At the Adafruit store, we've added a ton of great new HDMI-compatible displays for your Raspberry Pi or anything else with HDMI/VGA/Composite video output. But, like we said, we've added a ton and so it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the perfect display for your project.

Don't fret! There's now an ÜBERGUIDE to Adafruit's LCDs & Displays category.

There's a lot and we'll go through each PID with details about what you get with each screen, but here's some basic guidelines:

  • There's two essential elements to each display: resolution and size
  • If the size is the same between two displays, say 7" diagonal - you'll pay more for higher resolution
  • If the resolution is the same between two displays, say 1280x800 pixels - you'll tend to pay more for smaller size (since the pixel density increases, which is harder to manufacture)
  • You'll pay more for more inputs - a VGA/NTSC/PAL/HDMI driver costs more than just an HDMI driver.
  • Some displays can be paired with an HDMI+Audio driver. This lets you have both video and audio over one cable, but adds a little cost.
  • IPS (In-Plane-Switching) looks amazing, and gives the screens a great look and wide viewing angle, but adds some cost.

All our screens have been tested with a Windows desktop computer (we run Win7 but it should not matter which version). You can also use these displays with a Mac and even a console like an XBox (you'll want the higher resolution displays for this, 1280x800 is best).

The displays have also been tested with a Raspberry Pi (Raspbian) and Beagle Bone Black. For Raspberry Pi, you'll get the best performance with a customized /boot/config.txt You can edit this file by sticking the SD card into any computer and editing config.txt with a text editor

We've tried to find a match that fits every need and budget but will keep on adding more as the demand arises. There's also an FAQ page for questions that have come up and some more info on how to set up your driver board.


This guide was first published on Aug 27, 2014. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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