Laptop LCD Replacement Guidelines

by Fred Roe

What happens when your relatively new laptop gets a crack in the LCD. Do you throw the thing away or can you get it fixed?

Many people will tell you that it’s not cost effective to replace the LCD screen. However, that’s not always the case. Rather than just replacing the laptop completely, with a little research and planning you can find that replacing the LCD screen can be a very cost effective repair.

The major cost of a significant amount of laptops is the LCD screen, although that price is rapidly dropping. Replacement screens can cost from between $150 and $325. With only the largest, most extravagant screens costing significantly more.

There are many different places to buy your replacement laptop screen. There are a few really good LCD superstores like that offer very competitive pricing on LCD Screens. Ebay and craigslist remain viable alternatives. And using google shopping can often find very reasonable alternatives.

The LCD itself is only one factor in the overall cost of replacing the screen. You’ll have to consider what it takes to replace that screen. I highly recommend NOT doing it yourself. One inadvertent thumb in the wrong place can effectively ruin your laptop.

If you’ve picked the right computer repair technician and they have experience in laptop repairs, and LCD’s in particular. You’ll find that a competent tech can replace the LCD screen in most circumstances in under an hour. However, because of the complexity and the immense variety of designs and builds of laptops it could be slightly longer.

If for some reason you decide to attempt the repair yourself, you should start by trying to find the repair guide for your particular model. Doing an internet search for “laptop repair guide” should help you find different guides posted on the internet.

As with all computer repairs, you have to weigh the cost of the repairs with effective replacement costs of the entire computer. As most LCD repairs cost at least $300 with labor, if you can replace the computer for about double that price you might not want to proceed. However, it’s hard to put a dollar value on the customizations you have on your computer already. A new computer might not have the programs you need, or your internet bookmarks. So, take that into consideration as well. Good luck with your laptop revival, and email us if you have any questions.

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