Buying a screen to replace your damaged laptop screen (DIY repair) can take some time. Finding the right part, reliable screen supplier and more. Here are 10 steps to check when shopping around for a laptop lcd screen.
- Identify the correct part. This can be achieved by removing the laptop screen which includes a screen manufacturer part number on the back of the screen. Once you have this part number, you can’t go wrong. The manufacture part number is something like LTN156AT01-H01 or B156XW02 V.2, The first letter(s) stands for the manufacturer, then the number following is the screen size (15.6 in this instance).
- Decide what you want, price or quality. As always you get what you pay for, you cannot get the top quality for the cheapest price. You can buy some cheap screens online but you maybe risking the quality of the screen.
- Local or overseas. Overseas is cheaper but you are some how on your own when it comes to warranty and returns. Posting anything from Australia to any overseas country can set you back at least $50. Let alone that most overseas seller will require the faulty part back before posting a new part. This ads waiting time without your laptop.
- Warranty. If you are an extended warranty kind of person, look for the supplier that provide the longest warranty. Many cheaper screens come with 6 months warranty. Some companies provide 3 years warranty.
- Dead Pixels. Check the supplier’s dead pixel policy, may suppliers work on 2-5 dead pixel is acceptable (which is an industry standard). However there are some companies around that provide zero dead pixel policy.
- Returns / Money back guarantee. Check return policy what happens the problems appears to be lcd cable or motherboard. can you send the screen back for a refund, restocking fee, or can’t send back at all? In a situation where the screen is not cracked (just faulty or no display), it could be another part that is casing the issue. It is important that you can send the screen back for a refund even with restocking fee. Being $30 out of pocket better than having a part you will never use.
- Pickup and return warranty. If the purchased screen dies within the warranty period, who pays the shipping fees? If you have to pay you maybe $30-$40 out of pocket. It is a nice option to NOT have to pay the shipping fees.
- Replacement Guarantee. If you crack your laptop screen again do you get a discount on the replacement? Laptop LCD Screen offers half price screen if you crack your screen again within the warranty period. (please check Ts & Cs)
- Customer service. Can you contact your supplier by phone or get a reply in timely manner? Many online sellers can take days to get back to you with an answer when you need your machine for work or study.
- Phone Support. Does your supplier provide phone support if you need to ask technical questions? It is vital to have phone support if your machine is used on daily bases. for example one day without your laptop in business may cost hundreds of dollar. A local laptop screen supplier can help you get back online in no time.
If you get the above right, your laptop screen purchase and repair should be a smooth ride.