If you can find a FULL HD and / or IPS screen with the same form factor as your original screen. By this I mean dimensions, connector type and position and mounting brackets/screw holes.
If your screen cable, (connecting the screen to the motherboard - not included when you buy a screen), which will be LVDS or EDP, supports two channel communication, thus 1920x1080. It's guesswork if it will. Some laptops already have 2 channel cables (especially if the laptop came in a FULL HD configuration) and some don't. (even if the laptop came in a FULL HD configuration!)
The best option is to try it and if it doesn't work, either seek a replacement cable or return the screen for a refund.
The screen cable inside the machine will be one of the following types:
Single lane/Single Channel - Max resolution 1600x900
Dual lane/Dual Channel - Max resolution 1920x1080
Quad lane/Quad Channel (4 channel cable) - These will run QHD and UHD resolutions
Please don't ask me which kind of cable you have there as I do not know. You would have to contact the manufacturer of the laptop, or google the part code on the old cable and try to work it out. For this reason we recommend just trying the upgrade as it's often quite hard to find the information as to what you have there. Just because you saw on a forum others have upgrade a particular model of laptop, doesn't man yours will upgrade too!
There is a new buzzword in town, and that is that IPS screens are the new de facto standard for anybody wanting superior screen quality and colour representation. There are of course some disadvantages to using an IPS screen over a standard TN panel however generally if you are using image manipulation software on a professional basis, such as a professional photographer or a graphic designer, an IPS screen could well make life much easier especially when you want to transfer your graphic into printed form.
There are also benefits for people who watch multimedia online such as movies, in that IPS screens are known to give a wider viewing angle than standard TN panels that tend to wash out at extreme angles. This makes sharing a laptop with friends to watch a movie for example, a bit less of a hassle.
Can I upgrade my laptop screen to FULL HD IPS?
The technology used in TN panels or IPS panels is separate to compatibility in that the two are interchangeable. You could swap a standard TN panel for an IPS panel provided that there is a compatible upgrade model available. To do this, you would first need to identify the original screen model number in your machine, you can do this by either removing the laptop screen yourself or contacting a professional screen replacement company like us for advice.
Whilst we obviously can offer no solid guarantees that an upgrade from TN to IPS would be possible, we can certainly spec out a replacement screen model that may work for you as an upgrade. In the worst case scenario you would have to return the upgrade screen for refund if it did not work.
What about upgrading from HD 1366x768 (TN) to FULL HD 1920x1080 (IPS)?
Whilst the upgrade from TN to IPS would not be an issue here, the resolution upgrade could be a problem. Most laptops will run at FULL HD on an external screen via the HDMI or VGA ports to an external screen or projector, but only some will be able to run at FULL HD on an internal display via the EDP or LVDS ports the screen is connected to.
The video controllers inside the laptops are often not capable of FHD internally but only externally. This is most often down to the cable that has been used to connect the LCD screen to the laptop motherboard. The way we would go about researching this in the first instance would be to perform some research into the laptop model. If the model of laptop that you have did come with a FULL HD screen at some point, or a variation of your model had a FULL HD screen, there is a chance that your laptop has the same cable as the FULL HD model, but just a downgraded screen. In this instance an upgrade would be likely to work.
You can check your laptop model type on our website and see if it has FULL HD and / or IPS options. Have a look at the 1366x768 option as well to make sure that both screens have the same physical dimensions and connector size/position.
Which models of laptop can be upgraded to FULL HD IPS?
This is a rather complex question with there being over 90 thousand screen models on our website, however there are some brands that tend to be more upgradeable than others, those being DELL, Lenovo and Clevo. Those machines fitted with a 15.6" 30 PIN display running at HD resolution can benefit from this IPS upgrade B156HAN01 which is an AVHA screen offering even better quality than a standard IPS panel. The B156HAN01 is compatible with LP156WF4 (SP)(B1).
We do of course recommend that you contact us in the first instance before making an upgrade to IPS as we are always happy to speak to you, even if you are not a customer of ours currently.
Here's some more people online that have been trying to do the same thing:
More help: Get in touch via the contact page on this website.