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[* black] MacBook Air 11" Mid 2013 Repairability Score: ***4 out of 10*** (10 is easiest to repair).
- [* green] Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.
- [* red] Proprietary screws on the case require the [product|IF145-090|right screwdriver].
- [* red] All the components—including RAM and SSD—are proprietary.
- [* red] As with the prior iterations, this MacBook Air's biggest detractor is the lack of upgradeability. The RAM is still soldered to the logic board, and SSDs are not compatible between generations.
+ [* green] Once you get past the outer case, all the major components are fairly easy to access for replacement.
+ [* red] The outer case is held on with Apple's proprietary Pentalobe screws, so you'll need the [product|IF145-090|right screwdriver] to get inside.
+ [* red] Just like the screws, all the components—including the RAM and SSD—are proprietary, making replacement parts more difficult to source.
+ [* red] Worst of all, this MacBook Air is not upgradeable after purchase. Like many generations of the Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board, and SSDs are not compatible between generations.