This is a Pine64 single board computer with a 7″ touchscreen and a Playbox case.
I sponsored the Kickstarter back in January. The Pine64 board came almost on time, but some of the peripherals were delayed, and I didn’t want to start until I had everything. I think the last component arrived in August.
But this term has been crazy busy, so the Pine64 and friends sat in their bubble mailers.
On the last day of work this year, I stayed up until almost 3 am assembling the Pine64, installing the operating system, and troubleshooting it until it worked.
It really wasn’t a hard build, but it was my first project of the kind: my first mobile or laptop build (though I’ve built desktops and done some minor laptop repairs and upgrades).
I am proud to have done it, but honestly, I’m not sure what to do with it now that it’s finished.
The Playbox case is neither durable nor protective enough to use as a real tablet. A large gap exposes the Pine64 to all manner of dirt and debris.
The instructions say to secure the battery in place with masking tape. Really? I jammed it into place with a taped portion of bubble mailer, but still.
C4 Labs recently released a better case that might make the Pine64 usable as a tablet.
I could add a hard drive and turn it into an over the air DVR. But we don’t watch anything over the air anyway.
It has the power to be a media station, but we have smart tv and a Fire Stick already.
So, um, a project for the sake of a project?