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!
CHECK OUT THE FIRST LOOK VIDEO BELOW!