A small package arrived over the weekend, a redirection from my old address. Yes that £60 service from the Royal Mail is quite useful in ensuring whoever buys your home doesn’t steal your regular electronics deliveries.
Inside I found 5 colourful plastic cases that I’m pretty sure I didn’t order. On closer inspection I found that they were Pi Zero cases – ones I hadn’t seen in the wild before. I eventually found a business card from Jacob at ModMyPi which confirmed that this was a new range coming out.
Logistics aside, I’m of course keen to check out this new case and share some pictures with you. I’m also giving one away as it would be just plain greedy for me to keep all 5 for myself – so read on to find out how to get your dirty mitts on one…
The ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Zero case comes in Black, White, Blue, Green & Frosted.
I can’t decide which flavour I like the most – I’m torn between the rare blue colour, the almost ‘Pi Top‘ green and the nice frosted one that shows off your Zero‘s guts. Black is always a winner too, as is white. You could even mix the colours up. Tough one.
Putting the case together is ridiculously easy thanks to it being made of just 3 push-together parts. No fixings or tools required:
Every port is accessible around your Pi Zero, including a smart cover on the SD card. It gives you the best of both worlds – SD protection whilst also easily being accessible.
The case comes with a plastic cover over the top and bottom of the GPIO section, which can be cut out if you have a header soldered (the case won’t close if you do). The only minor downside is that you can’t put them back if you change your mind:
I’m still not convinced that you need to worry about ventilation on a Pi, but if you are, the Raspberry Pi logo cut-out on the front provides some fresh air:
The underside doesn’t have any feet to stop is skating around on your desk, but then again, the Zero is so small and light that it’s unlikely feet would help anyway.
What they do come with is little M3 screw mount holes which will be really handy for more permanent projects:
Yep, you’re covered for HATs and add-on boards. With the GPIO section removed, pins are exposed and ready for hardware. Below you’ll see a ZeroSeg board mounted on top of the case:
ModMyPi require just five of your shiny pound coins for one of these new cases. That’s a steal for an injection moulded case, considering the setup costs that go into making these.
Win a ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Zero Case!
Want some of the action? Of course you do! I’m giving away one (random) ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Zero Case to one lucky reader – all you need to do is add a comment below telling me which colour you want and why. Go go go! (Winner announced Sunday 11th September)
Update: Pranav is our winner! Sounds like getting stock of certain Raspberry Pi parts is a bit tough over in India, so I’m sending him the blue case to show off to his friends. Email is on the way Pranav!
Until next time…