The Raspberry Pi is small, low power, and therefore portable. Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn your own Raspberry Pi into a home laptop? Well you can!
We’ve found five ways to turn your Raspberry Pi (or Raspberry Pi Zero) into a laptop using ready-made kits and/or 3D printed plans.
Why use a Raspberry Pi as a laptop?
It is compact, easy to set up and can be connected to various hardware devices. The question is why would to you not use raspberry pi as a laptop?
Two key options are presented: the (relatively) powerful Raspberry Pi 3B+ (available on Amazon) and the ridiculously cheap and thin Raspberry Pi Zero (available on Adafruit).
Just imagine the possibilities. With a Raspberry Pi powered laptop, not only do you have a laptop that you can use for productivity (the Raspberry Pi 3B+ makes an impressive desktop replacement), you can also use it for coding projects. What’s more, many Pi laptop designs provide GPIO access, allowing you to easily connect to other devices as if it were sitting on a table right on the table.
The following examples can turn a Raspberry Pi into a laptop. If you’re looking for a little use, check out our look at designs that make your Raspberry Pi portable.
Modular laptop with Raspberry Pi Model 3B+ (although you can order without it), the pi-top is amazing. In short, it’s a laptop case with a slide-out keyboard that exposes the innards. You won’t find anything here but a circuit board that you can plug your Raspberry Pi into.
The header board and Raspberry Pi are mounted on a rail to which other boards can be attached. So you can slide the keyboard and boot up to enjoy the Raspberry Pi experience, and then when you feel like having some home electronics, you can slide the keyboard back and plug in another device.
For example, you can purchase a laptop case with an inventor’s kit. This includes the breadboard, resistors and LEDs for some basic electronics.
There’s even a dedicated heatsink to keep your Raspberry Pi cool, and pi-top has its own Polaris operating system (better known as pi-topOS).
Go to pi-top.com/products/pi-top to order a pi-top and turn your Raspberry Pi into a laptop.
2. Raspberry Pi and Arduino laptop
With a complete keyboard, DIY trackpad and 7″ display, this complete project will help you build your own Raspberry Pi laptop. This project uses a Raspberry Pi 3, but you can easily replace it with a Raspberry Pi Model 3B+.