I have been playing around with the Raspberry Pi for a few years now and always find something fun to do with them. Most of these projects end up being headless so remote access is typically the way I control them (see my post about that here) and I have never really thought about adding the Official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen. Well recently I decided to pick one up and see just how it worked out (review coming soon). Well getting the Official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen also required me to find a case that could accommodate both the Touchscreen and a Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
I ended up purchasing the RS Raspberry Pi 7-inch LCD Touch Screen Case and have to say I am happy with it. It holds everything in one enclosure for me. The daughter board for the touchscreen is mounted to the back of the touchscreen with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ mounted to that, the assembly then sits inside the RS Case and secured with four screws. Because of this assembly is simple. With the Raspberry Pi inside of this case you have access to all the ports around the outside and can access the GPIO by taking the removable panel off the back of the RS Case (the part with the Raspberry Pi logo on it). The only thing you can not access however is the SD Card Slot on the Raspberry Pi. To me this is a huge fail and I can not understand why anyone would block this and require me to take four screws out to access the Micro SD Card. On the top of the RS Case is a slot for the Raspberry Pi Camera Module which is nice, but they should also have included a slot for the ribbon cable to go into instead you need to loop it over the outside (blocking the HDMI and Audio ports) and into the slot by the removable back panel.
Now because of a firmware change with the Raspberry Pi the touchscreen is upside down when in the RS Case and you will need to edit a file to rotate it. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says the orientation change was done to put the desktop at a better viewing angle, I am not sure how much I buy into that but have not used the touchscreen previously, so I can not compare.
For now, I am going to continue using the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and the touchscreen in the RS Case as it does appear to be well built but if I decide to add things onto this Raspberry Pi and use it for more than just a dashboard then I may think of changing the case. I like to look of the Smarticase Lego Style Case but that just be my inner Lego geek coming out.
Anyone have any recommendations on Raspberry Pi Touchscreen cases?
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