Choosing a Replacement Screen for Your 13.3-inch Dell XPS Laptop

The display screen is what allows you to see all the content on your Dell XPS 13 laptop. The brand's InfinityEdge display is composed of several layers of polarized glass that keep the liquid crystal diodes trapped between them. If your screen is cracked or not functioning properly, it's time to replace that screen so you can enjoy the full functionality of your Dell XPS 13 laptop for business or leisure time.

What display technologies do XPS 13 laptops use?

Most laptop screens use one of two main technologies to produce images or videos. All laptop monitors will use liquid crystal displays, but the light source for these displays can differ depending on the model you choose. The most common displays you may find during your search are:

  • CCFL: Cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) usually projects an image via a single bulb somewhere in the back of your XPS 13's screen.
  • LED: In these displays, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are placed at specific locations around the edges of your computer. This display technology is intended to make the panels both light and thin.
How can you measure the display resolution?

The industry standard for measuring the resolution of your display is the video graphics array (VGA) standard. Letter designations can help you figure out the maximum resolution a replacement display panel might generate. An XPS 13 may use the i7 version of an Intel Core processor to run various processes that help to display the graphics you need. Note that if you are using your laptop while it is running on battery power, reducing the brightness level of the display may help to extend its battery life. Some common display resolutions and their designations include:

  • VGA: Standard VGA displays are available in resolutions of 640x480 pixels.
  • XGA: Extended graphics array (XGA) displays are extended from VGAs and usually feature 1024x768 pixels.
  • WXGA: You may wish to use a wide extended graphics array (WXGA) display for viewing content in a widescreen format. WXGA displays usually start at 1280x720 pixels.
  • QXGA: Quantum extended graphics array (QXGA) displays go up to 2048x1536 pixels and are also most suitable for widescreen formats.
How do you replace a laptop display?

While the precise method for replacing your laptop's display can vary according to the model you own, you may be able to use the guidelines below to put a replacement display in your XPS computer:

  • Power down the device: Make sure the device is off before starting any repair work.
  • Remove the cover: There are several screws holding the back cover of your laptop in place. Unscrew them and lift the cover.
  • Remove the wiring: Your computer's display is connected to the motherboard via a wire. Remove this wire, the wire attached to your wireless card, and the ribbon cable.
  • Remove the battery: Lift up on the battery and remove it from its housing.
  • Remove the display: Unscrew the display panel from its bracket and separate it from the rest of the laptop.
  • Reverse the steps: Once the display has been seated properly, attach it to the bracket that the other display was attached to. Then, reverse the steps to remove the display to put it back together.
  • Restart the laptop: Reboot your laptop and verify that the screen is functioning properly.