Laptop Broken Screen. Worth Fixing?

Broken Laptop Screen. Is It Worth Fixing?

Here’s a frequently asked question that all computer shops and computer computer repair technicians get asked:

“My laptop screen has smashed. Do you think it’s worth having it repaired”?

The answer to this question lies solely on what value the laptop has to you. In this article I’ll help you weigh up the pros & cons, as well as giving you an idea of the probable cost of having the screen repaired.

How Much Does It Cost To Have New Laptop Screen Fitted?

The prices of LED screens have actually dropped significantly over the last few years. A brand new 15.6″ LED screen will now typically cost £45 (€50 or $60). The cost of fitting the screen will likely be the same again. It’s a fairly straight-forward job for any technician with experience in changing screens. Most repair shops will add a small mark-up to the part and a small fee for time.

Therefore the typical cost to have a brand new laptop screen fitted by a professional should be within £100 (€120 / $128).

So, Is It Worth Fixing?

Using the £100 (€120 / $128) figure as our benchmark here, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I buy a new laptop for under £100?
  • Do I want the hassle of transferring all my files, settings and software to a new computer?
  • How old is the laptop?

It is unlikely that you’ll be able to buy a new laptop cheaper than the cost of repairing the screen on the broken one. Transferring files isn’t difficult, however you may have legacy software on your existing computer that is important to you.

The age of the laptop is relevant. If the laptop is running on Windows 11 already, then it’s definitely worth fixing. If the operating system is older than Windows 10, it’s time to use the money towards a new computer. If the laptop is running Windows 10 but is incapable of upgrading to Windows 11, please note that Windows 10 End Of Life Support is October 2025. Therefore laptops running Windows 10 will no longer be eligible for updates after this date. It’s maybe time to think about renewing.

Would you automatically scrap your car because it had two flat tyres? Most probably not. Unless the car was ready for the scrapheap anyway. The same applies to tech.

Is it worth fixing a broken laptop screen?

Typically, screen repairs come at a lower cost compared to replacing the entire laptop. However, before investing your funds in the repair, it’s essential to assess the extent of the damage. A general guideline suggests that laptop repair expenses shouldn’t surpass 50% of the laptop’s original price.

Further Pros & Cons To Having A Laptop Screen Repaired

Pros:

  • Improved Functionality: Repairing the broken screen will restore full functionality to the laptop, allowing you to use it without inconvenience.
  • Extended Lifespan: By fixing the screen, you can potentially extend the lifespan of the laptop, getting more use out of it before needing to replace it.
  • Cost Savings: Repairing the screen may be cheaper than purchasing a new laptop, especially if the rest of the laptop is still in good condition.
  • Preservation of Data: If the laptop contains important data or files, repairing the screen allows you to access and retrieve them without the need for transferring data to a new device.
  • Environmental Impact: Repairing rather than replacing the laptop contributes to reducing electronic waste and is more environmentally friendly.

Cons:

  • Cost: Repairing a broken screen can be more expensive if the screen is a touch-screen.
  • Time: Depending on the availability of parts and the repair process, it may take time to get the screen fixed, leaving you without a functioning laptop for a period.
  • Potential for Further Damage: There’s a risk that during the repair process, other components could be damaged or affected, leading to additional repair costs.
  • Depreciation: Repairing an older laptop may not significantly increase its resale value, as older models depreciate over time regardless of repairs.
  • Limited Warranty: Repairs may not come with a warranty, leaving you vulnerable to future issues with the screen or other components. If you have a professional technician, ask whether the new screen comes with a warranty.

Using Laptop With Smashed Screen

Until you decide whether to repair the laptop or not. Remember that you can still use the computer even although the screen is smashed. Simply connect an HDMI cable from the laptop onto your TV. This will allow you to carry on working with the unit or prepare it for safe disposal.

Footnote

At Computroon, we no longer carry out these or any other types of computer repairs since we have ceased trading. The advice and articles published on this site are for non-commercial help & support purposes.