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Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 Repairability Score: 5 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair) The battery is fairly easily swappable by unscrewing two screws and removing the back cover.
  • Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 Repairability Score: 5 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

  • The battery is fairly easily swappable by unscrewing two screws and removing the back cover.

  • Screws and plastic clips are the primary fasteners, rather than adhesive. Also, no Proprietary screw types are used—only Phillips and JIS.

  • The top display's cables are routed in such a way that it makes them quite frustrating to remove without ripping them off, and just as difficult to re-seat properly during device reassembly.

  • There are tons of little components inside the 3DS, which may potentially cause problems if you happen to lose one while performing a repair.

  • The majority of connectors are ZIF, and it's difficult to ensure each one is connected properly without reassembling the whole thing and starting up the device.

  • The headphone jack and charging connector are soldered to the motherboard, meaning you need to take out your soldering iron if you accidentally break them.

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