Teardown

Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Some of the very buyers of Microsoft's new Surface Studio all-in-one PC will be receiving their orders soon, and the teardown experts at iFixit were among the first to get their hands on one. They wasted little time in diving beyond that 28-inch touchscreen display in their effort to rate the device's repairability. Like most compact PCs and laptops these days, most components are locked in place, preventing any kind of repairs/modifications by users, but iFixit still came away with a few surprises.

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MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

Just a couple of weeks after we got an up close and personal look at the 13-inch entry level MacBook Pro, the folks at iFixit are back with their teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The teardown confirms a lot of things about the internals of the new MacBook Pro, and not all of them are good for those who'd like to handle repairs themselves.

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iFixit gives PS4 Pro high marks for repairability

iFixit gives PS4 Pro high marks for repairability

Sony may have offered its own teardown video of the new PlayStation 4 Pro console, but that didn't stop the experts at iFixit from pulling one apart and assessing its repairability. The PS4 Pro, of course, is a much more powerful version of the standard PS4, designed to produce the best graphics possible with support for 4K TVs. But the good news here is that all that extra horsepower doesn't put a hamper on opening up and repairing the console.

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Sony shows off PlayStation 4 Pro internals in new teardown video

Sony shows off PlayStation 4 Pro internals in new teardown video

The PlayStation 4 Pro launched yesterday, and now Sony is giving us an up-close and personal look at the console's hardware. It's doing that in a new teardown video, where Sony takes us through all of the components of the PS4 Pro and shows us how to access them. Though this video is coming from Sony itself, it may not be the best idea to attempt the same deconstruction, as doing so will void your warranty.

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Google Daydream Controller Teardown : Red Flags

Google Daydream Controller Teardown : Red Flags

Our teardown of the Google Daydream controller shows how simple it is to control the virtual realm. What we expected was something similar to what the HTC Vive presents, in a slightly smaller form. What we've found is an interesting combination of chips, battery, and metal. While the outside might be fully ABS plastic in makeup, the internal structure has one piece of metal right where we did not expect it.

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iFixit’s Google Home teardown shows Chromecast internals, high repairability

iFixit’s Google Home teardown shows Chromecast internals, high repairability

iFixit is back with another hardware teardown, but this time the focus is on Google Home instead of a smartphone or notebook In a world where smartphones seem to be getting increasingly more difficult to repair, it would seem that isn't the case with Google Home. As it turns out, iFixit has given Google's little smart home device a rather high repairability score, encountering only a few roadblocks along the way.

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Entry-level late 2016 MacBook Pro not so easy to repair

Entry-level late 2016 MacBook Pro not so easy to repair

The new MacBook Pro, with its “hi-tech” Touch Bar, is undoubtedly the highlight of Apple’s closing months in 2016. But as if to balance out the injustice, the entry-level, 13-inch, late 2016 MacBook Pro, yes the one without that Touch Bar, is also being lavished some attention. A preliminary teardown by OWC already revealed some slightly good news, but now iFixit is giving it the full treatment to see exactly what’s in store for both users as well as repair shops. Suffice it to say, it’s not all peaches and cream.

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Google Pixel XL teardown tells its secrets (with HTC)

Google Pixel XL teardown tells its secrets (with HTC)

The first step in a Google Pixel XL teardown is the worst as its digitizer glass separates from its OLED too easy. This front panel removal is the only method with which repair happen with this device, and it requires some heat. Once the rim of the front panel is hot, separation requires a bit of a pick and pull - therein lies the danger. When the front panel becomes removed in the incorrect way, it'll separate with the swiftness.

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Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Not only has iFixit already managed to subject an iPhone 7 Plus to one of their trademark teardowns, but the new Apple Watch Series 2 has gone under their knife as well. While the second generation of the smartwatch hasn't quite gotten the same level of upgrade as this year's iPhone models have, it still boasts several improved features and specs, namely a larger battery and "swim proof" water resistance.

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iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are officially launching today, and, just as they do every year, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to get their hands on one and opened it up to show us what's inside. Their first writeup focuses on the rose gold iPhone 7 Plus specifically, and among the most interesting details are how the space previously dedicated to the 3.5mm headphone jack has been used, the water resistant adhesive used, and the fake speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

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Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7, has just been subjected to the teardown experts at iFixit. The bad news is that the phablet earned a repairability score of 4 out of 10, only slightly better than the Galaxy S7's 3 out of 10. However, iFixit's writeup also reveals that several components are still replaceable, and a number of other parts are completely sealed, contributing to the Note 7's waterproof feature.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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