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Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC with the DeskPi Pro

The DeskPi Pro can be pre-ordered for US$54.99. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
The DeskPi Pro can be pre-ordered for US$54.99. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
With the DeskPi Pro, Seeedstudio has created a case for the Raspberry Pi 4 that turns the single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC. The DeskPi Pro offers 2.5-inch HDD/SSD support and provides two full-sized HDMI ports, among other innovations.

The Raspberry Pi 4 can do many things, but active cooling is not one of them. There are many ways to cool the Raspberry Pi 4 actively and its predecessors, but the DeskPi Pro from Seeedstudio also transforms it into a conventional PC. The DeskPi Pro should be small enough to use as a media centre, also.

The DeskPi Pro has an aluminium outer shell, within which Seeedstudio has included a 2.5-inch drive bay and an ICE Tower Cooler with a PWM fan for cooling the single-board computer (SBC). Any 2.5-inch SSDs must be connected via USB 3.0 and powered separately to the Raspberry Pi 4, though. By contrast, the DeskPi Pro has a 7+15 pin SATA connector for connecting a 2.5-inch HDD. 

Seeedstudio has added two full-sized HDMI ports too, along with two USB 2.0 Type-A ports for connecting more peripherals and accessories. Additionally, the company has included a power button and a reset button, which is handy. The DeskPi Pro is available to pre-order for US$54.99 and will begin shipping on October 15. US$54.99 nets a QC 3.0-compatible power supply and a corresponding USB cable also, which Seeedstudio will include in the box.

The front and back of the DeskPi Pro. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
The front and back of the DeskPi Pro. (Image source: Seeedstudio)
A look at the inside of the DeskPi Pro. (Image source: leepsvideo via CNX Software)
A look at the inside of the DeskPi Pro. (Image source: leepsvideo via CNX Software)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-10- 8 (Update: 2020-10- 8)
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