I have an Asus U36sg, which is fine in every respect except the display is a crappy 1366 x 768 13.3". By browsing replacement screen sellers, I've found that the current screen is 40-pin and LED backlit (in addition to being 16:9). I would like to put an AU Optronics B133HAN03 or similar 1600 x 900 screen in it. They run about $160 (+delivery) which is a lot, but less than buying a new Macbook Air or Aspire S7 when the season comes around. I guess it might be safer to get a Zenbook screen (also cheaper - $90 (+delivery)), but is that a reasonable assumption?
The screen resellers also stress that you must match your existing screen's every detail - including resolution. Is that a hard requirement, or is it just that they hate helping naive optimists like me who get themselves in trouble?
The B133HAN03:http://www.blisscomputers.net/auoptroni ... teled.aspx
The Zenbook screen (I can see the connector, but don't know if this picture is of 40-pin or not):http://www.screencountry.com/index.php? ... es=ZENBOOK
The Asus U36 has a geforce 610 & i5 integrated graphics, and will happily drive a 1920x1080 monitor on top of its existing one, so I don't think there will be a big price to pay in terms of responsiveness. Battery life will probably go down, but it was starting from an acceptably high base.
As long as its electronically compatible, the space and mounting issues (maybe heat as well?) would probably be solvable (CA glue etc). (I guess while i have the bezel off I could think about replacing the 0.3MP camera too...)
Does anyone have any experience of doing this?
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