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    • This one's on the house!

    • Sporting a Intel Core i7-8550U QUAD CORE processor and 8 GB of RAM (optional 16 GB) and blazing fast SSD in a chassis smaller than ever before.

    • Edit: the original Toshiba drives are said to have impaired performance. Switch to another slip for 500MB read / write!

    • This is crazy. How much heat does it produce, though?

    • With a TDP of 15W, there is actually room for compromises. Especially when Dell decided to give it a better fan.

    • Under the newly revamped XPS sticker cover, I am supposed to find a Philips screw ...

    • Ah yes, it's here. Say hello to my PH 0 screwdriver!

    • Despite the large size of some Philip screw threads, not all of them can be driven with a PH 1. PH 0 also work on some small screws and, as long as it fits, should not strip the screw.

    • Oof, these T5 screws put up a tough fight! My bit started to show gentle signs of wear already ...

    • Gladly, these are the only 8 T5 screws you will need to fight through. After that you can put it aside, and grab that PH 0.

    • I am expected to encounter heavy clippage ...

    • And I did. Apparently these clips all extend outwards, and none of them give me any apparent sign for hinges.

    • So … you need to use some brute force here. The chassis and the back cover are both strong, but the side with the card reader is slightly weaker. Start there ...

    • And, please, don't use metal tools. Don't make the mistake of scratching the beautiful sids of aluminum sides.

    • These messy stuff is not encountered in that previous XPS chassis ...

    • These are good stuff!

    • What should we work on next?

    • Let's focus on removing the display first. Eases things up for a bit.

    • To do that, you will need to remove the display connector secured under motherboard bracket, and the antenna secured under the WLAN bracket.

    • You WILL need to disassemble that "screw-in-tape" stuff...

    • and the camera? Where … probably the one labeled M/B.

    • But why M/B?

    • Then we will remote the battery.

    • These are 2*M2 screws, or so they are labeled ...

    • USE PH 1 SCREWDRIVER

    • Sometimes, it appears that the screws are overtightened, but when the case screws on your laptop started to fall out all over again, it's really not the same argument.

    • But for the case of battery and speaker, it's really not that necessary. You can loosen them for a bit.

    • Allright, so what do we get here?

    • Motherboard, think it's I2C touchpad, the keyboard and light and motherboard interconnect board with a few chips

    • You can say why they give a interconnect board, but the motherboard is not pretty crammed with stuff.

    • Especially when compared to the 2012 model, as they added a USB-C and a card reader. Plus some unnamed ports.

    • But hey, remember that this chassis is also used for the precision mobile workstations. That might be explaining all the unsoldered ports (and the SATA settings in BIOS)

    • These black screws, when being driven with PH 1, feels really good.

    • The white ones use PH 0.

    • Perhaps this is the push of Dell's reparability program? PH 1 is easier to find than PH 00 and PH 0s...

    • Or they carry more torque. Either case, these screws are … tough.

Conclusão

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Xavier Jiang

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