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pi-top [4] + Foundation Kit

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pi-top [4] is a new game-changing, programmable computing device that combines digital making, coding and practical projects. With pi-top [4], educators, students and inventors get to design, code and make anything they can imagine using one simple, easy-to-use system. From beginner to superuser, pi-top powers your projects and brings learning into the real world.


Every pi-top [4] comes with a Foundation Kit, an electronics ‘bento box’ containing 14 components including programmable sensors, buttons and LEDs. Get started right away by learning the basics of coding and physical computing, then continue your learning by progressing into guided lesson plans in advanced coding, robotics, cybersecurity and AI.


pi-top [4] is an awesome platform for invention and tackling real-world challenges. Attach it to a drone or weather balloon for a bird’s eye view, connect moisture sensors to record environmental changes, wear it to measure movement and motion and use it to control everything from robotic vehicles to stage lights. What you invent is entirely up to you.


You can easily connect pi-top [4] to your existing Windows, Apple and Chromebook computers, making deploying code and retrieving results easy. Third-party products like LEGO and Arduino are also supported; and with Raspberry Pi GPIO connectivity as standard, you have instant access to thousands of free projects, components and resources.


Every pi-top [4] comes with the latest operating system, pi-topOS SIRIUS. Built on the rock-solid foundations of Raspbian (Buster), it’s packed with features and sports a clean, crisp look and feel.

There's a whole range of apps; from Scratch 3 and Mu for coding to GIMP for image editing and Sonic Pi for making music. There’s even access to cool games like Minecraft Raspberry Pi edition.

What's in the box?

Every pi‑top [4] comes with 14 pi-top component modules comprising programmable sensors, buttons and LEDs to bring your inventions to life. You connect these to your pi‑top [4] using a Foundation Plate that fits snuggly underneath it. The Foundation Plate is a beginner level plate that lets you connect LEDs, sensors and potentiometers to make circuits, games and electronic systems.

Also included:

  • Integrated Speaker
  • 16GB SD card
  • Power supply - UK, US and EU
  • Ethernet cable
  • Screwdriver

Plus one-year warranty

Product overview

  • pi-topOS SIRIUS pre-installed
  • Access to pi-top Further

pi-top [4] computing power

  • Single Board Computer: Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • CPU: Quad Core 64 bit SoC @ 1.5 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 16 GB micro-SD card (Gigabit Ethernet up to 1 Gbps)
  • Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz + 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth: Low Energy v5.0
  • Multimedia: H.265 (4Kp60 decode); H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode); OpenGL ES, 3.0 graphics

pi-top [4] cooling system

  • Heat Sink: Aluminium finned heat sink for Raspberry Pi 4 SoC
  • Fan: Integrated 0.9 Watt centrifugal cooling fan (30 x 30 x 7 mm)
    • Air flow rate: 1.5 CFM
    • Static Pressure: 92 Pa
    • Raspberry Pi CPU temperature at 100% 4-core CPU load:
      • Inside pi-top [4]: 64 °C
      • Standalone RPi: 85 °C with thermal throttling of CPU due to max temperature of Pi being 85 °C

pi-top [4] battery and power

  • Charge Time: 1 hour 15 minutes from 0% to 100%
  • Discharge Time:
    • 5 hours as standalone pi-top [4]
    • 2.5 hours with screen/keyboard attached
  • Battery Type:
    • Built-in 19.24 Watt-hour (7.4 V, 2600 mAh) Lithium Polymer Battery
    • 5 hours as standalone pi-top [4]
    • 2.5 hours with screen/keyboard attached
  • Voltage:
    • Min = 6 V, Nominal = 7.4 V, Max = 8.4 V
  • Power Supply:
    • 36 Watt, 12 V, 3 Api-top [4] connectors

pi-top [4] connectors

  • DC Jack: 5.5 x 2.1mm barrel jack, 12 V, 3 A
  • HDMI: 1 x micro HDMI out ports (support HDMI Audio)
  • 1 x pi-top Display port: this comes with the USB2.0 and HDMI adapters to connect to monitors or computers (listed below)

    • 1 x pi-top display cable
    • 1 x pi-top Display port cable to USB2.0 adapter
    • 1 x pi-top display port cable to HDMI adapter
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack aka Headphone Jack: Stereo audio and analogue video out. Same 4-pole TRRS pinout as Raspberry Pi 4

  • USB: 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0
  • Ethernet: 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Socket
  • GPIO: 40-pin female socket (28 programmable General Purpose Input/Output)
  • Micro SD Card Slot: Externally-accessible micro SD card slot for Raspberry Pi
  • CSI / DSI Ribbon Cable Slots: Slots provided for easy routing of camera (CSI) and display (DSI) cables to/from Raspberry Pi
  • pi-top Maker Architecture (PMA)Connector: Single 100p Connector carrying Raspberry Pi GPIOs, USB 2.0, Power and DSI for interfacing to all peripherals and the pi-top Maker Architecture; includes pi-top [4] back power capability
  • Pogo Interface: 8 pins with 5 V, UART, and I2C. Can also identify the plate connected

pi-top [4] speaker

  • Internal Speaker: 1 W Nominal (2 W max), mono speaker

pi-top [4] physical specification

  • Dimensions: 131.9 x 99.4 x 34 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg

pi-top [4] user interface

  • Programmable Buttons: 4 x Buttons, also available on system standby
  • Mini Display: OLED Monochrome Screen, 128 x 64 pixels. Available on system standby
  • Power Switch: Power on device + Soft/Hard Shutdown
  • Status LEDs: Raspberry Pi Power LED (Red) + SD Card Activity (Green) + Power Supply LED
  • Docking Clasp: Releases the pi-top [4] from docks and plates


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