DIY repair gurus will appreciate how easy it is to tear into the Oculus Rift.
Maybe the Oculus Rift headset will take video games to new heights in ways that previous virtual reality (VR) headsets couldn't, or perhaps it will end up another footnote in the history of technology. If it does go the way of the latter, it won't be because the headset is hard to service at home. Just the opposite, as our friends at iFixit found out when they took apart the hardware in their latest teardown.
The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
iFixIt's teardown of the Surface Pro reveals that it's even more difficult to service than Apple's iPad.
Our diabolical friends at iFixIt gave Microsoft's Surface Pro notebook/tablet the teardown treatment, and as always, they documented the surgery with plenty of pics every step of the way. It's a given that you need nerves of steel to tear into some of the devices that end up on iFixIt's operating table, and that's especially true of the Surface Pro, which scored a measly 1 out of 10 on iFixIt's Repairabilty scale (the higher the score, the easier it is to service).
For our friends at iFixIt, tearing into Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT (Surface RT from here on out) represents just another day at the office. But for the rest of us, it provides an interesting peek at what lies beneath the Surface, as well as how easy or difficult it is to open up and service at home. Apple products are notoriously burdensome to crack open and repair; is the Surface any different?
Our friends at iFixIt felt compelled to offer new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro owners a consolation prize in the form of high resolution kitten wallpaper. What for? Well, based on iFixIt's teardown analysis of Apple's newest notebook, owners of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro could use an adorable kitten to calm their nerves if they ever find themselves in the position of having to perform a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair job.
One of the main reasons we're such big fans of the PC (as in, Windows- and Linux-based boxes) is because they're so easy to service and upgrade. That isn't necessarily true for many mobile devices, and it's certainly a concession you have to make with most Apple products, including the new iPod Nano. Our friends at iFixIt carved into a 7th generation iPod Nano like a Halloween pumpkin and found both tricks and treats inside.
You probably never considered the chemical composition of your smartphone, but it's a topic HealthyStuff.org decided to breach, the results of which were posted on iFixIt. iFixIt, best known for tearing down electronic gadgets and rating them with a "Repairability Score" on a scale of 1-10 (the higher the score, the easier it is to service a product), explains why the chemical analysis of 36 mobile phones, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, should be of concern to consumers.
One of the things we look forward to most when there's a new product launch is the inevitable teardown. Our friends at iFixItare always on the ball, and Amazon'sKindle Fire HD launch is no exception. The product repair site put the Kindle Fire HD (7-inch version) on the operating tablet and tore it open, leaving no part concealed, and discovered that it's not all that difficult to service at home.
Component makers are under more pressure than ever to design thin and light products, but as iFixit has pointed out on more than one occasion, a millimeter could be the difference between a throw a way gadget, and a serviceable one. Apple’s new Retina Macbook Pro is an excellent example of design over function. It’s a glorious mess of metal and glue, and all we can say to those who plunked down over $2,000 to own one, we hope you’re never in need of an out of warranty repair. Asus seems determined get the Ultrabook design right, and as enthusiasts who love to tinker, we like what we’ve seen in the iFxitit UX32VD teardown.
During my years here at Maximum PC I’ve noticed a strong correlation between our audience, and the desire to rip perfectly good things apart just to see how they work. When it comes to modern smartphones this can be a bit problematic because they don’t always go back together all that well. The use of proprietary screws, glue, and other nasty “innovations” threaten to make future computing devices completely unserviceable. Thankfully sites such as iFixit have popped up to do the heavy lifting for us, and risk their $600+ phones so you don’t have to. Today’s science experiment is the Samsung Galaxy S III.