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pi-top [4]: A programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage

The pi-top [4], a programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4. (Image source: pi-top)
The pi-top [4], a programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4. (Image source: pi-top)
The pi-top [4] allows you to code and program on the move thanks to its 5-hour internal battery life. The device comes with 14 electronic components including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, while it even works with an optional 2-in-1 screen and keyboard or an Advanced Vehicle Kit (AVK). The pi-top [4] is available to order on Kickstarter now for US$199 and will shop in November having already reached its US$100,000 funding goal.

The pi-top [4] is a programmable computing module that pi-top claims is for "makers, creators and innovators". Specifically, the company has built the device around a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4 GB of RAM and has added cooling system, along with a 5-hour internal battery for powering the pi-top [4] away from the mains.

Pi-top has incorporated a small screen too, on which you can display sensor data, system information or even some retro games. The pi-top [4] comes with 14 electronic components, including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, all of which are magnetic and attach via a bottom plate that interfaces with the device. There are even some LEGO connectors too should you wish to build a fun project.

The pi-top [4] can be programmed with another computer, smartphone or tablet and works with Further, which pi-top calls a "social marking platform". This appears to be some sort of community forum, with advice and answers on how to make various projects. Pi-top also sells a Surface-esque 2-in-1, to which you can attach the pi-top [4] to its kickstand. The 2-in-1 has an 11.6-inch Full HD display and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard.

The pi-top [4] can currently be ordered from Kickstarter for US$199, with which you will also receive a 16 GB SD card, 14 pi-top component modules, a component case and one Foundation Plate for connecting them to the device. The 2-in-1 costs an additional US$150, while the Advanced Vehicle Kit (AVK) costs a further US$50. The AVK comes with a host of components, a screenshot of which we have included below. The pi-top [4] Kickstarter campaign has already reached its US$100,000 funding goal, with pi-top aiming to ship worldwide in November.

(Image source: pi-top)
(Image source: pi-top)
(Image source: pi-top)
(Image source: pi-top)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-14 (Update: 2019-07-15)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.