Pi-Top CEED First Look and Unboxing

IT’S HERE AND SO FAR IT SEEMS PRETTY COOL!

 

For a first production run the CEED turned out great. There were definitely some rough edges but for the most part I was pleasantly surprised with its overall quality. The outer casing was light yet sturdy and its slimline design is something to show off. The LCD was one of the better panels I have ever seen, viewing angles were good, the picture was sharp, and color production was about average. The inner compartment is the heart of this little computer, it offers plenty of space to add additional boards for prototyping but I do wish it was a few mm thicker as the acrylic panel tends to get caught on the RPI’s cables coming from its GPIO header.

I did encounter a few minor issues during my initial time with the CEED, Plugging in USB devices to the RPI causes the board to slide back into the CEED’s casing. The mounting magnets easily come out of their plastic feet. Finally, as mentioned above, the board compartment needs to be a few millimeters thicker.

In all, for a product from a first production run the Pi-top CEED is a great piece of tech for the aspiring programmer, engineer, tinkerer, ect…. and a great learning tool. However, the pi-top team still has some work to do in order to perfect the design and I look forward to seeing what improvements they make to the CEED in the future.

I will have a full review coming soon but in the meantime here are some HD images and a first look video to hold you off 🙂 !

Just an FYI, I posted this using the Pi-top CEED with the Raspberry PI 3 inside!

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17 Comments

  1. roy bot (@autobulb)

    Dear lord, please normalize your audio levels when making a video. I shouldn’t have to adjust volume from nearly 0% to 100% multiple times during the video to be able to hear the dialogue and to avoid from going deaf.

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    1. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

      I do the best I can with leveling in editing. I do realize that in this video in particular there is definitely some room for improvement as far as keeping the volume consistent is concerned. I am just waiting for the money to be available so I can invest in a decent lav mic system. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it!

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      1. Alex N. Belton

        No, you are not doing your best.

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        1. neceros

          Calm your tits, Satan.

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        2. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

          Okay……

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    2. Billy Thomas

      Cry a little louder and ill go deaf

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      1. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

        The Issue with the audio leveling has been brought to my attention. Thank you for the feedback.

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  2. Smeels

    There is an arrow on the other side of the acrylic panel, shouldn’t that side be entered first?

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    1. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

      Hmmm, that is a good question. I just assumed that it was supposed to point outwards to indicate which direction it slides out and that it does indeed slide out. You might be right though, that is something I would have to check when I have some more free time.

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      1. isaac

        https://sites.google.com/site/twisteroidambassador/android-x86/kitkat-non-sse3-build. I found a version of android x86 that works for your celeron pcs. The reason other versions don’t work is because those processors are not sse3 capable

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        1. me

          Would you possibly try these? I have done this successfuly. It would be a good follow up video.

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        2. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

          Thanks for the link! I bookmarked it, I might try those out in the future if time permits.

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  3. ninnymuggins

    Could it play Minecraft PC version or is there no OpenGL??? I believe there’s java 8u101 for arm processor’s. You could download the linux ver.? Idk I don’t have a rpi but I’m a little curious

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    1. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

      I quickly looked into that, this might answer your question: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=137279

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  4. Ianken51

    Do I understand that the Raspberry Pi is magnetically mounted in the CEED? On my Pi-Top laptop the Raspberry Pi is mounted using risers and screws. This makes it more secure, as befitting it’s portable role. Would it be possible to screw mount the Pi in your CEED?

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    1. Braxton VanGundy (Post author)

      Yes, that is correct. The Raspberry PI is magnetically mounted within the CEED. There are no pre-drilled mounting holes along the CEED’s mounting rails so it would not be possible to mount the raspberry PI with traditional screws without making modifications to the case.

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      1. lifewithkermit

        I suppose Pi-Top designed it to be easier to upgrade than the Pi-Top.Laptop. they did get a fair bit of feedback that it was quite a fiddle. And, given that they don’t intend it to be moved around a lot like the laptop, it does make some sense.

        By the way, I paid $400 Aud (delivered) for my Pi-Top without the Raspberry Pi. I had the requisite Model B+ at the time so it was an easy choice. I agree that it would have been cheaper to have bought a branded laptop. However, my goal was to have a portable Raspberry Pi that would perform duty for me as a laptop replacement.

        The biggest issue is the Pi-Top keyboard, which is poor to say the least. Definitely not of the same standard as a branded machine. On the other hand, I’ve been able to upgrade Kermit (yes I named him) through model 2 and model 3 with zero problems. With the Raspberry Pi model 3 we finally have a pretty decent machine, lacking only 2GB to make it sing. A 10 hour battery life is a plus.

        I look forward to hearing of your exploits with your CEED.

        Cheers, Ian

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