All-in-one computer case


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by normal » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:54 pm
I see a lot of neat cases, but they all have the same problem: They don't reduce the clutter that ultimately comes from the Pi. I would think the ideal case would build in all the most commonly used components. I want to see a case that dispenses the powered hub and uncertain power supply. A case that would have its own built-in USB 2.0 hub that also powers the PI. It has its own power cord to power everything. It would be probably twice as big as the average case, but there wouldn't be anything big sticking out, so no hub next to it that oculd get disconnected. It might be somewhat complicated getting all the plugs on the USB and power sides plugged in, but as for power it could probably power the PI through GPIO instead if the plug for the power makes the case too long which makes the SD card hard to remove.

Does a USB-integrated case like this exist?
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by elatllat » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:08 am
My house does exactly that.
The thing with the rpi is that so many people can't be bothered to use a case at all, and others have so much custom stuff connected to it that I think the simple small cases that are available do accomodate the largest homogeneous target markets.
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by Xqwzts » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:37 pm
I may have just the case you are talking about. It is a simple DIY Lego case (complete with instructions & pictures) that I created to house my RasPi and a Belkin 7-port powered USB hub. After some research I discovered that it was safe for my RasPi to be powered through its USB port, since it is a newer model. So I bought this Belkin USB hub that has more than enough ports and built myself a "2-floor" case for the RasPi and the hub. This way, the hub is right on top of the RasPi and the only cable i need is the hub power supply. There is a short mini-USB to USB cable that connects the hub with the RasPi and once i plug in the power both devices turn on. The case is quite small on the sides (like other Lego cases made by the community) and just half an inch taller to accommodate the USB hub. I even have plans for the future (was thinking of one more floor sometime later in the future to house a small hard drive).

The only downside is that the design of the case blocks one USB port from the hub, but with the remaining USB from the Pi it didn't even bother me (besides, during my daily usage i have never found myself using more than 3 ports simultaneously)

I plan on posting the schematics I created using Lego Digital Designer later today when I return home from work. I will also post it on www.instructables.com (they have a contest until November 2 for DIY projects involving the RasPi)

I will edit this post with a link to the topic when I finish it! :D

Xqwzts
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by Jamesbeat » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:23 pm
I built an all in one case including keyboard.
Mine doesn't fit your criteria because I built it for a very specialised purpose, (a dedicated ZX Spectrum emulation machine) but you could easily apply the principles to a case that would fit your needs.

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=20757

Building a case onto the bottom of a keyboard using ABS or styrene plastic sheet is easy and rewarding, and you can make pretty much anything you want.
Of course, you don't have to build it onto a keyboard, but if you truly want an all-in-one machine, keyboards are almost always made out of ABS, which is very convenient.

You make a 'glue' out of scrap plastic dissolved in acetone, and this welds the plastic together, making for a very strong joint.
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by matt_heys » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:49 am
I'd be interested in a case like that too, mine looks a bit too much like spaghetti at the moment.

I'd like to see a case that powered the Pi, had 2 powered USB ports min and possibly, a USB to Sata adapter which could mount a 2.5" hdd in.

I'm not worried about taking the SD card in and out as once it's setup it will stay in the case, but maybe if the case had a method of opening a flap or a quick release bottom or something if other people want to swap between distros often.


I might have a go with one of those 3d printing companies where you send your specs in and they print it for you, although I'd much rather buy one from someone who can actually design stuff.

[Edit]
On a side note, I'm not interested in size, I understand a smaller pcb is cheaper to make for the foundation but for me it is more about the power consumption, I want something that will always be one, so a case that is twice the size is no issue for me whatsoever.
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by notarat » Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:20 pm
matt_heys wrote:I'd be interested in a case like that too, mine looks a bit too much like spaghetti at the moment.

I'd like to see a case that powered the Pi, had 2 powered USB ports min and possibly, a USB to Sata adapter which could mount a 2.5" hdd in.

I'm not worried about taking the SD card in and out as once it's setup it will stay in the case, but maybe if the case had a method of opening a flap or a quick release bottom or something if other people want to swap between distros often.


I might have a go with one of those 3d printing companies where you send your specs in and they print it for you, although I'd much rather buy one from someone who can actually design stuff.

[Edit]
On a side note, I'm not interested in size, I understand a smaller pcb is cheaper to make for the foundation but for me it is more about the power consumption, I want something that will always be one, so a case that is twice the size is no issue for me whatsoever.


Mock up something in Lego, then throw something together permanent.

One of my Lego cases contains a 4 port hub as well as a 2.5" SATA Dock for installing my SSDs, and powers the Pi and it's cooling fan as well.

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by Gary Littlemore » Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:46 pm
You may of already seen the following post, 'My post' I'm looking into maybe making a 4.5" square x 1" high case made from milled Aluminium along the lines of the Pi Holder moving the USB and Audio Jack to the front with the SD Card and moving everything else to the back of the case, with a small on/off switch in the side.
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by bald_pig » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:54 pm
My PS2 case will achieve this, and will also include a disk drive and HDD!
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by Stiwhoa » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:02 pm
Here is a recently launched Kickstarter campaign that features an all in one design that houses a 4.3" monitor, wireless keyboard and your Pi. All inside of a plastic hard locking case.

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=20455
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by bobcool09 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:01 am
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=29667
Looks like it will be exactly what you want
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by compuquak » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:12 pm
So - I don't see why someone has not designed a well spec'ed all in one case for this little PC. The little ones on the market are nice to protect it, but are not practical -- still have to have crap all over the desptop to get it hooked up. So, I gave it a shot and came up with an acrylic case that allows me to easily remove the RPi itself, includes a hard drive, USB Hub and two power supplier (one dedicatged to the Pi). I would rather have used a single PS and would if I were to design one for the market. I still need to stick a 90 degree elbow ethernet cable in it (attached to a Keystone jack on the back). The wiring was a bit of a challenge (I am not a EE type) - I burned up a power supply and a USB hub - but finally got it all to work. If anyone is interested, I have a couple pix on Picasa: (https://picasaweb.google.com/compuquak/ ... directlink)
E-mail me if you have any questions (compuquak@live.com)
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