I have a lot of pi ‘accessories’ from custom/simple hats, to the pi zero cluster hat, and the PiStorms kit. But I just assembled the pi-top DIY a couple of days ago and have to say that this is the first pi accessory that has blown me away in terms of build quality and attention to detail, I’m thoroughly impressed. I don’t think it’s even fair to compare it to other pi accessories as this in on another level.
All of that said, I’m really interested to know if you have any plans for a new pi based laptop?
The Pinebook Pro is proving that there’s a market for it. And obviously you’ve built some of them in the past. Though the pi-top is a bit too big for me, and doesn’t appear to have an internal battery.
I’d love to see something modular, similar to the http://nexdock.com/
Basically a touchscreen on top, and a battery pack on the bottom, with keyboard/touchpad/ports and room to bring-your-own-compute
A modular ‘base’ could handle different options:
- thin option holds pi 400 and some battery pack/charger
- thick option could hold a charger, larger battery pack of 18650s and multiple pi’s for a portable pi cluster
I think MNT Reform is a great step in the right direction, but it’s built for a very specific SOC
RYF/FSF certification alone would probably net you sales worth the effort, if you were interested in supporting it.
Anyway, I hope this letter makes it to the north pole!
Keep up the awesome work!