Interested in a Raspberry Pi Case but don’t know which one to choose? Our article compares four of our favourite B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B-compatible cases to see which one comes out on top!
Short Crust Plus
The Short Crust Plus is a fairly minimal Raspberry Pi case. Lt comes in two different colour options for the base (black and white), and this allows you to alter the overall look. The top of the case is a smooth glossy finish, which can turn into a fingerprint magnet, but it’s easily cleaned. The main base of the case is a rougher matte finish, which compliments the top perfectly.
The Short Crust Plus offers plenty of ventilation on the bottom of the case, and the release trigger (also found underneath) allows you to easily remove your Pi. In terms of cost, the Short Crust is reasonable considering the high-quality plastic used. It also comes with non-slip rubber feet and screw holes in the base, should you wish to mount it under a desk or on a wall.
Score: 5/5 (Winner)
If you’re looking for a cleanly designed, modern-looking case with all the mod-cons, you should definitely consider the Short Crust Plus.
The Helix is no ordinary Raspberry Pi case. It’s made from MDF and features a flexible “shell” around its core. The quality of the case is impressive for the price. However, if you are disassembling it you’ll need to be careful, as some elements of the case are quite fragile. Once you’ve installed your Pi in the Helix, though, it looks great, and quite unlike the vast majority of cases on offer elsewhere.
Inside the case, there are some supports that your Raspberry Pi sits on, but there’s nothing on the top of the Pi to hold it securely in place. Given the asking price (it’s the cheapest on test), we can’t be too harsh, but we can’t help but think if the pins holding the “shell” of the case were a bit bigger and there were a few more supports to hold the Pi, this could be a really great case.
The ModMyPi Helix might not be for everyone, but if you want to set yourself apart and don’t have a great deal of money to spend, this is definitely the case for you.
The Pibow Coupé offers a very slimline design. Unlike conventional cases, the Coupé does not fully cover the entire Pi, only its sides and bottom, allowing the USB and Ethernet ports to protrude from the top of the case. In typical Pimoroni style, it’s constructed from thin layers of plastic and comes in a variety of colours.
While we weren’t sure about the look of Coupé at first, it quickly grew on us during testing, though we wouldn’t use it for a home theatre setup. For us it’d be much more at home as a second computer or slimline project case, though you might disagree. Most importantly, however, the Coupé provides easy access to all ports, which is especially useful for people who will be using the Camera module or tinkering with components attached to the GPIO ports.
The Pibow Coupé has such a distinctive look, you’ll probably love it or hate it. Either way, it’s a great case for people who want to use their Raspberry Pi for hardware projects.
The Flirc Case has a very solid construction as it’s made from a solid aluminium shell with a matte, rubberised plastic top and base. The aluminium finish gives the case a premium feel, too, which is always a bonus. Unlike the other cases on test, it comes with a built-in heatsink. It’s easy to put together, using four screws to secure it.
It’s certainly not as prone to fingerprints as the Short Crust Plus, but it does smudge, which is only really noticeable up close. The Flirc is primarily advertised as a home theatre case for the Raspberry Pi, but it’s likely to be at home in other environments, too. It’s the most expensive case on test but if you can afford it, the cost is easily justified considering the materials used in its construction.
Score: 4/5 (Runner Up)
The Flirc is a very clean and simply designed case for your Raspberry Pi. It looks sleek and feels premium, thanks to its aluminium finish.
This article was written in the May 2015 issue of The MagPi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine.
To read the full issue, you can download it for free.