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Pi-Top (laptop of raspberry pi )
pi‑topCEED is the easiest way to use your Raspberry Pi. We’ve put what you love about our flagship laptop in a slimmer form factor. Join hundreds of code clubs and classrooms using pi‑topCEED as their solution to Computer Science and STEAM based learning.
New pi-top laptop sliding keyboard and large trackpad
The keyboard is, to our eyes, the most interesting new feature. It’s connected via a flexible cable and it slides down to provide access to the Raspberry Pi and other electronic components.
The fresh design enables a larger keyboard with a clickable trackpad located below it, in a more typical position. It also features a larger 14 inch 1080P display.
Beneath the keyboard is housed an 11-volt battery providing between 8-10 hours of battery life.
Build quality is said to be “improved” by the pi-top team, and in our brief hands-on test we found it a more professional looking, and feeling, laptop; but one that still offers great potential for hacking and making. It’s still very much a laptop for makers and students.
“The first thing you do with pi-top is build it,” said Jesse Lozano, CEO of pi-top. Because student understand the internals, they “really focus on what you can build.”
Raspberry Pi inside the new pi-top laptop
A Raspberry Pi 3 is used to power the new pi-top laptop; it’s coupled to a passive cooling unit that keeps the power down. The cooling unit is not being used to overclock the Raspberry Pi 3, but to keep the system cool inside the pi-top enclosure. “With our cooling mechanism you can have more stuff running,” explained Jesse.
The laptop runs pi-topOS, an operating system based on Raspbian. As well as programs like Scratch and Minecraft Pi; pi-topOS has office apps likes Google Docs and LibreOffice, and Google Drive cloud storage support.
It also comes with dedicated coding tools such as pi-topCODER and CEEDuniverse (an adventure game where students need to solve visual programming puzzles). It’s the only education technology platform endorsed by the UK awarding board OCR (Oxford Cambridge RSA Review Board).
Inventors Kit and the new pi-top laptop
Included with the package is an Inventor’s Kit. This contains 20 parts and instructions for electronic projects. We saw a motion activated robot, wire game and a music machine built using LEDs and buttons.
The parts are used with the included pi-topPROTO+, a breadboard with GPIO breakout pins. The piTopPROTO+ clips into a hub connected to the Raspberry Pi, and sits on top of the new magnetic sliding module rail. This enables students to quickly remove and add components, such as a speaker, to the pi-top laptop.
“pi-top’s mission is to provide powerful, inspiring products that bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to life. Our newest-generation of modular laptops helps achieve that goal. Now, anyone from young musicians to scientists to software developers to inventors can explore and create wonderful new projects using the pi-top laptop. We’re offering learning beyond the screen and keyboard, enabling wider exploration of computer science and basic electronics, ensuring that young learners have the opportunity to be inspired by a world of STEAM-based learning.”
- HD 14” anti-glare screen with EDP interface
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- PWM screen brightness control
- 262K colour
- 1.2GHz quad-core arm cortex A53P
- 4 USB ports
- 40 GPIO pins
- HDMI port
- Ethernet port
- 802.11 B/G/N wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Camera interface
- Display interface
- Micro SD card slot
- Videocore IV 3D graphics core
- Two-wire SMBUS V2.0 interface
- Over-current, over-voltage, over-temperature protection
- Modular Rail for pi-top accessories
- Adjustable viewing angle up to 65˚ (from vertical)
- Rubberised anti-slip surface contact points
- Internal cables
- 8GB class 10 SD card with pi-topOS
- Power supply