Laptop Screen Replacement

At PC Bits we do many laptop screen replacements. Here are a few of the questions customers ask.

How much does it cost?
Well, this is a difficult question to answer over the phone. We have learned over the years that we must disassemble the laptop and remove the screen. On the back is the “Model” number. Without this information you can easily order the wrong screen. Manufacturers such as Dell or HP will have put 4 or more different screens into a single laptop. They might sell some with a “matte” finish or a “glossy” finish. They have low resolution screens in the cheap version and high resolution screens in the expensive version. Some models have touch screens and others do not. They even use different manufacturers. The lowest bidder sells them screens. All this means that you should never order a screen based on the laptop model. Use the screen model number.

Today the average 15.6-inch laptop screen, without touch screen, costs about $50-$70. Smaller screens can cost more. Larger screens cost more. It all depends on how many screens of this kind were made. I have spent as much as $300.00 for a 13-inch touch screen. New ultra-thin, ultra-portable laptops have screens that are glued together. These are very hard to fix and expensive!

As of this writing, PC Bits charges $50.00 for the labor. We take out the old cracked screen, order the correct replacement screen, and reassemble the laptop and test it!

So if your laptop is a standard mass produced ordinary model, it can cost anywhere between $100.00 to $120.00 plus MN sales tax.

How long will it take?
The answer here is also hard to say. The majority of the time needed is shipping! All laptop screens we order come from overseas. Mostly China, where they are manufactured. The shipping time varies widely. From a few days to weeks. We can never be sure. Don’t expect to have your laptop fixed immediately. You will have to leave it here. We will call you when it is ready.

Can I put in a different or cheaper screen?
Another hard question to answer! Only rarely can we do this. Different screens use different wires or cables to attach the screen to your “motherboard.” We would have to buy a different cable. Even if we bought a new cable would you have the right “connector” on your motherboard? Probably not. Most of the time you are going to get the same screen as before.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Stop in at PC Bits and we will quickly give you the benefit of our years of experience.

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