How Much Does a Laptop Keyboard Replacement Cost?
Damaged keyboards and missing or faulty keys are common problems that hound laptop users at one time or another. Whether you are missing keys, have broken keys, or have keys that are sticking, you may want to look into having your keyboard replaced.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the make and model of the computer and the company performing the services, a keyboard replacement is going to range anywhere from $60 to as much as $110. This will be for the both the keyboard and the professional labor.
- For example, a laptop keyboard replacement at the Florida-based Pinellas Computers costs $49. The price is for labor only and does not include the price of parts. A new replacement laptop keyboard can cost approximately $19.
- At Notebook Mechanix in Wichita, Kansas, laptop keyboard repair/replacement costs $99.95, including the parts and labor. Shipping and handling fees are charged separately.
- If you want to try to do the keyboard replacement yourself, it will probably cost between $20 and $60 to do so.
What is going to be included?
- Keyboard replacements for laptops typically involve choosing a compatible keyboard to replace the old one, a process that can be completed during the same day. In some cases, keyboards may need to be placed on special order, which requires a few days for the replacement to be completed. The price of a laptop keyboard replacement may include the new keyboard, fitting, and a warranty.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping and handling fees are extra charges that need to be paid for when sending the laptop to the service provider. With some service providers, the shipping rates are calculated using the average weight of the laptop, the AC power adapter, and packaging. The cost of shipping also depends on the customer’s location.
- If you need to be provided with a replacement computer while yours is getting fixed, this may be offered for an extra charge.
- There are specialty keyboards, such as those that light up, that can cost more than the stock keyboards.
Tips to know:
- Most laptop keyboard replacement service providers do not replace single keys but will install a full keyboard instead.
- Find a repair center that offers both in-store and on-site services. This is especially handy in the event that you are unable to leave your home or office and would need the provider to pick up your laptop or repair it on-site. On-site services typically cost more.
- Some repair facilities do not always hold in stock all types of replacement keyboards, so they need to make special orders. It may take 3 to 5 days to a week before the order arrives. If needed, you can choose to pull out your keyboard and borrow an external USB keyboard from the provider until the special order is delivered.
- Check with your warranty if you think you have one. Some warranties can replace the laptop keyboard, depending on the repair that needs to be done.
- Replacing the entire keyboard is actually a lot easier than replacing individual keys. If you have one broken key, chances are that you will get more eventually.
- If you laptop is under warranty and you try to do the replacement yourself, your warranty will be voided.
How can I save money?
- Shop around for the best rates offered online. The cost of laptop keyboard replacement varies from one service provider to another, so it is best to compare the prices offered at different repair facilities. If you want to purchase the part yourself, consider looking on websites such as eBay.
- Choose a facility located in your neighborhood or within your city. This helps to avoid shipping fees typically charged when shipping your laptop to the service provider. Having the provider in close proximity is also more beneficial in cases when there are related problems that arise after a service is performed.
- There may be times when the keyboard does not even need to be replaced, and instead, a key may only need to be replaced. There are some retailers online, such as ReplacementLaptopKeys.com, that can help you find a key for your particular laptop make and model.
- Consider replacing the keyboard yourself. The job is not that hard to do and by doing so, you can save upwards of $75 in labor fees. There are many sources online that can give you exact instructions for your specific model of laptop.