In true iFixit fashion the team have this week taken their toolkit to the new Google Home assistant which has recently launched throughout the US priced at $130.
Providing competition to the already available Amazon Echo the Google Home provides similar features using the Google Assistant service and can be used to control a wide variety of smart home devices. Although at the current time not quite as many as supported by the Amazon Echo hardware which uses the Amazon Alexa service.
Revealing what’s inside the new Google Home iFixit have published details of their Google Home teardown for all to see. iFixit have awarded the Google Home hardware with a repair ability score of 8, where 10 is the easiest to repair. Points to consider and were discovered during the Google Home teardown include :
– Minimal moving parts means there are minimal points of failure.
– Only standard screws and connectors are used throughout the device.
– Many components are modular and can be replaced individually.
– The DC-in port is soldered to the motherboard, but is unlikely to experience much wear, considering the device stays plugged in.
– The touch board is strongly adhered to the upper case.
For the full Google Home teardown jump over to the official iFixit website via the link below.