Among DIY and tech enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi is the stuff of legend. With a little bit of know-how and a fair bit of curiosity, this tiny, $35 computer can be the “brains” of just about any project you can dream up.
For those unfamiliar, the Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer that can fit in the palm of your hand. It uses the open-source Linux operating system, which is a big reason why the Pi is equal parts versatile and frustrating. Unlike Windows or macOS, Linux takes a fair bit of research, troubleshooting, and tinkering to work properly. The upside? It’s super flexible and can be used to power any project.
One such project is a full-fledged, touchscreen computer.
If you want to create your own Amazon Echo Show-like smart screen, or an entertainment system, pick up one of these touchscreen displays. (To be clear, the following add-on displays require a Raspberry Pi, sold separately.)
Of the four displays on this list, this 7-inch display is the most affordable. Typically selling for $103, this $96 LCD monitor packs a resolution of 1024×600 and is perfect for smaller projects, like a Linux-powered, Google Nest Hub-style device.
In addition to HDMI, this display supports multiple interfaces, such as VGA and 5V/3A output interface. Plus, it has all the necessary components to attach a Raspberry Pi to its back.
This step-up model features a lot of what the 7-inch model offers but with more screen real-estate. This size makes it closer to more traditional tablets and comes closer to a bonafide, Linux desktop computer.
This $127 (down from $136) Raspberry Pi 4B 10.1″ display has 1280×800 full HD resolution with a wide 178° viewing angle. Plus, it comes with an attachment frame for the Raspberry official camera, which is helpful if you want to use it for video conferencing.
With cleaner lines, this particular touch screen display looks less like a DIY-display and comes closer to a traditional iPad-look. Like the previous model, this Raspberry Pi 10.1” Touchscreen offers a 1280×800 full HD resolution touchscreen and a way to attach a Raspberry Pi to the back. Right now, you can take $15 off this Sunfounder display.
In a departure from the other entries on this list, this 13.3” IPS Display Screen isn’t explicitly designed as housing for the Raspberry Pi.
This 1920×1080 display is designed more like a portable, add-on monitor than a touchscreen Raspberry Pi enclosure, which makes it a bit more versatile. You can use it to expand your laptop’s screen real estate, or as a portable display for your Nintendo Switch.