Our Surface Go Teardown revealed that aside from shrinking the form factor, and paring down the heat sink, almost nothing has changed for the Surface family. And that includes their infamous unrepairability. The only solace is that this tablet is finally (almost) cheap enough to merit its 1/10 score on our repairability scale.
The 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when we think we’ve exhausted one vein of tasty tech ore, we find something new. And today, we bring this trove to you—a teardown of Apple’s controversial third-generation keyboard in the MacBook Pro 2018.
Apple has a proven track record of failure for these keyboards. They’re being accused, by way of several class-action lawsuits, of knowingly selling failure-prone keyboards. Apple may claim that they design products to last—and that designing for repairability compromises the durability of a device—but this keyboard misadventure belies those points. If a single grain of sand can bring a computer to a grinding halt, that’s not built to last.
We’re definitely excited to see improved protection on these machines—consumers deserve it with the prices they’re paying. But if Apple had designed their keyboards for longevity in the first place, instead of chasing thinness at all cost, maybe we’d be in a whole different timeline, where MacBooks are repairable, and they never canceled Firefly…
HP has been a reliable supporter of repair, and the EliteBook 800 G5 is no exception. If you think we get tired of perfect 10/10 laptops, you’d be wrong. This EliteBook grants us a glimpse at the repairable future we’ve been fighting for.
Google’s “Active Edge” feature actually feels new—so we took apart the Pixel 2 XL to figure out how it works. Turns out the input method is similar to the MacBook’s Force Touch trackpad, but cooler.
The Essential Phone is essentially a hot mess. With its pick-and-choose, randomly layered components, overuse of adhesive, and miserable modularity, it’s like a city with no zoning board. But hey, most manufacturers make the same mistakes in their first flagship. While we wanna go easy on baby’s first phone, we must admit they seemed a little distracted by the outsides, and forgot to strip the insides to the essentials.