Today we will briefly go over the so-called “difference” between a broken panel and a broken screen.
This problem might also be referred to as having a panel or screen that is “cracked”, has “spider webs” or has a “broken display”. It is important to know that while the problems may appear somewhat different, they are actually the same. The problem cannot be fixed at a reasonable price, with the repair cost usually meeting or exceeding the value of the television. You can read about this issue at length in our article regarding cracked television screens.
Below are descriptions of both types of broken displays:
SYMPTOM: Broken Display without Glass Surface Damage
Above is an image of a broken panel where the break is seen only the panel and the glass or plastic in front is undamaged. The picture can appear like a spiderweb, in large broken pieces, rainbow pixel columns or rows, or combination of all of the above. This kind of damage can happen very easily on an LED/LCD type television, requiring as little as a tap or some applied pressure. A plasma screen television is more durable and will require a bit more force to break the display. When placing your finger on the affected area on the screen, the fracture is smooth.
SYMPTOM: Broken Display with Glass Surface Damage
Above is an image of broken panel with damage on the outside of the diffuser or protector. It can appear like a spider web, a dent or a crack line. The picture can appear just like the aforementioned damage type. This kind of damage usually occurs when the television is struck by something small and very hard. It is more likely to happen to an LCD screen than a plasma. When placing your finger on the affected area on the screen, the fracture is ridged, sharp and raised.
The image below shows a simplified diagram of the structural difference between an LED/LCD panel and plasma panel look like:
The image above offers a visual explanation as to why one panel type might be more durable than the other. It should be noted that according to several manufacturers, some LED/LCD TV panels may use glass instead of plastic; however, in our experience we have yet to see any television like this and thus consider them to be rare.
We hope that his article helps you to understand the difference between LCD/LED panels and plasma panels, as well as the fact that broken displays with or without surface damage are the same.