June 21, 2024


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Argon One Case Moves All Raspberry Pi 4 Ports to the Back

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The Raspberry Pi single-board computer may be tiny, but with ports on more than one side it can become a bit of a sprawling mess of cables once setup. A new case aims to fix that, though, by simply moving all ports on to the same side.

As Liliputing reports, the Argon One from Waveshare promises to solve your cable management problems. It’s an aluminum case custom designed for the Raspberry Pi 4 board, but also includes an adapter board which sits at the side of the Pi and plugs into the USB-C power port, two micro HDMI ports, and the audio port. It then replicates those ports on the back of the case next to the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Another nice-to-have depending on your preference is a power button on the rear for safely shutting down the Raspberry Pi. It means the case is free of any buttons, ports, or lights when viewed from the front or sides.

On the top of the Argon One are three airflow vents and inside there’s also a fan and extension pillars allowing the case to act as a giant heatsink for the hot-running board. Your Raspberry Pi should therefore have its temperature easily kept under control even at full load. The rear of the top casing is held on magnetically and can be removed to reveal a GPIO recess and labels with easy access to the pins inside.

The 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 recently dropped in price to $35, and a $50 high quality camera just launched for the single-board computer. The Argon One is available for $20 direct from the manufacturer, but you’ll pay a little more for it through an online store such as Amazon.

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