Do not use 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 sleeve
Raspberry Pis can be used to achieve almost anything. Need a smart mirror? You can build one with a Pi. Do you want a powerful media center? Install it on a Raspberry Pi.
But all this flexibility can make it difficult to find a good Raspberry Pi case. Some covers are intended for everyday applications, but others are specifically made for smart home setups, entertainment centers or intensive applications (which can generate a lot of heat).
So before you go shopping for a Pi sleeve, you have to stop and think about what you need. Here are some of the features you may need in a Pi 4 sleeve:
- Heat Dissipation : If you plan to use your Pi 4 for intensive activities or longer periods, you probably need a nice, cool purchase a cover. Aluminum enclosures with fans and heat sinks are the coolest option, but most people can get away with the absolute minimum, such as a single-fan enclosure or proper ventilation.
- GPIO / Module Access : All Pi housings mentioned in this article offer easy access to the GPIO and module pins, but some give a little extra room for maneuver for cables. If you want to use accessories such as camera modules or with your Pi, try to find a case with extra cable space.
- Assembly : Most Raspberry Pi covers are really easy to assemble. But some cheap covers are made from stacked pieces of acrylic (such as a cover cut in Bologna), and they are really hard to assemble. If you don't feel like tackling that extra work, look for a more expensive case.
- Labeling : Clear or unlabelled items can make it harder to find the gates of the Pi 4. If you want a business that does not confuse your family or housemates, try to find one that is opaque and labeled.
Okay, now that you know what you're looking for, it's time to shop for your new Raspberry Case for Pi 4.
Before we start, it's worth noting that the Pi 4 Model B is still a relatively new product. We will cover many different cases in this article, but some popular case styles, such as retro game console cases, have not yet been manufactured for the Pi 4.
All-Purpose Cases (great for entertainment centers) [1
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Some cases, such as the official Raspberry Pi 4 cover, are meant to to fit in almost any situation. These cases usually have attractive designs, sufficient cooling and sufficient space for cables. They are also fairly easy to assemble, although they usually cost more than your typical Raspberry Pi cover.
We recommend that you use these covers for media centers or desktops. If you plan to push your Pi to the limit, you might want to find an all-purpose cover that comes with fans or view the supercooling cases later in this article.
Here are a few fantastic covers for all purposes:
- Pi 4 official case : the official Pi 4 case of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is an attractive, easy-to-assemble housing that leaves enough room for internal cables.
- Flirc silver housing : this attractive, affordable, easy to assemble housing is a great option for intense or informal Pi 4 projects. It effectively dissipates heat with its raised feet and aluminum heat sinks, and you have easy access to the GPIO and the main Pi connectors through the bottom of the case. Flirc also sells this cover with Kodi branding.
- Anidees Premium cover : Anidees premium Pi 4 covers are slim, easy to assemble and well ventilated. They also have sound-damping feet, holes for wall mounting and sufficient interior space for GPIO and access to the main connector.
- Extra long cover Anidees : a high-quality housing that is easy to assemble. This case is almost identical to the Anidees premium case, but has a little extra headroom for cables and modules.
- Argon One Mini Computer Case : From this moment on, this is the only Pi 4 case that actually looks like a computer case or game console. It is well ventilated, comes with a USB-C power supply, has a removable magnetic top and actually has a GPIO label printed on its back for on-the-fly modifications.
- GeeekPi Fan ABS housing : a simple case with a large 40 mm fan. It is easy to assemble or disassemble, and it has two pre-installed holes for wall mounting.
Now that we have seen some (somewhat expensive) universal cases, it is time to look at a few budget Pi 4 cases.
Budget acrylic enclosures
Acrylic Raspberry Pi enclosures are not as attractive as aluminum enclosures, but they are very inexpensive . They are usually made from stacked pieces of acrylic (such as slices of clear plastic meat from deli), so they can be a bit difficult to assemble.
But for the price they are a great alternative to universal enclosures
Here is a solid selection of cheap acrylic Pi 4 sleeves:
- TangYY Acrylic Case : a ridiculously cheap Pi 4 case that is made from two pieces of acrylic. It comes with a fan and leaves a lot of room for extra cables.
- Vilros acrylic housing : this transparent acrylic housing consists of two parts (so it is easier to assemble than layered acrylic housing). It comes with a large 40 mm fan and has narrow holes for GPIO and module access.
- Miuzei Super-Cool Acrylic Case : a great budget option for anyone who wants to keep his Pi 4 as cool as possible. This stacked acrylic housing can be difficult to assemble, but comes with a fan, a power supply and heat sinks.
- GeeekPi acrylic housing : an inexpensive layered acrylic housing that comes with heat sinks and a fan. This is a good option for people who want a dust-proof cheap acrylic housing.
But what if you have to push your Pi to the limit? Acrylic cases are great for casual Pi use, but they cannot dissipate heat, just like some specialized Pi 4 cases.
Super cool boxes for heavy applications
The Raspberry Pi 4 is a powerful small computer. It is also very easy to get overheated. If you are sick of seeing that thermometer icon (and the constraint that comes with it), then it might be time to buy a Pi case that is built to dissipate as much heat as possible.
As an aside, these housings are basically just aluminum heat sinks. They are super thin, and it may be worth using only one to have a thin case (even if you don't need the extra heat dissipation).
Here are our favorite cooling cases for the Pi 4:
- EleDuino temperature-controlled housing : this sleek, attractive housing is made of anodized aluminum and has built-in automatic temperature control (along with a fan speed button). It comes with two silent fans and has pre-drilled wall mounting holes on the bottom.
- Artik Red Cooling Case : This affordable aluminum heat sink is a great way to keep your Pi 4 cool and accessible. It comes with two small fans and does not block the GPIO pins, PoE pins, camera module or display module of your Pi.
- Unistorm aluminum cooling : a super-thin aluminum heat sink with two fans (there is a model without a fan). This case does not block the GPIO pins, PoE pins, camera module or display module of the Pi 4.
All-purpose cases, budget cases and cooling cases. We've paid a lot of attention here, and now it's time to start with the weird things.
Some Raspberry Pi cases have built-in touchscreens. It may seem like a strange idea, but a built-in screen can be useful for controlling media centers or for applications that you use while traveling. They are also useful for building Pi-powered smart home devices such as controllers or hubs.
Here are some great Pi enclosures with built-in touch screens:
- Jun-Electron 3.5-inch : an easy-to-assemble 3.5-inch touchscreen cover with heat sinks and a fan. The touchscreen resolution is 320 × 480.
- TangYY 3.5-inch : a solid small case with a 3.5-inch 320x480p touchscreen. It comes with a fan, heat sinks and a stylus.
- Longeruner 7-inch : the Longruner has a 1024 × 600 7-inch touchscreen display. It works well as a wall-mounted or freestanding screen and would be a perfect media center or smart home device. The Pi 4 can be mounted on the back of this screen, but you need a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable to make things work properly.
Please note that these screens can build up a little heat. If you plan to keep them working all day, make sure they get adequate ventilation. perform scalable software or resource intensive tasks. But you can't just put a pile of Piss in a mess on your desk like an animal. Instead, you must do things in a civilized way and stack your Raspberry Pis in a giant nerdy tower. We call it a quad-decker Pi sandwich.
These Pi racks work with the Pi 4B, 3B +, 3B, 2B and B +. And yes, you can create clusters with non-matching Pis.
- iUniker 4-Layer Case : The iUniker cluster cabinet can hold four Pis at a time and comes with four fans and a set of heat sinks.  Yahboom 6-Layer Case : This affordable Yahboom case can hold six Pis at a time and offers enough room for GPIO adjustments. This cover is not supplied with fans, but has good ventilation.
- Cloudlet 8-layer cover : the giant Cloudlet 8-layer cover is expensive, but it is perfect for large Pi clusters. It comes with four large 50 mm fans and can contain an 8-port switch under your cluster.
Do not forget to buy a USB power supply block with multiple inputs for your Pi cluster. Otherwise you will be stuck when searching for additional sockets and USB bricks.
We have paid a lot of attention here today, from universal cases to super-high Pi cluster cabinets. These cases must be perfect for almost any project, whether you are trying to build a media center or want to add some brains to your kitchen appliances.