Here’s the front facing side of the alloy case. Two exhaust vents on the side to expel hot air.
The surface is well finished and will not look out of place in a rack of expensive hi-fi equipment. The big empty canvas is just screaming for some artwork/engraving.
The back houses all the IO. I’m in two minds where the power button should be. Is it better to have the power button in front? Moving the power button to the back does give the front a much cleaner/nicer look, plus the power button is located at an easy to reach spot.
Where the power button is means you cannot use a right angle USB-C cable to power the Pi. The cable will either get in the way of the power button or the USB ports.
The solution? Simply use a standard “straight” USB-C cable.
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.