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Cost of Replacing a Cracked Laptop Screen

Cost of Replacing a Cracked Laptop Screen

How do you deal with a cracked laptop screen? What is the replacement cost involved? Read to find out.
Omkar Phatak
One of the most nightmarish situations is to see a cracked laptop screen. It is the thing that you have always feared and it has come true. As you sit looking at the cracks, which have horribly disfigured the once beautiful screen, you wonder what your options are. There are only two options really, you either buy a new laptop, or get the screen replaced.
There is one certainty in this whole business, that you need to be ready to shell out some money to cover the repair cost. The first thing you need to check is whether the laptop manufacturer's warranty can cover the damage, and whether you can get it replaced.
Replacement Cost
When your laptop's screen cracks, it need not be the end of the road for it. First thing to do is to contact the customer service of the manufacturing company. Inquire whether the warranty will cover the replacement charges. If the warranty is lapsed or it doesn't cover the cost, inquire about what will be the replacement charges for a brand new screen. From what I've heard, the laptop LCD or LED backlit screen could cost you in excess of USD 500 and the cost of replacement procedure will add to it.
The price entirely depends on what brand your laptop computer belongs to. If it's a MacBook, then expect an even higher price for a new screen. All this may well push the cost of repair, well beyond the actual cost of your laptop. Common sense dictates that you should rather sell the laptop for whatever price it will fetch and get a new one. However, there is another alternative.
Instead of getting a brand new LCD screen, you can search at your local computer store, or online auction sites like eBay, for an old screen, matching the dimensions and model of your own laptop. It is actually possible to get hold of such a used product. Still, it will cost you around USD 200 to get it. Then, you can either perform a transplant procedure to transfer the old screen to replace your damaged one, or you can hand over the job to a professional computer repair technician.
A local computer technician could charge you anywhere between USD 50 to USD 100, to get the screen replaced. So, the total cost of replacement, even with an old screen, will be in excess of USD 300. The economics dictates that buying a new one is a better way out.
If the cost of a replacement exceeds the price of your laptop screen, I don't see any point in getting it repaired. It is best that you go for a new one. However, if you are lucky enough to find a replacement, from an old laptop of similar model, then you can get it fixed from your local computer technician.