What I did not know at the time was that Argon40 had worked on an improved version of their case with Argon One M.2 case also offering full-sized HDMI ports, support for M.2 SATA SSD storage, and a software-controlled fan.
- SBC – Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4
- Storage – M.2 SATA SSD with Key-B or Key-B & M with UASP support on Raspberry Pi 4; Enabled via an adapter with two USB 3.0 port as shown in the render above
- Video & Audio Output – 2x Full-Sized HDMI ports plus AV port
- Expansion – Access to 40-pin GPIO header externally as in the original case
- Misc – Built-in IR receiver compatible with Argon ONE Remote,
- Power Management
- USB-C port on the rear panel for power input
- Power button
- Configurable automatic booting after power loss aka “Always ON Mode”.
- Thermal Management
- Passive cooling using the aluminum alloy top case as a large heatsink connected to the CPU of the Raspberry Pi 4
- Active Cooling – Software programmable 30mm PWM fan
- Dimensions – 10.9 x 10.2 x 4 cm (estimated)
You can control power & fan settings by software by following instructions in the wiki. Compared to DeskPi Pro, Argon One M.2 case is more compact and costs a little less since it’s up for pre-order for $45 against $55 for the DeskPi Pro enclosure. However, the latter ships with a power supply, and you would have to consider the cost of using an M.2 SATA drive instead of a 2.5-inch SSD/HDD.
Thanks to Simon for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.