How Much Does Laptop Screen Replacement Cost?

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Laptop screen problems can range anywhere from a few dead pixels to a completely black or even worse — a cracked screen.  Instead of purchasing a new laptop, some owners prefer to have their screen replaced instead.

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How much does it cost to replace a laptop screen?

On average, laptop screens are going to cost anywhere from $80 to $125 depending on the brand, the size, and whether it is new or used.  This won’t include the installation price.  Refer to our table below to see what most popular brands will cost.

If you need to have a professional install a new laptop screen, then this can be an additional $40 to $125.  Usually, technicians will install the screen for a cheaper price if you were to purchase the screen directly from them.  All in all, the total cost to have a professional install a laptop screen can range anywhere from $120 to as much as $325.  This is the price for the run-of-the-mill laptops and ultrabooks, two-in-ones, tablets and Macbooks can cost significantly more to replace since they work in a different way.  Micro Center, for example, charges $119 for all brands., an authentic laptop screen retailer online, offers official screens for any make or model online.  According to their site, screens can start at as little as $49 and go up to as much as $200+ depending on the brand of the computer.  This price wouldn’t the include professional installation.

PC World says a screen replacement will cost about $80 and will take an hour of your time if you were to replace it on your own.  If you were to hire a professional, the costs could be between $150 to $300.

BrandCost (screen only)
Acer Laptop Screen$45 to $75
Apple Laptop Screen$50 to $220
Asus Laptop Screen$35 to $70
Compaq Laptop Screen$35 to $55
Dell Laptop Screen$35 to $110
HP Laptop Screen$40 to $75
Lenovo Laptop Screen$35 to $80
Samsung Laptop Screen$45 to $75
Sony Vaio Laptop Screen$35 to $75
Toshiba Laptop Screen$38 to $75

What are the extra costs?

To repair the screen on your own, you will need tools such as small head magnetic Phillips screwdriver, safety pin and a thin putty knife to pry the screen bezel from the case.  A simple toolkit designed for repairing broken screens cost less than $8.

Tips to know

If you’re tight on funds, consider hooking up an external monitor to your laptop for the time being since the monitor won’t affect any of the internal parts.  While it can be hard to do this while on the go, it’s a good alternative for those who work from home.

A broken LCD screen will have lines and/or patterns on the screen or black spots may also appear.  Since an LCD display is made from two thin layers of glass with a dark liquid crystal material in between the two, people often feel their screen isn’t broken, when in reality, it is.

Before you even consider purchasing a new screen, make sure the screen is truly the culprit.  If you have a blank screen and no damage is noted, your motherboard or hard drive may have failed.  To truly know if your monitor is the culprit, plug in an external monitor to your laptop to see if it boots up; if it does, then it’s safe to say the screen is the problem.

Finding a new laptop replacement screen should be easy and can be found on eBay, and/or via a Google Shopping search.  It helps to know your exact laptop make and model to ensure you’re purchasing one that will fit like the one you have right now.  Look on the back of the broken screen to note the model number or refer to the documentation to find as much information as you can.  Use this model/identification number to search the Internet and/or eBay to find the exact model.

How to replace a laptop screen

How can I save money?

Check with your manufacturer to see if the laptop is still under warranty.  If the screen had a defect due to manufacturing issues, they can arrange to have it repaired for free.  The same can be said if you purchased an extended warranty or accidental damage protection plan from a retailer or brand.  Keep in mind that companies won’t cover it under a standard warranty if it were due to customer-induced damage.

Replacing a laptop screen isn’t as hard as you think as there are many step-by-step instructions online that can assist you with help installing it.  If you decide to fix the screen yourself, consider taking pictures as you take it apart so you can remember how the parts go back together.

Be sure to compare the costs to a new laptop cost.  Today, laptops can be found for as little as a few hundred dollars, so it may be silly to replace your old screen when a newer one may be cheaper.  Before you purchase a new laptop and trash your old one, consider selling it online for the spare parts.

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