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Usefulness of laptop-repairability is limited

https://www.ifixit.com/laptop-repairabil... shows a bunch of old laptops (e.g. no 2018 models) and additionally it doesn't show really old data for older laptops such that you can compare relatively to your current device.

I would like to be able to see all data, because I can imagine that you have opened many more laptops, even years ago. The interface I would expect is that I can select my current laptop and then find a laptop with at least that same level of serviceability.

Additionally, I would like to be able to select based on the usecase. E.g. a small 12" business laptop is absolutely useless to me.

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Hi there!

The Laptop Repairability list is probably the most inclusive repairability list we have. We just don’t do a ton of repairability ratings on laptops, unfortunately. In general I can recommend HP and Dell notebooks, both companies have a dedication to repair and host free repair manuals, and quite often make repair parts available to users. The best research you can do before purchasing a laptop is looking for those service manuals and seeing how the device is constructed, to look at modularity and upgradability.

Once we get more data on that list we’d be happy to sort by use case and offer a search option. Thanks for your interest!

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@sam Some HP's are better then others. The ones without top chassis hinge bumps usually provide complete component access without much fuss. While those are becoming more common, some of the older ones (including newer but not recent models) are difficult to work on.

Granted that link is for a machine released in ~2015 so it's a older model but you need to check the service manual with HP. Unless you want to take the gamble that's the only way to know with 100% certainty if you are dealing with an older nightmare. But as a general rule if you see a hinge style similar to that P Series system, it's a 50/50 shot of being a complete teardown or a machine you need to remove a lot of screws on but provides complete component access. The ab series isn't as bad, but you can see HP still kept that terrible disassembly style in a small way.

Personally I like Dell on the consumer side, since HP has not been consistent in terms of making serviceable hardware. The potential presence of a WiFi WL on HP Consumer hardware also puts me off. However, it was removed from 2013+ HP Business hardware (when Haswell models came out). For business hardware I like the Dell Latitude E6 series machines (You started doing it when Dell got rid of the old design, but older E5 Series hardware used to require a complete teardown to do major repairs). While I have a dislike for HP Consumer hardware, I do like the EliteBook/ZBook hardware. The ProBook is a glorified Pavilion.

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