Voltlog #268 – RaspberryPi 10 Inch IPS HDMI Monitor 2560×1600 2K

Welcome to a new Voltlog, it’s product review time again, this time we’re taking a closer look at a 10 inch monitor with hdmi input. This is the box it comes in, the monitor has a resolution of 2560×1600, that’s about 2K resolution in the scheme of things, 300 pixels per inch density, 16:10 aspect ratio which I’m a fan of. My desktop monitor is also 16:10 and it works so much better for everyday activities but especially if you are doing any CAD design work. It’s an IPS panel so we should have good brightness, contrast and colors, it’s rated at 400 candela per sq meter. We also get built-in speakers and the HDMI supports video & audio so you should be able to get video and sound through the HDMI cable and that’s useful because we have built-in speakers on the monitor itself.

Voltlog #260 – How do you test usb to serial converters? (CP2103 vs CH340E vs FT232RL)

Welcome to a new Voltlog, today we’re comparing a few different serial to usb adapters and the discussion started ever since I showed the CH340E breakout board I designed in voltlog #249. People wanted to know if this CH340E affordable chip would perform similar to the well known FTDI or Silicon labs chips, and I’m thinking at high throughput and reliability here, the kind of application where you are sending lots of data, fast and you need it to be transferred reliably.

So today I’m going to compare the CH340E with a CP2103, and the FT232RL. I wasn’t sure what measurements to take and how to test these but I devised 2 testing methods.