Teardown

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.

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HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

One of the most anticipated smartphone launches of the year has finally happened with the HTC One (M8) hitting stores yesterday. The smartphone landed in stores the same day it was announced and can be purchased right now. If you want to know more about the new One, check out our review of the M8.

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Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

The folks over at iFixit have a long history of tearing through the latest and greatest gadgets, but recently they went in a different direction: tearing down a Macintosh 128k on the cusp of its 30th anniversary. The relic -- which was no longer functional, they were sure to note -- was given its due process, and at the end of it all managed to score 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

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Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they’ve found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit suggests is "the most repairable Apple products we’ve seen all year." While that’s not exactly the same as the most repairable product they’ve seen all year period, it’s still a real positive marker for the company.

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Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Google may make a profit on every Moto G it sells, but it's likely swallowing a considerably smaller margin on the budget Motorola than rivals would stomach, according to a new teardown analysis. The 16GB Moto G, which Motorola sells unlocked and SIM-free for $199, costs Google $123 in components alone, research firm TechInsights tells the WSJ, with a total likely operating profit margin perhaps a quarter of what other manufacturers would expect from a similarly-positioned Android phone.

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Xbox One vs PS4 build cost teardown tips little room for profit

Xbox One vs PS4 build cost teardown tips little room for profit

Microsoft spends close to a hundred dollars more on parts for its Xbox One than Sony does on each PlayStation 4, independent teardown costing suggests, with the mandatory Kinect sensor adding a considerable chunk to the console. The Xbox One comes in at around $471, of which the Kinect accounts for around $75, according to IHS' figures, whereas the PS4 totals around $381; still, either way, there's little space for profit on either console, the numbers indicate.

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Xbox One teardown finds admirable repairability

Xbox One teardown finds admirable repairability

It's a rite of passage all shiny new tech toys must face, and the Xbox One is no different: the ritualistic teardown. Microsoft's new console has fallen prey to iFixit's screwdrivers, and while we're used to modern gadgetry being purposefully designed to make DIY repairs close to impossible, in fact the Xbox One is surprisingly modular once you open up its angular casing.

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PS4 teardown highlights Sony’s latest console

PS4 teardown highlights Sony’s latest console

A few days back Sony took one of its new PS4 game consoles and tore the device apart so that all the geeks out there could get a glimpse at what is inside the plastic shell of gaming goodness. That teardown was certainly interesting, but some folks might be more interested in an independent teardown. This is where iFixit comes in.

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Retina iPad mini gutted by iFixit

Retina iPad mini gutted by iFixit

You'll find a rather familiar set of bits inside the iPad mini with Retina display this week from the likes of iFixit. The folks notoriously attached to the term "teardown" have found this machine to work with a repairability rating of 2 out of 10 - not so fantastic - but the whole organization of this device's innards are fantastically simple nonetheless. Inside you'll find a variety of parts from brands like Toshiba, NXP, and Elpida too.

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PlayStation 4 teardown placed squarely in Sony’s hands

PlayStation 4 teardown placed squarely in Sony’s hands

In the weeks before the PlayStation 4 is released to the public, a rather non-traditional teardown of the machine has commenced. What you're seeing here is a collaboration between Sony's engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori and Wired, taking apart the PlayStation 4 piece by piece inside Sony headquarters. This tour is not the same sort of teardown as you'll see at the hands of iFixit - instead it's more of a cut-up readied for the gamers of the world.

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Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

While the majority of the insides of the Google Nexus 5 are, today in iFixit's teardown session, not appearing as big surprises, there are quite a few points of interest to be seen. Inside this beast of a smartphone you'll find - to every repair shop's glee - plastic clips holding the back of the machine down. This is very similar to the construction of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), allowing quick opening for fixing parts while keeping a strong hold for the common user.

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iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

This week the folks at iFixit have taken their spudgers to the iPad Air, pulling it apart to reveal all the little bits and pieces that together make the smallest of the larger-end of iPad units on the market today. This device is indeed just hitting the market today, appearing at Apple Stores and 3rd-party retailers across the United States and abroad. It's likely most consumers will never see beyond the outer casing of this machine - but this community is all about going a whole lot deeper.

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