Review: pi-top DIY laptop for your Raspberry Pi

September 15, 2016 | 00:00
pi-top DIY laptop
pi-top DIY laptop
The pi-top converts your Raspberry Pi into a complete RPi notebook. It comes as a nice kit that is very easy to assemble thanks to a great construction manual. We created a video of the assembly. If you have any questions, feel free to leave comment on Youtube or below this article!

We felt we had to add this oversized case to the Elektor STORE stock, because we know that many of our members love the Raspberry Pi and we think that this enables you to take the Raspi to a new application field. It comes with a high quality case, a big battery, a keyboard, a touchpad, and a 13.3 inch HD display.
 

The pi-top allows you to use your Raspberry Pi wherever you want to. Take this laptop to school, use it on the train or on the bus, or even work with it in the office! The operating system is based on Raspbian, but with some extras that add support for the pi-top hardware.
 
The pi-top Raspberry Pi laptop now available in the Elektor Store!

RPi Notebook for  MAKERS:

Since many makers use a Raspberry Pi for experiments and interactive projects, the pi-top has a special slot for your own PCBs. You can use the GPIO pins and add your own ideas to your custom pi-top. For your own projects, Elektor adds a free prototyping board to the kit. The proto-board breaks out the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi. This makes the device special, not just being a laptop but a mobile Raspberry Pi case that fully supports your creativity.
The pi-top RPi laptop in it's box, great packaging!
When we assembled the pi-top for the first time, it took us about 30 minutes and the assembly is lots of fun, because all the tools are included and the manual explains every single step. The team behinf pi-top had some real clever ideas like magnetic covers and the fantastic rail system that holds the PCBs. The kit also includes a micro-SD card with the pi-top operating system on it. You only have to bring your own pi.
 
The pi-top Raspberry Pi laptop in some short specs now at Elktor Store as well!


We met the pi-top team at Maker Faire Hannover 2016 and they showed us how easy it is to assemble a laptop based on the Raspberry Pi. Here you can find the interview with the nice people from the pi-top team (sorry, it is German, but you will get the idea):

Alternatives for the pi-top?

If you are not interested in the Linux operating system or hacking into the hardware of your laptop, a cheap netbook might be the better choice for you. But if you are a true  maker or an engineer who loves the Raspberry Pi, you will love the pi-top. The operating system comes with many programming languages and integrated development environments. This makes the pi-top a very nice first laptop for kids. Indeed, education is as important to the pi-top team as it is to Elektor, so we can confidently recommend this DIY laptop to everybody wanting to learn new things.

 

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