Game Boy Color Retro Pixel 1.0 Q5 IPS LCD Backlight Kit - FunnyPlaying

$61.99 USD
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SKU: GBC1740
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This Funnyplaying IPS LCD for the Game Boy Color comes with improved function and an enlarged viewing window. Backlight and illuminate your beloved childhood GBC with a modern IPS LCD with improved color, contrast and viewing angle. 


  • Display area is larger than the original. Shell modification required
  • Custom glass lens required for appropriate masking of viewing window. Please purchase separately.
  • Brackets available for purchase separately.
  • Soldering required for brightness and retro pixel control
  • Touch enabled brightness control
  • Built-in 5 display effects.
  • 4x Integer scaling
  • IPS panels are characterized as having the best color and viewing angles.
  • LCD and ribbon power between 0.29W and 0.68W
  • Does not have function of adjusting the position of the image window.


  • 1x Q5 IPS LCD
  • 1x PCB ribbon cable with attached touch sensor
  • 3x Wires
  • 1x Adhesive
  • 1x Insulation film
  • 1x Spacer


  • The leads of the START and SELECT buttons are retained on the ribbon.
  • START + touch = increase brightness
  • SELECT + touch = decrease  brightness
  • Press START and SELECT simultaneously for 1 second to switch the display effect. (Short press the sensor button to cycle 7-segment brightness adjustment, long press to switch the display effect.)
  • To Move Left and Right: Hold Start and Select for 5 seconds, pressing start and select will then shift screen. Press touch sensor to swap direction you are moving. Press touch sensor two more times to go back to moving left and right. Save by holding start and select again for 5 seconds. 
  • Full pixel copy display (display the highest brightness, gorgeous and concise)
  • Classic GBC display (perfectly restore the original display effect)
  • Classic RGB display (perfectly restore the original display effect, and the pixel gap looks smaller, the brightness will be slightly darker)
  • RGB display (closest to the original display, but the brightness is very low)
  • Grid line display (close to the display effect of DMG)




  • This kit now has a touch sensor already included on the black ribbon cable. You may use this one by simply folding into the front or back of the shell. A separate touch sensor ribbon is no longer included.
  • After installation, if it is noted that your touch sensor is overly sensitive or is cycling, please see this article for assistance.


  • Test before installation! When you receive a backlight/LCD kit, you should perform a dry run before installing to assure that nothing has been damaged in transit. A dry run or test fit means the kit is not installed in the shell. This includes the use of adhesives, brackets, and any performed soldering. All ribbon cables should have no bends or creases in them. If you are unsure how to perform a dry run, please contact our support team and we will be happy to help. Backlight kits that have been installed are not eligible for replacement or return.
  • LCD may break if put under too much pressure or dropped. Please exercise extreme caution when installing.

Shipping Information

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Hand Held Legend is committed to keeping retro gaming alive and better than ever. Upgrade your childhood consoles with modern tech. We strive for excellence in all that we do and aim to serve our customers well.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
John D
Great display, can be a hassle

Unfortunately for me, 4th time was the charm. None of these attempts were the fault of HHL.

I'm using it for a GBC in a Boxy Pixel case.

For attempt 1, I unfortunately got dust between the glass and the display.
Attempt 2, I realized that the IPS screen is larger than stock, and really wasn't pointed out well that you need the IPS glass/lens for the larger size
Attempt 3, the screen was DOA
Attempt 4, it is now "complete" however, the lens leaves gaps on the edges and there's some bleed... But there is also no guidance for where best to align the screen to the lens... So even with Max adjustment, I can't move the image far enough down in Y to make it take up the whole lens, leaving a black bar.

So, not perfect, but it is usable until my OCD gets the best of me.

Very good screen

Really brings life and color to games i never even saw as a kid, I wish there was a way to make the screens solderless because it’s constantly nerve wracking that you’re going to **** up but other than that I’m extremely happy and their customer service is considerate thoughtful and on point and I’m definitely shopping for parts through them in the foreseeable future


Love these screens. Buying a similar one for my pocket soon

Kelvin Z.
Awesome Screen Upgrade!

I bought this screen to use with a boxy pixel aluminum front shell and it fit perfectly! You don’t even have to adhere, it drops right in to the aluminum housing. I did solder all the wires so I could have all the functionality and it came in handy to be able to position the screen. It’s also a nice touch that you get a screen lens for free when buying this ips display in particular.

Chris Knight

Game Boy Color Retro Pixel 1.0 Q5 IPS LCD Kit - Funnyplaying

Kristoffer M.
The Q5 Lottery is Worth Playing

I'll get the bad bit out of the way first: there is a significant chance you'll receive a defective display. That's not HHL's fault, or even Funnyplaying's, the panels are just 10-year-old new-old stock for a smartphone that fizzled. The good news is, if you do get a bad display like I did, Handheld Legend will get you a replacement, so all you're really out is shipping time.

Now for the good stuff: this is hands-down the best display upgrade available for the GBC as of Q1 2022. It's big, bright, vibrant, and feature-rich with no issues like frame tearing or stutter. Colors look as good as you'd expect off-angle, the grid effects are neat, and being able to adjust the alignment is a nice touch. Pro-tip: both the 1.0 and 2.0 (Laminated) versions use the same flex PCB controller, so any features on the 2.0 kit are also available in this one. That means that yes: the colored logo backlighting is present, and yes: you can turn it off if it's causing light bleed. (And all the settings save, so you don't have to redo them every time you power on) I recommend using a shell designed for the Q5 LCD for best results, but you can absolutely trim a stock-style shell if you're so inclined.

The power draw is significantly higher than stock, and the stock voltage regulator does get noisy at full brightness, but the noise is only significant if you're running a bigger speaker amp. Since the -18v power supply is no longer necessary with this display, completely replacing the stock voltage regulator with a more modern regulator is a good option to reduce the noise. In any case, you will chew through batteries more quickly. Take all of that as you will.

4/5, would recommend

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