Do not operate your Pi 4 without housing. That's just criminal. Here are some great cases that can keep your Pi 4 cool and dust free in any situation.
What to Look For in a Pi 4 Case
Raspberry Pis can do almost anything. Need a Smart Mirror? You can build one with a Pi. Do you want a powerful media center? Put it on a Raspberry Pi.
But all of this flexibility can make it difficult to find a good Raspberry Pi case. Some cases are for everyday use, others are designed for smart home setups, entertainment centers, or intensive applications (which can generate a lot of heat).
So before buying a pi case, stop and think about what you need. Here are some of the features you might need in a Pi 4 package:
- Heat Dissipation : If you plan to use your Pi 4 for intense activities or longer periods of time, you should probably find a nice, cool case gain. Aluminum enclosures with fans and heatsinks are the coolest option, but most people come away with the bare essentials, such as a case with a fan or adequate ventilation.
- GPIO / Module Access : All Pi Enclosures The features listed in this article provide easy access to the GPIO and module pins, but some provide extra leeway for cables. If you want to use accessories such as camera modules or your Pi, try to find an enclosure with extra cable space.
- Assembly : Most Raspberry Pi enclosures are very easy to assemble. But some cheap cases are made of stacked acrylic pieces (like a Bologna-cut case), and it's really hard to assemble them. If you do not want to deal with this extra work, you should opt for a more expensive case.
- Caption : Clear or unlabeled cases may make locating the ports of the Pi 4 more difficult. If you are looking for a case that does not confuse your family or roommate, try to find one that is opaque and marked.
Now that you know what you are looking for, it's time to start shopping for your new raspberry Pi 4 case.
Before we begin, it should be noted that the Pi 4 model B is still a relatively new product. Many different cases are covered in this article, but some popular sleeve styles, such as retro game console cases, are not yet made for the Pi 4.
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Some cases, such as the official Raspberry Pi-4 case, fit in almost every situation. These enclosures usually have an attractive design, sufficient cooling and plenty of space for cables. They are also quite easy to assemble, although they usually cost more than the typical Raspberry Pi package.
We recommend using these enclosures for media centers or desktops. If you plan to push your Pi to its limits, you should find a general-purpose case with fans or read the Super Cooling cases later in this article.
Here are some fantastic all-purpose cases:
- Pi 4 Official Case : The official Pi 4 case of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It's an attractive, easy-to-mount case that leaves plenty of room for internal cables.
- Flirc Silver Case : This attractive, affordable, easy-to-install case is a great option for intense or occasional Pi 4 projects. The elevated feet and the aluminum heat sink effectively dissipate the heat. The bottom of the case provides easy access to the Pi's GPIO and main ports. Flirc also sells this case with the Kodi logo.
- Anidees Premium Case : The premium Pi 4 cases by Anidees are slim, easy to assemble and well ventilated. They also have noise-damping feet, wall-mounting holes, and plenty of room for GPIO and main access access.
- Extra High Anidees Housing : A high quality housing that is easy to assemble. This case is almost identical to Anidees premium case, but with additional headroom for cables and modules.
- Argon One Mini Computer Case : Currently, this is the only Pi 4 case that is actually used looks like a computer case or game console. It is well ventilated, comes with a USB-C power adapter, has a detachable magnet top, and has a GPIO label on the backside that allows for changes during operation. Case comes with a large 40mm fan. It is easy to assemble or disassemble and has two pre-installed wall mounting holes.
After seeing some (somewhat expensive) all-purpose cases, it's time to check out some inexpensive Pi 4 cases.
Budget Acrylic Cases
Acrylic Raspberry Pi cases are not as attractive as aluminum cases, but very cheap . They are usually made of stacked acrylic parts (such as sheets of clear plastic deli meat), which makes them difficult to put together.
But for the price they are a great alternative to general-purpose enclosures.
Here is a solid selection of cheap Pi 4 acrylic cases:
- TangYY Acrylic Case : A ridiculously cheap Pi 4 case made of two acrylic pieces. It comes with a fan and has plenty of room for additional cables.
- Vilros Acrylic Enclosure : This transparent acrylic enclosure consists of two parts (hence it is easier to mount than layered acrylic enclosures). It comes with a large 40mm fan and has narrow holes for GPIO and module access.
- Miuzei Super Cool Acrylic Case : A great, cost effective option for those who want to keep their Pi 4 as cool as possible. Although this stacked acrylic case is difficult to assemble, it comes with a fan, power supply, and heatsinks.
- GeeekPi Acrylic Enclosure : A cheap multi-layer acrylic enclosure equipped with heatsinks and a power supply fan. This is a great option for people who want a dust-proof, cheap acrylic housing.
But what if you have to push your Pi to the limit? Acrylic housings are great for occasional use with Pi, but they can not dissipate as much heat as some special Pi 4 housings.
Super cooling housing for high performance applications
The Raspberry Pi 4 is a powerful small computer. It is also very easy to overheat. If you're fed up with seeing this thermometer icon (and its associated chokes), maybe it's time to buy a Pi package that dissipates as much heat as possible.
As a side note The enclosures are basically just aluminum heatsinks. They are super thin and it can be worthwhile to use only a thin housing (even if you do not need additional heat dissipation).
Here are our preferred cooling housings for the Pi 4:
- EleDuino Temperature-Controlled Case : This sleek, attractive anodized aluminum housing features built-in automatic temperature control (along with a fan speed button). It comes with two low-noise fans and has pre-drilled wall mounting holes at the bottom.
- Artik Red Cooling Case : This affordable aluminum heatsink case is a great way to keep your Pi 4 cool and accessible. It comes with two tiny fans and does not block the GPIO pins, PoE pins, camera modules or display modules of your Pis.
- Unistorm aluminum heat sink housing : A super slim aluminum heat sink housing with two fans (there is a fanless model). In this case, the GPIO pins, PoE pins, camera modules or display modules of the Pi 4 are not blocked.
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Touch Screen Cases
Some Raspberry Pi cases have integrated touchscreens. It seems a strange idea, but a built-in display can be useful for controlling Media Center or running applications on the go. They are also useful for building Pi-powered smart home devices such as controllers or hubs.
Here are some great pi cases with integrated touchscreen:
- Jun-Electron 3.5-Inch : Easy to assemble 3.5-inch touchscreen enclosure with heatsinks and fan. The touch screen resolution is 320 × 480.
- TangYY 3.5-inch : A solid little case with a 3.5-inch 320x480p touchscreen. It comes with a fan, heatsinks and a stylus.
- Longeruner 7-Inch : The Longruner is equipped with a 1024 × 600 7-inch touchscreen. It works well as a wall mounted or freestanding display and is perfect for a media center or a smart home device. The Pi 4 can be attached to the back of this display, but you need a mini HDMI to HDMI cable to ensure proper operation.
Keep in mind that a bit of heat can develop on these displays. If you want to keep them running all day, make sure they are adequately ventilated.