The Best Raspberry Pi Touchscreens (2020)

An awesome touchscreen > a standard monitor when it comes to Raspberry Pi.
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Raspberry Pi computers won the hearts of many electronics enthusiasts with its simple, compact design and its overall versatility. A touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi makes sense for the same reasons. It simplifies the experience of the Pi further and turns your Pi into an easy-to-use computer that can be used in any room.

What to look for in a Raspberry Pi touchscreen

There are a variety of ways you can configure your touchscreen hookup. Like maybe you want an all-in-one touchscreen case...or you want a bigger touchscreen that you can see more easily. You'll want to consider those and other things when selecting your next Raspberry Pi touchscreen.

We'll always only select the best quality touchscreens that we ourselves are excited to use.

Size

How good are your eyes? Will you be able to see a desktop on a 3-inch screen? Where do you imagine the Raspberry Pi being operated? These are some questions that you'll want to ask yourself when considering what size to buy. If you are someone who might have trouble seeing a small screen, then we recommend you go with something around 7 inches at least. Remember that screen size is measured from the corner to the opposite corner.

Case / Setup

Some of the best touchscreens don't come with any kind of housing or case, and you'll need to buy that separately. You'll also want to think about the overall setup of both your Raspberry Pi and your touchscreen monitor. Do you imagine the Pi housed with the touchscreen? Do you imagine it housed separately?

Our Best Raspberry Pi touchscreen list

These kinds of considerations will help you choose a Raspberry Pi touchscreen from the list below. We'll be sure to mention these important factors for you to consider. And we'll always only select the best quality touchscreens that we ourselves are excited to use.

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Official Raspberry Pi 7-inch touchscreen display

This is the official touchscreen from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so you can be sure of its quality and compatibility with the Raspberry Pi. At 7 inches, it's large enough to comfortably handle everything you'd want to do with your Raspberry Pi.

Why we love it

We love just about every official hardware release from the Raspberry Pi Foundation because they only put their official stamp on products of high quality. And because it's designed specifically for the Rasperry Pi, it's also the easiest to install get up and running.

It installs easily with only two connections and outputs high-quality 800 x 400 resolution. While this one does not have a case, there are lots of great cases available for this screen that allow you to mix and match based on your style.

Specs

| Size | Resolution | Framerate | True touchscreen | Color | Case included | Compatible Raspberry Pi Models | |---|---|---|---|---|---| | 7" | 800 x 400 | 50 FPS | Yes | No | All |

No case

Note that this touchscreen does not include any kind of case or housing. You will want to pick one up in addition to this touchscreen. We recommend this SmartPi touch case with a built-in cooling fan.

Uctronics 3.5-inch touchscreen

When considering a mini touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi, we researched a lot of screens that were semi-compatible but required a lot of effort to make work. We didn't want to feature a mini touchscreen that would require so much effort to install. This Pi touchscreen from Uctronics does not.

Why we love it

This is a great all-in-one compact design from Uctronics that includes some nice extras that push it to the top. It has a stylus, heatsinks, and HDMI adapters to make this all you'll need to buy. The backlight can be turned off, which is a nice feature—and you won't need an external power source. It's powered by the Raspberry Pi itself.

Specs

Size Resolution Framerate Color Case included Compatible Raspberry Pi Models
3.5" 400 x 320 60 FPS Yes No 3B +, 4

MazerPi Raspberry Pi 4 touchscreen

What you're after with a touchscreen and case combo is something that's compact while still protecting your Raspberry Pi from dust and other particles. The MazerPi touchscreen is the all-in-one solution you're looking for.

Why we love it

The case comes with a cooling fan and set of heatsinks, which is vital if you're using the Raspberry Pi 4. The screen displays bright and is an IPS screen, viewable from any angle. Best of all, this is an actual complete case for your Pi, blocking harmful particles from ruining your board. Users note that the case is easy to assemble.

Specs

Size Resolution Framerate Color Case included Compatible Raspberry Pi Models
3.5" 400 x 320 60 FPS Yes Yes 4

Neego Raspberry Pi 4 4GB complete kit

When purchasing a kit for your Raspberry Pi that includes a touchscreen, you're going to want to consider the same things you do choosing a Raspberry Pi Kit generally. Look for the overall quality of the included components versus the price of buying each part separately. We think the Neego complete kit includes quality Raspberry Pi accessories with the convenience of having everything you need to start using the Raspberry Pi right away—including the official touchscreen and case.

Why we love it

Obviously, we love that this includes everything you need to use the Raspberry Pi, including a keyboard and power supply. If you don't have an extra monitor to spare for your Pi or don't want to have to change out monitors constantly, then it's worth it to invest in this kit. The components included are of high-quality, from the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen to the SD card.

What's included

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B motherboard
  • 7" touchscreen and screen case
  • Mini keyboard
  • 32GB micro SD card with NOOBS
  • 2 x 6ft HDMI cable
  • Power supply adapter
  • 4 heatsinks

Specs

The specs are the same as the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen, as that is what's included.

Size Resolution Framerate True touchscreen Color Case included Compatible Raspberry Pi Models
7" 800 x 400 50 FPS Yes Yes No 4

Adafruit PiTFT Plus touchscreen

We think this is the coolest touchscreen you can run on your Raspberry Pi, but it takes a little electronics knowledge to make this work on your Pi. There a lot of guides out there for this one and Adafruit themselves have made a complete overview of the installation to make this easier. We put the difficulty of installing this as advanced beginner.

Why we love it

So why go through all the hassle of putting this one together? Well—for one—it's the cutest display on the market! It also feels in-line with the spirit of the Raspberry Pi as a semi-DIY touchscreen that will teach you things about electronics and programming when you install it. It's also great for anyone looking to design their own case for the Raspberry Pi with a built-in touchscreen.

Specs

Size Resolution Framerate Color Case included Compatible Raspberry Pi Models
2.8" 320 x 240 60 FPS Yes No 2, 3, 4

Example project

Check out this 3D printed MacPi case to give you some inspiration!

Pimoroni HyperPixel 4.0

This little 4-inch touchscreen from Pimoroni is winning the hearts with its gorgeous display and ease of installation. We think this would make a great display for your next project that requires something with a higher pixel rate than some of the other available mini touchscreens available.

Why we love it

Like many Pimoroni products, it's a design-first product that's made easy to use and install. There's only one line of code that you need to run to get this going, and it works with any Pi version.

Specs

Size Resolution Framerate Color Case included Compatible Raspberry Pi Models
4.0" 800 x 480 60 FPS Yes No All