iFixit Disassembles Amazon Tap & Echo Dot Smart Speakers

April 20, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Pretty much everyone has heard of Amazon, no matter where you live. Amazon is, first and foremost, an electronic commerce company, but they’re also much more than that. This US-based company manufactures tablets, smart speakers, and has even released a smartphone which didn’t do all that well in the market, the Amazon Fire Phone. That being said, the company has launched Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap portable smart speakers last month, and iFixit already managed to get their hands on both of them, and pull them apart, read on.

If you take a look at the gallery down below, you’ll get to see a couple of teardown images, and for the rest of them, you can visit iFixit’s Amazon Tap and Amazon Echo Dot teardowns. Now, these two devices are actually quite different, pretty much the only thing they have in common is Alexa. The Amazon Tap is, according to many people, iFixit included, the more unique out of the two. This device actually uses dual passive radiators over each speaker enclosure in order to increase volume output, and save battery at the same time. The source claims this amplifies sound quite a bit, the output would be noticeably poorer without it. iFixit has even re-assembled the device and noticed that the sound has changed without the passive radiators, which only proves their theory. They have also noted that the control board, battery, speakers, USB port and passive radiators are individually replaceable, which makes them incredibly easy to repair (replace, actually). This device is pretty much modular, if we disregard some adhesive at the base, which is great. iFixit gave Amazon Tap 7 out of 10 on a repairability scale.

Now, as far as Amazon Echo Dot is concerned, it’s a bit more difficult to repair. The Amazon Dot has some steel on the bottom for stability, just like the original Amazon Echo. The majority of the Echo Dot is held together with Torx screws, and its motherboard and daughterboard are easily replaceable. The headphone jack and USB port are soldered to the motherboard, so you can’t exactly replace them without replacing the motherboard. The Echo Dot uses more glue than the Tap, but despite that, iFixit opted to give it 6 out of 10 on a repairability scale.