The top frame comes off, and it’s engineered for Pi HATs, or hardware attached on top. That makes this the perfect case for do-it-yourself (DIY) makers wishing to utilise HATs. 

Best for: General use, DIYers

Touchscreen Case for Raspberry Pi

A neat option for the Raspberry is use of a touchscreen. This touchscreen case for the Raspberry Pi includes a 7-inch touchscreen, wall-mountable stand with adjustable angle, and building block compatible camera case which attaches to the back. Moreover, this touchscreen case is functional with Pi HAT boards for further expansion. Since there’s a touchscreen, it’s easy to convert your Pi into a wall-mounted dashboard or a Mycroft AI unit. 

Best for: Touchscreen projects (i.e. Dashing, Smashing, Mycroft AI)

Touchscreen Case for Raspberry Pi - Building Block Compatible Front

This touchscreen resembles the official Raspberry Pi case, but includes a building block compatible front. There’s a camera case included and on the front a strip which you may connect LEGOs to. It’s compatible with Pi HAT boards, and GIPO connections are accessible. Overall, this is one of the better touchscreen cases for the Pi. 

Best for: Touchscreen projects (i.e. Dashing, Smashing, Mycroft AI)

TFT Touchscreen Kuman 3.5-inch Display with Protective Case

Kuman makes an incredible TFT touchscreen case for the Raspberry Pi. The screen clocks in at 3.5 inches, with a 320x480 resolution. It houses the Pi board in a transparent protective case. Plus, the Kuman touchscreen case includes a pen and three heatsinks. It’s a really well-designed case complete with a bevvy of accessories. While the screen is smaller than that of the official touchscreen cases, it’s still usable though and ideal for smaller projects that require a touchscreen. Alternatively, use this as a general case which happens to have a touchscreen on top. Because it lacks a stand, this could be neat as a Pi desktop, retro gaming Pi, or low-powered HTPC.

Best for: Touchscreen projects (i.e. Dashing, Smashing, Mycroft AI)

Raspberry Pi Four Layer Complete Stackable Dog Bone Case

Sometimes, just one Raspberry Pi won’t do. For these instances, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi array. Maybe you’re running a low-powered cloud cluster, or possibly a bit of cryptocurrency mining with your Raspberry Pi. If you have several Raspberry Pi devices running in conjunction, the Raspberry Pi four layer stackable dog bone case is your best bet. With this case, you can fit a whopping four Raspberry Pi boards. Comprised of 3mm laser cut acrylic, it’s durable yet aesthetically pleasing. 

Best for: A Raspberry Pi cluster

Building Block Compatible SmartiPi

Featuring removable grey building block-compatible top sections, this Raspberry Pi allows for LEGO construction on the case. Plus, the SmartiPi includes a GoPro compatible mount and wall-hanging eyelets. There’s simple, stress-free GIPO access as well. With its LEGO-compatibility, the SmartiPi lets you build on whether for creativity or function. 

Best for: General use, DIYers

Flirc Raspberry Pi Case

Whereas most Raspberry Pi cases are comprised of plastic, the Flirc differs in its premium aluminium construction. The top and bottom are soft-coated plastic, with a metal middle outer section. Plus, there’s a built-in thermal pad, heat sink, and screws. GIPO connections, as well as USB, Ethernet, HDMI, and microSD, are all easily accessible from the case. The vanilla Flirc is great, but the Kodi edition is perfect for home theatre PC buffs. The Kodi edition  includes rubber feet so that the Pi hovers under a TV or monitor. On the bottom, you’ll find ventilation slots to maintain a cool operating temperature. Additionally, GIPO pins are accessible through the bottom of the case. Best of all, the top is adorned with Kodi insignia. 

Best for: General use, HTPC use

Pibow Coupe

The Pibow Coupe is a sweet looking case available in a variety of colourways. Not only does this case appear gorgeous, but it’s among the thinnest Raspberry Pi cases available. This acrylic case is transparent, showing off the internals of the Pi, and all ports are easily reached. Further solidifying the Pibow as one of the top Raspberry Pi cases available, the price is super affordable at under $10 USD. 

MakerFocus Raspberry Pi Case

A major limitation of the Raspberry Pi is its lack of a hard drive bay. Sure, there’s a microSD card slot and USB ports. But hard drive storage is often available at a lower cost. If you want to use a hard drive with your Raspberry Pi, check out the MakerFocus Raspberry Pi case. This case includes a cooling fan and a power control switch so that it can power both the Pi and a hard drive. There’s a slot for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD. Users report that most any hard drive should function. Armed with a hard drive, this might make an excellent Raspberry Pi-powered server.  

Best for: Desktop or server use

DIY Pi Desktop Case

The Raspberry Pi, despite its low power draw, is reasonably capable of running a variety of operating systems and software options. As such, it’s a nifty low-powered desktop base. With the DIY Pi Desktop Case, you can morph your Raspberry Pi into a full-fledged desktop. There’s a safe power controller, real-time clock built-in, heatsink, and mSATA connection. Thus, you can add a hard drive and operate your Raspberry Pi as a desktop. Unfortunately, the microSD card is not accessible while in the case. Still, it’s a neat case and ideal for using your Pi as a traditional desktop or server. 

Best for: Desktop or server use

15 Best Cases for Your Raspberry Pi: Final Thoughts

A quick search reveals that there’s no shortage of Raspberry Pi cases. For general use, almost any Raspberry Pi case will do. But for more specific tasks, you’ll want an enclosure which yields the functionality required, or simply the aesthetics. I’ve been more than pleased with my CanaKit glossy black Pi case. But the RetroFlag NES case and Rasptendo SNES clone case lend a fun retro sentiment to my dedicated Raspberry Pi game arcade. Cases like the DIY Pi Desktop Case, MakerFocus, and MediaPi+ include a hard drive bay for additional storage. If you require a touchscreen, many cases offer this feature standard. No matter which Raspberry Pi you have, or what project you’re planning, there’s a superb case for you. 

Your turn: Which Raspberry Pi cases do you suggest? 


Moe Long

Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at CupOfMoe.com and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.


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