Replacement Laptop Keyboards
Welcome to the laptop keyboard section of our online store. If you are looking for a replacement keyboard for laptop brands including Lenovo, Dell and HP you may find what you are looking for amongst our new and refurbished range. If you know the machine you need the keyboard for, be sure to check out our Spare Parts section of our store to help refine your search.
Picking the right keyboard
The first thing to determine is what model keyboard you need. The part number you need will often be written on the base of the keyboard. Laptop keyboard replacement varies by model so consult your machine’s documentation if you are unsure how to do this.
If you are doing an HP laptop keyboard replacement the part number will usually be labelled as the SPS or spares number. Lenovo instead use the term “FRU”(field replaceable unit). If it’s a replacement keyboard for Dell laptop models then the part number will be long but start with 2 digits followed by a dash and then 6 digits that start with 0, it is the 5 digits after the zero that are the part number you need.
If for whatever reason you can’t check the part number on the base when searching for the laptop replacement keyboard HP and Lenovo amongst others offer excellent search tools to determine the part number on their website. You can either search by the serial number of your machine or by the part number of a laptop keyboard you find in order to check compatibility.
If you are unable to determine the laptop replacement keyboard part number you need feel free to contact us and we will do our best to assist you. IF you can provide laptop model and serial the search will be considerably easier.
If you are looking to bring laptop keyboard replacement costs down and can tolerate a few marks or scratches, then a refurbished laptop keyboard can be a good choice.
Laptop Keyboard Options
Whilst your options will be limited you do have a few options when selecting a replacement laptop keyboard. The first being the layout, so if you have for example bought a US laptop and are in the UK you could switch to a keyboard with a UK layout.
The 2nd choice you may have is whether to buy a backlit or non-backlit laptop keyboard if your model supports it. A backlit keyboard has lights underneath the keys that light up the symbols on them and their surrounds making them easier to see in low light.
You may also find a laptop keyboard listed as spill resistant, this is fairly self-explanatory. Although not guaranteed to work in the case of liquid spilling onto it the keyboard normally has a layer on the bottom to protect the system board by preventing liquid reaching it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I work out which laptop keyboard I need?
Whilst you can search for a keyboard by the model of the laptop you have there are often multiple variations such as different generations of the machine or even just different keyboard layouts so it is more reliable to search by part number. There are multiple ways this can be identified:
First identify the make and model of your laptop. This can often be found on the bottom of the laptop or in the laptop’s BIOS settings. It may also be listed in any documentation that came with the machine or even in the order details when you bought the machine.
With the make and model you should be able to search on the manufacturers’ website for detailed information about the machine including replacement part keyboard part numbers. On Lenovo, Dell and HP’s websites it is possible to search using just the serial number of the machine.
If your laptop has a maintenance manual it is worth checking there, they will often contain the part numbers for replacement parts.
Alternatively If you are confident in your ability to remove and replace the laptop’s keyboard you can often find the part number you need on the back. The format of the number will vary depending on manufacturer, please see our identifying part numbers guide for more information.
Finally if you are still unable to identify the keyboard you need you should get in touch with the laptop’s manufacturer who should be able to point you in the right direction.
Can I replace a laptop keyboard myself or do I need to get a professional to do it?
It depends on your level of technical expertise and how difficult replacing the keyboard of a particular model.
Replacing the keyboard can void the warranty of a laptop or cause damage to it so if you are not confident or do have the correct tools it may be better to consult with a professional. On the other hand if you have some technical experience you may be able to find online tutorials to guide you through the process and carry out the work yourself at home.
What tools will I need for a laptop keyboard replacement?
Screwdriver- You will need a screwdriver to remove the screws holding both the keyboards as well as potentially other parts of the machine such as the base or palmrest.
Plastic pry tool or spudger: A plastic pry tool can be useful for removing the keyboard or plastics without causing any damage.
Tweezers- Useful for helping to grip or remove smaller parts and screws
Cleaning cloth: You will probably want to wipe the laptop and new keyboard down to remove fingerprints or dust once the replacement is complete.
There is a single key broken on my laptop’s keyboard. Can I replace a single key or do I need to replace the whole keyboard?
It is possible to replace individual keys. The keycap itself can normally be removed by prying it gently up with a flathead screwdriver. The retaining clips underneath can be removed using tweezers.
It is usually cheaper to replace an individual key than the whole keyboard. However laptop manufacturers only list part numbers for entire keyboards rather than the keys so you may need to turn to 3rd parties such as sellers on marketplace sites in order to source them.
What is the difference between backlit and non-backlit keyboards?
Backlit keyboards have built in lighting that illuminates the keyboard keys, whilst non backlit keyboards don’t. The lighting makes backlit keyboards useful in low light or dimly lit environments.
Some gaming laptop models will have backlit keyboards featuring RGB lighting options to customise the light patterns. Most regular backlit laptop keyboards however will only use white light, sometimes with the feature to dim or switch off the lighting if the user wishes.
Non backlit keyboards whilst not featuring any internal lighting are often cheaper. Some laptop models have compatible backlit and non backlit replacement keyboards, please consult your laptop’s documentation to see what is supported.
What are laptop keyboard layouts?
Keyboard layouts refer to the arrangements of keys on a keyboard and where numbers, letters and symbols are located. There are general layouts which refer to the placement of letters, these include:
QWERTY: Most commonly used in the US, UK and other English speaking countries. It is named after the first 6 letters on the top row of the keyboard.
AZERTY: Similar to QUERTY but with some letter differences. This layout is popular in Belgium as well as France and other French speaking countries.
QWERTZ: A keyboard layout predominately used in German, Austria and other German speaking countries.
Dvorak: Designed to be more efficient than QUERTY, proponents say this layout requires less finger movement.
As well as general layouts there are also country specific layouts. These feature symbols and characters used in a particular country but perhaps not often worldwide. For example the UK and US keyboards differ in that there is a ‘#’ symbol above the 3 key on a US keyboard, but on the UK version this is a ‘£’.