Cooler Master, best known for its PC cases and other PC accessories, has made a move into the world of maker electronics with the Pi Case 40.
At the time of writing 1 105 backers have pledged €35 146 (~R668K) to the project with 35 days left to go before the campaign ends.
Cooler Master has adopted some of the industry standards for Pi enclosures into the Pi Case 40 – passive cooling by way of an aluminium shell, side GPIO access with a legend, a remappable power button and more are all on offer here.
There is also an emphasis on portability here with it referred to as a “travel case for Pi enthusiasts, by Pi enthusiasts” in the trailer embedded below.
When the Kickstarter campaign ends in 35 days Cooler Master has also stated that it will release all the files and relevant documentation behind the Pi Case 40 so that people in the open source community can make use of them.
The cheapest tier to get one of these cases is for €23 (~R437) which also includes a VESA / wall mount. Increasing your pledge amount gets you bundle deals include more cases, Raspberry Pi 4s and peripherals. many early bird specials for lower prices were available but have sold out.
The big spenders can big up “co-developer” packs which come with online sessions with the dev team, or even customised versions of the case.
After completing the first stretch goal for the VESA mounts the next goal, when reached, will mean that a free 5V 3A power supply will be provided with each case. Stretch goals three and and later have not been revealed just yet.
You can check out the Kickstarter page here and, as always, don’t spend anything on crowdfunding you’re not prepared to lose entirely. While Cooler Master is a reputable brand there’s no guarantee with crowdfunding that you will ever receive what you pay for.
The estimated shipping date for the Pi Case 40 is September this year, so it seems like things are ready to go right after the funding closes.