What Is an LCD Bezel?

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LCD bezels are the plastic frame that encloses a device's screen. They appear on many electronic devices used today, including smartphones, flat screen televisions, laptop computers and portable DVD players.

Function

  • LCD bezels exist to enclose the screen, holding it in place while keeping dust and dirt from reaching the circuitry beneath. The bezel provides a frame for the viewing area, and are most often dark in color to provide the illusion of enhancing the picture quality. They tend to have low profiles in order to focus attention on the screen.

Materials

  • Bezels are usually made of plastic, polycarbonate in particular. Depending on the style of the device, they can have a matte or glossy finish. Some bezels have a built-in rubberized seal between the plastic and the screen, whereas others have a separate grommet to seal the screen.

Removal and Installation

  • Most bezels are held in with clips that can be removed with your fingers or a small flat head screwdriver. If there are screws holding the bezel to the screen, remove them and gently pry the bezel with your fingers moving in opposite directions. When installing a bezel, be sure to push the clips in first, then run your fingers around the edge to create a seal.

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