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The Raspberry Pi 4 dropped and it's a major update for the flagship single-board computer. With an updated system-on-chip (SoC), more and faster RAM, as well as new connectivity options, the Raspberry Pi 4 truly shines. While many accessories such as the Power over Ethernet (PoE) hat remain compatible, a new input/output (I/O) layout means that the Raspberry Pi 4 won't fit in cases for the Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi 2 which were pretty much backwards compatible until now. As such, you'll want a new case. Check out the best Raspberry Pi 4 cases you can buy!
1. Official Raspberry Pi 4 Case - Best Raspberry Pi 4 Case Overall
The official Raspberry Pi 4 case developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a top Raspberry Pi 4 compatible case option. It's built from a two-part ABS shell, featuring cut-outs for its dual micro HDMI ports, audio/video (A/V) port, Ethernet, and USB hosts. Plus, there's access to the USB-C power connector and microSD card slot.
Its white and red color scheme is eye-catching, and matches the official Raspberry Pi keyboard and mouse which are available separately. I went in on a Pi 4, the official case, keyboard, and mouse. Perched upon my desk in my home office, it's an aesthetically-pleasing sight. Installation is as simple as placing your Pi inside the shell and gently closing the two-part ABS enclosure. No screws required. For an inexpensive, high-quality Raspberry Pi 4 case, the official Raspberry Pi case is an excellent option.
For a more muted take on the Raspberry Pi Official Case, try its black and grey variant. Swapping the vivid white and red colorway for a subdued black and grey look, this fits in with any enterprise environment, and blends with most traditional monitors. It's pretty affordable and durable.
One of my favorite cases for the Raspberry Pi 3 is the Flirc case, and the Flirc Raspberry Pi 4 case doesn't disappoint. Whereas the official Raspberry Pi 4 case arrives as an ABS shell, the Flirc case opts for an aluminum core nestled between two black, soft-touch pieces. The aluminum housing serves as a built-in heatsink which helps keep your Pi cool as you use it. Once again, all ports are accessible including the dual micro HDMI ports, microSD card slot, and even GPIO pins are available through a slot in the bottom of the case.
Among the best Raspberry Pi projects, there's a home theatre PC (HTPC) with a Kodi-based operating system (OS) such as LibreELEC, OpenELEC, or OSMC. I've already got LibreELEC running on my Raspberry Pi 4 for streaming from Kodi add-ons such as Plex and Emby, as well as local file playback. The Kodi Edition Raspberry Pi 4 Flirc Case is basically the same as the standard Flirc Pi enclosure, but with Kodi branding. Its sleek, black-on-black design with the familiar blue Kodi logo lends it a smart design that's at once elegant and functional.
The Raspberry Pi 4 delivers a fresh new SoC as well as up to 4GB of LPDDR4. But with this added horsepower comes the need for more cooling. A nine-layer acrylic case engineered for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, this case boasts a built-in cooling fan. Plus, there's an open GPIO design for easily connecting and disconnecting GPIO components. You'll appreciate access to all ports including the USB-C power connector, microSD card slot, and HDMI outputs.
The OKdo case is a neat plastic Raspberry Pi 4 enclosure available in black, white, or clear. Extremely affordable yet robust, it's ideal for a basic Raspberry Pi 4 compatible case. I appreciate the several color options and ease of installation.
Best Raspberry Pi 4 Compatible Cases - Case Closed
Since the Raspberry Pi 4 has only just launched, there aren't a ton of cases on the market. Still, there's plenty of choice. My favorite Raspberry Pi 4 case options are the Flirc Kodi Edition Raspberry Pi 4 case, and official Raspberry Pi Foundation Pi 4 shell in red and white. The red and white case is spunky and fun, really popping out on my desk. Additionally, I'm fond of how it matches a keyboard and mouse set for a lovely configuration that seems to borrow design cues from Little Tikes. The Kodi Flirc Raspberry Pi 4 case is pretty and lends itself to a heatsink, important considering the Pi 4's beefy SoC. Once Raspberry Pi 4 RetroFlag cases hit the market, I'll be sure to pick those up.
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.