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.
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.
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.
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):