The pi-top is a DIY laptop you build yourself that helps you start learning how to code, create awesome devices and take your knowledge to the next level. This Raspberry Pi powered laptop is an excellent resource to any budding hobbyist, student or intrigued user wanting to learn more about the capabilities of the credit card-sized development board. The only thing this kit doesn’t include is a speaker and its own Raspberry Pi; you’ll need to supply that on your own. We purposefully chose the pi-top without its own RPi due to the fact that most of you already own your own board and may not want to use a different or more expensive one.
The gray pi-top comes with a 13.3" HD LCD screen (1366 x 768 resolution), a QWERTY layout keyboard with trackpad, a smart battery pack capable of running the pi-top for 10-12 hours, and a Hub PCB to take care of power management and a host of other functions. Don’t worry about cables or your OS either; everything to hook up each part in the box is included, along with the latest version of the pi-top OS on an 8GB microSD card. Assembly is easy – just plug or snap in all the parts with minimal use of the included tools.
All pi-tops come preloaded with CEEDuniverse, a multiplayer online game that teaches you how to code, build circuits and make hardware that interacts with the game in real time. For example, you’ll be mining for resources in CEEDuniverse. However, you must program your mining bot in order to activate your Mining Machine. Speaking of mining, Minecraft comes pre-installed on each laptop as well!
Note: Need a Raspberry Pi to use with your pi-top? Never fear; we have you covered with the new Raspberry Pi 3!
Note: This item is non-returnable and may take longer to process due to battery installed in the equipment and therefore does not qualify for same-day shipping. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Weight: 3.183 Pounds
Using the Raspberry Pi 3B+? You need pi-topOS version 2018-04-03 or newer or your Pi will get stuck on the “rainbow screen of death.” You can download the newest version of the OS at the link below. https://pi-top.com/products/os#download
Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.
Skill Level: Competent - You might need to break out the power tools. Nothing beyond a power drill or rotary tool should be required, but you might have a hard time with just a screwdriver and hammer. Cutting holes into plastic or metal might be required.
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If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 6 ratings:
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I was really looking forward to this unit as I have seen so many good reviews. However: 1. when I did a standard upgrade/update, it crashed the card - have not tried again; 2. the keyboard is warped (puffed upward) and is uncomfortable to use; and 3. the prototype board is not available in the US. Between the OS issues and the lack of breadboard support, I would not recommend this to anyone who wants to use it for anything other than Minecraft.
Sorry that you’re having issues with it. I would suggest contacting PiTop support (firstname.lastname@example.org) - they understand that, being a new product, it may have some issues, and they’re being great working to resolve them!
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Recently I was looking for a cheap laptop I could take to work and use in meetings. All it had to do was run a web browser and connect to wifi so I could take notes in our wiki and software issue systems. I’ve been wanting to try the pi-top laptop, and this seemed like a good chance.
And its not returnable because it has lithium batteries in it.
Full rant here: http://qypea1.dyndns.info/wp/2017/08/pi-top-review/
1 of 1 found this helpful:
I loved everything it wanted to be. Pi based Laptop. 10 hour battery. DYI
When I first set it up it was GREAT!. I had a blast. But then It had the battery problem. Then a power board problem. Contacted support they were great, but slow.
I last attempted repairs and then the monitor went on me. So it may be working, but we got stalled on the monitor replacement. So no screen activity.
I gave up after that.
It would have been great.
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The Raspberry Pi in a truly mobile form factor ! I followed the directions carefully - had it together in an hour or so. And it booted right up. Having a blast with it. First thing you should do, is go to the pi-top website get to the latest software update.
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This thing is so cool. It wasn’t too much work to put together, just enough to feel accomplished and know how to get it apart if needed. I noticed the keyboard bowed out a little, but then pulled the top plate and re positioned the power and HDMI wire that run under the top of the keyboard; now it seems flat. The keyboard layout gets me with the up arrow and the shift key, but that may be a European thing. I like the slide in plate covers the pi, its transparent so you can see the pi’s indicator lights; then if I need to get at something I just slide it out and I can get at the pi. This process is needed to plug things into the USB port of the pi which is a little cumbersome.
Currently I’m just using Jessie OS with no pi top software so I have no control over the laptop from the pi. I’m too invested in Jessie to change, I want to use the Pi-Top to develop programs then move them to a permanent pi. Having a nice portable pi to develop code without having to sit in my cold work shop (where space is and the mouse, keyboard, screen, power supply)
PI-top OS is apparently still being updated for Raspberry 3 B+ hardware (https://support.pi-top.com/en/support/discussions/topics/24000006113). OS shipping with the product now will not work out of the box with the newest boards.