Acer's Predator 17.3" is a high-end gaming laptop with a hefty spec sheet and an equally hefty price tag. Luckily, it has a modular design and is easy to disassemble, earning an 8 on our repairability scale.

  1. Reference packaging shot.
    • Reference packaging shot.

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  2. Device reference shots.
    • Device reference shots.

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    • A single latch secures the optical drive—no tools are required to remove it.

    • Two screws release the cover for the hard drive, M.2 SSD, and two of the four RAM slots.

    • The hard drive is secured by a rubber casing that uses friction to hold it in place.

    • One screw secures the SSD.

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    • Twenty Phillips screws and a lot of clips secure the rear case to the computer. Removing it takes some patience, but gives unfettered access to the internals.

    • Internal view of the computer.

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    • The battery is secured by six Phillips screws. A spudger can be used to disconnect the battery.

    • The wireless card is secured by one Phillips screw and slides into a PCI slot.

    • Two screws secure each primary speaker, and their cables route to a single connector on the motherboard.

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    • Beneath this piece of tape, a standard CMOS battery can be pried out with a spudger.

    • Seven Phillips screws secure the trackpad and button assembly.

    • Layout shot of the removed CMOS battery and trackpad.

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    • The subwoofer is modular and lifts out after detangling a few cables. The three screws securing it were among the twenty removed from the bottom case.

    • The heat sink screw positions are numbered for correct/even pressure during installation.

    • Fans are simply taped to the heat sink, and can be removed individually or as an assembly.

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    • The display hinge screws must be removed and the hinges flipped up to free the motherboard or I/O board (both of which are also secured by additional screws).

    • One display cable connector is hidden on the underside of the motherboard, but we discovered later that it's easy to access with the hinge trim cover removed.

    • Besides the motherboard and I/O board, there are breakout boards for the power button, macro buttons, trackpad, and SSD.

    • The power button board lies beneath the motherboard—modular, but troublesome to access.

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    • Factory installed RAM is on the underside of the motherboard, and requires a bit of disassembly to access.

    • The front and back motherboard and I/O board shots.

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    • Prying up the clips around the perimeter of the display hinge cover frees it from the chassis.

    • Now the display assembly comes free.

    • Disassembling the display involves using a pick to separate clips and a small amount of adhesive.

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    • Four screws secure the display; once they're free, it lifts out easily.

    • The web cam and accessory boards are lightly adhered in place along the top bezel.

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    • The Acer Predator 17.3" earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

      • A single latch releases the optical drive—no tools required.

      • A single panel gives access to the SSD, HDD, and two RAM slots.

      • Phillips screws are used throughout, with minimal use of glue.

      • Removing the bottom case takes a little patience, but gives access to the battery, wi-fi card, CMOS battery, touchpad, speakers, and fans.

      • The keyboard is not readily serviceable.

      • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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is it the same in predator 15'6??.. my lcd display is broken.. can i removed it without diassembling other parts??.. or do i need to remove all and follow the steps before i can pull out the lcd??. thanks..

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