We made our own monitor for under $100!

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We made our own monitor for under $100! 1
We made our own monitor for under $100! 2
We made our own monitor for under $100! 3
We made our own monitor for under $100! 4
We made our own monitor for under $100! 5

40 Comments on “We made our own monitor for under $100!”

  1. Ok, I have been working on a project like this for roughly two months (if you were to add up my time over the span of a year) and it is SO FRUSTERATING. You break the cable by accident, and then you replace that to find out that you need new firmware that you're probably never gonna find, so you get another board, and the cable doesn't fit (it's the wrong board) and so you finally get the new board only to find out the cable broke again…
    You guys got 'fragile' ribbon cables? Tough luck.
    The cables I got were, in a word, worse.
    AAAAAAAHHHhhh what a nightmare.

  2. Why?? You are one of the few YouTube channels that has the resources to actually botch together some sort of panel of LEDs or something, so like a colin furze but with more computer technology, so why not ACTUALLY engineer a monitor together?

  3. If you going to do a monitor from an iPad – don't disassemble it, AppStore has a program to turn an iPad into USB monitor, without any modifications and you can still use it as an iPad (tested on old iPad 2, latency is minimal)

  4. Or instead of 3D printing those goofy backplates just use some double sided tape and… yea… that's about it. Can also just as easily use some of those really dirt cheap picture stands for small photo frames and be done too.

  5. Aren't the back of panels normally fully enclosed to help reflect the light or make it so it doesn't bleed out of the back instead of the front? Maybe put a piece of aluminum or cardboard between the panel and the brackets to see if it gets brighter.

  6. Linus: I have too much spare time.
    Me: Buys a perfectly good 1080p screen used for 80$. Boom! Just like that.
    LOL: You didn't even link the 3d printed parts you used. Good job!

  7. wait does that mean you could make it on top of a closed laptop with the screen faceing the other screen and make it sliderable so when i need to use the labtop i open it up and slide the seccondary monitor out

  8. Does this mean I can build an OLED monitor for my desktop from an OLED laptop? Very expensive proposition but quite interested in … but I won’t kill my brand new ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo just yet

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