Rear IO and Micro-SD slot
No problems at all with the mini HDMI cable I am using. The connection is firm and secure with very little movement (jiggle).
Contrast this to my first Pi4 case (pictured in the previous page), the open PCB design means the cable will jiggle freely as there’s nothing but the HDMI input connector holding the cable in place. Over time this will damage the HDMI connectors.
With the Argon4 the HDMI input is aligned to the back of the case. This back of the case provides the support needed for the cable to have a fit/snug connection and stay in place (like all equipment should be).
Clearances for everything looks well and good. Cannot stress enough just how important it is to have all the cables located on the same side. Allowing for neater cable management is one thing. This mod actually makes the Pi looks and feel like a finished/polished consumer product. This no longer longs like a half finished prototype with cables flying around at right angles.
Flip the unit on it’s belly and you can see the micro-sd slot.
No real problems inserting and removing micro-sd cards. I do swap out cards a lot and some cases have this slot recessed too deep inside the case, making insertion/retrieval difficult. No problems here so far.
This is not something that can be addressed easily via engineering so this will do.
Comment from: bromf Visitor
Great review TK ! From what I have read elsewhere the plastic base ensures wifi connectivity
You can check the temps with… https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-find-out-raspberry-pi-gpu-and-arm-cpu-temperature-command/
Comment from: Member
Of course! For Wi-Fi. I am too focused in a complete shielding (and properly grounded) of the case, but in doing so will kill Wi-Fi as well. Be nice if they have an option for a metal bottom lid.
I believe the I need to install some packages for the fan to work. So far I think the passive cooling will do me good so will leave it for now.
I’m going to buy a second Argon one soon, will turn the fan on on the second one and then compare. Just looking for a seller with stock.
Also going to fire up the Pi and have a listen to see what needs tweaks work (or don’t). Stay tuned for a new article on that in the following weeks.