This blog entry is about a really NEAT 10 inch 2560x1600P 2K FHD Monitor from Banggood. So what’s good about it?. Surely that resolution in a tiny monitor is useless? Well ,it might be if you could not perfectly scale it down (but if you are mainly watching high quality downloaded movies – why not go for gold). The monitor also has 2 nice speakers built into the back, will run from 12v or 5v USB C (I’m running it off the latter), has “Display Port” and HDMI connectors and a 3.5mm jack for audio. When is low voltage and small size better? When you are short of room or on the road of course. The unit can also handle sound through HDMI in case that is your only source.
I can use this with my laptop/tablet as a second monitor or my Raspberry Pi – even in the car (not when I’m driving I may add), something that would be unfeasable with my massive mains powered monitors. I like it already. In fact I think I WILL put my Pi3 inside – but make the connection to hdmi switchable between two sources, the PI or an external PC.
I’ve seen other reviews showing the USB-C connector as an output – trust me, I’m using it as an input right now though the next stage might be to hook the monitor into the car 21v and use the USB-C to power my RPI3. The options here are endless.
The monitor comes with a bolt-on base with adjustable angle – or you could use the 4 mounting holes on the back as an alternative. I’m thinking – back of car seats (not recommended in your dad’s car). The mounting base has optional double-sided adhesive pads (included in the box).
It would seem you can even fit an RPI3 inside the casing – and if the monitor will power the PI – WELL, there’s an application in itself.
My PI is set to text prompt mode, to re-enable graphical (Buster) desktop is a simple matter of typing “sudo startx” -that even worked in an SSH session, which thrwe a warning in the SSH session – but it WORKED,. Meanwhile I am enjoying trying different screen modes in Windows 10 (using the little screen as a second monitor) with nothing more than the normal right-click on the Windows 10 desktop, This is fun.
On the Pi I had to make a change to /boot/config.txt – at least to get TEXT mode working. Here is what I am using.
hdmi_cvt=2560 1600 56 5 0 0 1
I probably don’t have that quite right (it’s just a simple text file) – but it is working. The PC requires no such messing around. The monitor is able to handle 2560px wide, on a 10″ screen, my eyes are not. I will soon put this to good use – more in here when I do.
Next job – find out how much power the monitor has to spare.