We launched our Kickstarter, here’s what happened next…

pi-top [4] landed on Kickstarter on July 9, and we were overwhelmed by the amazing response from the community. Here’s what happened next.

The calm before the storm


Jesse Lozano, pi-top CEO, with one of the OG pi-top t-shirts

At 4pm BST we pushed the big green button and our Kickstarter went live. After a pizza-fuelled evening responding to our backers’ comments and watching our community’s reaction, we were humbled to see that our project was fully funder see that we hit our target in just 4 hours!

What’s next?

Yes! Our Kickstarter campaign will be live until August 8th. You can still back pi-top [4] on Kickstarter, and if you do it now, you can bag an awesome early bird deal: a pi-top [4], powered by the Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM for $199.

As an extra thank you to all our backers, we wanted to add a few little extras to your pi-top [4] as we hit certain milestones… So we’re introducing our stretch goals! First up, limited edition pin badges!

Watch this space for more stretch goals and announcements as our Kickstarter campaign progresses. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. We can’t wait to see what you make with your pi-top [4]!


  1. Sorry for the typos, I’ll try again:

    Does the pi-top 4 have a microphone or is it possible to connect one? Is it suited to record audio and implement a beat/BPM detection? Thanks for any help.


    1. Hi Martin,
      Thank you for your question.
      There’s no built-in microphone, but the pi-top [4] works very well with many off-the-shelf USB microphones.
      There are various software solutions out there for recording audio too, you can find them online.
      This might not easy for a beginner, but someone has written some pretty advanced stuff to do realtime beat detection on the Pi. You can check it out here: https://github.com/generic-beat-detector/GBD
      Team pi-top


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