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[* black] iMac 21.5" EMC 2428 Repairability Score: '''7 out of 10''' (10 is easiest to repair)
[* green] The front glass panel and LCD are quite easy to remove for accessing all the hardware underneath.
[* green] RAM, hard drive, and optical drive can be replaced with relative ease, as long as you don't mind taking out the LCD (for the drives).
[* green] Limited use of adhesives (pretty much all the fasteners are mechanical) make disassembly pretty straightforward.
[* yellow] Replacing the CPU and GPU is possible to do, but you need to remove the logic board from the computer.
[* red] Removing the logic board is a pain, since you have to disconnect a bunch of connectors, and wiggle it out of the machine.
[* red] Making the LCD and glass spotless when reassembling the machine is nearly impossible.
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