The Amazon Echo isn’t your typical Bluetooth speaker. It features hi-tech microphones, access to the cloud and color-changing lights. Considering all that hardware and its futuristic design, you might think it would be nearly impossible to repair this thing yourself, but looks can be deceiving.
After tearing down the Echo, the folks at iFixit gave the device an impressive 7 out of 10 for repairability. The report notes that the speakers are easy to replace, which is a good thing since they’re also the most likely component to break. The entire design is actually pretty modular as well, making it relatively simple to swap out individual parts.
Speaking of parts, inside you’ll find a 2.5-inch woofer, a 2.0-inch tweeter, 7 microphones, several chips from Texas Instruments, 256MB of RAM provided by Samsung, 4GB of NAND Ultra Flash from SanDisk, a Qualcomm Wi-Fi module and more.
There are a few problems with the Echo that make it somewhat tricky to repair on your own. iFixit notes that Amazon used a small amount of adhesive, meaning you’ll need a knife to remove certain parts like the outer housing. The entire setup is also pretty complicated, and Amazon doesn’t include any directions for how to put it back together.
Overall, 7 out of 10 is a pretty solid score, and good news for anyone who already bought an Amazon Echo. Unfortunately, you may have a hard time actually buying one, since it’s still not widely available.