Introduction

Proving once again that thin and light can still be repairable when thoughtfully designed, the Series 9 15" scores a near-perfect 9 out of 10.

Reference shots. Reference shots. Reference shots.
  • Reference shots.

Opening procedure is piece of cake. Remove 10 Phillips screws and lift the rear panel off. It's clipped in along the back edge but not very strongly.
  • Opening procedure is piece of cake. Remove 10 Phillips screws and lift the rear panel off.

    • It's clipped in along the back edge but not very strongly.

  • Internal view.

  • This is seriously cool. From here we can remove: SSD, RAM, battery, right speaker, display assembly, wireless card, (modular!) headphone jack and thermal assembly.

    • That's pretty much everything you'd ever want to tinker with in a laptop. The only commonly-replaced components we can't reach is the keyboard, trackpad, and motherboard.

To keep things uniform, we're starting with the battery. It's held in with seven Phillips screws and comes out in a flash.
  • To keep things uniform, we're starting with the battery.

  • It's held in with seven Phillips screws and comes out in a flash.

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We then start picking parts off the motherboard and the peripheries. Along the way, we discover room for not one, but two RAM modules. That addition, along with the standard, removable SSD means this laptop is super upgradable.
  • We then start picking parts off the motherboard and the peripheries.

  • Along the way, we discover room for not one, but two RAM modules.

    • That addition, along with the standard, removable SSD means this laptop is super upgradable.

We could remove the motherboard at this point, but pause to take a look at this trackpad. Seemingly held in place with just five screws, but we remove them and it won't budge.
  • We could remove the motherboard at this point, but pause to take a look at this trackpad.

  • Seemingly held in place with just five screws, but we remove them and it won't budge.

  • Then we peel off this pair of taped-in brackets, pry from the top bracket, and successfully remove the trackpad assembly.

Next up is the fan. It's secured with two screws. And the daughterboard. After unscrewing three Phillips screws it will not budge, so we had to break up the adhesive holding it in.
  • Next up is the fan. It's secured with two screws.

  • And the daughterboard. After unscrewing three Phillips screws it will not budge, so we had to break up the adhesive holding it in.

Motherboard removal. Pretty straightforward as long as you remember to clear the standoff pins on the far right edge. Motherboard removal. Pretty straightforward as long as you remember to clear the standoff pins on the far right edge.
  • Motherboard removal. Pretty straightforward as long as you remember to clear the standoff pins on the far right edge.

Finally we remove three screws from each of the display hinges and the display assembly is free. Just for good measure we take a peek underneath the display bezel to reveal screws securing the LCD in place—a clear indication that the screen can be replaced independently of the case component.
  • Finally we remove three screws from each of the display hinges and the display assembly is free.

  • Just for good measure we take a peek underneath the display bezel to reveal screws securing the LCD in place—a clear indication that the screen can be replaced independently of the case component.

The Samsung Series 9 15" earns a 9 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): All screws are Phillips screws.
  • The Samsung Series 9 15" earns a 9 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • All screws are Phillips screws.

    • RAM, SSD, and battery are all easily replaced.

    • Relatively flat, modular design means that most components can be replaced quickly without having to remove other obstructions.

    • A moderate amount of adhesive on the I/O board and trackpad brackets complicates some reassembly procedures.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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