Broken retina screen (leaking LCD)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Martin92, May 10, 2013.

  1. Martin92 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2012
    I accidentally closed the lid of my rMBP whilst a small stone/piece of grit was on the case. It made a hairline crack on the glass and the LCD is starting to leak across the entire display - it's currently around 20% of the way.

    I went to the Apple Store they quoted 430GBP + VAT to replace the screen. I found one a full assembly on eBay for around 200 GBP but I don't know how difficult they are to replace on these.

    What would you guys recommend? Is it likely that with a strong purchase history, being enrolled as an iOS and mac developer (+enterprise) they may be flexible on pricing?

    Also, i'll be flying back to America in a few weeks time, will the repair be significantly cheaper there? (It was purchased in the US originally);
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
  3. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    Is the rMPB in question the 15" version?

    I checked from, and the displays available for £200 or less were the panel only, not the whole assembly.

    The whole assembly (~£400) is an easy replacement job, just as the guide linked by Stetrain shows. But replacing just the panel takes considerably more effort, as it's tightly glued to the shell. Take a look at this teardown: Of course as the current panel is already busted you don't need to worry about braking it during disassembly.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, just letting you know what the differences between the differently priced options are. Replacing only the panel is certainly possible, and it'll save you £200 :)
  4. Martin92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2012
    Thanks for the clarification, and the link! Not sure I want to risk breaking the machine for a 200GBP saving and added complications. At the fully assembly price point, it would make more sense to use Apple. So maybe that's what I'll have to do.

    I'm flying back to the US in a few weeks, do you think the repair would be much cheaper there?
  5. thecurryman macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2012

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