If you're at all concerned about a part going bad in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet, you may want to consider an extended warranty. The alternative is to try and fix or replace a faulty component yourself, but unlike a traditional laptop, Microsoft's laptop replacement isn't all that easy to service. Straight to the point, the Surface Pro 3 scored a miserable 1 out of 10 in iFixIt's teardown analysis.
You may have seen reports indicating that the bill of materials (BOM) associated with Google Glass is a mere $79.78, well short of the $1,500 price tag it costs to join the Explorer program and bring a set home. Sounds like highway robbery, right? Even after factoring in other expenses that have nothing do to with the actual component costs, the markup seems downright obscene. But is it? Google denies its Glass device cost just $80 to make. So how much is it really?
A fantastic look at all the parts of Sony's upcoming game console
New product releases are almost always shrouded in mystery, as if sharing details about a particular electronic device will upset some unseen force and cause the planet to implode. We understand a company wanting to protect its IP, but firms often go way overboard with secrecy, refusing to share even the simplest of details. Sony has been guilty of this on occasion, but not today. What started off as an unboxing video by Sony director Yasuhiro Ootori turned into a full blown autopsy of the PlayStation 4.
IHS iSupply tears down the Galaxy S4 from Samsung.
Barring a sale price or a promotion, you're liklely to pay $200 for a Samsung Galaxy S4 handset, not including the overall cost of a two-year service agreement to qualify for subsidized pricing. Data fees notwithstanding, that's $29 less than the bill of materials (BOM). Manufacturing costs add another $8.50 per device, so on paper, Samsung is paying $237.50 for every Galaxy S4 device it builds.
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.
Nintendo on Sunday launched its Wii U console in the U.S., and though it's sold out at most places (good luck finding one without an inflated price tag), that didn't stop Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech from carving into his like a Thanksgiving turkey. He got his mitts on the 8GB Basic Set (a higher priced 32GB Deluxe Set is also available) and posted several pictures of what makes the Wii U tick.
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 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.