The Best Raspberry Pi Cases

Though you can run a Raspberry Pi effectively without one, many want a case that can protect the single-board computer while offering an attractive design, built-in cooling or even special features. The amount of Raspberry Pi cases available is almost as numerous as decimal places in the number Pi, but choosing the right one for your model and use case can be a challenge.

There’s no single best Raspberry Pi case for all uses, because what you would want for a media center is different from what you need for a retro gaming system.  Below we’ve listed our favorite Raspberry Pi cases, including picks not only for the current-generation Raspberry Pi 4 but also for the Raspberry Pi 3 series and the diminutive Raspberry Pi Zero / Zero W.

  • Do you need GPIO / Camera Access? Many cases limit or completely block your access to the GPIO pins, which you need to attach the best Raspberry Pi HATs and other lights, motors and sensors. Before you buy, consider whether you plan to use the GPIO pins and whether you need to put a HAT directly on top of your Pi or you are comfortable using a ribbon cable to connect to the pins as some cases allow only that. The CSI camera port may also be blocked on some cases.
  • What kind of cooling? Some cases come with built-in fans while others use passive cooling by turning the top of the case into a heatsink. Still others leave room for a fan but don’t come with one. If you’re buying a case for a Raspberry Pi 4, cooling is critical.
  • Need anything special? While there are plenty of generic cases that just hold the Raspberry Pi, there are others that offer unique design or functionality. Some cases allow you to put the Pi on the back of a screen or come with a screen attached. Other models are meant to look like or function like retro game consoles.
  • Would you be better off without a pre-made case? For any project that involves building a robot or other physical device, you may be better served by using either no case at all or building your own case that incorporates the wires, buttons or other devices you need.

Best Raspberry Pi Cases You Can Buy Today

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Argon Neo

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Argon Neo

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Argon Neo

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Argon Neo

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1. Argon Neo

Most Stylish great looks, great passive cooling

Models Supported: Raspberry Pi 4 | GPIO Access: Yes | CSI Port Access: Yes | microSD Card Access: Yes | Cooling: Passive (Active optional) | Size: 3.75 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches (9.53 x 7.15 cm x 2.75 cm) | Weight: 3.98 ounces (113 grams)

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