By Vamien McKalin | May 09, 2013 03:28 PM EDT
The boys over at iFixit got their sweaty hands on an Ouya Android game console, and what did they do with it? They tore it to bits and pieces, revealing all its innards and private areas that shouldn't be touched due to its sensitivity. In the wrong hands, the device could end up never starting up again.
Future potential users of the Ouya will be happy to know that it is easily repairable, but that was expected, since the console is designed cheaply. Almost everything in it can be easily replaced, and the pull-down does not take a million hours to get done. For those who love to tinker with their hardware, the Ouya is the perfect specimen.
NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
1 GB of RAM
8 GB of internal storage (expandable via USB)
Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
"It's rare that we see a design that intentionally adds weight. Unlike cell phones or tablets, which need to be light and mobile, the Ouya needs bulk to stand up to the cables on the back, and is fitted with five metal weights that add nearly two ounces of bottom-heavy staying power to the diminutive console," iFixit's Miroslav Djuric said on the website.
Ouya Repairability Score: 9 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
The batteries are standard AA. Plus, they're easy to access and replace without tools.
Only standard-head screws are used (Phillips and Hex).
Many components are modular and simple to remove, making them easy and cost-effective to replace.
The heat sink is soldered in place, so if you need to replace the thermal pad, or repeated fan-swapping strips the threads, you'll need some soldering skills.
The joysticks are soldered to the circuit board, so if your button-mashing gets out of hand, you may need to replace the whole board.
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