pi-OUT LAUNCHED A NEW LAPTOP FOR BUDDING CODERS AND FOR HARDWARE CODERS

U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics.

The new pi-top laptop is pi-top’s most expensive edtech device yet; priced at $319 with a Raspberry Pi 3 (or $284.99 without).

What’s in the box?

  • Screen – Connect the screen by simply slotting the metal hinge into the base bottom piece. A single cable is plugged into the Pi-Top Hub and away you go!
  • Base Top – Attach and remove the base top piece by sliding it over the base bottom and pressing down. You will hear a satisfying ‘click’ when you have popped it into place.
  • Base Bottom – The base bottom contains the battery and modular rail where you will pop in the Hub and Raspberry Pi 2. No wires or tools are required, like a lego laptop you snap everything into place. The Pi-Top smart battery pack is protected by a sheet of brushed stainless steel, so you can be sure your battery is securely in place.
  • Hub – With over 150 components on this circuit board, the Pi-Top Hub PCB takes care of power management, our screen driver and a host of other functionality which allows us to turn the Raspberry Pi into a great open source laptop.
  • 8GB SD Card with Pi-Top OS. The OS gets updated from time to time with great new features, you can download the latest version from https://www.pi-top.com/product/pi-top-os
  • Cables connecting Pi-Top pieces
  • Charger
  • Instruction Booklet

Technical Details

  • Screen Details:
    • 13.3” HD LCD screen with eDP interface
    • 1366×768 resolution
    • Colour active matrix TFT LCD module with anti-glare finish
    • 3W power consumption
    • PWM screen dim control (available on PCB rail)
    • 60Hz refresh rate
    • 262K colours
    • eDP 1.2 interface
  • Base Top:
    • Keyboard
    • Fully reprogrammable via USB
    • Any character can be put on any key position, to suit user’s exact preferences
    • UK and US vinyl layouts available
    • 2.2mm operating distance
    • 28 pin FPC cable
    • Trackpad
    • PalmCheck feature helps prevents unwanted mouse clicks
    • PS/2 interface
    • 1N mouse click operating force
    • 8 pin FPC cable
  • Base Bottom:
    • Smart Battery Pack
    • Two–wire SMBus v2.0 interface
    • JEITA recommended charge profile
    • Over–current, over–voltage, over–temperature and short–circuit protection
    • Charge balancing for extenxed lifetime
    • 51.8 Watt–hour capacity
    • 10–12 hours run time
  • Hub:
    • Power management
    • Screen driver (HDMI to eDP conversion)
    • Battery LED indicators
    • 18V. 3A input
    • 5V. 3.5A output
    • 3.3V 500mA output
    • Persistent 3.3V output (available even when powered off)
    • PCB rail specification pinout connects UART, I2C and SPI to Raspberry Pi for use with add-on boards.
  • Dimensions (assembled): 342mm x 211mm x 45mm / 13.5″ x 8.3″ x 1.8″
  • Weight (assembled with a Pi inside): 1515g / 3.3lb

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