If you love the Raspberry Pi 400, here’s a cooler way to turn any single-board computer (SBC), like the Raspberry Pi, into a retro boombox-esque portable computer.
Housed in an aluminum housing, the Ready! Model 100 has enough room for any SBC or a Micro-ITX, and even the Intel NUC, with room for batteries, monitors and other electronics.
The Ready! The Model 100 is available in multiple variants, from a DIY kit to a fully assembled game console with an AMD Ryzen V1605B SBC, making it usable for all types of PC use cases.
At the front, the chassis has room for a small ultra-wide HDMI touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 480 and a programmable mechanical keyboard with 64 keys and RGB lights for each key. The ports of the SBCs break out at the back. The chassis has a dozen ports for HDMI, USB, Ethernet and four high-gain antenna couplers.
Inside are a pair of custom 5w stereo neodymium speakers along with the PCB mounting plate that fits the standard SBC. The kit also comes with additional backing plates.
The modular system gives you the flexibility to remove or exchange components and the mounting plates ensure that it can be mounted without soldering.
The Ready! Model 100 is currently crowdsourcing on KickstarterThe cheapest variant is the barebones Pro kit which gives you the maximum adjustability and costs just under $ 250. The assembled Neo Kit costs just over $ 350 without SBC and $ 400 with a 2GB “Raspberry Pi compatible” SBC.