Do you have a Raspberry Pi and want to use it for projects where it needs to be connected to power for a longer period of time? In this scenario, the Raspberry Pi normally tends to heat up and a cooling solution becomes very important. Also, your projects will look neater and will have more protection for your Raspberry Pi, if a case is used. Well. Argon ONE is the perfect solution to all of this. This blog will give you a closer look at the Argon ONE Aluminum case and help you understand everything it has to offer.
What is Argon ONE?
Argon ONE is a Raspberry Pi 4 compatible case that is made with aluminum alloy and polished with a modern Space Grey finish for stunning aesthetics and functionality. It offers one of the best cooling solutions for Raspberry Pi 4.
What is special about this case?
This case offers a ton of features that most other cases in the market do not offer. Let’s list them out first and talk about them in detail later.
- Better Heat Dissipation via active and passive cooling
- Dedicated Power Button with multiple switching modes
- Easy Fan control with scripts
- Color-coded and labeled GPIO pins to easily identify pin functions
- Easily Accessible ports at the back
Better Heat Dissipation via active and passive cooling
The case has an extension that connects to the processor with a thermal cooling pad so that heat from the processor is transferred to the case. This means that the case becomes a heatsink passively cooling the motherboard so that the computer can work without building up much heat. Also, the case comes with a built-in PCB board with a fan attached to actively cool the Raspberry Pi further. These two cooling systems combined guarantee long-lasting use without overheating. The fan speed can be configured easily at any time via the terminal. Also, it has front and rear vents for better airflow.
Dedicated Power Button with multiple switching modes
Normally a Raspberry Pi gets powered as soon as you connect it to the power supply and does not have a power button onboard. Well…Argon ONE can change the way you interact with your Raspberry pi 4. With the power button installed on the case, you can easily turn on your Raspberry Pi and perform safe shutdowns, reboots, and forced shutdowns.
To install the default configuration for the power button, run the command below in the command line of Raspberry Pi.
curl https://download.argon40.com/argon1.sh | bash
Then the following configuration will be applied to the power button.
Easy Fan control with scripts
You can easily control the cooling fan in the Argon ONE case with scripts. Once the above-mentioned command is entered, the cooling fan will function according to the configuration below.
However, it is possible to change the behavior of the fan once you enter the following command in the command line of Raspberry Pi.
After entering the above command, Argon One Fan Speed Configuration Tool will open and it will prompt you that it will remove the existing configuration. Once you press ‘Y” to continue, you will be presented with a number of options.
1. Always on: Fan will be running at full speed from boot
2. Adjust to temperatures (55C, 60C, and 65C): You will be able to set different fan speeds when Raspberry Pi reaches temperatures 55°C, 60°C and 65°C
3. Customize behavior: You will be able to set at fan speeds for your own choice of temperature ranges.
4. Cancel: Exit from this configuration tool
Also if you wish to uninstall this tool, you can enter the following command to do so.
Color-coded and labeled GPIO pins to easily identify pin functions
The case was designed with one main purpose, protecting the Raspberry Pi without compromising the full functionality of the motherboard. The built-in PCB board extends the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi with the pins being color-coded to easily identify the pin functions. Also, the pins are clearly labeled for convenient use. When the pins are not in use, they’re covered and protected by a magnetic removable top. This makes the Pins accessible at all times, allowing the Raspberry PI to be used in various electronics projects.
Easily Accessible ports at the back
Assembling the case with the Raspberry Pi is very easy. All the ports are accessed at the back, making it more manageable with minimal cable clutter and easy cleaning. This also makes it easy to tidy and pack up when on the move without compromising any ports of the motherboard.
So, we hope you got a clear understanding of the Argon ONE Raspberry Pi 4 Aluminum Case and we believe that this is one of the best cases in the market for your Raspberry Pi 4, which offers some unique features and functionalities.