Google Home is up against some stiff competition. There’s no denying that Amazon built a technological marvel: They made a fancy smooth volume dial and put in seven microphones to listen to your commands (Seriously? Seven?). How can Google defeat the home assistant heavyweight that is the Echo? Find out in iFixit’s teardown.
The 2016 VR battle rages on. Sony just threw their name into the VR gauntlet, debuting their years-in-the-making PlayStation VR. After dominating the hardware landscape for for-ev-er, we’re betting Sony will be a worthy contender against PC platform heavyweights. The verdict: Sony just won the war.
This is the Xbox One Microsoft always wanted to build. The Xbox One we deserve. It fits on your tv table, bosses your receiver and cable box around, and comes in white. But more importantly, it’s built a lot smarter than its big brother. Fewer materials, simpler assembly, and a much cleaner look inside and out, make this the Xbox One of the future, that could have made for a much more successful past.
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in an HTC Vive—join us as we escape into virtual reality. Excuse us for being a little rhapsodic, we just really like VR technology. Which means it’s our lucky day: Hot on the heels of the Oculus Rift launch, HTC answers back with their first-gen VR headset, the Vive. We see your Vive, HTC—and we raise you a teardown!
Today’s special includes two Amazon teardowns for the price of one. For your first course, we’re dishing up the Echo Dot, followed by your main course, the Amazon Tap. Now gather around the teardown table, Alexa. This teardown is served! So what do the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot have in common? Besides Alexa, not a whole lot. The Dot draws heavily from the original Echo, sans large bottom speaker. The Tap, on the other hand, is more unique.
Last week we tore down the Oculus Rift and got some constructive feedback from Palmer Luckey himself—“Come on, iFixit, you can go further than that!” Welp, challenge accepted! Today we feast our eyes on the Constellation sensor, the Rift’s counterpart IR camera. Now sit back and relax, Palmer, this teardown is for you.
After four long years of development and two iFixit teardowns of pre-release versions, the highly anticipated, OMG, real-deal Oculus Rift is finally here! Humans have been pretty sure for a long time now that the Oculus Rift is gonna be dope. Our engineers can now confirm that it totally is. Cue the teardown. (Fair warning: this is going to get a little Hard Sci-Fi—we’re just really excited, okay?)
You may have seen those super cool kids, effortlessly gliding around the supermarket while you’re stuck walking the produce section—like a chump. You may have thought to yourself, “Should I get one of those highly advanced, futuristic wheeled-transport platforms? And if I do, will it spontaneously combust, as I’ve seen so many times on YouTube?” Yeah, we were curious too. So we teamed up with The Wirecutter and Ken Shirriff to take a hoverboard apart.
Valve traditionally operates in the realm of PC gaming—the last true bastion of upgradability and modularity—and it looks like this attitude carried over to this smaller package. A screwdriver, prying tool, and pair of hands were more than enough to unwrap our little gift. All in all, the Steam Controller impressed us, scoring an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale.
With a boatload of antennas, elegant design, and a huge speaker (of all things), the Google OnHub is like no router you’ve ever seen. There’s certainly experimental tech in here. But the speaker is just a speaker and the lack of microphones makes us wonder if the real home automation hub might happen in the upcoming ASUS version. Specs aside, do we think the OnHub was on-point in repair? Not quite. And that’s why we gave it a 4 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
For today’s episode of iFixit Teardown Time, we present your pupils with a peek inside the Sony a7R II. Now we’ve been hearing all sorts of hoopla about Sony’s second shot at their mirror-less flagship, so we pried open this pixel-powerhouse to demystify all the smoke and magnets. Spoiler alert: The hoopla is true. Check out the teardown for the gory details.
Just in time for the season of sunshine, GoPro has launched its tiniest camera ever: the GoPro Hero4 Session. This lil’ cube cam may be cute, but it definitely put up a not-so-cute fight on our teardown table. After heating, cutting, peeling, prying (and crying) we finally got it open! Let’s hope the GoPro is seriously durable in the water, because it’s hosed on repair: the GoPro scored a 1 out of 10 on our repairability scale.