The keyboard doesn't necessarily have to be fully removed to access the screws securing the motherboard and fan, but makes the procedure safer and easier.
The fan and motherboard can be independently replaced almost from the outset—but the screws on both sides must be removed, which isn't intuitive at the outset.
The motherboard has the majority of the computer's ports soldered to it. This is a ding to repairability, considering these components are high wear and may eventually need replacement. A non-modular part like this motherboard is expensive to replace.
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