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What's the most repairable PC laptop released in the last year?

So I know that there is a question on here about the most repairable Mac but noting about PC laptops.

Since Apple seems to be going the way of non-repairable, non-upgradeable laptops; I wanted to broaden my search to PC laptops.

Also, I did a google search of this and most of the results were about Apples least-repairable Retina MBP.

Finally, the goal of this question is not about history, I'm looking for a new laptop that I want to be harmonious with the DIY ethos.

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You know, that's a great question — and we don't have a great answer for you. Historically speaking, PC laptops were much more accessible for upgrades than Macs. But it is 2013 after all, and things may have changed significantly, given how fast technology is pushed out to people.

(Note that upgradability does not equal repairability, as some easily-upgradable laptops are absolute bears to repair/maintain, promoting some users to even write a song about it.)

Here's part of the problem (that we also encounter with Android devices): We can spend $10,000 for various PC laptops from various manufacturers, and not even scratch the surface because there are so many different models. For example, is the Dell Inspiron 15 the same as the 15R in terms of repairability? What about the 14R and the 17R? It gets complicated — and expensive — really fast.

So, aside from the completely non-useful "sorry we can't help you" statement, I'll say this: you can at least look at a manufacturer's website and see if they have a service manual for their machine. This will help you tremendously if one day the machine decides to take a swim in the pool. Dell and HP have been known to publish these manuals, but they may not be the only ones. Running with the example above, here's the Dell Inspiron 15 owner's manual that includes full disassembly information.

That way, you can at least look at the service information and determine how fixable a particular laptop will be. It's not as hand-dandy as a score/summary assigned by us, but it's a step in the right direction.

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I took a look at my E6540 user manual and I can confirm this isn't a one off-since I have a refurb, I don't know what a new E6540 ships with as to manuals but if it includes the same as a refurb-which is nothing more then a warranty and safety guide you just need to look in the user manual online for the service manual.

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Ok, I totally get that.

I guess it would be nice if you had a top 10 most / least repairable devices for each of your categories. Or a way to categorize teardowns.

Thanks for the quick answer though. Points for you!

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Keep your eye out. :)

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