Teardown

iFixit PlayStation 1 teardown is a blast from the past

iFixit PlayStation 1 teardown is a blast from the past

It isn't too often that we see iFixit tearing down legacy hardware, but today is a special occasion. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the original PlayStation's release, which launched in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. In honor of that milestone, iFixit has decided to teardown an original console and take a look inside.

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Google Stadia controller could be extremely difficult to repair

Google Stadia controller could be extremely difficult to repair

When smartphones started to sport metal unibody designs or, more recently, glass-metal-glass sandwiches, they also become more difficult to open up for repairs. Even authorized service centers would need specialized tools and training which were, naturally, unavailable to third-parties or DIYers. It seems that Google is using that same design philosophy on its Stadia controller, making it almost impossible to open up, at least for untrained hands, all for the sake of having a nearly seamless and blemish-free appearance.

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Pixel 4 XL teardown reveals a mess of parts inside

Pixel 4 XL teardown reveals a mess of parts inside

What should have been the Pixel 3's redemption may very well end up being worse than last year's Google flagship smartphone. The Pixel 4 was already off to a rough start in rumors and specs and its actual launch didn't exactly prove those wrong. While the cameras and pristine Android software remained impressive, the rest of the specs and features make it hard to justify the premium price tag. And now it seems that the Pixel 4 XL is just as convoluted on the inside as it was fragile on the outside.

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16-inch MacBook Pro still extremely difficult to repair reveals iFixit

16-inch MacBook Pro still extremely difficult to repair reveals iFixit

Apple's mythical 16-inch MacBook Pro almost remained just that, late and elusive. But when it did finally debut, it checked almost every item on the rumor list, including the new-old scissor switch "Magic Keyboard". But we all know that looks can be deceiving and what lies beneath is just as important, especially when it comes to repairs. That's why iFixit experts dug deeper beyond the new MacBook Pro's keyboard to see what makes it tick and, most importantly, how to put it back together again.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro repair is moderately easy as shown by iFixit teardown

Huawei Mate 30 Pro repair is moderately easy as shown by iFixit teardown

If you strip away the uncertainty around it, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is arguably one of this year's top Android smartphones. For those in China that never had official access to Google apps and services anyway, that may already be the case. Presuming it ever this prolonged nightmare soon, it could still make up for lost time thanks to its standout features. But being a top smartphone doesn't exactly make the Mate 30 Pro easy to repair. Fortunately, as self-repair experts iFixit found out, it's not that hard to repair either.

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Surface Pro 7 is extremely difficult to repair based on iFixit teardown

Surface Pro 7 is extremely difficult to repair based on iFixit teardown

Microsoft unveiled quite a number of notable Surface devices last month but there is always an odd one out. The Surface Pro 7 seems to have gotten the short end of the stick this year, being seen as an almost forgettable upgrade. But more than just the meager step up in specs and features, the device is criticized for sporting an already very outdated design. It turns out, that's true inside as well.

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Surface Pro X iFixit teardown brings unexpectedly good news

Surface Pro X iFixit teardown brings unexpectedly good news

Historically speaking, the Surface Pro line has not been kind to the DIYers of the world. It seems that every time a new Surface Pro device comes out, iFixit tears it down only to discover that it isn't user-repairable in any real sense. Encouragingly, the Surface Pro X appears to buck that particular trend, and though it's far from perfect, it's still much more repairable than the other devices in its family.

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AirPods Pro iFixit teardown finds little hope for DIY repair

AirPods Pro iFixit teardown finds little hope for DIY repair

With Apple's new AirPods Pro on the market, it's time to see if they can be easily repaired by end-users. For that we turn to iFixit, which didn't have very many encouraging things to say about the original AirPods. In fact, iFixit gave the AirPods a dismal repairability score of 0/10, indicating that they were in no way repairable by the DIYers of the world.

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Pixel 4 XL teardown reveals we can’t blame Soli for battery size

Pixel 4 XL teardown reveals we can’t blame Soli for battery size

With the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL now officially on sale, it's time for none other than iFixit to tear them down. Today, the company published its teardown of the Pixel 4 XL, and like a lot of modern flagships these days, it didn't fare to well on the DIY repair front. There were some high points during iFixit's teardown, but those were unfortunately diminished by a phone that's difficult to get into and components that are hard to access.

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Surface Laptop 3 iFixit teardown tests the promise of easy repairs

Surface Laptop 3 iFixit teardown tests the promise of easy repairs

At its Surface event, Microsoft's Panos Panay made a huge claim that it would be easy to open up the third-gen Surface Laptop. While that may be non-news for most laptops, the Surface Laptop actually scored a miserable zero on iFixit's rating because it was impossible to open up without destroying the thing. With the Surface Laptop 3 finally in the market, the DIY repair experts are putting both the 13.5-inch and the 15-inch laptops on the hot seat to call out Microsoft if necessary.

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OnePlus 7T teardown reveals a small, sad fact about its design

OnePlus 7T teardown reveals a small, sad fact about its design

T-Mobile just announced that the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will be coming someday but most of the people in the US will have to make do with the OnePlus 7T. That mostly fine considering all the power and features that you get for its price, presuming you don't break that glass back on purpose or by accident. The latter might actually be more likely considering the new back design which, at least based on this teardown, may have been an unnecessary change.

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 teardown reveals one critical flaw

ASUS ROG Phone 2 teardown reveals one critical flaw

Gaming smartphones are designed for a niche market but many of them actually offer the same high-end features of regular flagships at almost half the price. ASUS' second stab at that market is perhaps the one exception. Yes, it does have one of the best combination of specs this year but the $900 price tag might scare off some mobile gamers into the arms of its rivals. Perhaps more damning, however, is the revelation of the ROG Phone II's one weakness, making it not only an expensive investment but also a risky one.

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