Introduction

Dell says "no" to physics and threads a 13.3" HD display into an impossibly small laptop. We're talking something an 11" display should call home. "How?" you may ask—well, we're out to get you an answer. The early 2015 Dell XPS 13 is our newest bit of teardown tech—time to tear it open!

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Dell XPS 13, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: 13.3-inch "UltraSharp QHD+ infinity touch display" with 3200 x 1800 resolution Image 2/3: 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz "onboard" RAM Image 3/3: 128 GB SSD
  • Our specimen of Dell's compact XPS 13 features:

    • 13.3-inch "UltraSharp QHD+ infinity touch display" with 3200 x 1800 resolution

    • 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz "onboard" RAM

    • 128 GB SSD

    • Plus, a little-mentioned webcam in the lower display bezel.

      • This unusual placement probably allows for thinner top and side bezels. Unfortunately, this means getting an occasional keyboard in your selfie, not to mention unflattering angles.

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Image 1/2: In reality, Dell gives up bezels and shaves the case width down to favor portability and highlight the "infinite" display and the full-size keyboard. Image 2/2: While Apple uses its spare inches to make the MacBook Air look thinner and more streamlined, the XPS is clearly a compact competitor.
  • Dell folds space and time, packing 13.3 inches of laptop into an 11-inch form factor.

    • In reality, Dell gives up bezels and shaves the case width down to favor portability and highlight the "infinite" display and the full-size keyboard.

  • While Apple uses its spare inches to make the MacBook Air look thinner and more streamlined, the XPS is clearly a compact competitor.

  • In case you haven't guessed, we'll be making a few comparisons to the MacBook Air.

    • And because it's the insides that count, we're impatient to get to the guts.

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Image 1/3: A bizarrely magnetized, "spring-loaded" flap hides the FCC and Service Tag markings... Image 2/3: ...as well as a friendly labeled screw! While Dell freely shares the [http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_xps_laptop//xps-13-9343-laptop_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf|entire service manual for the XPS 13|new_window=true], which is a huge point in their favor, road signs like which screw goes where are always welcome. Image 3/3: Not ones to cheat on our homework, we'll see how easy it is to get into the laptop on our own two spudgers first...
  • The bottom of the laptop is surprisingly bare of any warnings or model numbers... but what's under door number XPS?

  • A bizarrely magnetized, "spring-loaded" flap hides the FCC and Service Tag markings...

    • ...as well as a friendly labeled screw! While Dell freely shares the entire service manual for the XPS 13, which is a huge point in their favor, road signs like which screw goes where are always welcome.

  • Not ones to cheat on our homework, we'll see how easy it is to get into the laptop on our own two spudgers first...

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Image 1/3: While requiring two different drivers just to get the thing open has us scratching our heads, at least we've got screws! That's better than the alternatives—gummy adhesive to cut or clips that may break. Image 2/3: We spoke too soon—there are clips, too, and hefty ones at that. As we wrestle with the case, we're left wondering if Dell went for the trifecta: screws, clips, '''''and''''' glue? Image 3/3: We finally remove the stubborn lower case, and it turns out that it was just some serious clippage fighting us. Definitely one of those "easier-when-you-know-how" opening procedures.
  • Setting aside the driver that handy label called for, we whip out a T5 and dispatch the case screws.

    • While requiring two different drivers just to get the thing open has us scratching our heads, at least we've got screws! That's better than the alternatives—gummy adhesive to cut or clips that may break.

  • We spoke too soon—there are clips, too, and hefty ones at that. As we wrestle with the case, we're left wondering if Dell went for the trifecta: screws, clips, and glue?

  • We finally remove the stubborn lower case, and it turns out that it was just some serious clippage fighting us. Definitely one of those "easier-when-you-know-how" opening procedures.

Picture is wrong. You should unlatch the clips from sides and front first. The back are not clips. After all the sides and front clips are off, Pull the base toward the front and off. So if you need to re - install, you seat the back first and the close the sides and front.

Inshik Kim - Reply

Image 1/1: [guide|15042|This looks familiar|stepid=49083|new_window=true].
  • A solid aluminum lower case? Flat, paneled battery? Upper logic system board with a single fan separating the main board from a smaller I/O board?

  • At first glance, this looks like a prototype MacBook Air—a bit less polished than the current gen, but strikingly similar.

    • Similar except for the repair-friendly labels on every component and connector—that's something you don't see in an Apple product.

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Image 1/3: After that, it still isn't a perfectly clean getaway—the speaker wires are strategically taped to the battery in a half dozen spots, which we'll have to liberate to free the battery. (Admittedly, it [guide|18696|could have been a lot worse|stepid=53247|new_window=true].) Image 2/3: These same wires are trapped under the battery screws—so speaker replacement means battery removal. It looks like the XPS has some [http://i.imgur.com/Q0Bupzu.jpg|layering issues|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: At least the handy labels tell us which screws go where.
  • The battery connector is no easy pop-off top; it requires some precision spudgering to chase it out of its socket.

  • After that, it still isn't a perfectly clean getaway—the speaker wires are strategically taped to the battery in a half dozen spots, which we'll have to liberate to free the battery. (Admittedly, it could have been a lot worse.)

    • These same wires are trapped under the battery screws—so speaker replacement means battery removal. It looks like the XPS has some layering issues.

  • At least the handy labels tell us which screws go where.

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Image 1/2: That's 11 hours of web browsing, with "system brightness set to 150 nits (40%) and wireless on"—highly dependent on personal configuration and usage. Image 2/2: Usage reports [http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-xps-13-2015|vary|new_window=true] pretty [http://www.pcworld.com/article/2880564/dell-xps-13-vs-macbook-air-a-closer-look-at-battery-life.html|wildly|new_window=true] on the functional battery life.
  • The Dell XPS 13 features a four-cell, 7.4 V, 52 Wh battery with "up to 11 hours of run time."

    • That's 11 hours of web browsing, with "system brightness set to 150 nits (40%) and wireless on"—highly dependent on personal configuration and usage.

    • Usage reports vary pretty wildly on the functional battery life.

  • For comparison: Apple's Early 2014 MacBook Air claims 12 hours of web browsing or iTunes movie playback on its 54 Wh battery.

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Image 1/3: The speakers rest on vibration dampening rubber grommets. Squishy. Image 2/3: These speakers are really good friends. They go everywhere together. It's almost as if they're joined at the ~~hip~~ cable. Image 3/3: Replacing a single speaker will require soldering to splice into the cable, or crimping wires into a new connector.
  • With the battery out, the speakers are free to jump ship as well.

    • The speakers rest on vibration dampening rubber grommets. Squishy.

  • These speakers are really good friends. They go everywhere together. It's almost as if they're joined at the hip cable.

    • Replacing a single speaker will require soldering to splice into the cable, or crimping wires into a new connector.

      • On the plus side, free nunchucks.

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Image 1/3: 2 x Samsung 431 K9CHGY8S5M-CCK0 64 GB TLC NAND flash Image 2/3: Samsung 428 [http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/product/mobile-dram/detail?productId=7611|K4P2G324ED|new_window=true]-FGC2 512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM Image 3/3: Samsung [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=SAM-S4LN045X01-8030&viewState=DetailView&cartID=62d1c592-5f19-405f-b98b-9989ea579aa6&g=|S4LN045X01-8030|new_window=true] MDX controller
  • This particular XPS is packing a removable 128 GB Samsung PM851 M.2 form factor SSD.

    • 2 x Samsung 431 K9CHGY8S5M-CCK0 64 GB TLC NAND flash

    • Samsung 428 K4P2G324ED-FGC2 512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM

    • Samsung S4LN045X01-8030 MDX controller

  • This is a well-established form factor for SATA 3 SSDs, so finding an upgrade or replacement will be as easy as something that's really easy.

  • But wait, there's more! This SSD comes complete with an unremarkable underside.

Should be noted that the M.2 SSD is 80mm in length... If people are considering a replacement, there are both 60mm and 80mm M.2 SSD's, and this board doesn't have a screw hole for 60mm.

Jason B - Reply

This is exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks!

Daniel Navetta -

Why does the Dell service manual say that the battery needs to be removed before removing the SSD? The photos look like it could easily be done with the battery in place. I suppose it has something to do with the "press power button for 5 seconds" at the end of battery removal, to "ground the system board". Can the SSD be switched after just pulling out the battery cable and pressing the power button?

mrmik2000-ljfsk - Reply

That's what I'd do. Disconnect the battery from the main board, press the power button for 5 seconds, and then swap your SSD. It's possible the Dell service manual only lists removing the battery as a prerequisite because they don't actually have a separate "disconnect the battery" prerequisite—they were probably just trying to economize on the number of prereqs they had to create. We have a user-submitted guide that might be a little more on-point in this case; check it out.

Jeff Suovanen -

Is it correct that it's possible to put an M.2 NVMe in there for even better performance? Something like the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 2280 500GB?

john - Reply

Image 1/3: Underneath, we find a Broadcom DW1560 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 LE card, featuring: Image 2/3: Broadcom [http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4352|BCM4352KML|new_window=true] 5G WiFi 2-stream 802.11ac transceiver Image 3/3: Broadcom [http://www.broadcom.com/products/Bluetooth/Bluetooth-RF-Silicon-and-Software-Solutions/BCM20702|BCM20702|new_window=true] single-chip Bluetooth 4.0 solution with BLE support
  • With tweezers in hand, we easily dispatch the wireless card grounding bracket.

  • Underneath, we find a Broadcom DW1560 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 LE card, featuring:

    • Broadcom BCM4352KML 5G WiFi 2-stream 802.11ac transceiver

    • Broadcom BCM20702 single-chip Bluetooth 4.0 solution with BLE support

    • Skyworks SE5516 dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN front-end module

There's a Philips head screw that holds the bracket for the wifi card down.

rsaj111 - Reply

I am needing a DW1560 card, where can I get one? Thanks

Yerik - Reply

BTW I used this guide to swap out the Broadcom for Intel wifi card for Ubuntu 15.10 - worked a dream

paul broome - Reply

Can you use the intel wifi card on Windows 10?

houndwoo -

Yes you can use the Intel 8260NGW on windows 10.. and it works better than the Broadcom.

Almus - Reply

Image 1/3: It comes complete with some crusty thermal paste. Yum. Image 2/3: Lately, we've seen a trend toward smaller heat sinks as Intel improves its processors' thermal efficiency. The Core i5-5200U loaded in the XPS 13 rates 15 watts of thermal design power. Image 3/3: Lately, we've seen a trend toward smaller heat sinks as Intel improves its processors' thermal efficiency. The Core i5-5200U loaded in the XPS 13 rates 15 watts of thermal design power.
  • Time to get into some more exciting bits: eyes on the heat sink. Said sink looks awfully similar to that of the Early 2014 MacBook Air.

  • It comes complete with some crusty thermal paste. Yum.

  • Lately, we've seen a trend toward smaller heat sinks as Intel improves its processors' thermal efficiency. The Core i5-5200U loaded in the XPS 13 rates 15 watts of thermal design power.

Help please, one of the screws on the heat sink is striped and cant remove it, I really wanted to change the thermal paste on the heat sink, all the other screws came out fine but I dont know how to remove the striped one. Should I just forget about it or what can I do to remove it and replace it? What type of screw can I replace it with?

scar0134 - Reply

Image 1/3: At least it's tough, re-stickable fabric tape. Image 2/3: There's a small (labeled!) coin cell battery to keep the real-time clock running. We're expecting [https://i.imgur.com/Ibq3d.jpg|this sort of reaction|new_window=true] when we reassemble the computer and power it back on. Image 3/3: To get anywhere, we're going to have to disconnect the XPS's odd display cable.
  • Tape, cables, and labeled connectors have been the defining characteristics of the XPS 13's guts. There are a lot of components, with a lot of connecting cables, and a lot of tape holding everything down.

    • At least it's tough, re-stickable fabric tape.

  • There's a small (labeled!) coin cell battery to keep the real-time clock running. We're expecting this sort of reaction when we reassemble the computer and power it back on.

  • To get anywhere, we're going to have to disconnect the XPS's odd display cable.

    • Not only is it wrapped snugly around the fan, but, for some reason, it includes a branch to power the SD card reader on the I/O board.

Any way to get this display cable connected to an LCD controller board?

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Image 1/2: So when we got to the bit instructing us to remove the system board to take out the fan, we were a bit confused, amused, and eventually miffed. Image 2/2: It looks to us like with some more detailed instructions, it would be pretty easy to skip removing the entire board and just pop up a corner. [https://www.ifixit.com/|If only there were some sort of freely available repair documentation platform available on the internet|new_window=true].
  • Full disclosure: Once we got inside the XPS, we sort of started cheating on our homework—by following Dell's service manual as a disassembly guide. What can we say, we love repair documentation.

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Image 1/1: 5th Generation Intel [http://ark.intel.com/products/85212/Intel-Core-i5-5200U-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-2_70-GHz|Core i5-5200U|new_window=true] processor (up to 2.70 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • With the motherboard removed, let's take a look at what this XPS is packing:

    • 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U processor (up to 2.70 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5500

    • Winbond 25Q64FVS10 64 M-bit serial flash memory

    • Microchip Technologies MCP23017 16-bit input/output port expander with interrupt output

    • Texas Instruments CSD97374Q4M high frequency synchronous buck NexFET power stage

    • Texas Instruments CSD87330Q3D synchronous buck NexFET power block

    • Texas Instruments TPS51624 4.5 V to 28 V, 1/2-phase step-down driverless controller

    • ANPEC APW8813/A DDR2 and DDR3 power solution synchronous buck controller with 1.5 A LDO

Is it possible to upgrade the CPU in this laptop? I don't have this exact model #, but I assume they are all more or less the same inside. Mine is the XPS 13 L321X.

Pete Idzi - Reply

I'd like to know the answer to this as well?

From a practical point the board is using the BGA-1168 socket and a 15W i5-5200U CPU which would accommodate the much more exciting i7-5xxxU series. However, if i remember this correctly, the BGA sockets are soldered so my initial answer would sadly be 'No'.

Mr Mendacious -

Image 1/1: Elpida/Micron J8416E6MB-GNL-F 8 GB (8 x 1 GB) DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz dual-channel RAM
  • Mas chips, por favor!

    • Elpida/Micron J8416E6MB-GNL-F 8 GB (8 x 1 GB) DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz dual-channel RAM

      • Buyer beware: Just like in the MacBooks Air and Retina, the RAM in the XPS 13 is soldered to the motherboard, and cannot be replaced. When you're picking out your new laptop, configure what you think it'll need...forever.

    • Realtek ALC3263 audio codec

    • SMSC MEC5085 low power embedded flash

    • Texas Instruments SN74CBT3257C 4-bit 1-of-2 FET multiplexer/demultiplexer, 5 V bus switch

    • ON Semiconductor NCP4545 controlled load switch

Thanks for showing this... i didn't know about dual channel soldered memories!

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Image 1/3: What can we say, it's a fan. It runs at 5 volts and 0.5 amps, for a whopping 2.5 watts of super-exciting centrifugal cooling power. Image 2/3: We're a little miffed that we had to come this far to get the fan out, and that it doesn't share the same vibration-dampening considerations as its speaker brethren. Image 3/3: Without rubber mounting grommets, it may well develop a noise issue in the future. Needless to say, we don't want any of that jibber jabber.
  • The XPS 13's biggest only fan.

  • What can we say, it's a fan. It runs at 5 volts and 0.5 amps, for a whopping 2.5 watts of super-exciting centrifugal cooling power.

  • We're a little miffed that we had to come this far to get the fan out, and that it doesn't share the same vibration-dampening considerations as its speaker brethren.

    • Without rubber mounting grommets, it may well develop a noise issue in the future. Needless to say, we don't want any of that jibber jabber.

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Image 1/3: After some screwy disassembly, we free the I/O board and find: Image 2/3: Realtek RTS5249 card reader controller Image 3/3: Texas Instruments [http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tps2544.pdf|TPS2544|new_window=true] USB charging port controller and power switch
  • Alright, that's enough. This construction is more than a little ridiculous. Waiter! There's a screw in my tape!

  • After some screwy disassembly, we free the I/O board and find:

    • Realtek RTS5249 card reader controller

    • Texas Instruments TPS2544 USB charging port controller and power switch

    • Parade PS8713B single port USB 3.0 repeater/redriver

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Image 1/3: * Technically we still have the trackpad, keyboard, and DC-in port. Image 2/3: ** Author's discretion Image 3/3: Living on the interconnect board and managing the keyboard, keyboard backlight, front LEDs, and dual mics:
  • We scoop out the last* of the exciting** bits: an LED indicator cable, and this weird interconnect board!

    • * Technically we still have the trackpad, keyboard, and DC-in port.

    • ** Author's discretion

  • Living on the interconnect board and managing the keyboard, keyboard backlight, front LEDs, and dual mics:

    • SMSC (Microchip) ECE1117 multi-function BC-Link/SMBus companion device

If the ribbon labelled DMIC+LED was disconnected would that affect anything other than the annoying LED on the front of the laptop that shows up when you're charging it?

Ethan Rose - Reply

Image 1/3: Wait did we accidentally get a MacBook display somehow? [guide|9493|Déja vu...|stepid=36244|new_window=true] Image 2/3: The clutch cover comes off in much the same way as on a MacBook Pro, revealing a [https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/DN53MvHeg4N21Ex5.huge|plastic frame of antennas|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: The clutch cover comes off in much the same way as on a MacBook Pro, revealing a [https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/DN53MvHeg4N21Ex5.huge|plastic frame of antennas|new_window=true].
  • Enough dilly-dallying, let's get to the fun part. The new exciting feature that Dell is really trying to sell here: The ultra high def, infinity-edged touch screen display.

Is it possible to replace a non-touch screen with a touch screen or FHD with QHD?

Zheng Jiewei - Reply

For your own information and anyone else who has the same question, my 1080 res screen broke a couple weeks ago, and since the QHD screen was only $50 more on eBay, I decided to opt for that. I just finished the replacement, and everything is working perfectly. If you want to upgrade, the XPS motherboard has the touch screen slot, even if you ordered the non-touch monitor, and all other adapters are identical.

Austin Ezell -

It'd be interesting if that's possible, because it would also allow getting the i7 model and "downgrading" to the FHD screen assembly for better battery life and a matte screen.

williamwernert -

Hello, I replaced my dell xps 13 9333 with a touchscreen replacement, however my

Display backlight on the screen doesn't come on.Is there a quick fix for this or I'll have to return the LCD assembly

Robert -

Picture number 2 here is wrong. Do not get off the clutch cover like that, it will break all the notches, then you cant but it back properly. Instead, after you remove the whole display, you can slide it of to the side where the main display cable is. Just slide it for about 1 cm, then you can easily lift it. on this picture here you even can see the groove for that action. Under the cover in the corners, under some tape on both sides you find two screws, which can be tighten if you screen is wobbly. using some loctite will avoid this situation to reoccure. This is what brought me here, thought it coudl be useful.

fel ro - Reply

  • We're getting pretty good at prying up glass, so we've got some idea of where to start.

    • Step 1: Load up on heat. Use plenty of iOpeners. (Or one iOpener plenty of times).

    • Step 2: Pry gently in many places. Opening Picks are the ideal tool.

    • Step 3: ???

    • Step 4: The edges you just heated are nowhere near the adhesive you wanted to loosen. The adhesive is entirely under the LCD panel.

    • Step 4b: Apply plenty of heat to the back and pry slowly.

  • An infinity pool has no visible edge, making the water appear infinite. Using the transitive property, we deduce that an infinity display has... infinite glue?

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Image 1/2: With the display fully out of the top case, we get a peek at the peeper of a selfie-cam. Image 2/2: With the display fully out of the top case, we get a peek at the peeper of a selfie-cam.
  • Whew! Okay, not heck-tons of adhesive, but it packs a punch. You'd better peel slowly and use plenty of heat. That's some thin glass.

  • With the display fully out of the top case, we get a peek at the peeper of a selfie-cam.

Is there any way to test the pinout of that camera? I'd like to insert a very small (15mmx20mmx4mm approx) usb hub between the motherboard and the camera, to facilitate the addition of an onboard fingerprint sensor.

kurt - Reply

  • After painstakingly cracking the clam, we find a mysterious black thread running along the inside of the top case.

  • There's no mention in the service manual, but we're betting we just stumbled onto the easy way to get the LCD out—without the pain or the staking.

  • The thread is routed in a channel beneath the display adhesive—pulling along the side ought to slice right through and free the panel, like cutting clay off a block.

  • We can't say for sure if this works without taking apart another XPS 13, but signs point to an awesome repair Easter egg.

Confirmed that is what the thread is for, its plastic on the Dell XPS 13 L322x, and its the adhesive, you pull the tab under the hinge cover on the bottom to remove the top lcd digitizer layer, there are tabs on both sides.

Eric Tribble - Reply

But I also need to mention do not take apart the Dell XPS 13 L322x the lcd is layered and is not really removable/replaceable unless you know how to instal a layered lcd.

Eric Tribble - Reply

Image 1/3: Since we splurged for the touchscreen model, we had to find the digitizer control. Here it is, an Elan Microelectronics eKTH3915SUS. Image 2/3: The display driver board lives under some foil tape at the bottom of the panel. Image 3/3: Novatek [http://www.novatek.com.tw/products/DisplayDriverIC.asp|NT71394MB8|new_window=true] display driver IC
  • That's quite a Sharp display assembly!

  • Since we splurged for the touchscreen model, we had to find the digitizer control. Here it is, an Elan Microelectronics eKTH3915SUS.

  • The display driver board lives under some foil tape at the bottom of the panel.

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Image 1/2: Service manuals are available online, for free. Thanks, Dell! Image 2/2: Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.
  • Dell XPS 13 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • Service manuals are available online, for free. Thanks, Dell!

    • Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.

    • Screws and connectors are labeled, aiding reassembly.

    • Moderate adhesive—except for the display assembly, no heat is required to disassemble.

    • The layering could be improved to make certain components easier to remove, but overall the modular design makes repairs cheaper.

    • Soldered RAM means you'll never be able to upgrade when things get slow.

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32 Comments

This is a good example of what companies should do for us in the first place, Dell is by no means losing anything by giving away their service manuals, if you open the computer between the warranty period, you just void it and end of story. But after that time is gone, if you want to do your own repairs, you can do it without guessing or breaking stuff. I'm a hardcore Apple user & certified technician, but this one really got my attention, it's a nice looking laptop.

BTW, nice job from the guys from iFixit!

Paul - Reply

Exactly, Dell certainly does a better job at it than e.g. Apple.

jke -

Considering that the SSD is flat on one side, would this fit since it has chips on both sides?

http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-MTS800-S...

Low weiyou - Reply

I don't have that SSD on-hand to test for sure, but it looks like the XPS has a totally standard M.2 port—with enough of a gap between the SSD and the mother board for chips on both sides of the SSD.

Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

My previous reply was based on the thought that the SSD in this laptop was a Samsung SM951. I could have sworn that was in the teardown previously, but maybe it was too early in the morning :)

Since the model installed is the Samsung PM851 - a standard SATA M.2 80mm SSD, then another one like the Transcend mentioned will do just fine, as well as the Crucial M550 or MX200 M.2 when they are available.

Rod Bland -

Hey iFixit, I would love to see a post about your photo setup. Your photos rival those of Apple product shots...I'd be curious to see your process. I repair, disassemble, patch, and bring back to life computers for work and sometimes it's really challenging to take things apart...and put back together; but combined with a photo shoot...that's another level. Thank you for your contribution to a better world!

Marcin Wisniowski - Reply

Would it be possible to install Mac OS on this computer?

bIg HilL - Reply

I don't think Mac OS X has support for Intel 5*** series CPU/GPU's yet..

Vincent -

I think it would probably working good of an hackintosh.

Apple already supports Intel 5200 Iris pro in there MacBook Pro Retina so I don't think it gonna be hard to make it work properly on this laptop.

Very good tear down guys this laptop really looking good inside like Macs but to much expensive for now.

ArM -

Without The Family Jewels (Apple ROM chipset) never the twain shall meet.

That doesn't mean that you can't run Windows on a Mac.

woodytus -

I wish there were some closeups of the carbon fiber keyboard cover. Can you confirm whether or not it is real carbon fiber and if the weave is actually the carbon fiber or a printed carbon fiber?

Alan Hayes - Reply

I have confirmed via partially destroying an older XPS 13 2012 edition that the keyboard cover has at least one layer of real carbon fiber on it.

Alan Hayes -

Hey guys, any chance the DW1560 can be replaced with a unit that supports mobile broadband? I'd love to make this laptop a true tablet replacement with 4G internet.

Thanks

ChrisJAau - Reply

Hey, can I buy the DW1560 card that you replaced down for any chance? Thanks

Yerik -

Do you have any info on the hardware vendor or model of the trackpad installed in this device?

Alan Hayes - Reply

I'm looking for this info too! The battery issues with this laptop (expanded cells) pushed the touchpad out of the laptop... trying to figure out how to re-affix it for proper "clicking"

Curtis LaPrise -

My battery has swollen too. Since it started to bend the shape of the chassis (and push the trackpad out) I simply removed it. Also I kinda got scared that something worse would happen.

After removing the battery the trackpad went back to its place. It's still 100% functional (although since there is no battery to support it from bellow, I had to put some electric tape where it clicks to avoid the wobbling)

Currently I'm looking for a replacement for the battery...

Victor Moura -

Can the authors of this teardown comment on this?

http://en.community.dell.com/support-for...

mycrapcollector - Reply

Hello! I wanted to ask how you removed the lower case in Step 4. I am trying to do it to upgrade SSD but the lower case won't open! Thanks!

Oiprox - Reply

I managed to get my XPS 13 open thanks to this guide. The technique that worked best for me was to use the blue plastic triangle picks. Remove all the screws including the one under the "XPS" cover. From the back. With the laptop flipped over, vents closest to you. Put a blue pick into the area below the right side of the vent. See picture.

http://i.imgur.com/8J35rTQ.jpg

I then shoved a second pick on top of the first to give it more strength to lift/twist and pop off that corner of the cover. I worked around counter-clockwise from there. Sometimes I used up to three picks stacked to get the cover off. I replaced the SSD with a 250GB M.2 80mm drive.

somedude - Reply

Thanks for this solution, it's very helpful for me.

Praska - Reply

My xps 13 has a wobbly screen because the hinges attached to the display are very loose. Is there any way to properly remove the clutch from this device. I'm having trouble doing this as instructed in the instructions above can anyone elaborate on this.

tobiah - Reply

Great guide guys, really interesting. From the pictures, it looks very tight in there. I have a 1TB M2 HDD in my XPS13 and was wondering if there was any room for a 2nd hard drive in there? A normal sata SSD would be ideal as they are a lot cheaper. Does this laptop have space for a 2nd hard drive? Thanks

Shailesh - Reply

I used this to replace the original 128 ssd with a 512 ssd. Was really simple. However, now i am swapping out the broadcom wlan card with an Intel... and the 2 wires that clip onto the card will NOT clip back on the new card. Do you have any hints as to how this is done?

Jonathan Leigh - Reply

have you done one of these for the XPS 13" 9360? I want to see what kind of fan is in it. I'm supposed to receive it on Tues, 11/21/16. I can't have any loud fans running, as i need to be able to record audio in court and depositions for court reporting. I had already custom built it with all the upgrades and Dell said I couldn't cancel my order. I didn't read all the horrible reviews about the loud fans on Dells until too late. Hopefully I send it back and get a refund if it's too loud for me before I waste $1,850. Thanks

Mary - Reply

Would you be able to replace the RAM if you had a solder sucker?

cleaver432 - Reply

Is it possible to retrofit a 4K touch-enabled display onto a 1080P non-touch laptop (Dell XPS 13 9343)? The display connectors appear to be the same (?), so the real question is whether or not the touch screen connector exists on the motherboard. Any input?

Mark B - Reply

Hey just wondering if you noticed a bump in the hinge when looking at it opened? Or if you have any idea what may cause it. I have the matte display and something in the hinge is causing the front bezel to come off. Mine is a 9350 btw.

Janzen Bosco - Reply

Would love to have the option of an XPS 13 with 16G memory and 1080p. I have the 1080p now, think the i7 motherboard would be compatible?

memhungry - Reply

Please Help a complete hardware noob: I lent my xps 13 L322x to a nephew for the weekend -- and the idiot put a BIOS password on the machine (to "protect it from his brother") -- and now i have an expensive paperweight., because he can't produce the correct password! (yea, right, i know). My understanding is that it's possible to short out some pin(s) on the flash memory to reset any BIOS password. Questions:

1. Is the Winbond 25Q64F chip shown in step 14 the right chip to short out?

2. Could some clueful and kind soul look at the datasheet and tell me what I need to do to reset this chip? By a general google search I've seen instructions that say "ground pin 2" and others which say "short pins 3 and 6". Which is correct? and do i just do this, or do i need to do it and then power up the laptop? Or do it with the power on?

(I don't mind if i reset it to completely factory defaults pristine. I made a complete backup because I feared trouble --but this?!?! plz help :)

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Scott Petrack - Reply

FYI some of the older XPS13's such as the L322X do not have the screw under the central bottom cover, and the fan and heat sink may be easily removed by removing only the bottom cover and the flex circuit that partially obscures the fan.

Jon Fleming - Reply

Help please, one of the screws on the heat sink is striped and cant remove it, I really wanted to change the thermal paste on the heat sink, all the other screws came out fine but I dont know how to remove the striped one. Should I just forget about it or what can I do to remove it and replace it? What type of screw can I replace it with?

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