Here is a close up of the PCB of the power button and redirected power input. This is the first case I have with this feature and I am liking it. My biggest problem with the Pi design is I have to connect cables at two sides of the case.
The ArgonOne changes that and now all cables are located at the end of the unit. A huge tick from me ergonomics wise.
I’m a very bad solderer myself, so I shouldn’t say this, the soldering job isn’t the best I have seen. Not that big a deal as long as there are no shorts. And I am sure the QC sticker is there for a reason.
Looking down the board I’m excited to see these at the lower left corner - Infra Red I/O!
Remember the dark acrylic strip at the front? That’s where the IR transmitter/receiver will be if you soldered the bits in. And it’s also where the Pi4 LEDs (busy and PWR). This is a well thought out and practical case.
Adding an IR and some LIRC work will turn the ArgoneOne into a very pretty and capable media player.
While excited by this, I am still going to use a radio RC that acts like a keyboard (i.e. irtable). The radio dongle is hidden at the back and will take minimum time to configure and setup. And I still get the same nice clean look up front.
But big kudos to Argon for giving me the choice to go old school!
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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/
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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.