pi-top CEED

After a loooooong wait, my pi-top CEED has finally arrived and is on my desk.

pi-top CEED Box
pi-top CEED Box

When I first opened the box for the pi-top CEED, I was a little nervous. I am a computer user – not a hardware tinkerer.

Box of Parts
Box of Parts

There in front of me was a box of parts. Yikes.

So I opened the instructions and started reading. Amazingly, in just a few steps I had the little magnetic feet clipped on the Raspberry pi breadboard and the board connected via the existing HDMI cable.

The Breadboard
The Breadboard

The breadboard has four USB connections and a plug-in for an Ethernet cable. The USB ports were very difficult to connect to and that made the breadboard jiggle a little. The only thing holding it in place are the four little plastic feet with a tiny (but powerful) magnets.

USB and Ethernet Ports
USB and Ethernet Ports

When I was trying to plug a USB cable for a keyboard into the port the magnets came loose, thus making the breadboard less securely held in place. I plan to get a tiny tube of glue and place a dab of glue on the magnets to get them to stay in the plastic feet.

pi-top CEED Open Front
pi-top CEED Open Front

Although the Raspberry Pi has gained lots of attenbtion, the cool thing about the pi-top CEED is that it has a monitor included in the package. For about $100 you can have a desktop computer.

pi-top CEED with Keyboard
pi-top CEED with Keyboard

The pi-top CEED is a funky little computer. The heart (brains?) of this machine is a Raspberry pi 3 breadboard that uses the Linux operating system and within 20 minutes of me opening the box of parts, I had the computer assembled and running.

It was an empowering feeling to take a box of parts and within a few minutes have a functioning computer on my desk!

As soon as I have had a chance to play with the pi-top CEED I will write more about the user experience.