Google Chromecast Dongle Gets iFixit Teardown, Doesn’t Even Get a Repairability Score
The folks of iFixit are famous for tearing down a bunch of device of all shapes and sizes, including the brand new Nexus 7 II. Today they’ve torn down the Google Chromecast, a $35 dongle that will bring Internet content from your device to your TV via HDMI.
iFixit didn’t even give the device a repairability score, since it’s so easy to open up. Basically we’re dealing with a little motherboard with a heatsink encased in a plastic shell. The shell is easy to open, after a bit of prying. Another reason for the lack of repairability score is the fact you don’t need to repair this $35 product, you just replace it.
The teardown guys call it a “throwaway gadget”, because of the small price tag. Sadly there’s no “cool stuff” inside to report, since the device only incorporates an Azure Wave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, FM combo mobile IC and a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC, plus 4 GB of flash storage and 512 MB of RAM.