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[* black] The MacBook Air with Retina Display 2018 earns a '''X out of 10''' on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):
[* green] Many components are modular and straightforward to access—including the ports, fan, and speakers.
[* yellow] Apart from the pesky pentalobe screws, this laptop opens about as easily as any.
[* yellow] The battery is secured with a combination of screws and repair-friendly stretch-release adhesive, although it takes some workadhesive—but you'll have to remove the logic board and speakers for access.
[* red] The logic board must be removed for safe access tokeyboard is integrated into the battery and trackpadtop case, requiring a full teardown for service.
[* red] The RAM and storage are soldered to the logic board and cannot be upgraded or serviced—disappointing and impractical on a $1,200+ laptop.
[* yellow] The battery is secured with a combination of screws and repair-friendly stretch-release adhesive, although it takes some workadhesive—but you'll have to remove the logic board and speakers for access.
[* red] The logic board must be removed for safe access tokeyboard is integrated into the battery and trackpadtop case, requiring a full teardown for service.
[* red] The RAM and storage are soldered to the logic board and cannot be upgraded or serviced—disappointing and impractical on a $1,200+ laptop.