LED and LCD Screens – What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?
The main differences are;
- LCD screens need to be used with a screen inverter which provides the high voltage needed to produce a viewable display. LED screens don’t need this high voltage so don’t have an inverter.
- LCD use more power than LED which means battery life is better with the latter. This is obviously one reason why manufacturers generally use LED screens in new models.
How Can You Tell Which Type of Screen Your Laptop Has?
- Both types generally look the same when fitted so it’s very hard to tell.
- Even when cracked both screens look the same so that doesn’t help you identify which type is fitted.
- On some laptops you are able to gently prise the plastic screen bezel from bottom of the screen and see if a screen inverter is fitted. The inverter is a small rectangular circuit board that looks like this.
- But BE CAREFUL not to break the bezel and don’t stick anything into the space…
Why Does it Matter What Type of Screen My Laptop Has?
- LCD and LED screens are not interchangeable so you can’t swap them over. Strangely, manufacturers often use both types of screen in the same laptop range.
- LED screens are becoming the standard which is making LCD replacement screens more expensive to replace.
All interesting stuff I’m sure you’ll agree…