Create your own Linux-powered tablet with one of these discounted touchscreens

Build your own tablet.

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.)

Raspberry Pi Screen-7'' 1024600 HDMI IPS LCD Display for Raspberry Pi 4, with RPi Case Holder
Raspberry Pi Screen-7” 1024600 HDMI IPS LCD Display for Raspberry Pi 4, with RPi Case Holder Stack Commerce

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.

Raspberry Pi 4B 10.1
Raspberry Pi 4B 10.1″ Display with HDMI Cable & Camera Holder Stack Commerce

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.

Raspberry Pi 10.1'' Touchscreen- 10.1'' 1280x800 HDMI Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi LattePanda Beagle Bone
Raspberry Pi 10.1” Touchscreen- 10.1” 1280×800 HDMI Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi LattePanda Beagle Bone Stack Commerce

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.

13.3'' IPS Display Screen for Raspberry Pi, Windows & Gaming
13.3” IPS Display Screen for Raspberry Pi, Windows & Gaming Stack Commerce

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.