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PiDock 400 turns Raspberry Pi into a 13-inch notebook

The Raspberry Pi 400 becomes a compact laptop with the PiDock 400. (Image: Vilros)
The Raspberry Pi 400 becomes a compact laptop with the PiDock 400. (Image: Vilros)
The Raspberry Pi 400 packs a single-board computer into the housing of a keyboard. Together with the PiDock 400, users can quickly transform the compact PC into a laptop with a 13.3-inch 1080p display and a trackpad, although the dock does not have an integrated battery.

The PiDock 400 is a laptop case with a display and trackpad that has neither PC hardware nor a keyboard. To add these components, users can simply attach a Raspberry Pi 400 to the housing.

In combination with the Raspberry Pi 400, the PiDock 400 becomes a relatively simple laptop with a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM processor, 4 GB RAM and a 16 GB microSD memory card. This makes the PC primarily suitable for web and office applications, but hardly suitable for more demanding tasks such as photo or video editing. The PiDock 400 provides the Raspberry Pi 400 with a 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, a trackpad and a 3.5 mm headphone connection.

Curiously, however, the device does not have a battery; instead, the manufacturer supplies a power supply unit that can supply both the dock and the Raspberry Pi 400 with power via cable. The GPIO pins remain accessible in the laptop housing, meaning that the PiDock 400 is primarily aimed at hobbyists rather than consumers looking for a cheap laptop. Not least because cheaper, more fully equipped laptops can already be found for the total price of the PiDock 400 and the Raspberry Pi 400.

Prices and availability

The PiDock 400 is available in the US via the manufacturer's website for $239.99. The Raspberry Pi 400 is not included.


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Hannes Brecher, 2024-04-16 (Update: 2024-04-16)