M5Paper teardown
@ 0x4C4A | Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 | 1minuteRead | Update at Saturday, Jan 16, 2021

This wonderful device was generously presented to me and I couldn’t resist checking out it’s contents.

❗ Even though M5Stack provide instructions how to open the device on their site, some mangling of the case will occur when trying to open it.

This is a well built ESP32 devboard. I’m not a big fan of the connector placement, and I have my doubts about the low-power capabilities of the board, but physically and aesthetically it’s a very well done device.

The highlights

  • Two piece plastic case
  • A trio of magnets, to allow the device to be stuck to a grippy magnetic surface
  • A mainboard containing most of the ICs
  • An e-ink panel which is stuck to a touchscreen panel

The pictures

The front of the device

The front of the device

The backside of the device

The backside of the device

Both halves of the device

Both halves of the device

The front half

The front half

The main board

The main board (no components on the other side)

The e-ink & touchscreen flex cables

The e-ink & touchscreen flex cables

The touchscreen controller

The touchscreen controller

About me

I’m an electronics engineer with experience in software development. I enjoy building things from the bare metal up to the software UI. My interests include music, audio synthesis and manufacturing (wood/metalworking, 3D printing etc.).

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