Nintendo's Wii U earns impressive "repairability" score

By on November 19, 2012, 2:30 PM

Nintendo’s new Wii U has only been available for one day but that hasn’t stopped the gang at iFixit from performing a full teardown on the console. The teardown confirmed a lot of what we already know about the system but the pleasant surprise is that it earned an eight out of 10 repairability score.

As you may know, the higher the number, the easier a device is to repair. The shop said that no components were held in place by adhesive and that most parts can be replaced independently of their respective motherboards. Additionally, the battery in the GamePad is easy to remove and replace if need-be.

There were a couple of Tri-wing screws, namely in the GamePad, that could be a little difficult to remove due to the fact that they are recessed into the casing a bit. Of course, you’ll also need a special screwdriver to remove these screws and others like it on the console itself.

The final bit of bad news is that the LCD and digitizer found in the GamePad are fused together. This will make it more expensive to replace.

If you aren’t already familiar, Nintendo’s next generation console is powered by an IBM Power-based multi-core processor, an AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU and either 8GB or 32GB of internal storage depending on which model you purchase. The Wii U also supports external USB storage via flash drive or hard drive and ships with near-field communication functionality.

The  console went on sale yesterday starting at $299 with 8GB of storage and one GamePad.




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