Banana Pi / Pro 7″ TFT LCD Module Review


The Banana Pi / Pro 7″ LVDS LCD Module from Lemaker is a very nice high resolution LCD module for the Banana Pi and the Banana Pro.

Banana Pi 7" LCD Review

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This display will work well for applications that need to display a lot of data where there is not space for a large desk top monitor.

Unlike the 3.5″ display, the standard Raspbian desktop is very usable with this display – you can browse the web, run normal applications, and realisticly have several windows open at once. You can use normal GUI tools, no need to develop a separate user interface for a small low resolution display.

I have been told that there will soon be a capacitative touch panel available for the display, which will allow its use without a keyboard and mouse, and if you need a touch panel right now, there are plenty of resistive 7″ touch panels with USB controllers on the market.

I believe this display will sell quite well, due to its higher resolution and less “clutter” than less expensive 7″ 800×480 panels require for an external HDMI converter board.

What I liked:

  • Lemaker’s support (fast response, easy R5 fix)
  • 1024×600 high resolution
  • high contrast, sharp, bright colourful display
  • no need for an LVDS/HDMI converter board

What I did not like:

  • vertical viewing angle
  • short flex cable (should be 150mm – 200mm)

Note: the lack of documentation is quite understandable for a pre-release sample

Improvements I’d like to see:

  • touch panel
  • side back lighting
  • less current drawn by LCD panel after Pi is halted

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