Win a PS3 Slim or PSP Go!

October 9, 2009 Events, Hardware, Site News — Kyle Wiens

Last week, Sony clearly indicated that they’re not the biggest fan of our teardowns. That didn’t stop us, of course, and our new PSP Go teardown is currently online, revealing the innards in detail. The process got me wondering what is inside other Sony gadgets. Growing up I took apart just about everything I could get my hands on, and I know I’m not unique. If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious about gadget innards, too.

PSP Go Teardown

PSP Go Teardown

So we’re hosting a contest, judged by five notoriously picky staffers at Wired! We want you to take apart a Sony device — you can disassemble anything you like, as long as it’s got a Sony logo. Take pictures of the process and post them online.

What’s in it for you?

We’ve got a couple extra Sony gizmos around here. We’re giving away a PSP Go and a PS3 Slim! Yes, the PSP Go is the same one we took apart last week, so the warranty probably isn’t good anymore — but we promise, we only took it apart only once! Our teardown artists will even autograph it for you, if you’d like.

What are the rules?

  1. Take apart a Sony product.
  2. Post photos of the process, and your impressions of the device, online using our teardown editor.
  3. The teardowns will be judged by five notoriously picky staffers over at Wired.
  4. Contest ends October 23rd, 11:59 P.M. PDT so don’t delay!

What are the prizes?

  • Most creative teardown: PSP Go (and an iFixit t-shirt in your size!).
  • Best overall teardown: PS3 Slim (and an iFixit t-shirt in your size!).

Why are we doing this?

Sony, like many companies, would prefer that you leave your hardware just the way they sell it to you: assembled.

Clearly, we disagree with that. In fact, we’ve spent the last several years taking apart every gadget that came our way, showing off their innards for the world to see. We’ve written over one thousand repair manuals for Apple products, and made them available to the world for free. Just because Apple isn’t interested in making repair accessible doesn’t mean that we can’t do it for them. And we have. Hundreds of thousands of people have fixed their Macs, iPods, and iPhones using our repair manuals. But we just don’t have the resources to take apart every single device, and we want to involve the repair community as much as possible.

Why is this important? The electronics that we stop using eventually end up in landfills, often in third world countries. This July I traveled to Africa to find out exactly where electronics go after they die. The picture isn’t pretty — they’re crudely melted down by children working in scrapyards, mining copper and gold from electronics.

I was struck by a sense of inevitability when I took the above photo. All three of these devices no longer exist; shortly after I took the photo they were disassembled. Their plastic casings were used as fuel to burn the plastic insulation off the copper internals. The rate at which we abandon technology is shocking. We no longer have any use for this NEC cassette player, Phillips CD reader, or Sony DVCD machine.

We need your help. Let’s send Sony a message that their products are repairable by ordinary people like us, and that we are interested in using our gadgets for longer than the prescribed 18 month product cycle. What can you do? Easy — just take apart something made by Sony.

We want to get as many teardowns of Sony products on our site as possible in the next two weeks. Everyone’s got an old Walkman or Sony DVD player laying around. Take it apart and show us what’s inside!

Super-fine print: Void where prohibited, no purchase necessary, you’ve gotta be 18 or older, prize is not redeemable for cash, iFixit employees aren’t eligible, and we’re going to give the prize to the first velociraptor to write a teardown. So act quickly, or the velociraptors win. (Don’t be too concerned — it’s hard to hold a screwdriver with claws and no thumbs.)


  1. It sickens me to think that companies would encourage us to ‘throw away’ rather than fix.

    So much unnecessary WASTE!!!

    These companies (like Sony) should have higher taxes and pay more to make products that they consider ‘throw away’.

    Comment by Anthony Robbins — October 9, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

  2. Could we hear what Sony said/linked/wrote to you about your teardown guides? I’m curious about how they justify their moneygrubbing. It’s not like you’re forcing anyone to use your guides.

    Comment by Zach — October 10, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  3. u guys r just cool like that lol- great idea, they say no, so you get everyone to do as many as possible

    Comment by me — October 11, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  4. I like the way the iFixit guys think =] Ive been tearing old electronics apart ever since I was a little kid just to see what was going on in the insides. I now have over 10 computers in my basement, all classified as “Zombie” computers, because they all run and perform amazingly, and they were all fabricated from old computer parts that people were going to throw away. I figure, hey I could use that so why can’t other people? When I get a chance I have a sony 6-CD disk changer that could use a fantastic tear down. kudos guys =]

    Comment by Anthony — October 12, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  5. Q: do I need to first register on this site in order to make a teardown for the Sony contest? or do I just go directly to that teardown-editor link and start there?

    p.s. love this site, I’ve successfully repaired several Mac laptops and changed several iPod batteries over the years using the great repair guides. thanks for the great resource

    Comment by bc — October 12, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  6. Just start making a teardown, and it will prompt you to set up an account. The sign-up process is super-minimal. Good luck, and let us know if you have any questions as you go!

    Comment by kyle — October 12, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  7. ok thanks Kyle. I’ve got hopefully a interesting idea for a teardown, I’ll give it a try

    Comment by bc — October 12, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  8. what up? damn i’ve been looking for a site just like this one. Good luck on ya contest, just wanted to give ya’ll props on a uni

    Comment by joshua — October 14, 2009 @ 1:19 am

  9. What up? Damn I’ve been looking for a website just like this for years where it actual gives good info to do-it-ya F’in self kinda people. So mad Props for the unique site and “up in your face attiude toward corporate minded beings” thanks for future services,In advance. And good luck to ya’ll in this contest.
    PEACE respect. MCL

    Comment by joshua — October 14, 2009 @ 1:24 am

  10. How do we make sure our teardown gets included in the contest?
    Will all Sony labeled teardowns be looked at?

    Comment by Dane — October 16, 2009 @ 2:36 am

  11. NOOOOO!!!!!!!

    I’ve torn down five different Sony devices over the years; but never took pictures!

    Original MZ-R1 MiniDisc recorder, its replacement MZ-R2, “Watchman” portable LCD TV (to dig out a dead spider that had crawled between the LCD panel and the front plastic – EW!,) DCR-PC100 camcorder (died with a tape inside, a VERY important tape, so I had to dig it out,) and the simple one, the “MusicClip” early MP3 player.

    The camcorder would have had a shot at winning (it was also the most recent,) I had to take a hammer to it at one point (but still got it fully disassembled without major damage. I figured once I had the tape out, I might as well keep going and do a post-mortem on it.

    As for ‘self-repair’, that Watchman got disassembled to varying states by me at least four times to fix different things. I replaced the backlight, dug out the dead spider, re-soldered the power jack, re-attached the antenna lead, and a few other things. And I’m not even that good a repair person of small electronics! (The soldering of the power jack was the only hard one.)

    Comment by Ed H — October 20, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  12. Good for you, Ed! I love the attitude of fixing everything. Keep it up, and upload photos of the next thing you fix!

    Comment by kyle — October 20, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

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  14. With all respect, I will say it is cheap labor :) For winning a PS3, you will spend couple of hours maybe more. iFixit will sell hundreds of replacement parts and make thousands of dollars by using your teardown. You win a PS3 :) iFixit will save the world, nice idea.

    Comment by Danny — October 20, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  15. Can be a repair instead of a complete teardown ?

    Comment by Claudio Marcelo — October 23, 2009 @ 5:18 am

  16. This site is superb. I’ve been kind of avoiding Sony products ever since the DRM/rootkit fiasco, and don’t want a PSP or PS3, however, being very much of a “take it apart and fix it” mentality since childhood, also a reasonably competent photographer and a direct beneficiary of your excellent guides (nail-biting surgery on an iBook…) I feel honour-bound to contribute some kind of teardown at some point.

    I remember serious camera magazines used to take apart new cameras, presumably because serious photographers liked to know what went into their cameras and sometimes had to fix them in the field. I really miss that kind of attitude lately.

    Comment by Carl Williams — October 23, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  17. Please get me a psp . It”s my favourite gadget in the world.If you think that I can be the lucky one .Then my address is house no. 148,Sector 38-A ,Chandigarh,India. Don’t worry I will give you the delivery money.

    Comment by Avichal Chowdhary — November 17, 2009 @ 5:54 am

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