With OLEDS being in remarkably short supply at the moment, this LCD display is a simple alternative.
If you need text output and you need it in a hurry, then this will work just fine. I2C driven you can plug it in
and have it running in a couple of minutes. Very easy to use in the Arduino IDE.
Uses only 4 wires, VCC, GND, SDA, SCL (typical Arduino Wiring)
Features for 1602 LCD:
LCD display module with blue blacklight.
Wide viewing angle and high contrast.
Built-in industry standard HD44780 equivalent LCD controller.
Commonly used in: copiers, fax machines, laser printers, industrial test equipment, networking equipment such as routers and
LCM type: Characters
Can display 2-lines X 16-characters.
Voltage: 5V DC.
Module dimension: 80mm x 35mm x 11mm.
Viewing area size: 64.5mm x 16mm
Features IIC/I2C :
The standalone 1602 lcd needs 7 IO ports to drive as this uses an I2C backpack you only need 2 pins so it will work great with a remote ESP8266 or nodeMCU type device.