Raspberry Pi 2 with HannStar 10.1″ TFT LCD & HDMI Adapter Review

I don’t know about you, but I find desktop monitors and TV’s to be too large for some applications.

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For embedded applications, I have uses for displays ranging in size from 3.5″ to 12″ … anything larger, and I’ll use off-the-shelf HDMI monitors or TV’s.

Until the Raspberry Pi Foundation releases displays that use the Raspberry Pi’s DSI connector, I’ll need to use an HDMI adapter board with an off-the-shelf TFT LCD panel.

Today I am looking at a HannStar 10.1″ IPS TFT LCD panel, with an external HDMI to LVDS adapter board, and one of my Raspberry Pi 2’s.

Full Disclosure: I paid for all the items being tested in this review, and I was not paid to write this review … as always, my reviews are unbiased.

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I purchased a kit consisting of:

  • HannStar HSD101PWW1 1280×800 IPS TFT LCD panel
  • LVDS to VGA/HDMI/VIDEO adapter board
  • LVDS adapter cable for the board
  • switch panel to control the adapter board

Other than having a larger coil on the HDMI adapter board, this kit seems to be identical with Adafruit’s HDMI 4 Pi 10.1″ display.

Specifications

Display HSD101PUW1-A  
Size 10.1″
Resolution 1280 RGB x 800
Active Area (mm) 216.96 x 135.6
Luminance (nits) 350
Contrast Ratio 800 : 1
Response Time (ms) 30
View Angle (L/R/U/D) 160 / 160
Interface Digital LVDS
Outline Dimension (mm) 227.42 x 147.69 x 2.35
Weight (g) 135

From manufacturer’s web site

NOTE: the adapter board is not HDCP compatible

Here is a shot of the back of the TFT panel:

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The metal mounting tabs around the display bend very easily as you may have seen in the front / back shots above.

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Fortunately they are easy to straighten with needle nose pliers!

Here is a close up of the smt connector on the display panel:

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Here is the matching supplied cable – it ends in a normal female 0.1″ header that plugs into the adapter board.

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If you enlarge the image above, you should be able to make out the small rings below the white connector tabs – those should face upwards when you insert the connector into the matching socket on the LVDS panel, and they will “click” in.

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