EVICIV Raspberry Pi Monitor Review – A 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen monitor for the Raspberry Pi 4, 3 and more

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EVICIV 7 Inch Raspberry Pi Monitor Review Rating

Summary

The EVICIV Raspberry Pi monitor is an excellent and affordable way to add a small display to your RPi or other devices.

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Pros

  • Affordable touchscreen monitor that works with a wide range of devices
  • Can mount the RPi and has all the cables you need

Cons

  • Need to make config changes for the RPi to work properly

I have been a fan of the Raspberry Pi for years now, originally building a cheap Kodi media player and later using it for low powered server functionality and a dedicated Pi-Hole DNS adblocker.

I have always used normal peripherals and monitors with it, and once the initial set-up is done, move over to SSH/command line.

The EVICIV Raspberry Pi monitor is an affordable low powered way to add a display to your RPi. It is a handy solution that I have several uses for. I have several CCTV cameras around my property recording Blue Iris. Using an RPi and this monitor, I can have a dedicated screen to monitor the cameras at my work desk. I will also likely use this monitor for debugging when one of my servers has network connectivity or boot problems.

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Features / Specification

  • 1024*600 High-Resolution IPS Monitor
  • 178° viewing angles
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4/3/2/1/3B+/BB,Banana Pi. Windows 7/8/10 PC, Mac, Microsoft, TV. Video game consoles like XBOX/PS4. Any device with HDMI will work with this
  • Raspberry adaptor board is built in!
  • built-in 2W dual integrated speakers
  • 5-Point Touch
  • 700:1 contrast ration
  • Full sized HDMI port
  • 2 x micro USB for power

Set-Up

There are two microUSB ports for power one is for the screen only while the other is for the screen and touchscreen, you only need to use one of the ports.

The display has a standard sized HDMI port which can be used with almost any device.

On the rear of the display are mounting holes allowing you to physically mount the RPi on the rear of the display for a neater installation.

Set the maximum resolution – Fixing low-resolution flickering screen.

If you plan to use this with the RPI 4 or 3 then it is not quite as simple as plug and play. This seems to be an issue with the resolution, and if you try and use the RPi without the following changes, you will likely find the display runs in a lower resolution, and it can suffer from significant flickering.

For DietPi, and most other RPi OS installations, there should be a config.txt file within the root of the microSD card. At the bottom of this file, you will need to add the following lines. This then forces the display resolution to be correct.

hdmi_force_hotplug=1
config_hdmi_boost=7
hdmi_group=2
hdmi_mode=87
hdmi_drive=1
display_rotate=0
hdmi_cvt 1024 600 60 6 0 0 0

In Use

Raspberry Pi 4 & 3

I dug out an old RPi3 for my initial testing and went through the process of installing DietPi. I did this before I realised you had to make changes to the config file, and it was a frustrating experience dealing with the screen flickering all the time.

Once I had made the change to the config file, there were no problems at all.

Windows Laptop

In an attempt to resolve the flickering screen issue, I also tried attaching this to my Huawei Matebook 14, and it worked perfectly with no issues.

Price and Alternative Options

The EVICIV Raspberry Pi Monitor is priced at £79.99 on Amazon, and there was at the time of writing a £10 off voucher making it £69.99.

Alternatively, you can use the voucher code: 5PQYBQD6 to take £8 off. This will be valid until the end of the 12th of October.

This makes it a bit more expensive than other brands

This listing is just £45, while the ELECROW 7-Inch Raspberry Pi Screen is £59.99

The main difference between the monitors is that the EVICIV comes with two 2W speakers and a wider range of accessories, including the prop up stand and quite a few more cables to cover all your connection needs.

Overall

The EVICIV Raspberry Pi monitor is an excellent and affordable way to add a small display to your RPi or other devices.

As long as you make the config files adjustments, the monitor should work perfectly, and this minor issue appears to affect other RPi monitors running at this resolution.

This is a little more expensive than other models, but the speakers, stand, and 3-pin power cable makes it worth the extra tenner.

Last update on 2021-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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