Unfortunately, it still doesn’t come with the case. RPi can use without one, but there are several reasons why you should invest in it, even if it means building it from scratch. :
- Protection: Dust is a big problem for open boards. Not only is it conductive (which can lead to short circuits between the pins of the chip), but it can also retain moisture (which can cause corrosion). Also, when you’re wearing your RPi, physical damage is a real issue.
- Convenience: The RPi is a relatively jagged device. Things can catch on it, get caught on it, and because of the aforementioned security issues, you must be careful when handling and transporting. The case allows you to be a little more carefree.
- Aesthetics: some cases are purely for functionality, but many cases just look amazing. If you’re going to be using the RPi for something like a home media center, would you like to add some style?
Now that you’re sure you need it, here are some of the best RPi 2 cases currently available online.
1. Official Raspberry Pi 2 Case
If you want something safe and reliable, you really can’t go wrong with a case coming from the Raspberry Pi Foundation itself. It doesn’t look very interesting or unique, but that’s how it should be — a versatile design with a broad appeal.
That being said, it doesn’t look bad at all. The top cover is removed to access the camera and display ports, the side panels are removed to access the GPIO port, and the RPi fits snugly inside. And at $13, it’s neither cheap nor expensive.
2. Modular Case by ModMyPi
This is a ModMyPi case for RPi enthusiasts. With a black stealth design and built-in status LEDs, it looks crisp and fits well into most computer cases, peripherals, and home media… but the real selling point is the modularity.
The case itself is £6 plus tax, but there are a few additional customization options: £1 microSD card cases, £2 stackable spacers for more headroom, £1 USB and HDMI cases and £3 VESA mount stands. It can be as cheap or expensive as you like.
3. Stylish aluminum housing from FLIRC
To save on costs, most RPi cases are made from materials that can be cheap, such as plastic. With an aluminum frame sandwiched between two pieces of plastic at the top and bottom, this case from FLIRC doesn’t look and not Looks cheap — only $15.
Plus, it has a built-in heatsink (with a thermocouple included) that helps redirect excess heat if you live in a hot environment or want to overclock your RPI. At this price point, you most likely won’t find another case that’s as durable as this one.
4. Pibow Coupe Case by Pimoroni
This Pimoroni case has an «ultra-slim profile» which means it’s as thin as it gets. Cases can get unwieldy, so if you need to minimize the amount of space your RPi take up, this case is worth considering.
The see-through design is polarized in a love-or-hate style, and that alone can put you off.
All ports are easily accessible with this acrylic case and it comes in five different colors. The default is red, but you can also choose from Tangerine (orange), Ninja (black), Flotilla (blue) and Royale (purple). The £8.50 price tag is pretty good too.
5. Compact slim case from GeauxRobot
Like the Pibow Coupe, this case from GeauxRobot is thin and compact, so it takes up as little space as possible. In fact, this is a very similar case, except that it has no color.