and frankly, the screen just sucks, in terms of viewing angles and especially colors. super bad. i was hoping to replace it with a better panel, if possible? is it possible? if so, how can i find the exact display that will be compatible with my laptop(pins etc)?
It's possible if you find a compatible replacement. The trick is to find something that will work with the supplied cable (length, pinout, etc.) and that doesn't have higher power requirements than the current panel.
A good resource for LCD specs is: http/www.panelook.com/