This Raspberry Pi-powered laptop lets you hack its hardware anytime

14 Oct 2017
Pi-Top launches new generation Raspberry Pi laptop with a slidable keyboard and hackable innards

Pi-Top launches new generation Raspberry Pi laptop with a slidable keyboard and hackable innards

If you want to learn a combination of hardware, software, and tools you have to look no further. Until now learning software, programming and tools were easy on a PC or a laptop but if you wanted to know the innards of your PC/laptop you needed a screwdriver set and knowledge about which wire not to touch. Now, Pi-Top, a London-based company that makes Raspberry Pi-powered laptops has made it easy for you to learn software as well as the hardware part of your computer easily. How? pi-Top’s new laptop has a slidable keyboard which when pulled reveals the hardware of the laptop. You can now hack your computer as you like it.

Pi-Top’s new laptop is a top of the draw laptop with a large 14-inch 1080p screen. The new Pi-Top laptop is based on the Raspberry Pi 3 and packs a quad-core 1.2Ghz ARM CPU, 1GB of RAM. For connectivity, the Pi-Top laptop has Wi-Fi and BlueTooth. In addition, it boasts between eight to ten hours of battery life.

As said above,  the most interesting part is the device’s keyboard. At first glance, the Pi-Top looks like a conventional laptop. However, you can slide it out to reveal a tray, which exposes the device’s hardware and lets you hack your Top-Pi laptop and add/remove hardware as you deem fit.

“Pi-Top’s mission is to provide powerful, inspiring products that bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to life,” said Jesse Lozano, CEO of Pi-Top. “Our newest-generation of modular laptops helps achieve that goal. Now, anyone from young musicians to scientists to software developers to inventors can explore and create wonderful new projects using the Pi-Top laptop. We’re offering learning beyond the screen and keyboard, enabling wider exploration of computer science and basic electronics, ensuring that young learners have the opportunity to be inspired by a world of STEAM-based learning.”

Top features of Pi-Top Raspberry Pi-3 powered laptop

  • A 14-inch 1080P Full High-Definition LCD screen
  • A full-sized sliding keyboard to allow easy access to an inbuilt modular rail which enables custom-built invention projects
  • The latest Raspberry Pi 3 micro-computer with custom Cooling Bridge
  • 8 – 10 hours of battery life, providing lots of power for making
  • Built-in cloud management to provide additional storage and remote access to user data

The new Pi-Top comes with an engaging, fun inventor’s kit, which includes all the components needed to create projects ranging from music to space themes. It comes packed with three Apps for young kids – Music Master, Smart Robot and Space Race.

The Pi-Top OS Polaris software suite remains the only education technology platform endorsed by UK awarding board OCR (Oxford Cambridge RSA Review Board) and comes with dozens of powerful coding and office apps.

If you are interested you can get a Pi-Top a Raspberry Pi 3 included for $319. If you already own a Raspberry-Pi and just need the Pi-Top laptop, you will have to shell out $284.99 which is not bad considering it offers everything a PC/laptop has.

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