Perhaps that most intriguing aspect of the laptop its sliding keyboard, which gives users direct access to the device’s internal components. In addition, this allows access to a modular rail mounting system for custom-built invention projects. Playing up on the tinker spirit of the laptop, an Inventor's Kit is included with electrical components necessary to complete DIY projects. Three of these projects are included: Music Master, Smart Robot and Space Race.
When it comes to the hardware powering the pi-top laptop, you'll find a Raspberry Pi 3 that includes a custom cooling bridge. This tiny single-board system gives you access to a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, four USB ports, Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an HDMI port. There’s also a 14-inch 1080p display, and the device will last between 8 to 10 hours per charge. Storage duties are taken care of by an 8GB Class 10 SD card.
On the software side of things, the pi-top laptop is powered by pi-topOS Polaris, and comes preinstalled with dozens of coding apps to empower budding tech masters. The software package includes a web browser, email client, and a Microsoft Office-compatible productivity suite.
“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. “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.”
The pi-top laptop is available right now priced at $284.99 without the Raspberry Pi 3. If you want the full system, it will cost $319.