Thursday, July 5, 2012

Days after their teardown of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, the folks at iFixit have disassembled another Google gadget: The ball-shaped media streamer, Nexus Q.

The teardown revealed a very neatly packed device, easy to disassemble but with lots of components. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them were circular, but none of them appear clumsily placed. Google’s engineers seem to have done really solid work on the inner design of the Nexus Q.

Nexus Q, which was manufactured in the U.S. (a rare feat these days when most electronic devices are manufactured and assembled in China), is also quite easy to repair, scoring eight out of 10 on iFixit’s repairability score. “Very few components are soldered to the main boards, making replacing them easier and less expensive,” says iFixit.