The laptop screen may not be cost-effective to replace; in most cases, it’s so expensive that buying a new laptop is a better value option. This is why it’s important to pay attention to the laptop screen characteristics when buying a new laptop.
Here are a few tips on what to consider when choosing a laptop with a good screen:
Check the resolution of the laptop screen. Usually, a larger screen offers a bigger resolution, but sometimes cheap screens than other models with the same screen size. So if you work in a photo or video editing or image processing you will need all the resolution you can get. The same goes for watching videos. Some laptop screens offer a particularly high resolution, meaning that you can fit more detail unto the screen.
Another aspect to have in mind when choosing a laptop screen would be its ratio. You may have to choose between a 4:3 ratio screen and a 16:9 widescreen. If you use the machine for office tasks, mainly working with documents and browsing the Web, then a 4:3 laptop screen will probably make a better choice, but if you use your laptop for multimedia purposes like watching videos or image editing, than the widescreen makes for a better choice.
Laptops that are more expensive will have an active matrix display, meaning that the laptop screen is brighter, offering more color detail. The screen also updates quicker which gives the impression of more details, mostly during video playback.
Another fact to consider is the matte (anti-glare) vs. glossy issue. Matte displays are covered with an anti-glare coating that reduces reflected ambient light. The same anti-glare coating also dims colors and reduces contrast. Glossy screens don’t have the anti-glare coating, so the colors are more vivid and the contrast is better. The point is that if you use your laptop outside where ambient light can be a problem, then you should choose a matte laptop screen, but if you are not affected by ambient light reflections than you should probably get the glossy one.
Size is an important factor matter when choosing a laptop screen, because it’s strictly related to the size of the laptop, thus affecting portability. If you use your laptop at the office or at home and don’t carry it around too much, a decent 15 inch or 17-inch laptop screen should be enough. If you use your notebook as a desktop replacement, a 19 or 20-inch laptop screen is also a good choice. But if you are on the run and you travel a lot, then a better choice would be a 15 inch and below laptop screen. If you use your laptop for web navigation and you don’t need to run powerful apps, a netbook with a 10-inch screen will also do.
One of the major problems that you may encounter with a laptop screen is a defective pixel. It can be a stuck pixel which continually shows the same color or a dead pixel which is continually lit or unlit. Defective pixels rarely cause functional problems, but you should check for reviews on the laptop model you want to buy to see if the laptop screen has a reputation of suffering from defective pixels. You should also check to see the manufacturer’s policy on defective pixels as some manufacturers offer refunds and repairs, while other companies sell laptop screens on the basis that a certain number of pixels is acceptable, and therefore not a fault.