CrowVision touchscreen review

By Rob Zwetsloot. Posted

Traditionally, a lot of touchscreen displays or general display add-ons for Raspberry Pi tend to be quite small as a sort of reflection of its size. While that’s great and we definitely have a few projects that make use of these small screens, sometimes we need something a little bigger. Like this 11.6˝ CrowVision, which lets you easily mount a Raspberry Pi to the rear of the display and just… plug it in.

This CrowVision (from Elecrow) has a bright and nice-looking IPS display, with decent viewing angles and plenty of easy mount options for putting it on a wall, or even just letting it free-stand on a surface, with some simple stands you can print off. While it has a bare PCB like a Raspberry Pi, you can find STL files to create a shell for it to make it look a bit nicer, wherever you intend to put it. Of course, if you’re going that far, you can easily make one for yourself as well.

CrowVision's Crowdfunding campaign is now live.

Slim and flexible

There is a small price to pay for the nice screen with touch capabilities, and that is with resolution. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by modern consumer electronics, but 1366 × 768 does not seem like a lot of pixels, especially on a screen this size in 2023. It’s definitely very functional and it’s not like you’re going to get a bad experience because of it, although that does largely depend on the kind of use case.

Kitchen computer or smart-home controller? Absolutely fine. As a screen to watch media or play video games? Not the very best solution.

Speaking of different use cases, the screen is also platform-agnostic. It displays anything that will connect to the HDMI port on the back, and works as a nice auxiliary monitor for a PC in certain situations. We like the suggestion of a little screen on your case full of Windows Media Player visualisations, although something to keep track of a chat, or social media, is also handy. You can even use it this way with a Raspberry Pi – Raspberry Pi 4 and 400 do have dual monitor out after all.

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In actual use, the touch is nice and responsive, and that aspect just requires you to plug in a USB cable to Raspberry Pi one end, and into the micro USB port on the display. Setup is very straightforward – it is just a screen after all, and the touch uses standard drivers – and if you’re not great at changing audio out settings on Raspberry Pi, a handy 3.5 mm jack on the screen has you covered for hearing what’s going on. It even has a nice Realtek audio chip for the sound.

It’s good, it’s very practical, and it’s one of the rarer bigger screens for Raspberry Pi. We recommend.



While not the highest pixel density, it’s a good-quality screen that is easy to set up and fills a bit of a niche.


Screen: 11.6˝, 1366×768, 178 degree IPS, five-point touch

I/O: 1 × mini HDMI, 1 × USB 2.0 power port, 1 × USB micro port for touch output, 1 × 3.5 mm audio jack

Compatible Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi 1, 2, 3, 4, Zero, Zero 2

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